GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Review
The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO has quickly amassed a cult following, and is gained a reputation for being the best 1080p HD on-board video and still photo camera money can buy. After concluding our GoPro HD review, we tend to agree.
One of the coolest things about the GoPro Motorsports HERO is the fact that it’s so easy to use. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to shoot amazing video with this camera, and you certainly won’t have to spend hours reading complicated instruction booklets to make this thing work. Simply turn the camera on and press the shutter button — that’s all there is to it!
In a world where complicated gadgets with lengthy learning curves seems to be the rule and not the exception, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a POV camera that is intuitive and “just works”. Shooting your own high-definition action sports video really is that simple thanks to the well thought out and extremely user-friendly default settings. Another thing that we really like is the upgraded controls on the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO, including the brighter LED icons and louder status beeps. While these may seem like minor things, the attention to detail really makes a difference in the overall user experience.
GoPro HD Motorsports HERO – Award Winning Technology
When tested by Car and Driver magazine in May 2010, the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO emerged as the winner of Car and Driver’s Gear Box review. Blown away by the professional HD quality video and rugged durability of the GoPro camera, Car and Driver has this to say: “The GoPro emerged as our favorite for one reason: picture quality.”
The GoPro camera line has also received praise from many other well-respected magazines, television stations, and newspapers — clearly showing that when it comes to professional quality point of view video, GoPro is the only way to go.
GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Specs
Protected by a rugged polycarbonate housing that’s shockproof and waterproof, the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO is capable of producing professional quality 1080p, 960p, and 720p HD resolution video at 30 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). The camera quickly and easily mounts to any helmet, motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, car, plane, jet ski, boat, or anything else that you can dream of with the included mounts, and is built to take an extreme amount of abuse.
The wide angle lens (of which GoPro is famous for) is the sharpest, widest, highest performance lens currently available in any wearable camera. Whenever mounted, it’s amazing for capturing your most exciting adventures and truly produces professional-quality video that is guaranteed to turn heads.
The camera’s rechargeable lithium ion battery also boasts an impressive recording time of up to 2 1/2 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card. It can be conveniently charged through any USB port, and a second battery (sold separately) can be added to the back of the camera which will double the recording time to 5 hours. Additional GoPro accessories available include a car charger and an AC/DC wall adapter.
The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO is no slouch when it comes to storage capacity, either. Coming in at a whopping 32GB, this camera boasts the largest storage capacity of any wearable camera and allows for a full 9 hours of high-definition video. The camera will has the ability to store thousands of still photos.
Last but not least, the camera’s fully automatic professional quality sound with AGC (automatic gain control) is tuned for action sports and motorsports. The camera adjusts the sound level automatically, maintaining and optimumizing sound recording to compensate for road and wind noise. Very cool, indeed.
What’s Included With the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO?
The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO includes mounts for two helmets and three vehicles, as well as a suction cup for maximum convenience and versatility. The GoPro’s camera housing is waterproof to 180 feet and the quick-release mounting design makes it super easy to re-position the camera around your vehicle for multiple angle shooting.
The GoPro HD Motorsports HERO includes:
- 5 megapixel HD HERO Camera
- 2 Quick-Release Buckles
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
- 1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
- 1 Rechargable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
- 2 Curved, 3M Adhesive Mounts
- 3 Flat, 3M Adhesive Mounts
- 1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
- 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180’/60 m)
- 1 Suction Cup Mount
- 1 Vertical Surface “J-Hook” Buckle
- One year warranty