GoPro starts shipping $80 LCD BacPac for HD Hero, has no room for your lunch box (video)

Tim Stevens
T. Stevens|02.01.11

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GoPro starts shipping $80 LCD BacPac for HD Hero, has no room for your lunch box (video)
Aiming your helmet camera and replaying footage is a problem on most models. The HD170 makes it easy, but then hits you with a lot of bulk. Contour is working on a viewfinder app for iOS and Android devices that will wirelessly stream video, but that's not out yet. GoPro's LCD BacPac, on the other hand, is shipping today. We spent a little quality time with one at CES, a tiny screen that clips on the back of a 1080p HD Hero and lets you see what's being filmed and also play back what you've captured earlier. As you can see it adds about a quarter-inch of depth onto the camera but comes with a replacement back door to retain compatibility with all mounts. It's shipping now for $80, making it a somewhat expensive accessory for a $300 camera.

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GoPro® Launches the LCD BacPac™ Detachable LCD Screen for the 1080p HD HERO® Camera

The first of several removable expansion modules for industry leading HD HERO camera.

February 1, 2011 - Half Moon Bay, Calif. /PRNewswire/ - GoPro, the world's leading wearable and gear mountable camera company, today announced the availability of the LCD BacPac, a detachable LCD screen for the company's HD HERO camera. The LCD BacPac represents the first in a line of expansion modules to be released for the HD HERO camera. Available for order today at and subsequently shipping to retailers around the world, the LCD BacPac has an MSRP of $79.99.

The LCD BacPac is a detachable LCD screen for the 1080p HD HERO camera. It attaches to the camera via the HERO Port™ - a small expansion port located on the back of the camera. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps the HD HERO camera as small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD screen when attached.

To see how this new and first-of-kind product works click here.

Acclaimed by industry professionals and consumers alike for its broadcast quality HD video capture and unrivaled versatility, the HD HERO camera now benefits from the enhanced convenience of a detachable LCD screen:

easy framing of complex scenes; see exactly what you are shooting
playback video and photos directly on the HD HERO camera
transform the HD HERO into one of the world's most powerful everyday cameras
The LCD BacPac illustrates GoPro's dedication to evolving the HD HERO camera into one of the world's most versatile HD cameras.

"We designed the HD HERO camera to be a professional HD video capture tool, and that meant planning for expandability," said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro's CEO. "At the core, we've kept the HD HERO camera as small and light as possible, cutting out everything that isn't required for capturing incredible HD content. Our wide angle lens allows for the omission of an LCD screen for most uses, but of course there are times when an LCD screen comes in handy. We're excited to provide this functionality to our customers via the LCD BacPac. This is the first of many expansion BacPacs to come, and one more step towards establishing the HD HERO as one of the most versatile cameras in the world."

Included with the new LCD BacPac are four new housing backdoors that can be attached to both the existing HD HERO waterproof housing as well as the HD Wrist housing which enables the HD HERO to be worn on the wrist. The new backdoors allow both housings to fully enclose the HD HERO camera plus LCD BacPac within the respective housings. Furthermore, the LCD BacPac is compatible with all existing GoPro mounts, when attached to the HD HERO camera.

About GoPro
Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro is the world's leading activity image capture company. GoPro's HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras and accessories are sold in over 60 countries, in specialty sports retailers, Best Buy, and online at

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GOPRO®, HERO®, & BacPac™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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