GoPro’s new $130 camera seems perfect for Scouting adventures

GoPro-HERO-photo2GoPro, maker of those action cameras mounted to the head of every other Scout these days, just made a move sure to please packs, troops and crews.

The company today announced an entry-level model of its popular HERO camera. At $130, it’s cheaper than any previous GoPro camera by $70.

The new model, called simply the HERO, lacks some of the bells and whistles of the other two GoPro cameras announced today (the $500 HERO4 Black and $400 HERO4 Silver).

For $130, you get a camera that … 

  • Shoots 1080p video at 30 frames per second or 720p video at 60 frames per second.
  • Is waterproof up to 131 feet in the included housing.
  • Weighs 3.9 ounces.
  • Includes the camera inside a waterproof housing, built-in battery, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount and USB cable. Other mounts (chest, helmet, etc.) are sold separately.

Scouts and Venturers I’ve talked to take these things everywhere: mountain biking, scuba diving, zip-lining, rock climbing, sailing and more.

For a price that won’t wipe out your unit’s budget, you can pick up one to better document your Scouting adventures. You get a return for your investment, too. Consider a GoPro (or any brand of action camera) a tool that serves two purposes:

  1. It helps you reminisce about awesome Scouting moments during meetings, banquets or courts of honor. In a word: Retention.
  2. It helps you share highlights from past trips on your unit’s website or at join-Scouting nights. The message you’re sending prospective members is: “Our unit has fun. Don’t believe me? Watch this video.” In a word: Recruiting.

GoPro says its new cameras will launch Sunday, Oct. 5 on and at select retailers.

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