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Exclusive Video Teardown: GoPro HERO

01 April 2015
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

The GoPro Hero is the company’s new entry-level “action camera, offered at a very reasonable price ($129.99 USD), but offering fewer features than its higher-priced predecessors. It is, however, waterproof to 131 feet (40 meters), so it can operate in the same range of environments as the company’s other cameras. But for this model, the waterproofing comes at a price – the camera is sealed permanently in its polycarbonate case and does not have ports for adding Wi-Fi, a touchscreen, or extra battery pack. In this exclusive video teardown, the IHS Technology teardown team reaches inside the case to examine the components and structure of the GoPro Hero.

Summary points:

  • Lowest end of GoPro Range (Entry Level)
  • 5 MP w 1080p30 / 720p60 fps
  • Ambarella A7LS34 Core
  • ON Semi (Former Aptina) Image Sensor

Target market: Consumer

Pricing: $129.99 USD Retail

Availability: Global

Total cost (direct materials and manufacturing): $47.11

Major Components:

- Camera SoC, Image / Video Processor, 700MHz ARM1136J-S CPU, 480 MPixels/s Processing, Up to 32MP Still Image Capture, Up to 1080p@60fps Video Recording, 32nm - MFG: AMBARELLA - MPN: A7LS34 - (Qty: 1)

- Image Sensor, 8MP, CMOS, 1/3.2" Format, 3264 x 2448 Pixels, 1.4um x 1.4um Pixel Size, 4.57mm x 3.43mm Active Image Area - MFG: ON SEMICONDUCTOR - (Qty: 1)

- SDRAM, DDR3-1333, 2Gb, 1.5V - MFG: SK HYNIX INC - MPN: H5TQ2G63DFR-H9C - (Qty: 1)

- Enclosure, Main, Front, 2-Shot Injection Molded Plastic & Polycarbonate - (Qty: 1)

- Battery, Li-Ion, 2-Cell, 3.8V, 1130mAh, 4.3Wh, w/ 3 Discrete Insulated Wires, 1 3-Position Pin Socket - MFG: TCL HYPERPOWER BATTERIES INC - (Qty: 1)

- Power Management IC, Contain 3 Step-Down DC-DC Converters, 1 Step-Down DC-DC Controller, 8 LDO Regulators, 10-Bit ADC, 4 GPIOs - MFG: AMS AG - MPN: AS3711-BQFP-12 - (Qty: 1)

- Standard Backdoor, Injection Molded Clear Polycarbonate, Dark Tinted - (Qty: 1)

- Fourth Lens Element, Glass, Painted - (Qty: 1)

- 8-Layer, FR4, Lead-Free - MFG: SHENZHEN WUZHU TECH - (Qty: 1)

- Display Module, 0.8" Diagonal, Monochrome, 80 x 70 Pixels, w/ Flex PCB - (Qty: 1)

Overview (front)

Source: IHS

Overview (rear)

Source: IHS

Main PCB Top

Source: IHS

Main PCB Bottom

Source: IHS

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