This is a fine lightweight video camera for various sports specific uses. It can mount to your helmet, a bike frame, a kayak, a car, etc. It’s light, easy to use, can take the abuse laid out by an outdoor activity, and it’s waterproof. Using a 2GB SD card you can get 56 minutes of video time which is adequate for most activities, and newer firmware will allow 1 hour and 50 minutes using a 4GB SDHC card. I really have to say that the quick attachment system to the helmet is remarkable, I wish all bike light manufacturers went with this as a standard! I have some quibbles with it getting an occasional sunspot when directly looking at the Sun, and it would be nice to have some sort of counter so you know how much video time you have used. This unit is not recommended for a professional videographer since the video quality is lackluster when comparing to the upper echelon of video cameras. This camera is going to be mainly used for video’s that are used on blogs, and various video upload sites such as YouTube, and Vimeo, so video quality is not a primary constraint. I can recommend the GoPro Helmet HERO Wide video camera package for taking video’s while biking and many other outdoor activities. I am hooked, and I am already playing with video editing and becoming a consummate neophyte videographer.
-Uses ordinary SD cards.
-Ease of use.
-Multiple options and placements using various attachments methods.
-Great protection case and very abuse proof.
-Excellent quick attachment system (bike light companies take note).
-Waterproof to 100 feet.
-No cables needed while filming.
-Drains batteries quickly.
-Upside down LCD information is annoying.
-Needs counter on the camera screen for time of video usage.
-Sun spots when the camera is directly in sun.
-The Wide angle can give a bit of vertigo when viewing video’s.
-Just decent video quality, it’s not a Professional POV camera.
-When using multiple swivels it’s hard to keep the unit from moving.
-No video screen for viewing.
-Short 56 minute recording time (fixed by newer firmware-1hr 50min)
Value Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
GoPro HERO Specs:
Sensor – 5 megapixel (2592 x 1944)
Lens – Glass f2.8, 170 diagonal FOV (field of view)
Exposure – Auto
Internal Memory – 16MB, expandable to 2GB SD
Video – 512 x 384 (56mins on 2GB SD)
PC Connector – mini USB to USB/RCA cable
Power – 2xAAA batteries
Operating System – Win ME/2000/XP/Vista and MacOS 9.1/10.2+
Camera Size – 1.25 x 1.75 x 2.3 in
Warranty – 1 year
56 minutes of 512×384 video with sound at 30fps on a 2GB SD card
3x sequence still photo burst
Auto “Photo Every 2 or 5 seconds” mode – 1945 in 2 sec mode on 2GB SD card
Adjustable sound recording levels
Helmet Hero Wide MSRP $189.99
Optional seatpost mount (Ride Hero) MSRP – $19.99
GoPro Website: http://www.goprocamera.com/