GoPro Camera GoPro Surf Helmet HERO Wide Set
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- 56 minutes TV quality video w/ sound. 5 megapixel sensor with glass lens
- 3X sequence photo burst. Photo every 2 or 5 seconds mode
- Adjustable sound recording levels. Programmable power off settings.
- Always ON mode lasts 3+ hours. Supports up to 2GB SD cards
- Waterproof to 100' .. 4.5oz flyweight. 1 year warranty
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Tested and approved by pro surfers in macking Puerto, Northern California, and Hawaii, the Surf HERO is a revolutionary quick-release board-mountable camera.Shoot 56 minutes of TV resolution video with sound or 5 megapixels photos automatically for over an hour while your surf.Features a 170? ultra wide angle lens and high-resolution 5 megapixels sensor, the lens is so wide, it can capture a 6'2" surfer from head to toe while he/she is riding a 6'0" surfboard.Designed for maximum convenience, simply press the shutter button on the paddle out and the Surf HERO will shoot TV resolution video or 5 megapixels photos every 2 seconds for an hour while you surf. Once it starts shooting video or photos you can forget about it until it's time to review your footage at the end of your session.
Top Customer Reviews
The HD quality is out of this world in all modes (there are 5 video modes as well as the time-lapse photo modes. etc) The camera works best in bright light but can overexpose on snow covered ground as it doesn't appear to have auto white balance but people, scenery & the sky are very clear. The camera & instructions are simple to understand. You have to have good eyesight to see the various small icons in the display but once you get used to them, it's simple.
Operation is simple, turn it on using one button, press the shutter button on the top to start shooting, push it again to stop! Playback through the camera into your HD or normal TV is easy and the results speak for themselves, it's like looking through a window at the live action.
The waterproof case works very well and again is simple to use. Be careful about the door closure clip on the top as it can break if too much strain is put on it, but just squeeze the case and rear door as you close the case to help it and you will be fine.
Sound using the waterproof case is slightly muffled with any contact on the case being the loudest sound, but ha, it's a waterproof, airtight case!
You get plenty of options on mounting the camera. the 3M double sided mounts are almost impossible to remove after sticking. (The ski helmet I hired was returned to the shop complete with the pad still attached as it wouldn't come off!!!)
I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
After using the camera for a couple years I would like to add that the underwater photos and videos turn out great as well. I live on the Gulf of Mexico so I have taken it to the beach many times. I've only had it about 6-7 feet deep but no leaks, rinsed it afterward to keep salt from messing anything up. I took it to a water park and got some awesome pics and videos but unfortunately dropped it on the concrete on the corner of the clasp and the clasp broke. This was not the first time I had dropped it so the case is very durable, but the plastic clasp isn't. Nothing happened to the camera and actually the case is still water tight if I hold it together. I've seen someone who made some little wire replacement clasps, but didn't end up buying one.
I actually ended up buying an Olympus Tough TG-1 since it had a higher resolution and the one thing that the Hero didn't have that was bugging me - A DISPLAY SCREEN! That's why I gave the Hero 4 stars instead of 5, because you never know if the shot came out until you bring it home and plug it into your computer. I will say the Olympus is quite a bit bigger and WAY HEAVIER which is bad if you're using it on a boat or in deep water where if you drop it it'll sink and it's gone forever. It's hard to compare the two since the TG-1 has a lot more features and much higher resolution but also costs a ton more. The GoPro has new higher megapixel versions as well but I haven't tried them.
For what its worth I think the Hero takes slightly better underwater photos/videos because of how it adapts to light situations, also the domed lens helps to keep water droplets off. Sometimes I like the semi-fish-eye style photos the wide angle lens produces and sometimes I wish it didn't have it but most of the time it doesn't bother me. Either way, the Hero is an excellent camera for the price!
On the flip side, battery life for rechargeable NiMH batteries is pretty bad. Sound is a disaster and I still haven't been able to flip the display so that it is right side up, but I don't really care. I paid ~$150 so that I could record myself surfing, and I am more than satisfied with my purchase.
The camera I initially received was defective and I worked with their customer support to get a new one. They were not able to reimburse me for the shipping but did offer me a grab-bag of mounts and a discount off of any future purchases, so I am very satisfied with GoPro's customer service as well.
My biggest dilemma before buying was whether or not I would actually fit in the frame, so if you want to see how things look from the nose of a 6'4 board with a tall (6'2) guy riding, click the link in my profile.
Bottom line: it isn't perfect, but it was exactly what I was looking for and I thoroughly enjoy using it.
Everything was pretty easy to set up. It does eat up batteries, but that is ok. The video quality is excellent.
I've already recommended this to a number of friends.