The Go Pro Video Camera is Taking Home Video to the Next Step
When it comes to hands-free filming for sports, there has never been an affordable camera that takes high quality footage, and is easy to set up and use. You either had to invest in an expensive helmet-cam setup, or simply duct tape a small camera to your helmet and settle for shaky, low-quality footage, and hope the camera doesn’t get damaged. Now, that is all changing. With the GoPro’s newest line of wearable HD cameras, consumers finally have an affordable option for filming sports from their point of view. The HERO line of HD cameras from GoPro offer countless features, such as wide angle recording in resolutions up to 1080p, high quality audio, and a rugged construction that allows for durability and hours of recording.
This particular review covers the “Motorsports” version of the HD HERO camera, a version that features mounting hardware more oriented for use with cars and motorcycles.
One of the main features of the HD HERO camera is its trademark high definition recording ability. The HD HERO can take full 1080p HD footage, and wide-angle footage with a viewing angle of up to 170°. It can also take “slow-motion” footage at 60 frames per second in 720p resolution. The camera even has a still photo mode, and can take 5 megapixel pictures at intervals from 2 to 60 seconds. The HERO also features a high-end digital sensor processor, resulting in extremely fast automatic exposure. This makes it easy to move from light to dark areas and still achieve correct exposure settings. All of these features combine to take incredibly smooth, crisp, and colorful footage.
High quality audio is another trademark of the HERO camera. The HERO features sophisticated audio recording control software that has advanced AGC (automatic gain control), that allows the camera to capture a wide range of sounds, and significantly reduces or even eliminates wind noise, a problem which plagues many other cameras. Automotive enthusiasts will greatly appreciate this feature of the HD Motorsports HERO, as it will allow them to mount the camera on the side of a car or motorcycle and capture engine noises without having it drowned out with wind noise.
The HD HERO is known for its ruggedness, and ability to record for long periods of time. One of the features that contributes to this reputation is the included shockproof and waterproof protective housing. The housing will protect the camera from flying debris and impacts against solid objects, and from water at depths of up to 180 feet. The HD HERO also includes a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery with a run-time of 2.5 hours, and can be recharged through any USB port. This allows for charging from a computer or USB compatible car or wall charger, providing greater flexibility for charging when you are on the go. Furthermore, the battery can be charged while the camera is operating; great for long periods of operation such, as documenting a road trip. The camera even has a built in battery warmer for operation in cold temperatures that extends battery life. The HD HERO camera utilizes SD cards to store recorded video, and is compatible with cards ranging from 2 GB to 32 GB in capacity. The HD HERO can record over 9 hours of HD footage with a 32 GB card, or thousands of still images.
In its entirety, the HD Motorsports HERO camera package includes the following:
5 Megapixel HD Motorsports HERO Camera
1 Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180'/60 m)
3 Flat, 3M Adhesive Mounts for attaching camera to flat surfaces
2 Curved, 3M Adhesive Mounts for attaching camera to helmets and curved surfaces
2 Quick-Release Buckles
1 Vertical Surface "J-Hook" Buckle
1 Suction Cup Mount, ideal for attaching camera to windows or other smooth surfaces
1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly lets you mount camera on side of helmet
1 USB Cable
1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
The Motorsports package differs from other versions of the HERO camera in that it features more mounting hardware that is suitable for mounting on a helmet, or just about any type of vehicle imaginable; from cars, to motorcycles, to boats, and even aircraft! Prices vary by retailer, but the HD Motorsports HERO camera can generally be purchased for around $230 from online retailers.
To sum it all up, with the HD Motorsports HERO camera by GoPro, you can record all your automotive or extreme sports exploits in eye-popping HD and with terrific sound, without having to sacrifice size, durability, or recording time; all at an affordable price. The HD Motorsports HERO camera is a must have for any power sports or extreme sports enthusiast that wants to capture exciting video footage.