GoPro – Hero HD Waterproof Action Camera: Comprehensive Product Review

gopro - hero hd waterproof action camera

With the GoPro - Hero HD waterproof action camera, GoPro released a new entry-level action camera to the market. This camera does not have the abilities of the more premium GoPro cameras but can work well for most users who are not interested in 4K recording. In this article, we'll go in-depth in the features of the Hero HD and how it compares with the competition.

What Is the GoPro - Hero HD Waterproof Action Camera?

The GoPro - Hero HD Waterproof Action Camera is a basic full HD action camera released on March 29th, 2018. This camera builds on the features of the GoPro Hero5 Session although its body looks eerily similar to the premium Black and Silver models from GoPro. The GoPro Hero HD is ideal for many casual and even semi-pro users who don’t mind recording in 1080p.

Product Specs

This camera was built in the shape of the other GoPro Icons like the Hero 6. The camera has a 2.0-inch touchscreen control interface on the rear. The GoPro - Hero HD Waterproof Action camera does not support 4K recording, a feature that has become a staple of action cameras in recent years. GoPro released this camera with this fact in mind, and they priced it accordingly.

The camera can be linked to a smartphone through the QuikStories app, but GoPro's Voice Control feature can also control it. The camera has native image stabilization that evens out vibrations from video footage. One of the most outstanding features of this camera is that it is waterproof just like its more expensive cousins. Its waterproof qualities are effective to a depth of 10m without a case.

The GoPro - Hero HD Waterproof Action Camera is also good a covering sports events as evidenced by its 170-degree field of view. The camera has two buttons that and other controls are through its stripped-down UI. Unlike more premium action cameras from GoPro, this camera does not have an LCD interface for viewing replays.

This camera is powered by a 1100mAh, 3.7-volt battery which, according to GoPro, can record for over 2.5 hours regardless of the video resolution. This camera suffers in still image shooting and can only take shots at 5MP.

Pricing

The GoPro was released at a  price of $199, but its price has since fallen a bit. You can currently find it on Amazon for about $180. You can also buy this camera on Walmart, B&H, and other online stores.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Sony HDR-AS50 1080P Action Camcorder
  • Yi 4k+ Action Camera
  • Ion Air Pro 2 Action Camcorder

GoPro HERO — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch...
  • 2-Inch touch screen - quickly switch between modes, frame The perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2-inch...
  • Waterproof + durable - built tough and waterproof down to 33ft (10M), Hero goes where your smartphone can't to capture...
  • Voice control  - control your hero hands-free with simple voice commands like "GoPro, Start recording" and "GoPro,...

Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Performance
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

The GoPro Hero HD is covered by a one-two-year warranty depending on where you buy it.

Pros

  • Native waterproof ability
  • Great battery life
  • Voice control
  • A Huge variety of mounts
  • 170-degree field of vision
  • Rugged design
  • Very portable

Cons

  • Lack of 4K recording ability
  • Lack of slow-motion LCD

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Sony HDRAS50/B Full HD Action Cam (Black)
  • Full HD with XAVC-S, 11.1MP, Exmor R sensor
  • Optical Steady Shot, ZEISS Lens
  • Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth, Multi camera control, 60m waterproof housing

Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Performance
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

A one-year warranty covers this Sony camera.

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Steady shot stabilization
  • Android and iOS app
  • Affordable price
  • Good quality 11MP still images
  • Very portable
  • Waterproof case
  • A variety of recording modes

Cons

  • Lack of 4K video recording

YI 4K+/60fps Action Camera with Waterproof Case, Plus Voice Control,...
  • Capture fast moving action in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps) and take stunning 12MP photos with the 155...
  • Electronic Image Stabilization to deliver spectacularly smooth and steady videos in up to 4K/30fps resolution, 1080p up...
  • Packed with features including Voice Control (Voice Command), Live Streaming, RAW image, and USB Type-C. Updating the...

Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Performance
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

This camera can be obtained at Amazon at about $220.

Pros

  • Premium video quality in 4K and full HD
  • Reasonable battery life of up two hours
  • Decent still image abilities
  • Very feature-rich smartphone app

Cons

  • You have to buy most accessories separately
  • Not waterproof without a case
  • No GPS or similar sensors

iON Camera 1023 Air Pro 2 Wi-Fi
  • With a 180 degree field of view, record videos in outstanding 1080p and 720p, and record audio with a built-in high...
  • The iON Air Pro Camera is extremely durable and waterproof WITHOUT a case up to 10 meters/30 feet.
  • Storage: Micro SD/Micro SDHC minimum class 6, recommended class 10 up to 32gb (not included). Battery life: approx. 2.5...

Description

  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Performance
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

This camera is covered by a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • Has mic input
  • Android and iOS apps
  • Native waterproof abilities
  • Great still photo quality
  • Rugged design
  • Very easy to operate
  • Low cost

Cons

  • Comes with very few mounts
  • Need an app to change most settings

Comparison

Conclusion

The GoPro Hero HD is a fine action camera with native waterproof abilities up to a depth of 10m. This camera can record at 1080p at frame rates of up to 60fps.

It comes with several features that we have come to expect from a GoPro. These include native image stabilization, voice control, app synchronization, and solid battery performance.

The only area in which this camera is disappointing is the quality of its still image sensor. The 5MP photos are only useful to casual users who want to post on social media. We would recommend this camera to semi-pro and casual outdoor gaming enthusiasts, and we give it a score of 4 out of 5 stars.

If the 4K recording is a must, consider buying the 4K, 60fps Yi 4K+ action camera. But this camera is not waterproof and costs about $50 more than the GoPro - Hero HD Waterproof Action camera and the Sony HDR-AS50.

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