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GoPro HD Helmet Hero

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Helmet HERO
  • Professional-grade full HD video up to 1080p
  • 60 frames per second option in 720p and WVGA resolutions provides liquid smooth slow motion playback
  • Videos can be easily edited with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker
  • Industry’s widest angle (170º) and sharpest lens captures more of the scene
  • Includes easy to apply mounts for attaching camera to virtually all helmets
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Product Details

Style: Helmet HERO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002VA56I8
  • Item model number: CHDHH-001
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,371 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Style: Helmet HERO

From the Manufacturer

"This is the best sports cam I've ever used." Gizmodo's Best Gadgets, 2009

The World's Highest Performance Wearable 1080p HD Video & 5MP Photo Camera

Full HD Video, 3 Flavors - The HD Helmet HERO offers three different HD resolutions, giving you three filming modes to capture the best angles for any given activity: 1080p (127º angle @ 30 fps, 16:9 aspect ratio), 960p (170º angle @ 30 fps, 4:3 aspect ratio), and 720p (170º angle @ 30 OR 60 fps, 16:9 aspect ratio).

5MP Photos, Automatically - Shoot hands-free, 5 megapixel photos automatically at 2 / 5 / 10 / 30 / and 60 second intervals until the batteries die or the SD card is full (2.5 hours). Or set it to single shot, triple shot, or self timer for more traditional photo taking.

Audio Excellence - We’ve invested more in the HD HERO camera's sound system than most companies spend on their entire camera development. You’ll only be hearing the sounds of your sport, not the howl of the wind. How? Obsessive audio engineering and an understanding that good sound is as important as good video.

Shockproof & Waterproof to 180' (60m) - Proven in heavy surf from Hawaii to Tahiti, Southern Mexico to Northern California, HD HERO cameras can handle it thanks their highly engineered polycarbonate exoskeletal housing. Ready for action ranging from scuba diving to dirt track racing, and tough enough to take a spin across the asphalt, GoPros are built to take a beating & keep filming. Replacement lens kits & housings are available, so there’s little worry while going for glory - even while diving with sharks.

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, Built-in Warmer - The rechargeable 1100mAh lithium-ion battery (included) lasts for 2.5 hours of constant recording. It can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 2 hours when plugged into a computer’s USB port, or in 1 hour when plugged into a USB compatible wall or car charger. Camera can also be used while charging, and features an integrated battery heating system for keeping your battery warm in winter activities.

Shoot 8+ hrs of HD Video with 32GB SD Card - Media saved to SD card, up to 32GB capacity (SDHC). Average recording times using a 32GB card: 1080p @ 30fps = 4h 21m, 960p @ 30fps = 5h 26m, 720p @ 60fps = 4h 21m, 720p @ 30fps = 8h 09m, WVGA @ 60fps = 8h 09m.

Editor's Choice Award - Video Camera Category, Backpacker Magazine, April 2009




What's Included: A Complete HD Helmet Camera Mounting System

Included are mounts for attaching the camera to 2 curved, solid helmets, two flat surfaces such as snowboard or vehicle hood, a head strap allowing you to wear the camera like a headlamp, and a lace-through strap-mount designed for vented helmets. Waterproof camera housing, cables, & battery also included. SD card sold separately.

  • 1 HD HERO Camera -- The HD HERO camera is compatible with all other GoPro HERO camera mounting accessories, so it's very easy to expand the functionality of your camera to also suction cup to vehicles, clamp to bike handlebars and seat posts, mount to surfboards, and even be worn on the wrist or chest.

  • 1 Shockpoof & Waterproof Camera Housing -- Waterproof to 180' (60m) & semi-indestructible polycarbonate camera housing protects your HD HERO & your footage from the elements & any unforseen tumbles or crashes, while also attaching to various mounting locations via a quick-release clip. Change mount locations with ease, and charge it without fear.

  • 1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery -- Comes with an 80% charge out of the box, ready to go! Provides approx. 2.5hrs of record on a full charge.

  • USB, HDTV, & Composite Video+Audio Out Cables -- All the cables you need to download & output photos, video & audio are included: 1 USB cable to download raw .mp4 files to your computer, 1 component video (HDTV) cable, and 1 composite video + audio out cable. Each has a port on side of camera as shown.

  • 1 Head-Strap Mount -- For times when a helmet isn't necessary, but you still want the perspective of a first-person head cam, the GoPro head-strap mount hooks you up. Just slip it over your head or knit cap, and adjust to fit.

  • 6 Different Helmet Mounts + Extra Quick-Release Buckle -- The HD Helmet HERO empowers you to rig multiple surfaces with mounts and quickly move the camera between filming locations depending on your chosen activity. 2 curved adhesive mounts for solid helmets, 2 flat adhesive mounts for boards, walls, or car hoods, 1 three-way pivot arm for dialing in the right angle, & 1 strap-mount for vented helmets used in cycling & mountain biking.


Customer Reviews

The quality of the videos and pictures is great!
rockinrobyn
The only products that really work are ones that cost money.
novice video editor
In both cases, the mounts work as well as the camera.
technojerry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

501 of 519 people found the following review helpful By MD Boatbum on July 7, 2010
Style Name: Motorsports HERO
This is close to being a perfect example of a wearable/mountable POV camera. But unfortunately, close isn't quite good enough.

The pros:
Video is awesome, in all of the modes.
Stills are very good quality, the timelapse feature is fantastic.
It's waterproof.
The mounting options are (almost) limitless.

The cons:
It's awkward to set up. Menu is like something from 20 years ago.
Firmware issues have yet to be addressed by the manufacturer. This is inexcusable as the camera has been available for sale for nearly a year.
Audio is useless. They could have saved weight and cost by just not including a mic. The only instance where it even sort of works is when mounted right near a loudish sound you want to highlight, such as an engine.
There are too many instances where "Macgyvering" is required to get the desired result. The quick release mount rattles so you need to tape the base plate, the non waterproof back allows too much wind noise, so you need to tape over the openings, the shutter button rattles, so you need to tape over that. Moral of the story: BUY TAPE.
The support by the manufacturer is not quite adequate. I realize it's a small start up company, but for all the issues with the use of the camera and the handling/editing of the files, they really need to release some conclusive videos or articles to address these concerns.

People who might find this camera useful:
Auto racing enthusiasts
Mountain Bikers
Sailors
Hobbyist videographers looking for those unique shots

People who will likely be disappointed and frustrated by this camera:
Pretty much anyone who thinks they'll be using it as a camcorder.
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176 of 184 people found the following review helpful By technojerry on January 26, 2010
Style Name: Helmet HERO
I have used this camera a couple of times since receiving it for Christmas. I have used both the strap mount for my vented bicycle helmet as well as the permanent stick on mount for my dual sport motorcycle helmet. In both cases, the mounts work as well as the camera. I still have the previous generation GoPro HERO in standard definition, but not in the wide field of view lens configuration like the current HD version. I like the wide field of view of this HD model. It is great at giving a very good view of both the trail as will as your handlebar movements while riding both my mountain bike or motorcycle. The quality of the video is fantastic. The files do get large, but that is to be expected with the high resolution of this camera. I have been using a 16GB SDHC card and have filed up about half of it on one battery charge. I would recommend a high speed card reader to improve the download times from the card. A 12 min video was nearly a gigabyte. The battery last I think longer than the previous standard definition camera which ran on AAA batteries. I think that I will buy an additional battery someday for long rides with lots of action.

The only reason I have not given it a full 5 stars is the difficulty in reading the small status screen with all the various modes it has. The same issue I have with the standard definition HERO. The icons that tell you if you are in burst, still, timed, or video mode are very small across the top of the display. The numbers to tell you the number of pictures or videos taken are much larger. It is just difficult if you have the camera mounted on top of your helmet and you try and look in the mirror on your bike to see if the camera is on and what mode it is.
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110 of 119 people found the following review helpful By P. Claxton on January 3, 2010
Style Name: Motorsports HERO Verified Purchase
I bought this HD camera to replace a VholdR Wearable Camcorder (Black) which didn't survive getting run over by my SUV. The Hero is a well constructed camera, very solid feeling with quality construction.

Pros: The camera has four modes - video (in several resolutions), still pictures, self-timer still pictures, and interval photos (pictures every few seconds). The lens gives a tremendously wide wild view which is nice for HD's 9:16. It will shoot 1080p, 960p 720p (at 30 and 60 frames per second), and 480 (at 60 frames per second) line resolutions. It uses standard SDHC memory cards and has an internal battery which recharges via a USB cable. The recorded audio is very good both inside and outside of the motor sports waterproof case that came with my kit. Video is relatively good, not as vivid as a dedicated camcorder but the resolution is good. My kit came with a variety of mounts and a suction cup mount for windows and car body use. The waterproof case comes with two backs, one that is watertight and one that is not for better audio when waterproof use isn't required. The kit comes with connectors for connecting the camera up to an HDTV monitor (component video) or a TV monitor (composite video). A neat feature in the menu is that you can flip both the video and still photos so you can shoot with the camera upside down without a problem.

Cons: The quick release mounts have a bit of wiggle to them. The back of the waterproof case can be difficult to lock closed. The menu system is a bit troublesome to use as there are only two buttons and three LCD characters to use. Once set you'll not have to go into the menu very often.
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