Previously, those who are in the market for an entry-level action camera had to settle for the GoPro HERO – which costs US$130 (about RM575) – or the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera that goes for 399 Chinese yuan (approximately RM275). Now, GoPro has introduced a new entry-level US$200 (around RM880) action camera: the HERO+ WiFi, which is a slightly higher-end offering than the HERO.
In terms of pricing and specifications, the HERO+ WiFi slots in right between the base model HERO and the US$300 (about RM1,325) HERO+ LCD. Essentially, the HERO+ WiFi is a HERO+ LCD without the dedicated touch display. It is capable of video recording up to 1080p at 60fps (the HERO is only capable of recording at the same resolution at 30fps) and is waterproof down to 40m. However, just like the HERO and HERO+ LCD, it features an integrated housing; you won’t be able to take the camera out of the waterproof enclosure.
Compared to the HERO, the HERO+ WiFi can be used with a smartphone to frame shots, change the camera’s settings, and even share videos captured with the camera easily. This convenience alone is enough to justify the price difference between the two. Other than that, GoPro also gave the HERO4 Session a hefty US$100 price cut; it now retails at US$300 (approximately RM1,325).
With a retail price of US$200, the GoPro HERO+ WiFi isn’t as affordable as the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera; but it’s always good to have more choices. The HERO+ WiFi is set to hit store shelves globally on 4th October 2015. No word yet on when (or if) it will be made available in Malaysia.
(Source: The Verge)