Looking for a cool way to take video of your next canoe trip or anything else you can imagine, this is the camera for you. The GoPro Helmet Hero HD, like the one I have, is made by Woodman Labs Inc. out of California and can be mounted on just about everything you can think of - even surfboards - and take HD video to boot.
I decided to buy one of these to mount on my motorcycle and shoot videos of my rides. The camera alone measures 2.25 inches wide, 1.625 inches tall and 1.125 inches deep. The lens protrudes out from the body a quarter of an inch and is the diameter of a penny. Don't let its small size get in the way, it packs quite a wallop. The kit I purchased from Best Buy near the Lycoming Mall comes with quite a selection of accessories for starting out including a mount for vented helmets, two sets of video cables, a USB cord which charges the battery and also allows transfer from the camera to a computer, a set of adhesive mounts for either flat or curved surfaces, a 3 way pivot arm, and also a head strap. The kit also comes with a waterproof housing that allows you to use the camera underwater up to 180 feet. 2 spring loaded buttons on the housing allow you to turn the camera on and off and to also start and stop the recording process. Another back is included for the housing if you want to let more sound get into the microphone while using in a car or on a motorcycle, like I do. I also found the camera for sale at Country Ski and Sport in Montoursville.
The system offers a plethora of accessories that include a suction cup mount, two types of pole clamps: one for diameters from 3/4 of an inch up to 1 and 3/8's of an inch and another that that goes from an 1 and a half up to nearly 3 inches, a chest harness, an extra battery, a lcd screen that lets you review what you have recorded, an extra waterproof housing, an anti-fog insert set, and for you that are into 3D, yes there is a housing that places 2 of the cameras side by side and creates 3D movies. As for the recording system of the camera, video is compressed in an MP4 format with the audio set in mono and is an AAC system. The lens is fixed focus and is an f2.8 unit. Video can be recorded at 720p at either 30 or 60fps, 960p at 30fps, and 1080p at 30fps also. As for the degree of view at 720 and 960 you get 170 degrees with the 1080 setting gives you 127 degrees. The included battery is a 1100mah lithium ion unit and gets up to 2 and a quarter hours of recording time. Oh by the way, you can also use the camera to take photographs in a 5-megapixel setting with a variery of shooting options that can take pictures at different time intervals. Video and photo storage use SD cards up to 32 gig and it is recommended by GoPro that you use a class 4 or higher for vibration caused by the camera while in use. The supplied directions are very thorough and come in a multitude of languages.
Correspondent tests the GoPro camera. Please see article and video.
I bought the camera mainly for use on my motorcycle, a 2006 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster, for taking videos of some of the rides I do. After figuring out the best place for the camera, I contacted M&M Sheet Metal on Marydale Avenue in Old Lycoming township to make a mount for the bike that sits just ahead of the front tire. A note to the readers: I double check the bracket before riding due to its position in front of the tire and keep an eye on it as I go. Also keeping the camera in place is a piece of grip tape that I got from Country Ski. Even though the camera is 7 inches off the ground, it gives you the perspective of riding a skateboard down the road on your stomach. I put the camera through its paces on a route I planned out and is nearly 50 miles long and goes over some winding roads including Sulpher Springs Road, Route 44 to Jersey Shore, Route 973 east from Salladasburg to Cogan Station and a stretch of Pleasant Valley Road from Old Route 15 to Rose Valley Lake Road.
Another place I found for taking video is Route 44 from Jerseytown to Buckhorn, this is another very winding road with alot of "S" turns that makes for some awesome video. The camera's metering system, which I have mine set at center weighted, goes through its paces while on my ride due to being in and out of the tree lines quite a bit and it adjusts very quickly. Another accessory that is available for the system is a tripod adapter which I found out to come in very handy this past Memorial Day weekend. My late cousin, LCpl. Abe Howard, was going to be recognized during the ceremonies at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park in Williamsport's west end. After getting permission from the parks keepers, I then proceeded to find a place to the camera. The area of recognition was going to be in front of the Global Conflicts For Peace And Freedom Memorial.
So after getting a ladder, I found a spot on top of the monument and placed the camera there with the help of a SLIK Mini-Pro 3 tabletop tripod and a small bag of rocks duct taped to it in case the wind picked up. The video from up there was very interesting and because of the way I have the camera set up, it shown an area from beside the tank up to the torpedo and you could hear everything, even birds chirping in the trees behind the camera. There is only one small drawback that I found in the camera: it does not have a viewfinder or screen to aim the camera, you have to guess where it is looking and hope it sees what you want it to see.
JOHN NEVILL JR./Sun-Gazette Correspondent
A GoPro camera mounted on the writer’s 2006 Harley-Davidson shoots footage of rides along the roads on Pennsylvania.
The optional lcd screen can help with this but comes at an additional cost of $80. The price of the camera ranges from $230 to $300 depending on where you purchase it and if you are an action adventure person, I would definitely recommend this for you. Please check out the accompanying video clip I made to see what this little wonder can do. Enjoy!