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GoPro(戶外運動相機)的流行與困境

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2019年11月29日

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GoPro(戶外運動相機)的流行與困境

外出旅游還帶自拍桿?你out啦!現在風靡一時的戶外運動相機GoPro讓人們可以方便地紀錄任何旅行或運動中的點滴。但就是如此流行的GoPro也不可避免為了應對用戶逐漸提高的需求而加速的產品迭代,以及和想從這個新興市場分一杯羹的其他公司的競爭。

測試中可能遇到的詞匯和知識:

Drone 無人機

Polariod 寶麗來(拍立得)

Rugged 結實耐用的

Frame 幀

Megapixel 百萬像素

Aficionados 狂熱愛好者

Quadcopter 四軸飛行器

GoPro launches Hero 4 Session cube camera in design shift(484words)

By Tim Bradshaw

GoPro is breaking away from the camera design it has used since switching from 35mm film to digital video nine years ago as it tries to battle increased competition.

This month's launch of the $399.99 cube-shaped Hero 4 Session,which is half the size of its flagship Hero 4 Silver and Black devices,comes as part of a shake-up this year that includes lower prices and new products,including 360-degree “spherical” video and a remote-controlled flying drone.

By broadening its range,GoPro hopes to sustain its lead over a growing number of rival action cameras from Sony,iON,Xiaomi,HTC and Polaroid.

Nick Woodman,GoPro's chief executive,said the Session was the company's “smallest,lightest,most convenient GoPro”.

The company described it as a personal project for Mr Woodman,who launched the first of GoPro's rugged,portable cameras in 2004,with the first digital camera coming two years later.

The Session boasts high-definition 1080p video,at up to 60 frames per second,and 8 megapixel still photos,similar specifications to the middle of GoPro's existing range. It will also be able to work with most of the company's existing mounts and other accessories,which have been central to the brand's appeal to action sports aficionados.

But the device does away with most of the screens and buttons of its traditional devices,instead pairing wirelessly to a smartphone or optional remote control to view captured footage and change camera settings.

GoPro is hoping to improve the accessibility of its devices. Like Polaroid's $100 Cube device,the Session has just one main button on the top,to start and end recording. It is waterproof without needing an extra case and has a dual-microphone system that makes for clearer sound recording.

Polaroid is releasing a new version of the Cube this month,costing $150,which adds wireless connectivity.

According to analysts at IDC,GoPro accounts for more than half of all action-camera sales. The launch of the Session,which will go on sale in most markets this month,follows the June launch of the Hero+,an entry-level device costing $300,to help fend off lower-priced competition from Chinese manufacturers.

Mr Woodman announced in May that GoPro would launch a drone camera within the next 12 months,capitalising on growing interest in aerial photography thanks to the falling cost of remote-controlled quadcopters such as DJI's Phantom. GoPro is also working with Google to create a 360-degree camera made up of 16 Hero devices.

In addition,GoPro announced new accessories and mounts across its Hero range,from a foam case that reduces wind noise to the “Floaty” to keep the Session from sinking.

The company's valuation has increased by about two-thirds since its initial public offering just over a year ago,as it continues to post strong growth. But its stock,which closed at $51.75 on Friday,is trading well below its highs of more than $90 last October.

1.What does this new Hero 4 Session have in common with other GoPro products?

A.Compatible to most GoPro mounts and accessories.

B.Needs extra casing to be waterproof.

C.Same quality of film recorded.

D.Has dual-microphone system for sound recording.

[1] 答案

2.Which company is not GoPro's competitor?

A.XIAOMI

B.Google

C.SONY

D.Polariod

[2] 答案

3.Which action does GoPro not take to fight the competition?

A.Develop new products

B.Create more accessories of GoPro cameras

C.Release products with lower price

D.Merge with Chinese manufacturers

[3] 答案

4.What is the author's opinion towards GoPro's future?

A.Bright

B.Poor

C.Worrisome

D.Strong

[4] 答案

[1]答案:A.Compatible to most GoPro mounts and accessories.

解釋:文章詳細描述了GoPro新產品的新特點,包括無需單獨外殼即可防水、更高拍攝畫質、和新的雙麥克風系統。而共同點則是都能與GoPro其他推出的支架和配件通用。

[2]答案:B.Google

解釋:文章中部作者提及了GoPro的競爭對手包括Sony,iON,Xiaomi,HTC 和 Polaroid,而后面講Google則是GoPro的合作研發伙伴。

[3]答案:D.Merge with Chinese manufacturers

解釋:文章里講到了GoPro的策略,比如更低價和新產品還有更多配件。

[4]答案:C.Worrisome

解釋:該文作者在最后一段指出,雖然GoPro現在依舊強勢增長,但其股價($51.75)已經遠低于最高值(>$90)。所以,作者對于GoPro的前景是擔心的。

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