Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box, 30 Jun. 2009
This review is from: GoPro Camera GoPro Helmet HERO Wide Set (Electronics)
I purchased two Hero Wide cams a couple of weeks ago, and mounted them on a small yacht in order to capture onboard footage from the annual Round The Island Race. I had no previous experience of using the cameras, or any similar products, but got good results immediately. There is no way to review captured footage on the fly - the camera has to be connected to your computer or TV in order to play it back - but I found that I'd got good results just from using intuition about where to position and aim each camera.

As other people have mentioned, the relatively small file size that can be accomodated restricts footage to a total duration of just under an hour per 2GB SD card, but swapping cards was easy. Battery life was not an issue - each camera filmed for around 2 hours, on and off, and the batteries still had life left in them at the end. However, I was using Energiser Lithium batteries, which the manufacturers firmly recommend.

The cameras have been, for me at least, plug and play both on my IBM laptop and my MacBook Pro - no special software, plug-ins, etc required.

The product doesn't quite get 5 stars for a couple of reasons. First, the audio is so muffled as to be virtually non-existent. A manufacturer-endorsed workaround is to drill a hole in the waterproof casing - not recommended for surfing or sailing! Possibly viable for motorsports - but maybe wind noise would be an issue. Second, you need to work overtime on keeping the waterproof casing in front of the lens as clean as possible - at one stage, one of my camera casings receives a thumbrint which is very visible on the captured footage.

Finally - and this is no fault of the camera's - the footage, while of good quality and clarity when played back on a computer screen, involves mammoth file sizes. Don't expect to publish to YouTube or a blog at anything like that quality. That said, streamed quality over the web is acceptable.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.2 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
Out of stock
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: London, England

Top Reviewer Ranking: 754,952