GoPro HD Motosports Hero Review

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GoPro - Be a Hero
GoPro – Be a Hero!

There are products that come along that are really cool; once in a while, a product comes along that is revolutionary.

 

The short end of it – Total Motorcycle Gold Award – The GoPro HD Motorsports Hero is a revolutionary product that will open up your world and share it with others. Close to prefect but with a few things to improve upon for GoPro HD 2.

 

The long end of it – Read on and enjoy…

Super 8mm Camcorder
Super 8mm Camcorder 1965

There are products that come along that are really cool; once in a while, a product comes along that is revolutionary and that is the GoPro HD Motorsports Hero. The GoPro HD Hero lets you open up your world and share what you see and experience with others, all in a light and compact package.

People have always wanted to share their experiences with others. Back in the early 19th century we developed the very first still cameras, heavy, wooden, bulky but still capabile of taking either a black and white or color photo (1861) of whatever the photograher’s eye saw and to share it with the masses. The first cameras were “magic” as it allowed someone to see a view from a place they may never be.

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero Front

But the people wanted movement.

They wanted movement and the zoetrope, mutoscope and praxinoscope came to be in the 1860s. These would display sequences of still pictures at sufficient speed for the images on the pictures to appear to be moving.

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero Left Side

But the people wanted smoother motion.

They wanted smoother motion. By the 1880s the development of the motion picture camera allowed the individual component images to be captured and stored on a single reel, and led quickly to the development of a motion picture projector to shine light through the processed and printed film and magnify these “moving picture shows” onto a screen for an entire audience.

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero Back

But the people wanted sound.

They wanted sound. In the 1920s, new technology allowed filmmakers to attach to each film a soundtrack of speech, music and sound effects synchronized with the action on the screen. These sound films were initially distinguished by calling them “talking pictures”, or talkies.

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero Right Side

But the people wanted color.

They wanted color. The next major step in the development was the introduction of so-called “natural color”. The pivotal innovation was the introduction of the three-strip version of the Technicolor process in 1934.

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero Right Side

But the people wanted to make their own films.

In 1932 the first “home movie” cameras appears. In 1935/6 color film appears. This was the point at which home movies finally came within reach of the average family.

It wasn’t until 1965 when Super 8 was released and was quickly adopted by the amateur film-maker. It featured a better quality image, and was easier to use. Super 8 allowed for 2.5 minutes at 24 frames per second. Now the stage was set for a person to share affordable full color, full motion, home videos for the first time.

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero - What's inside the box
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero – What’s inside the box

Fast forard to today….

Now I think you can see why I would call the GoProHD revolutionary. Capable of up to 1080p HD resolutions and recording at 30 frames per second (60 fps in 720p), a tiny size of 1.6” x 2.4” x 1.2” (42mm x 60mm x 30mm) and just 3.3oz (94g) incl. battery weight. Plus over 8 hours of video at 720p (30 fps) with a 32GB SD card (SDHC) card.

Not JUST a video camera, but a moveable point of view. With GoPro’s universal (to their mounts) system you can mount the GoPro camera practically anywhere. With several different and unique mounts available (see below), fixing the GoPro camera to almost any object is amazing. Plus the GoPro is nearly industructable as it is “Shockproof, Bombproof, Waterproof to 180’ / 60m” and able to resist over 200mph speeds as tested by some YouTube home videographers.

Night Vision Goggle Mount
Handlebar Seatpost Mount
Curved Adhesive Mounts
Surf HERO Expansion
HD Wrist Housing
HERO Wide Wrist Housing
HERO Wrist Housing (Standard Lens)
Suction Cup Mount
Roll Bar Mount
Chest Mount Harness
Helmet Front Mount
Head Strap Mount
Tripod Mount
Vented Helmet Strap Mount
Flat Adhesive Mounts


 

GoPro Motorsports HD Hero - Basics
GoPro Motorsports HD Hero – Basics

GoPro’s HD Motorsports HERO is the world’s highest performance 1080p HD on board video and still photo racing camera. Professional quality 1080p, 960p, and 720p HD resolutions records the action at 30 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). The HD Motorsports HERO easily mounts to any helmet, motorcycle, ATV, car, plane, jet ski, boat, snowmobile or other vehicle. The camera’s quick-release mounting design makes it easy to re-position the camera around your vehicle for professional quality HD video from several angles.

Record up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card.

GoPro’s obsession with sound has conquered the wind. At 85 mph on a motorcycle, you’ll enjoy the throaty sound of your motor, not the wind. Inside even the quietest street cars, hear the pull of your motor…not the drone of the wind and road.

The camera can also shoot automatic 5MP time lapse photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals during your drive or ride, hands free. Press the shutter button once and record up to 2.5 hours of on board action with poster-print quality photos.

Included are mounts for two helmets and three vehicles, as well as a suction cup for maximum versatility and convenience. Also included is a 1100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for up to 2.5 hours of constant recording. With optional accessories, you can also plug the camera into a wall outlet, cigarette lighter, or with any USB-compatible power adapter, wire it directly to your vehicle’s electrical system. The battery will charge while you record.

Waterproof to 180’ / 60m and protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs or refurbishing your HD HERO camera affordable and convenient. It’s a GoPro…go for it.™

 

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