GoPro HD HERO 960 Review
In this GoPro HD HERO 960 review, we’ll take a look at this popular point of view camera that is being used by thousands of people around the world to capture sports action and adventure footage that is second to none.
As with each and every GoPro HD review we’ve done, the GoPro 960 left us impressed. The GoPro HD HERO 960 camera features the same high quality sound recording system and 960p, 720p and 480p (WVGA) video and 5 megapixel timelapse photo modes as its big brother, the original GoPro HD HERO camera.
Missing from the GoPro HD HERO 960 camera are the HERO BUS expansion port in the rear of the camera and 720p @ 60fps, 1080p video. The HERO BUS expansion port provides you with the ability to take advantage of GoPro’s forthcoming BacPac accessories (battery extension and LCD screen).
GoPro HD HERO 960 Review – GoPro Quality on a Budget
That being said, the HERO 960 is a great option for camera enthusiasts who want to spend less but still have the opportunity to purchase a camera with the GoPro quality and an excellent assortment of mounts – including a flat mount, a curved adhesive mount, and a well-designed helmet strap mount that allows you to mount the camera on your helmet, surfboard and other surfaces.
As with all GoPro cameras, we liked that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to shoot awesome footage with the GoPro HD HERO 960. The camera is easy to use. Simply turn the camera on and press the shutter button and you’re ready to go. The camera is small and lightweight and won’t interfere with your performance whether you’re filming from the handle bars of a mountain bike or from your helmet while practicing some daring tricks on your skateboard. You also get the incredible 170 degree wide angle and the same housing case that allows you to shoot in extreme conditions including underwater up to 180 feet. The housing is so robust you could throw the camera across asphalt and it would survive. And last but not least, you get the same rechargeable battery as the company’s flagship HD HERO model that lasts for 2 1/2 hours of recording.
In order to offer an HD camera at a price well below the competition, GoPro toned down some of the features some sports and adventure enthusiasts may not require. For example, they reduced the highest resolution setting. However, unless you have an HDTV over 50 feet, the normal viewer won’t be able to easily tell the difference. In addition, the 960 only shoots HD at 30 frames per second (FPS) which should be fine for most folks unless you want a lot of slow motion effects.
The GoPro HD HERO 960 Warranty
The GoPro HD HERO 960 comes with a one year warranty just like it’s big brother, which is about twice as long as any other competitor. This says a lot about the camera’s quality and shows the willingness and confidence of the company to stand behind its product.
We noticed some competitors have a limited amount of mount accessories, so we love that GoPro offers an array of additional mount accessories such as surfboard mount, roll bar mount, handlebar mount, chest harness, and more. You can also purchase replacement housing, replacement lens kit, waterproof wrist housing, spare battery, AC/DC wall charger, auto charger, and more.
If you are looking for a great camera at a great price and your main focus is for Internet distribution or to post your crazy adventures on YouTube, you can’t ask for anything more than this entry-level model. You’ve heard all the action and sport junkies talking about this tiny little camera that can mount anywhere and withstand anything. Here’s a chance to try this powerhouse camera at an awesome price that will give you awe inspiring footage to impress your friends and allow you to watch your tricks and stunts for years to come.
The GoPro HD HERO 960 includes:
- 1 HD HERO 960 camera
- 1 Helmet Front Mount
- 1 Curved, 3M Adhesive Mount
- 1 Flat, 3M Adhesive Mount
- 1 Composite Video Cable + Audio Out Cable
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 Component Video Cable (HDTV)
- 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180′ / 60m)
- 1 Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
- 1 Headlamp-Style Head Strap
- 1 Quick-Release Buckle
- One year warranty