GoPro Helmet HERO Wide Video Camera Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and Pastajet

What is a Hero?
A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.

Originally released in 2006, the HERO cameras are a line patented by GoPro, a northern California-based team of inventors and athletes dedicated to making it easy to use a camera during favorite activities. The HERO camera line incorporates a small digital camera enclosed in a waterproof housing unit, and the camera can take still or video pictures. The HERO comes in a variety of versions such as the Helmet HERO, the Motorsports HERO, the Surf HERO, and the Digital HERO, the core differences are the mounting options included in each package.

The Hero comes in a cool box with a clear plastic top that shows off the camera in it’s housing. Getting everything apart reminded me of trying to open a puzzle box, pulling the cover art off carefully so I did not tear it, and then pulling the tape off that holds the plastic top onto the main parts box.

GoPro’s HERO video camera’s latest incarnation is the Wide angle version, which has a whopping 170 degree of viewing and 5 megapixel sensor. Can we say WIDE?

Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about bum cakes
My girl’s got ‘em
Big bottom, drive me out of my mind
How can I leave this behind?

HERO camera

The camera itself has only two buttons, an indicator light, and a small LCD screen that shows information relating to battery, mode, and status. The camera uses 2 AAA batteries which comprise a third of the weight of this tiny and light unit. It comes with a simple 1 page instruction manual written in 5 languages.

“Whoa, lady, I only speak two languages, English and bad English.”

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Reginhild says:

    I was waiting for one of the mountable light video cameras to accept a 4GB SD card. Even the higher end ones right now are limited to 2GB.

    The next step would be 8GB capability but it would require going to two AA vs. AAA to last longer than 2hrs… or the video resolution/frame rate could be pumped up.

  • Reginhild says:

    I was waiting for a light mountable camera to move up to 4GB SD cards. Even the high end ones seem to still be stuck at only accepting 2GB cards.

    Next step is 8GB and higher frame rate or resolution to still fit in the 2hr battery limitation…or they could redesign for AA batteries.

  • Adrian says:

    Hi. Could you tell me where you got that update for the camera. So that I can have a 4gb memory card. Thanks.

  • pastajet says:

    GoPro should be releasing a 4GB firmware upgrade shortly for the HERO camera, I do not have a time frame for the release. It will also be nice when they have the 8GB firmware.

  • oneye says:

    Good to excellent quality video ( for the price ) . Doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. Make sure to use lithium batteries in cold temps. Oh yeah, the sticky mounts are good to 140 mph, I can vouch for that!

  • Amrish says:

    Can it be directly hooked up to a PC to be used as a web cam.

    Need to transmit images in real time.


  • pastajet says:

    It appears as a removable device/disk when hooked up to PC, so it won’t work as a web cam as far as I know. I can try it sometime at home, but I doubt it would work in that manner.

  • George Henry Poppycock says:

    Nice videos Brian! I have a Hero 5 as well, I had some faulty quick release buckles that snapped when removing from mounts, I contacted GOPro and they informed me that I had received a kit that had been made with brittle resin – and sent me new clips and parts the next day… I believe the reason for the sun being blacked out is that it is programed to do so, to prevent over exposure of the video. If the sensor metering off of the sun and changes the aperture and or exposure to the correct exposure for the sun every thing else is extremely dark… I think it looks kinda cool too. I want to get the handlebar/seat post mount. When my buckles were broken I used the head strap mount as a shoulder/chest/crotch cam.

  • mufn8r says:

    Arrrgh! When is the firmware going to be released?! Also, will the firmware improve the video quality of the older versions? I mean when I connect my GoPro to my motorcycle, no matter how secure the camera is the video misses frames and looks “liquified”.

  • Edo says:

    I’m thinking about buying this camera. Where can I find some sample video files to download to my PC to check them and to play around with my video editing software?

  • LeeL says:

    Edo – myself and several others have posted some GoPro footage to the MTBR Video forums. You need a vimeo login but once you have one you can download the footage to play with editing

  • John says:

    What are the recording times using using the recommended rechargable batteries?


  • 8664 says:

    hi since they have the wide i am a big fan and with the chest mount it is the best solution without shutter!!! best cam for money!

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