The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO is a rather unique camcorder. It is designed to use in scenarios such as when motorcycling, on quad bikes, 4x4's, jet skis or even planes. It has a protective shield and a high-quality 1080 p camera that can capture the action in the most challenging situations. In this review we look at the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO to see whether it suitable for what it claims to do and whether you should buy one.

Specification

  • The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO has a specification that includes:
  • 1080 p on-board video at 30 frames per second
  • High quality microphone that reduces wind noise
  • Protective polycarbonate housing to protect it from rocks and other dangers
  • Capable of taking 5 megapixel photos between 2 and 60 second intervals
  • Waterproof to 60 metres

Image performance

When looking at the image performance of the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO, we should take into consideration the fact that this is a camera designed to get knocked and smashed about. The camera is capable of taking up to 1080 p video of 5 megapixel stills, which doesn't make it the most capable camera although I feel that it would suit most potential uses. Some have claimed that the camera does not work well in low light and that the audio quality isn't fantastic, but many people have stated that the camera produces relatively good shots and video. The lens does claim to have image stabilisation that should help when recording shaky motorcycle scenes or other activities.

Design and ergonomics

The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO is designed to be held in the hand, rather attached to a helmet or bonnet or other surface using the provided mounts. The camera offers many different shooting modes including taking 5 megapixel still photographs every 2/5/10/30/60 seconds in a hands-free mode; this will be very useful if you wanted to have photographs taken every 30 seconds if you go down a ski run or cycle route.

Other aspects

Looking at the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO, the first thing you notice is the large polycarbonate housing that encompasses the device. This looks relatively tough and is the same material that Apple uses in their laptops and is the basis of materials that are often claimed to be bulletproof. This camera not only offers protection from knocks and scrapes but also claims to be waterproof to 60 m.

Pros

  • Tough casing
  • Reduced price
  • Waterproof to 60 metres
  • 1080p video recording
  • Lots of functionality and features for the active user

Cons

  • Already succeeded by a newer model
  • Some users claim poor lowlight performance and image stabilization issues
  • Quite expensive for the cameras specification

Is the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO right for you?

This camera is perfect for those people who want to make YouTube clips of their activities to share with family and friends. The relatively low price point for this type of camera reflects this, and so anyone who wants to take videos of their mountain bike or skiing may wish to invest in this camera or something similar. That said there are newer versions of this model although these come with higher price points and potentially don't offer much in return over this GoPro model.

Conclusion

The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO is a specialist camera and so I would recommend that you find someone who has bought one and used one to really see it will be suitable for your needs. You must check that you can mount this camera safely and conveniently where you want to use it. You may also want to search YouTube or Flickr for images taken by this camera to see how it really performs. This version from GoPro, the HD Motorsports HERO, is available from sites such as Amazon at a large discount due to the newer HERO 2 model.

Have you bought a GoPro HD Motorsports HERO? Do you think it was worth the money? Would you rather bought a different model? Please feel free to leave a comment below.