GoPro are without a doubt the most popular camera for recording extreme sports. This lens focuses on reviewing the range of GoPro cameras and providing advice on which one is right for your needs, and where to get them! One of the other strong points is the HD HERO’s recording options. It is able to record 30 frames per second of footage at 1080p or 960p resolutions. That frame rate can be doubled to 60 frames per second if you use the 720p option which is still considered high-definition. Even at 720p, the video quality is stellar and the 170-degree wide angle lens captures a lot of the action.
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A General Review Of GoPro Cameras
GoPro is a camera company that apparently wants you to “be a hero”. What GoPro is really trying to say is to take photography to new heights. Getting a high-end digital camera can indeed expand the possibilities of taking photos but you are only limited to taking photos on foot. You will need special accessories if you want to take photos while being active in something like surfing or riding a bike. It is possible that these accessories are not compatible with the digital camera that you own. GoPro offers the HD HERO and HD HERO2 series of cameras for active sports enthusiasts that want the necessary accessories and good photography features in a single package.
HD HERO Unit
The HD Hero is the entry-level lineup of GoPro cameras and all packages include the same 5-megapixel HD HERO camera. Although this may seem like a low specification compared to modern point-and-shoot cameras and even smartphones, the HD HERO has the unique feature of allowing people to take photos hands-free. You can set the camera to take pictures automatically at certain intervals like every minute or as rapid as every 2 seconds. The camera can continuously take these photos until the camera runs out of battery or until the SD card fills up.
The battery lasts roughly 3 hours so it is decent for a lengthy session. Unlike its predecessors, you can recharge the lithium-ion battery. The camera is also outfitted with a special internal heating system so the battery stays warm which certainly helps during colder weather periods. For added protection, the HD HERO is waterproof up to 60m and it is shockproof and surprisingly bombproof.
HD HERO2 Unit
The HD HERO2 unit is recommended if image quality is very important. The 11-megapixel sensor means that any photos taken by the HD HERO2 should look better when printed on larger media. The image processor works twice as fast and the glass lens are a lot sharper. Plus, the HD HERO2 excels in low light performance. A burst feature can also be used to take up to 10 11-megapixel photos per second.
If you are on a tight budget, you can always get the HD HERO Naked which comes with the least number of accessories and costs about $200. Other packages like the HD Motorsports or HD Helmet HERO packages come with helmet straps or suction cup mounts. GoPro offers a pretty extensive lineup of these camera packages for different types of people. For instance, surfers should consider getting the HD Surf HERO package because it comes with a leash and surf mounts. You can always purchase other accessories later on and they should work fine with your HD HERO or HD HERO2 unit.
The World’s Highest Performance HD Wearable Camera
GoPro Hero2 Outdoor Edition
GoPro Hero 2 OutdoorsThe GoPro Hero 2 camera is GoPro’s latest camera, the most advanced yet, and the Outdoors edition comes with attachments that are perfect for any kind of outdoor sport, like cycling, kayaking, skating, skiing, etc.
The pack contains the following items:
1 11MP HD HERO2 Camera
1 Waterproof Housing (197%u2032 / 60m)
1 HD Skeleton Backdoor
1 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
1 USB Cable
1 Vented Helmet Strap
1 Head Strap
2 Curved Surface Adhesive Mounts
2 Flat Surface Adhesive Mounts
1 Three-Way Pivot Arm
Assorted Mounting Hardware which is everything you need to get started. But if you need any further accessories to attach to other kinds of situations, there is pretty much an accessory for every kind of use.
The camera also comes in a waterproof housing (waterproof to 197 feet), so it is also perfect for any kind of water sports.
GoPro HD Hero Naked
GoPro Hero HD NakedGoPro’s HD HERO Naked is the world’s highest performance wearable 1080p HD video and still photo camera. Professional quality 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions record 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 (not included).
The camera can also shoot automatic 5 megapixel photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals during your activity, hands free. Press the shutter button once at the start of your activity and record up to 2.5 hours of poster-print quality photos of you and your friends, living it up.
Included is one mount for attaching the camera to a helmet or other curved surface as well as the quick-release HD housing which protects the camera.
The HD HERO Naked is compatible with all other GoPro HERO camera mounting accessories, so it’s very easy to expand the functionality of your camera to suction cup to vehicles, clamp to bike handlebars and seat posts, mount to surfboards, and even be worn on the wrist or chest.
Waterproof to 180′ / 60m and protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs or refurbishing your HD HERO camera affordable and convenient. It’s a GoPro…go for it.