The GoPro HERO is an entry-level model that supports just two frame sizes and a single field of view: the wide angle. It has an integrated case that houses the camera, interchangeable back doors, a curved and a flat adhesive mount, a plastic accessory for extra angle, a USB cable, and a quick release buckle. In this video tutorial on unboxing the GoPro HERO, you'll learn the location of the USB and microSD ports, and the right way to insert the SD card into the microSD port.
- Okay, we've got the brand new GoPro Hero. Now, you might be confused by that fact that there actually isn't a version number, but GoPro has made a few changes. We have the 3+s and they're actually continuing to sell just the Hero3, and we'll take a look a little bit later at the new 4 Black and 4 Silver but what's the deal with the regular GoPro? Well, this particular GoPro is pretty simple, it is designed to be entry level. Now, this camera is coming in at $129.00.
It's also supporting really only two major frame sizes. You'll find support for 1080p and 720p but not at all of the frame rates that you might expect. It's also really just designed for shooting in one field of view, the wide angle. Now, we'll explore these settings a bit more but let's see what's in the box. You'll notice across the top here there's actually some tape, we need to cut that, and I recommend you're careful with this so don't use anything too sharp. Get that piece of tape pulled off and there'll be one on the other side.
There we go. Now, once that's done, this top piece should slide right off it's really just a decorative sleeve. And you'll notice that the box here is just a simple notch box. Now, there are some more tape marks on here so if your box doesn't open, you might have to cut one more seal. Just take a pair of scissors or a knife across that, being careful not to injure yourself. Here we go, and we'll open that up.
All right. Now, the camera itself does come with some manuals, I'd recommend you keep these. You're going to get a Getting Started Manual, this Quick Start Guide is available as a downloadable PDF. I highly recommend that you put this on your Smartphone, your Tablet, something you're going to have with you in the field. There's a lot of new icons in the menu and I found myself needed to reference it quite a bit. GoPro of course gives you stickers making it easy for you to label your gear or put on your car or be affectionate towards GoPro, and a little bit more in-depth product safety information.
Now, be careful, inside of here there's actually compartments so you want to open up all of these and you'll see in here that we actually have some mounts. Now, we'll take a look at each of these here in a second, I'm just going to remove them all to get started. Close that up. And do the same thing on this end, open it up and free the camera. Now, compared to past GoPros, this camera is much easier to open.
There's not as many pieces of plastic or safety pieces, it's really pretty streamlined. Now we'll open that up and you see here, it's pretty much the things you looked at before, it looks like a previous generation GoPro. Now, it's kind of similar, you might think that this is actually a blackout housing but the camera body itself has changed colors. Let's open this up for a second, it's the newer type GoPro case with a single clasp and if I open that up and twirl it down, you'll see something interesting.
I'm shaking, and it doesn't come out. Now you might think, I'll pry that out of the case I've got some other GoPros that I want to work this with. No, this is built in. It's rock solid, it's part of the integrated case, this isn't really designed to change. Now, you could technically swap the door out but they give you one spare here, and this is if you want to allow a little more sound in. Now, you could swap this out here, just take the pins out, remove it, pretty straight forward, we'll take a look at that a little later.
But you'll notice on the back here, that there are actually two ports. A USB Port which is going to be for charging and transferring data and a Micro SD. Now, why don't we put a card in there just to get that out of the way, and you're going to want a nice, fast card for this. So I'll take it, remember they're quite small, line that up and make sure it goes in right. If it doesn't go in when you first push, it's probably because you have it backwards. So I'll turn that card, put the label side of the camera card facing the GoPro logo and that should be a pretty easy push in.
Now if it doesn't take it, you might need to use your fingernail and the camera might power on when you do that. Now there's a card in there and I can close that back up. All right, well what else do we get? Well, they give you a couple of mounts to get you started, nothing here that's quite as extensive as in the past but two adhesive mounts, again, this is really meant to be a starter GoPro. The sort of thing that maybe if you're on a budget or if you're looking to get some extra spare bodies for extra angles. They give you the plastic piece here, this is designed to help lock the thread so it doesn't come undone.
And then we've got two adhesive mounts. We've got a flat mount and a curved mount. All right, what else? Well, pretty simple, a USB cable. It is still a USB 2 connection so not the fastest for transferring things. If you're going to transfer a lot of data off of this, I would encourage you to take advantage of using a dedicated USB 3 card reader. And, most of the times these Micro SD cards will actually come with an adapter when you buy them. A lot of times these are sold in kits as well with the card included in the camera.
You're going to get some sort of reader like this where you slip it in, and this will make it a lot easier to go ahead and connect that directly to a higher speed connection. So to recap, what's in the box? You've got the camera body in an integrated case, very important that you don't try to remove that. We've got two mounts, one curved, one flat, these are designed for different types of surfaces. Remember, the GoPros pretty simple, it just slides right in to one of those mounts, and locks into place. And we've got an extra door back here, this has got some holes in it, we'll just take that out so you can see it a little better, there we go.
And these holes on the back are just designed to make it a little bit easier so that sound can get through to the camera. And then of course, a couple pieces of paperwork, some stickers to help you actually label your stuff, a quick guide for getting started, a little bit more detailed guide here, and an ability to actually read some safety information. All right, that's what's included with the new GoPro, again, no version number, I suspect that this camera's going to be around for awhile.
Well we'll likely see innovation, maybe a 4+ and of course a 5 at some point, we are just probably going to see this Hero stay at a similar price point and try to be a very affordable entry level camera.
Note: This course was updated in December 2014 to cover the new GoPro HERO4 line of cameras, including chapters on the menu system and shooting photos and video with the HERO4.
- Choosing a GoPro model
- Understanding your GoPro camera's anatomy
- Charging the battery
- Choosing a memory card
- Accessing video and photo shooting modes
- Setting white balance for video
- Shooting in burst or time-lapse mode
- Shooting wirelessly
- Downloading software
- Buying GoPro accessories
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 12/15/2014. What changed?
A: There are over 30 new movies covering GoPro's new camera, the GoPro HERO4. Check out the "What's new" movie for a summary of the changes.
Q: This course was updated on 03/26/2015. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter called "Shooting with a GoPro HERO: Fundamentals - GoPro HERO4 February 2015 Update," which covers the new HERO4 firmware (released February 4, 2015). These tutorials cover the new features and show two different ways to update your camera.