GoPro HD Camera for your bike: Affordable and good
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 29 October 2009
Filming your every move on the bike is no longer a luxury reserved for pro mountain bikers with big name sponsors. In the last year or so – home made, hand-built camera mounts for the bike and have been on their way out as out-of-the-box sporting video cameras deliver ever increasing quality and become more affordable.
Whether you are documenting your daily commute (to catch traffic offenders) or want to edit together your own personal best of – a portable video camera is almost about to become a standard cycling accessory.
GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO has captured our attention because of the resolution and price. We look forward to testing it as the price is fantastic… does it actually deliver? GoPro say that it is one of the best 1080p HD video and still photo camera available on the market for cyclists today. Lets take a look at the specs.
GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO offers a 1080p HD video and still photo camera in one unit. The HD HERO gives you three filming mode. The HERO can record at 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). Record up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card
The HD HERO can shoot hands-free, 5 megapixel photos automatically at 2 / 5 / 10 / 30 / and 60 second intervals until the batteries die or the SD card is full (2.5 hours). Or set it to single shot, triple shot, or self timer for more traditional photo taking.
Included are mounts for attaching the camera to three helmets and two pieces of gear or vehicles, as well as a head strap allowing you to wear the camera like a headlamp. You can also pull this strap over helmets for easy camera sharing between friends. One of the above mentioned helmet mounts is a lace-through strap-mount designed for vented helmets.
The HD Helmet HERO is compatible with all other GoPro HERO camera mounting accessories, so it’s very easy to expand the functionality of your camera to also suction cup to vehicles, and clamp to bike handlebars.
Protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs to the HERO possible.
– 5 Megapixel HD Helmet HERO Camera
– 1 Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
– 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180’/60 m)
– 1 Headlamp-Style Head Strap
– 1 Vented Helmet Strap
– 2 Curved, 3M? Adhesive Mounts
– 2 Flat, 3M Adhesive Mounts
– 1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
– 2 Quick-Release Buckles
– 1 USB Cable
– 1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
– 1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
Warranty: One Year