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Review: Parrot Bebop Drone Quadcopter

Overview : The Bebop Drone Quadcopter with 14 Megapixel Flight Camera from Parrot is a Wi-Fi-based, mobile device operated RC aircraft capable of capturing 1080p aerial video and taking 14 megapixel still photos. Avoiding the added weight and power consumption of a motorized gimbal, the camera - notably - features an electronic image stabilization system that relies on a 3-axis motion sensor and a 180° fisheye lens from which it crops an image.

The Bebop is controlled from an Android or iOS mobile device running the FreeFlight 3 App (see Parrot website for latest list of supported devices). In addition to letting you control the quadcopter, the app provides a real-time preview from the flight camera, and you can even record a low resolution feed directly on your device. For high res recording you can use the 8GB of built-in memory, or connect a USB storage device for increased capacity.

Two outdoor hulls are included, plus there is an "indoor hull" which is comprised of removable EPP prop guards. With the outdoor hull, the flight weight is reduced and the quadcopter is more aerodynamic. The Bebop Drone powers from a 1200mAh lithium-polymer (LiPo) battery, which is estimated to provide around 12 minutes of flying time. Two batteries and a charger are included in the box.

Features :
  • Capture 1080p Video and 14MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Sensor-Driven Image Stabilization
  • Up to 984' Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range
  • Linux-Based Flight Computer
  • 8GB of On-Board Flash Memory
  • Apps for iOS and Android Mobile Devices
  • GPS-Enable Autopilot Functions
  • Return Home and Emergency Landing Mode
  • EPP Safety Hull Included for Indoor Use
  • Compatible with Skycontroller System

Press Release: Custom SLR Launches Dual Camera Strap

Today, our good friends over at Custom SLR has announced the immediate availability of the Custom SLR Dual Camera Strap. This allows photographers to comfortably carry and instantly access two cameras at once.

If you already own one Custom SLR Glide Strap, you can purchase the Dual Camera Strap Kit. It contains a sternum strap and back pad. You'll also need to purchase a second Glide Strap to complete the dual system.

The Dual Strap System - $134.95

  • Split Strap Technology™: Distributes weight evenly to reduce pain/fatigue and provides superior ventilation
  • Silicone Print: Reduces slippage
  • Unique Ergonomic Design: Conforms to shoulder for unparalleled comfort
  • Instant access: Cameras sit at your side and glide up the strap, allowing you to take pictures quickly
  • Universal Fit: Compatible with any camera and fits most users

The Dual Camera Strap Kit - $24.95

For our loyal customers who already own a Glide One Strap, the kit contains a sternum strap and back pad to convert two Custom SLR Glide One Straps (not included) into one dual camera harness system.

C-Loops are optional and can be purchased separately ($34.95).

Continue reading for full press release.

The Dual Camera Strap combines the superior comfort of Custom SLR’s Split Strap TechnologyTM with the ease of use of its Glide One Straps to create a dual camera harness system.

Custom SLR, a photography accessories company in Silicon Valley, today announced the immediate availability of the Custom SLR Dual Camera Strap, which allows photographers to comfortably carry and instantly access two cameras at one time. It features the same Split Strap TechnologyTM found in the Custom SLR Glide One Strap, which was rated Best in Test by Advanced Photographer magazine.

"The Dual Strap turns the best camera strap on the market into a professional double camera sling setup,” said Ivan Wong, Chief Operating Officer of Custom SLR. “Photographers often shoot with two bodies, and with our Dual Strap they will be able to shoot all day in comfort with the ability to customize and adjust the strap to fit perfectly. We are not the first to introduce a dual camera strap, but we are the first to deliver one with superior comfort and ergonomics. We continue to expand upon the modularity of our products to deliver new functionalities."

With the Dual Camera Strap, each camera rests securely at either side of the photographer and can glide up to instantly capture the moment. The strap features secure connections with swiveling quick-release buckles for the ultimate in flexibility. It also has a neoprene back pad for cushioned comfort at a common pressure point, silicone print on the bottom of the straps to prevent slippage and a sternum strap for extra stability. Additionally, it can be disassembled and used as two separate and fully functioning Glide Straps.

Installation is simple. The strap tightens into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera using the C-Loop Camera Strap Mount, Custom SLR’s first invention. With its 360-degree swivel, the C-Loop prevents tangled straps and provides a tight, secure connection. For photographers who want to transition to a tripod without removing the strap, the M-Plate Pro universal tripod plate is compatible and comes with modular attachment points for accessories.

The Dual Camera Strap can carry a maximum weight of 16 pounds and is compatible with any camera. The length is adjustable up to 70” and fits most users. The complete Dual Strap System retails for $134.95 and is available exclusively through Custom SLR. Additionally, existing users of the Glide Strap have the option of purchasing the Dual Camera Strap Kit for $24.95 to convert two Glide Straps (not included) into one dual camera harness system. To purchase the Dual Strap or the kit, visit

Deal: SanDisk and Lexar Independence Day 2015 Savings Memory Card Sale

Adorama has an Independence Day special sale on SanDisk and Lexar memory cards, drives, and card readers. The offer expires 7/11/15.

Product Advisory: Counterfeit Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flashes

The counterfeit product fraudulently displays the Canon logo and may fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks.
Canon has put out a bulletin that there are now counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT in circulation in the camera market. These are sold through various online marketplaces such as eBay (mostly from international sellers) and other international websites.

Please always remember to buy from authorized dealers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama to ensure that you are getting genuine products which comes with warranty.

Continue reading for more information and comparison pictures.

We have confirmed that there are counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products in circulation in the market. It has been reported that these products are being sold through various online marketplace websites. These counterfeit products have not been designed or manufactured by Canon, but fraudulently display the Canon logo, and may also fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks. Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon, so we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke.

The safety of our consumers is our utmost concern. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit products may not meet government and industry safety standards. To ensure that you’re buying genuine Canon products, we recommend purchasing from a Canon Authorized Dealer or directly from Canon. Please be advised that Canon is not responsible for any malfunction, accident, or damage related to the use of any counterfeit product.

It has also been confirmed that the radio transmission wireless shooting function incorporated into genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes is not incorporated into the counterfeit product. This missing feature will limit the performance of the counterfeit flash, as compared with a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

We truly appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you for being a valued Canon customer.

The following tips may help you to identify a counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. Please note, however, that other counterfeits may display other, or additional, differences from genuine Canon products. As such, you should contact Canon using the contact information below if you have any questions about whether you are using a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

The position to release the mounting foot lock lever is different.
The position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a genuine unit is towards the left (see the green arrow), and the position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a counterfeit unit is towards the center (see the red arrow).

The display on the Custom Function screen is different. Follow the steps in the Speedlite 600EX-RT Instruction Manual to access the Custom Function screen.
Source: Canon U.S.A.

Kickstarter: The AGUA. A totally new way to carry your camera!

As always, we're always on the look out for new photography related gear. Today, we bring to you the AGUA from Kickstarter. Not only is it a carry case for your lens and camera, but it's also a quick-draw and it's IPX3 waterproof. It has a built in lens protector, a slot to store your lens cap and comes with a strap.

There's only a handful of days left to make your pledge but it has already exceeded it's funding goal. It's available in 3 sizes: AGUA 25 (for mirrorless/compact), AGUA 35 (for medium SLRs) and AGUA 45 (for large SLRs) for $55, $60 and $65, respectively.

We're hoping to get our hands on one to give our readers a full review.

Continue reading for more information.

It's not just a bag, it's not just a strap, It's AGUA! A super-protective, quick-draw, fully-adjustable revolutionary camera carrier.

The AGUA ("Water" in Spanish) is an IPX3-standard storm-proof camera-carrier.It is different than common water-resistant camera carriers because it allows intuitive quick-drawing of the camera. AGUA'a quick- adjusting padded strap allows perfect fit to the user's body. The AGUA's special structure allows the photographer to comfortably carry his camera close to the body in any weather - rain, snow, sandstorm or even in a dense urban environment, without worrying about the fate of his expensive equipment - and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot.

Here are 3 main reasons why we believe the AGUA is one of the most versatile and functional camera carriers you can find today:

1. Quick-Draw
Drawing a camera from most rain-proof bags is slow and awkward while AGUA enable to quick-draw so fast you will never miss a shot!

2. Storm-Proof
The AGUA provides excellent protection for the camera against severe weather conditions, according to the international IPX3 standard.

What is IPX3 standard?
The official IPX3 standard states: IPX3 Protected against spraying water: water spraying up to 60º from vertical at 10 liters per minute for 5 minutes at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2. To adhere to this standard, we perform strict tests at a special "wet" lab, located at the factory which manufactures our bags. In addition, just to be sure, we put the bags through a series of intensive field tests.

To sum-up: You can trust AGUA to protect your gear in any kind of rain. Having said that, here's a friendly advice: the AGUA is not waterproof; therefore you should refrain from dropping it in water or swimming with dolphins. Enjoy!

3. Quick-Adjusting

Say goodbye to your old camera strap… One of the AGUA's unique features is the fact that the camera is attached to the bag with quick-release buckles, including a failsafe connection. This method eliminates the need for the original camera strap because the AGUA's strap is used to carry the camera itself. Why is this method so successful? Because when the photographer draws the camera it stays connected and protected from falling, if for any chance the camera slips out of his hands. The photographer can also choose to disconnect the camera completely.

These are the three main advantages over traditional camera bags, but we didn't stop there:

Interchangeable Strap
AGUA's quick-adjusting padded strap can morph into a great "classic" camera strap in no time! The AGUA offers a comfortable diagonal strap with the most convenient mechanism for quick and perfect fitting with one hand. The strap has 2 buckles that allow quick attachment for disconnecting and reconnecting to the camera, thus turning into a high-quality camera strap. This is a perfect solution for situations in which the photographer wants to carry the camera without the carrier.

A True Go-To Bag!
On a wild life adventure or the crowded metropolitan, sunny beaches or snowy peaks, riding a mountain bike or roaring off-road motorcycle - the agua will always be your perfect companion for every shooting opportunity.

God Is In The Details
The AGUA provides excellent double-layer protection against water and impact, thanks to an outer layer of waterproof tarpaulin in matte black, and a padded inner layer of Neoprene and Lycra. it offers smart design that allows carrying it in many ways while keeping your gear secured and ready to shoot.

  • Storm-proof quick-draw holster for all day & all weather use.
  • IPX3 rain-proof standard: Protected against spraying water - Water spraying up to 60 degrees from vertical at 10 liters/min at a pressure of 80-100kN/m2 for 5 min. Fits camera’s body + lens.
  • Eliminates the need for additional camera strap – agua's dual-use strap carries both bag and camera.
  • Quick-Adjusting detachable padded strap can be attached to the camera (with supplied adapters)
  • Front “Thermo-forming” lens protector. Ultra rigid from outside – soft and padded from inside.
  • Double-layered construction enables protection against water and impacts
  • “Quick-Draw” mode for instant shooting while the camera is secured.
  • "Failsafe" connecting buckles
  • Left and right handed operation
  • Maximum lens’ diameter: 10 cm / 4”
  • Note: Increase lens’ diameter by 10% for camera body + lens’ total length that is 5 Cm / 2” shorter than the bag’s maximum recommended length, and 20% for camera body + lens’ total length that is 10 Cm / 4” shorter than the bag’s maximum recommended length.
  • Color: Black-blue

Review: The SpiderPro Hand Strap

Overview : The Hand Strap's unique curved "S" shape positions the user's hand at optimal shooting position (at 45 degrees to the camera body), allowing easy access to the trigger and all other controls while offering clear access to the battery door and memory card slots.

Its combination of design and materials provides real weight support in the correct places: over and above the knuckles, and close to the user's wrist.

Features :
  • Holds DSLR with Attached Lens
  • Works with or Without a Vertical Grip
  • Won't Interfere with Tripod Mounting
  • Mounts Between Camera & Any Tripod Plate
  • Adjustable to the Size of Your Hand
  • Provides Access to Rear Camera Controls
  • Curved for Comfortable Hand Position
  • Made of Padded Foam, Nylon, and Leather
  • Optional Snap-On Wrist Strap Included

Indiegogo: Instamic - The Smart, Small, GoPro of Microphones

We're always on the look out for new products to share with our readers as well as help new start up companies get their brand and product out. Who doesn't love new products that can possibly benefit them? The newest product we found on Indiegogo is called Instamic. It's a very small microphone and audio recorder. It works with your GoPro and you can use it with or without their Instamic App.

Theres a white version (Instamic Go) that offers mono and dual-mono and is splash proof while the black version (Instamic Pro) offers the same as the Go but also offers stereo and is waterproof up to 5 feet.

Pricing starts at $99 for Go and $129 for Pro.

Continue reading for more information and video.

The smartest, smallest, and most affordable microphone and audio recorder that's easy to operate.

Whether you're a videographer, musician, or a family on a video conference, Instamic was made for you.

Pro Audio Quality
- Pro/Go Record in 48khz/24 bit
- Both have mono & dual-mono, while the Pro has stereo
- Omnidirectional polar pattern
- Frequency response of 50 to 18,000 Hz

Hands-Free Recording
- Multiple Clips for Recording
- Sticky, Magnetic, Velcro and Lanyards for Adhering
- Go has Splashproof Enclosure
- Pro has Waterproof Enclosure

Easy to Operate
- Works with OR without the Instamic App
- Turn on Instamic with one button
- Sync it to your Bluetooth device OR press the button to record
- Start Capturing Amazing Audio

How to use Instamic:
1. Charge Instamic on any USB port
2. Turn On Instamic with a Single Touch
3. Download the Free App & Sync it with your Instamic via Bluetooth 4.0
4. Record, Plug In & Transfer

For those moments when you can't use the booms, lav/lapel mics, and other burdensome gear - make sure you have your Instamic with you too.

Recording is near-effortless with your iPhone or Android in hand.

Velcro, 3M adhesive, magnets and other types of mounts will allow you to place Instamic on any surface. The lanyard clip lets you hang it around your neck or wrist with ease, allowing for the ultimate hands-free recording experience.

The black (Instamic Pro) is your 'traditional' microphone color, which is great for indoor film sets and recording in darker environments.

Plug the Instamic into any USB-powered port via a USB 2.0 connector and two hours later you are ready to use Instamic on your next shoot.

Press the Instamic logo for 1 second to turn it on. Another touch will start the recording (which can also be triggered via the smartphone app).

The Instamic Go is splash-proof, so while it cannot be submerged under water, a little drizzle won't get in the way of your day in the field. Capture the beautiful sounds of rain without any worry. The Instamic Pro is waterproof up to 5 feet underwater. Forget the heavy and expensive waterproofing gear - now you can produce sounds from the sea.

Kickstarter: The Clip for Lens Flipper by GoWing

We were just informed GoWing that they have announced a new product for their Lens Flipper (review) on Kickstarter. The Lens Flipper is a quick and easy way to change lenses, but what if you could attach the Lens Flipper to a Backpack strap, Camera bag strap or a belt? The new product is the "Flippin' Clip".

If you already own a Lens Flipper, the clip is $35 through Kickstarter ($10 savings). If you don't have a Lens Flipper, you can get one with the clip for $79 super early bird/$95 early bird/$109. If you need more than one, they also have packages for two ($162 super early bird or $192 early bird) and three ($279).

Continue reading for more information.

GoWing's idea is to make our life as a photographer easier and more convenient. We noticed that switching lenses at times was a hassle and difficult. So we made the Lens Flipper. Currently, we have the Lens Flipper for Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A and M4/3. The clip is an extension of the Lens Flipper, making it possible to use the Lens Flipper on a strap or belt. All of our Lens Flippers work with the Clip!

We dream of making photography easier. The Lens Flipper is a quick and easy way to change lenses, but what if you could attach the Lens Flipper to a Backpack strap, Camera bag strap or a belt? Introducing the "Flippin' Clip" We are still a young company, so we are turning to Kick Starter to put the "Flippin' Clip" into production!

Even the Lens Flipper and Clip are smaller than palm of your hand, each of them can bear 220lbs and 132lbs. Also, although the concept of the Lens Flipper is simple but it's made of First and Best 34 materials that keep your lenses locked on the Lens Flipper until you push the release button. And then, the Clip is willing to assist the Flipper that is yours! Welcome to GoWing’s light-hearted world!

How to use
- Lens Flipper: All of Lens Flippers have same mechanism compared to Camera. So, it's really easy for every photographer to use. We have 5 different models (Canon, Nikon, Sony-a, Sony-E and M4/3) so that you can choose one what you use.
- Clip: Simply attach the clip to your bag strap, back pack, or belt, then click the Lens Flipper into the clip. When done, the arms of the Clip folds so it won’t be in your way when not in use!

Indiegogo: Actiontwister - Actioncamera Crane for GoPro Hero and Smartphones

We first heard of the actiontwister at PhotoPlus Expo in NYC back in October 2014. It was a very unique item that was being displayed at the FLM booth but was a demo/prototype unit. Finally, it can become a reality and in your hands. The actiontwister is hand controlled and can control the tilting and rotation of your camera.

It's currently on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo. They are offering two different version. A actiontwister LIGHT and the actiontwister CLASSIC. The difference between the two is that the LIGHT is lighter, length is fixed and less technology in the hand grip. The CLASSIC actiontwister allows you to telescope the pole like you would with a tripod leg to give you that extra reach.

There is also going to be a DIVE version (January 2016) which is the same as the actiontwister CLASSIC, but the metals and the ball-bearings are refined to resist sweat and above all, salt water conditions. Still it always needs to be cleaned carefully after each use. And a MINI version (Summer 2016) is the most versatile version of all. Easy to fix on any existing mount of any brand.

If the pole is anything like their carbon fiber tripod and ball heads, the quality of the actiontwister will be top notch.

Continue reading for more information.

actiontwister™ - a revolutionary new handheld and hand-operated, ultra-light one-arm actioncamera crane.

The actiontwister™ is designed for any brand of action cameras, smartphones and small video cameras and gives unique possibilities of panning, tilting and rotation. You film new angles of view or entire camera pans from one side to the other focusing on one point. Grab every angle where you cannot reach with your hand and where you cannot fly with a drone.

It is fully mechanical and does not need batteries that limited your filming time: no more charging - it will always function. You are ready to film in less than 10 seconds at any length of the telescopic extension. Freely set your zero point for the rotation.

The actiontwister™ is not a steady cam. It is a light weight and through its long extension it is very stable. You can easily place a screen like a smart phone or a tablet on the actiontwister™ to see what you are filming!

Ranges: 15-20 feet (5-6 m) width, 10-16 feet (3-4 m) height

Extension: from 2,3 - 5,1 feet (70-180 cm).

Weights: from 2,09 lbs/990 grams (actiontwister™LIGHT)

The actiontwister™ is hand controlled, ergonomically and intuitive. The fingers control the tilting and the rotation. The arm does the panning. It’s like pointing with the finger on something - you do not miss the target!

When filming sports and action you can get closer to the actors than ever without disturbing. For safety reasons the actiontwister™ is not attached to your arm and you will not be hooked up in case you would fall. It will work even when you’re skiing, hiking or diving. (The actiontwister™DIVE will come out in January 2016 with completely refined metals to protect it from salt deposits). Be fascinated by this sustainable and long lasting solution.

The telescope (actiontwister™) and the fixed pole (actiontwister™LIGHT) are made out of high quality Japanese carbon fiber (8 layers). The bearings are made of stainless steel and the thread is made out of super-strong ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber.

Who they are:

The actiontwister™ is produced by the family owned German company FLM in Emmendingen. The region in Southern Germany that is famous for its high precision mechanics. FLM produce high-quality/high precision carbon tripods and aluminum ball heads for professional photographers.

The idea/invention is by Freddie Rutz, a Berlin based Swiss event producer and choreographer who films his own productions. Unpleased with one of the common selfie sticks to catch additional camera footage for the editing he had the idea for the actiontwister™ in October 2012.

Being a son of an engineer he started experimenting in his own studio in Berlin. After 4 month he found the solution that brings two joints as close together, that an action camera can be controlled on it by the power of the hand. He went with this idea to the international patent office and later found Werner Buerklin, owner of the company FLM as the producer of the actiontwister™. He said: “This doesn’t exist and there is a market for it!”

Review: MagMod MagBounce Flash Diffuser

Overview : The MagBounce is a gorgeous bounce modifier that has been stripped down to it’s simplest, most functional form. We carefully designed it to not only be beautiful, but calculated to deliver the softest light with the highest output.

The MagBounce increases the apparent size of your flash by over 300%! Both it’s size and efficient white silicone texture, the MagBounce actually acts more like a small softbox than it does a bounce card.

*A MagGrip is required to use with your flash*

Features :
  • Incredibly soft light, similar to a small softbox
  • Highly efficient design maintains light output -- At 10ft distance = f/5.6 ISO800
  • Increases the size of your flash by over 300%, giving you incredibly soft light
  • White matte silicone texture provides optimal diffusion, reducing specular highlights
  • Rotates 360° in 90° increments, letting you shoot in both portrait and landscape modes
  • Freakishly strong neodymium magnets attach instantly to your flash (with MagGrip installed)
  • Patented universal MagGrip design allows the MagBounce to be used on virtually any size hot-shoe flash
  • Beautiful design complements your appearance as a professional
  • Super flexible rubber deforms and bends, preventing accidental detachment and folds into small spaces in your bag
  • Solid piece of silicone rubber means no straps to lose or misplace
  • Can be multi-purposed for use on Alien Bee studio strobes as a background light or hair light
  • If photography doesn't work out for you, you could at least play lacrosse with the MagBounce and a light stand!

Deal: Lexar 128GB microSDXC with USB 3.0 Reader

Amazon offers the Lexar 128GB UHS-I Class 10 microSDXC Flash Memory Card with USB 3.0 Reader, model no. LSDMI128BSBNA633R, for $72.99 with free shipping. It features read speeds of up to 95MB/s.
  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, plays back, and transfers media files, including 4K, 1080p full-HD and 3D video
  • Performance of U1 and U3 version is exactly the same
  • More than 8 times quicker transfer times with included USB 3.0
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac systems

Review: MagMod MagSphere Flash Diffuser

Overview : The MagSphere is a beautiful omni-directional flash diffuser that gives you the the best looking light possible. With efficient diffusion that saves battery power and an integrated gel slot that allows you to color correct your flash, no flash diffuser has ever been this awesome.

*A MagGrip is required to use with your flash*

Features :
  • Omni-directional diffusion modifier delivers soft, beautiful light
  • Round, spherical shape gives you larger, better looking catchlights in your subject's eyes
  • Increases your light source by over 250%, giving you much softer, better looking light
  • Super efficient! It's super efficient material allows you to shoot longer with less battery changes
  • Quickly change the light quality by zooming for your flash for wider, or more narrow light
  • Light emits from all sides, sending light towards your subject even while bouncing upwards
  • Versatile gel slot fits 2 MagMod gel sheets, making it even easier to change the color of your flash
  • Freakishly strong neodymium magnets attach instantly to your flash (with MagGrip installed)
  • Modular design allows for a MagGrid to be used underneath, focusing the amount of diffusion!
  • Patented universal MagGrip design allows the MagSphere to be used on virtually any size hot-shoe flash
  • Beautiful design complements your appearance as a professional
  • Super flexible rubber deforms and bends, preventing accidental detachment and folds into small spaces in your bag
  • Solid piece of silicone rubber means no straps to lose or misplace
  • Can be multi-purposed for use on Alien Bee studio strobes
  • Doubles as a creative table lamp cover, or use them as part of a Mega-Man Halloween costume!

Press Release: GoPro Adds Touch Screen Convenience to Entry-Level Camera Lineup

We've all heard of GoPro or even own one. Their known for their compact cameras that can be mounted on cars, bikes and helmets. But one disadvantage the device always had was that there was no room for a screen to let you see what you're shooting. You could use your phone but it's an extra item you'll have to carry and find a way to mount it. Or there's the LCD "backpack" accessory which you'll have to spend additional money on. GoPro has just announced a new camera called the Hero+ LCD. It’s basically a hybrid of the entry-level Hero camera and the higher end Hero4 Silver, which was GoPro’s first camera with a built-in touch screen.

Like the $400 Hero4 Silver, the Hero+ LCD can shoot at speeds up to 1080p 60fps, which is twice as fast as the entry-level Hero. It won’t do 2.7K shooting or 720p at 120fps, like the Silver, and it has a dramatically reduced burst-rate: 5fps vs 30fps. It shoots 8MP still photos, which is better than the 5MP on the entry-level Hero but worse than the 12MP on the Hero4 Silver. It does, however, have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios so you can use it with a mobile app, something you can’t do on the cheap Hero.

The Hero+ LCD is built into a non-removable waterproof case, which is rated to depths of 131 feet. If you want to charge or swap micro SD cards you just open up the back panel to access the slots and ports in the back. You'll probably have to open the back panel still in order to touch the screen. You can't swap batteries and there's no HDMI out to connect to a TV.

HERO+ LCD will be available for purchase for $300 in the U.S. at authorized GoPro retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama, beginning June 7, 2015. International availability will begin July 12.

Continue reading for full press release.

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (June 1, 2015) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today's most immersive and engaging content, has announced the availability of its new HERO+ LCD camera. Capturing life-like high definition 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, the HERO+ LCD features a convenient touch display for easy shot framing, settings control and access to an all-new in-camera video trimming feature. Like the entry-level HERO, the HERO+ LCD is built directly into its waterproof housing. The simplicity of this all-in-one design now combines with expanded features to make capturing life’s memorable moments easier than ever.

Rugged and waterproof to 131’ (40m), HERO+ LCD also includes advanced features like HiLight Tagging and in-camera video trimming to make it easier to identify and share your favorite moments. HiLight Tagging lets you mark key moments while recording and during playback so you can easily find them later, and the all-new video trimming feature allows you to create short clips in-camera for easier sharing without a computer.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect the HERO+ LCD to your GoPro App-enabled smartphone or tablet for easy camera control and shot preview when your camera is mounted or out of reach. The GoPro App also allows for easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more and combines with the new in-camera video trimming feature to form a convenient content sharing solution.

“HERO+ LCD illustrates that even as we push the limits of life capture with bleeding-edge devices like the HERO4 Black, we’re also focused on delivering accessible, high-quality capture solutions to anyone wanting to GoPro,” said Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro.

Whether you are a first-time user or a GoPro veteran, the HERO+ LCD is an impressive capture solution. It combines GoPro’s famed image quality, versatility and durability with WiFi connectivity, long battery life and touch display convenience in an all-in-one design.

HERO+ LCD $299.99 MSRP – All-in-one awesome + touch-display convenience
  • Professional-quality 1080p60 video and 8MP photo capture
  • Touch display for convenient camera control, shot framing, and in-camera playback
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth enables connectivity to the GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • HiLight Tagging lets you mark key moments while recording or during playback for quick editing
  • In-camera video trimming allows you to create short clips for easy content sharing without a computer
  • Power on and record automatically with the press of a single button with QuikCapture setting
  • Long-lasting battery delivers approximately two hours of recording time
  • Integrated housing design for simplicity and ease of use
  • Supports microSD cards (at least Class 10 or UHS-I) up to 64GB
HERO+ LCD will be available for purchase in the U.S. at authorized GoPro retailers and beginning June 7, 2015. International availability will begin July 12.

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