When it comes to making videos, one of the hardest parts is getting good on-board footage. Either the equipment is huge and tedious to mount or the quality is horrible. Until recently, that is. GoPro has come out with a new wide-angle version of their Hero Motorsports on-board camera and are on to something with this one.
Where the old unit had a far too focused field of view and the quality wasn’t quite up to snuff even for web videos, the new Hero has fixed all of these issues. Quality is more than enough for great web videos at 5 megapixels and the 170-degree wide angle makes it easy to get awesome angles from almost anywhere on any motorcycle/dirt bike/car/Jetski. We’ve done everything from tail-cam to fork-cam to brake-cam to helmet-cam and the video has come out great.
The GoPro in action. Note it mounted in front of our tester’s right hand to get braking action. Its small size makes for easy mounting just about anywhere one desires.
And like the previous unit, its small size and clever mounting hardware with sticky pads allows for easy placement that doesn’t intrude with riding much if any at all. The unit comes with five quick-release mounts and a large suction cup. It’s shockproof and waterproof up to 100 feet. All video is transferred directly to any SD memory card up to 2 GB and it runs on two AAA batteries. With a 2 GB card up to 56 minutes of video are possible and it can be easily downloaded to any newer computer. Resolution is 512 x 384 dpi and it has a 1 year warranty.
Our only complaints? If batteries are left in the unit it drains their power quite fast. Also, it’s easy to get mixed up when toggling through the button options and leave it on the wrong setting, thus not getting the desired shot or anything at all. Also, on occasion it will mysteriously shut off after five or six minutes of riding (sometimes less) while other times it plays for as long as one desires.
That being said, considering the extremely reasonable price of $199.99 and its ease of use and improved video quality, we have to commend GoPro for stepping up with their latest version of the Hero camera. It’s leaps and bounds better than the previous unit and is an awesome tool for any rider, especially those who ride at the racetrack – both dirt and street.
For more information go to: www.goprocamera.com.
- Easy to mount
- Great field of view
- Very affordable
- Tricky to set up at first
- Drains batteries quickly