GoPro’s new budget action camera with WiFi

By Sateesh on September 28, 2015

GoPro wants to make sure it has the action camera for you no matter how much you’re looking to spend. The company’s announcing a new entry-level action camera today, the GoPro Hero+ Wi-Fi. It’s an action camera that slots in right between the base model Hero+ ($129.99) and the more expensive Hero+ LCD ($299.99), due for release on October 4th.

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that it includes the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities of the more expensive model while ditching the LCD touchscreen. The price is also right between those two models: it comes in at $199.99 — a pretty good place to be in for the holiday shopping season.

On the outside, the new Hero+ Wi-Fi looks just like the base model, but on the inside the camera equipment comes from the better Hero+ LCD. That means you’ll be able to record at resolutions up to 1080p at 60fps, compared to just 30fps on the entry-level Hero+. The camera can also take 8-megapixel stills, and it’s waterproof down to 40 meters (131 feet). Notably, you won’t be able to record any awe-worthy slow-mo shots — you’ll need the fancier (and more expensive) Hero 4 cameras for that.

Other than the slightly improved sensor, the $70 separating the new model from the Hero+ will get you Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity so you can use your smartphone to frame shots, change camera settings, and share the videos you capture. The feature makes a pretty significant difference in day-to-day use with the camera, especially when the camera itself lacks a color display for watching what you record.

The company is also making another pricing tweak today: its miniature Hero 4 Session action camera is dropping from a pricey $399.99 down to $299.99. The camera’s far smaller than the main flagship Hero 4 models, making it easier to carry around all day as you raft down rapids and climb up mountains. But it lacks a display, which probably made it a hard sell against the Hero 4 Silver at the exact same price — the $100 drop announced today should change that.