There are products that come along that are really cool; once in a while, a product comes along that is revolutionary.
Total Motorcycle GoPro HD Hero 720p 30fps (1280Ã—720 (16:9)) review video
720p = 1280Ã—720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate.
– Ultra Wide HD featuring a 170º angle of view, both 30 and 60 fps, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.
– 16:9 HD Video
– 720p (1280 x 720)
– 30 fps NTSC / 25 fps PAL
– When mounting on vehicles or gear, when a very wide angle is desired but vertical viewing area is not as important.
Overall I thought the file size was excellent (small) and the wide angle of view provided by the 720p = 1280Ã—720 pixels (16:9) resolution on the GoPro HD Hero was outstanding. With 30fps you would think that it is the same as the 1280Ã—720 60fps mode just 1/2 as many frames (that you can’t see anyways) but that would be incorrect. For whatever reason, the 1280Ã—720 30fps mode is just not as smooth nor as sharp as the 1280Ã—720 60fps mode. The edges have more pixelation (artifacting) and camera movement from vibration is more pronounced. Sadly, the 1280Ã—720 30fps while it cuts file size down by 1/2 you also pay a little for it in overall quality as well.
I could see the 720p = 1280Ã—720 pixels (16:9) 30fps mode being used when you really want a high resolution with a smallest file size. The hard part would be deciding between this mode at 30fps with more sharpness or the WVGA = 848Ã—480 mode at 60 fps with more smoothness as they produce the same file size.