GoPro's mountable action cams are among the most popular in the business, and for good reason. There's a range of mounts and even a range of camera options. Now, there's one more with the GoPro Hero+LCD, an entry-level model that features (as you probably guessed from the name) a touchscreen LCD.
While most GoPros do not have built in screens, the Hero+LCD isn't the first to sport a screen. The GoPro Hero4 Silver also features a screen. Most GoPro models, however, do without, though there's a back that can be purchased to add a screen. As a mountable action cam, a screen isn't absolutely necessary, though it certainly comes in handy to decide an exact mount placement.
The new touchscreen is cool--but even more attractive is the price. The $299 list price is among the lowest GoPro has offered. With an entry-level price, of course, there's no 4K, but the 1080p HD video can shoot at a smooth 60 fps. That's certainly good enough for sharing on YouTube and social media (made a bit easier by built-in wi-fi) and casual consumers just looking to capture a bit of their best action.
The GoPro Hero+LCD has a fixed, f/2.8 aperture. That bright aperture will come in handy when users take the camcorder underwater--it has an excellent depth rating of 131 feet with the included housing. It's also able to withstand dust, so it'll work for options from mounting on a dune buggy to capturing action on a surfboard.
Still pictures aren't out of the question either--this particular GoPro captures eight megapixel photos. Burst speeds can be shot at 5 fps. The wi-fi or remote (purchased separately) can be used to snap the photos without removing the camera from the mount.
GoPros have a wide range of accessories and mounting options--one of the reasons that we recommend them. If you need the higher resolution, strive for the GoPro Hero4 Black. The Sony HDR-AS200 comes in at a similar price, with similar recording options though not quite as many mounting options and a screen that isn't touch responsive. Overall, we're excited to see a more budget-friendly option from GoPro.