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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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