GoPro HD Surf HERO Review
When Transworld Surf Magazine completed their GoPro HD Surf HERO review, they came to one conclusion: “The quality of the footage is unreal…” — after conducting our own GoPro HD review, we tend to agree.
It’s no mistake that the best surf videographers in the world are using the GoPro HD Surf HERO. This amazing little digital camera is shockproof, waterproof to 180 feet, and captures every killer wave in crisp 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions recorded at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p).
However, don’t let the fact that the GoPro HD Surf HERO is being used by professional videographers intimidate you. With the help of GoPro thousands of normal, everyday surfers around the world are using this affordable digital camera to capture epic swells and the good times they have paddling out with friends. The fact is surfing – along with kite surfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding – are all solo sports. Although surfers have long fantasized about having their own cameraman capture their spectacular sessions, this wasn’t a reality. But GoPro has now made it possible to film your jaw dropping stunts with the sharpest, professional quality available. Think how many times you caught a wave you wanted to share with your friends, even if your only motive was to rub their noses in it.
GoPro HD Surf HERO – Flawless High Definition Video
The GoPro HD Surf HERO provides flawless slow motion video when shooting at 60 fps and the killer 170 wide angle lens allows the maximum field of view crucial for capturing every monster wave and maneuver. Sometimes you have to feed your narcissism. The crystal clear playbacks lets you share your solo out-of-this-world moments, the beautiful scenery, and the knarly wipeouts with your friends and family in awesome quality high definition. The camera will make even your lackluster cold sessions look way better.
We liked that the camera is incredibly compact and lightweight and sits in the front of your board where it won’t interfere with your performance. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, even pros say they don’t notice the camera on their boards. The adhesive base mounts that are included with the GoPro camera mount quickly and easily in seconds, and they’ve been proven to stay put in everything from chest high chop to ultra-heavy days in Hawaii, northern California, Tahiti, and southern Mexico. The largest wave won’t remove the camera from your board. Don’t let a little water, or even a ton of water get in the way of getting the shot. You can also install an FCS fin plug into the deck of your surfboard, and then use the GoPro mounting plug to secure the GoPro HD Surf HERO into the plug. All you’ll have to worry about is catching the next wave with as much style as possible.
GoPro Surf HERO Review – Ease of Use
Did we mention how easy The GoPro HD Surf HERO is to use? Documenting your session in high quality video is easier than ever. You don’t have to be a genius with technology. Just insert the battery, mount it to your board, push the button, and begin filming closeout barrels. No more filming the sand and birds flying by and missing the waves. You simply push a button and the camera is rolling.
This revolutionary camera not only records stunning video, but also has the ability to shoot automatic, hands-free 5MP pictures at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals while you surf which is great for sequence shots. Press the shutter button once while paddling out and record up to 2 ½ hours of photos that will last a lifetime.
And let’s not forget the sound system which allows you to hear the sounds of the waves, but not the howl of the wind. The GoPro HD Surf HERO uses AAC audio compression and a built-in mono microphone will give you the quality audio you want. The batteries hold a charge for over 2 1/2 hours while shooting HD video or automatic photos, so you can document your entire surf. The battery also features a built-in heating system for keeping it warm even in colder weather and water conditions.
Thanks to the strong removable polycarbonate housing that’s shockproof, the camera is protected from rocks and other hazards. The housing is also waterproof up to 180 feet which means you don’t have to worry no matter how bad the wipeouts. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs or refurbishing your GoPro HD Surf HERO camera affordable and convenient.
The camera is priced at a competitive rate and you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Take our word for it, watching yourself in a barrel or doing a cutback in spectacular high definition is worth every cent.
The GoPro HD Surf HERO includes:
- 1 HD HERO Camera (5 megapixel)
- 1 Quick-Release Buckle
- 1 3M Adhesive Mounting Base
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
- 1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
- 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180’/60 m)
- 1 Leash
- 1 Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
- 1 FCS Plug-Compatible Mount
- One year warranty