GoPro Hero HD Camera

The GoPro HD Naked HERO Camera camera has been around for almost two years. I’ve had one for about that length of time. It is a sports camera meant to record HD video from just about any moving object: bikes, cars, motorcycles, skate boards – you name it.

I use the GoPro to record my trips around race tracks. Sometimes I put the camera in the car, but most of the time I put it outside the car. You can mount it to virtually any surface. In fact, I’ve never found any surface it won’t mount to.

It can be mounted to almost anything you can think of. Both GoPro and a host of third party companies make all sorts of mounts for the GoPro HD camera. I’ve recently successfully mounted it to the outside fender of my 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport and raced multiple 100+ mile per hour laps at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Super Speedway Oval without the camera coming off.

In my most recent test, I placed the camera deliberately at a point on the car where vibration would be intense. I even mounted the camera in a manner so it was somewhat loose. I didn’t fully suction it to the car to see if it would come off. It didn’t.

The case is very rugged and even waterproof to 60 meters.

The camera offers a 170 degree view that makes it pretty easy to make sure you’re concentrating on the right subject matter. Everything is in focus. The camera operates using two simple buttons. Essentially – press one button to turn on the camera and one to start recording. The camera uses a standard SD memory card which fits into any SD card reader. The camera has a USB port that you can use to transfer data or charge the device.

The GoPro Hero does record sound although in situations like mine, where I often place it on the outside of a race car, the audio quality isn’t that great. On the inside of the car it does a decent job. But pro audio solutions like external field recorders are still preferred for great sound.

The internal battery delivers more than two hours of continuous recording time. Depending on the quality of your recording and the size of your SD card you can in theory, record more data than the battery can live to take in.

You can shoot up to 1080p or 720p if you want to do the slow motion capture stuff. The video is easy to edit with virtually any video software.

Here is a link to a sample video shot with the GoPro Hero HD Camera at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Looking at the video, it’s sharp, clear, has good color rendition. The sample clip attached to this post is from the recent Corvette run I described.

If you want to capture action footage, there’s nothing easier or cheaper.

Why post this here at Triple Exposure? There’s more good news…The GoPro Hero is great for time-lapse. You can record an image every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds. The on-camera display shows three digits. The camera counter stops but the camera itself keeps shooting. It will shoot until the memory card is full or until you shut it off.

Give it a try – we’re certain you will like it.

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Posted on September 30, 2011, in Gear, Time-lapse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Try the Contour+ if you ever get a chance 😉

    GPS tagged video’s take it to a whole other level!

    • Thanks I have the Contour and think it’s a great product but it’s not as easy to use and the Micro SD card is a pain – likewise the door to the camera is hard to close. I do use it as a helmet camera sometimes but frankly can’ t think of one reason I’d want GPS tagged videos. For someone that must be important but not me 🙂

      • Just out of curiosity which one?

        The Contour+ is heads and tails over the previous gen’s and it’s still evolving 😉

        I started with the 1080HD, then the GPS & now the +

        GPS data + Dashware = some cool data mashups!

        I can only imagine how cool it’d be to see the squirrelsuit guys MPH & altitude changes!

        Much thanks,

      • LOL you should work for Contour. This review was about the Hero. Thanks and enjoy the Contour. As I said – I have no need whatsoever for the GPS and I think the Contour is hard to use by comparison. I have the Contour +. BTW I do think the Contour does a better job with audio than the Hero. Moving on now. Thanks.