Are you looking to purchase a GoPro camera to use with your family? You’ve already made a good decision by looking to getting a GoPro. They are wonderful as a family camera as they are small, robust, and waterproof. They most definitely hold up to the extreme sport of family adventures!
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Best GoPro Family Camera Options
1. Hero4 Silver
I recommend the Hero4 Silver for a family camera. It’s part of the Hero4 family released in late 2014, so it’s the “latest and greatest”. The biggest selling point for me is the LCD camera on the backside. This camera is around $200 on Amazon.
If you’ve never used a GoPro before, I think you will be deeply disappointed (and frustrated) by not having the LCD touch screen to see what you’re shooting and adjust settings, and that’s the reason I recommend the Hero4 Silver as a family camera.
2. Hero3+ Silver
If the Hero4 Silver is too steep for your family, try going for the Hero3+ Silver. It still shoots in HD (1080p), although there are fewer options for resolutions and frame rates. But it certainly is capable of capturing your vacations, adventures, or everyday family life.
The Hero3+ Silver has a fair price for a waterproof digital family video camera if you ask me!
I feel like I should give you three choices here, but truthfully, for a family video camera I would recommend the Hero4 Silver or the Hero3+ Silver and that’s it.
What about the Hero4 Black, the Hero3 White, and the Hero? While the Black is too much camera for family use, the White and the basic Hero are just not enough. My take? If you want to create awesome home movies, buy an awesome camera. If you want to create half-assed movies, just use your iPhone.
So stick with the Silver and you can’t go wrong. Happy GoPro shopping!