GoPro Helmet HERO Wide Video Camera Review

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HERO camera mounted on helmet strap

I have been testing the Helmet HERO Wide for the couple of months, and I am very satisfied with the product. This is a helmet mounted system in which the camera is enclosed in a polycarbonate housing, and the housing attaches to the helmet through a quick-release mount. The kit includes an unvented helmet strap (a.k.a the jock strap), stick on mounts, and a side arm swivel. The mounts allow attachment to bikes, cars, kayaks, helmets and more. You can purchase additional more specific adapters for motorsports, surfing, and other sports uses. I tested an optional adapter that allows connection to a seatpost or handlebar.


Camera with housing opened

Mounting the unit to the frame allows interesting shots such as showing how a fork reacts to varying terrain that it encounters. I have also been testing their brand new chest mounted accessory, apply named the ‘Chesty’.

She’s a brick house
Mighty might just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick house
The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact,
ain’t holding nothing back.

Using the easy to mount helmet strap, the housing unit has a fantastic quick snap in facility that is a dream to attach to the helmet strap mount. All that are required is a quick backwards push of the buckle onto any of the mounts, and the housing is installed. I have noticed that when I had the camera housing unit inserted into any of the mounts it seems a bit sloppy. I am not sure if the sloppiness causes any picture degradation?


Quick release buckle

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme 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 and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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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.

    Amrish

  • 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?
    Thanks

  • 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?

    Thx!

  • 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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