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GoPro Hero

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If you want a high-spec GoPro for your dirt-bike back­flips, per­ilous rock climbs and surf­ing ex­ploits, you’re al­ready well catered for. But for those of us who lead lives more Poldark than Point Break, those cams are a costly in­vest­ment. Just want to doc­u­ment your desert strolls and get some FPV footage of your dog? Then con­sider the new Hero.

At $230 it’s an af­ford­able en­try-level GoPro, and while you’ll lose the 4K and su­per-slow-mo stuff – ex­pect it to top out at 1440p @ 60fps – you still get a 2in touch­screen, water­proof­ing down to 10m and dig­i­tal sta­bil­i­sa­tion. It’s tough as hell too, able to go places your smart­phone sim­ply can­not.

The Hero sup­ports QuikS­to­ries, the nifty soft­ware that au­to­mat­i­cally ed­its your footage into a video com­plete with mu­sic and ef­fects. And be­cause this GoPro shares the same form fac­tor as its more pre­mium con­tem­po­raries, it’ll work with the same mounts and ac­ces­sories. For­get the giant duck-shaped pool float: this is your pre-sum­mer im­pulse buy.

As hot as… un­treated sun­burn US$230 / gopro.com

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