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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: 3.1 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 (458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,036 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at 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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I love the go Pro. The videos are clear. The audio is clear and it records for a long time I use it on my bicycle and I get a lot of compliments. Read more ›
This is a great little camera that takes superb pictures! The video is great, too--especially when attached to vehicles in motion! Read more ›
This thing does it all and i have had no problems with it. The videos are crystal clear and the camera is very easy to use and learn how to use! Read more ›
The outdoor video is amazing. This camera is worth its price for so many reasons. Read more ›
This product is great. The video quality is amazing. I used the non-hd version and i liked it, but this one is far better. Read more ›
We went up to the mountains and put it on the side of the car as we went up…The clarity of video is amazing, not the best for taking pictures but we have a cannon for that. Read more ›
I was surprised at how light and small this camera is. The clarity of the picture is unmatched by any camera I have ever owned. Great outdoor action camera! Read more ›
The quality and images are awesome. nothing to complain. Read more ›
So far this has exceeded my expectations. I got a 32gig card for it and when set to low quality(which is still good quality) I can get 2.3 hours of video from the camera. It… Read more ›
I've now used the camera for a significant number of hours. The picture quality is outstanding for the price. The audio quality is acceptable - all things considered. Read more ›
Filming things under water has been lots of fun. The quality is great! Read more ›
Don't plan on buying this for your everyday camcorder needs. Thought the picture is really good it is made and best used for action shots. Sound isn't great but not too bad… Read more ›
The photographs wonderful. The software for trimming the video is easy to use. The accessories are vast. Read more ›
It's easy to use in the water. Read more ›
I purchased the GoPro HD for my son's as Christmas gifts and they loved it! Easy to use and hook up to our television! I highly recommend the GoPro HD for any outdoor… Read more ›
I am amazed at how versatile and easy to use this GoPro camera is for me. Once I operated it a few times I had the settings figured out and now I am experimenting with all… Read more ›
Just buy it already! Excellent construction, high quality video, extremely easy to use. Read more ›
That was left to "trial and error". Also, I don't feel that the camera is easy to use. Other than those comments, the camera worked as advertised Read more ›
I reccommend it for sure.. Price is good. Have fun with this..... Read more ›
This was awesome and I got it at a great price. Only regret is not getting a pole to hold up the gopro but ended up making one which saved money. Read more ›
Was a great product at a great value absolutely love this camera it will go anywhere I go and some places I won't. Read more ›
Unbelievable versatility, fantastic quality, and a great price. This is one of the coolest advancements in cameras, in years. Read more ›
I got it for christmas last year and it's everything I expected. Well worth the price! Read more ›
A small camera having a lot of qualities. I am happy to have bought it on has a reasonable price. Awesome !! Read more ›
This camera is easy to set up and operate. The videos are HD quality and the sound is great. I now use it for everything. Read more ›
The HERO is capable of decent images, but external shocks…Sound is good ... I can hear the truck's motor screaming clearly, even through the sealed camera case. It's… Read more ›
The wide angle video is crystal clear. And the sound is good too. I can't wait to take it scuba diving! Read more ›
The GoPro camera is very very nice camera the price and gives me the ability of shooting some interesting sights and sounds. The price allows me not to over fuss with the… Read more ›
They are able to deliver…My main wish is that it had an external mic jack so that i could place the mic in the car away from the wind so that it can pick up good sound. T… Read more ›
With the "open" back however, I was amazed how good it sounded. The bikes sounded perfect. Read more ›
The stills function is great because underwater housing for DSLRs and any other digital camera is super expensive this is such a cheap way to film and take stills underwater. Read more ›
Though I have only had time to fill one 16GB card with video I have been impressed with the…It's very easy to learn to use and the controls are simple and straight forward. Read more ›
This is using the 960 line resolution mode, which gives a "taller" view, so you don't have to worry…This is at 30fps, but there is also a 60fps mode that is REALLY smooth. Read more ›
I love it, highly recommended product for people who loves making pictures and or maybe especially movies, amazing options, great quality, a lot of fun... Read more ›
a little tricky in the beginning, a lot of settings. but very well usabel settings!! battery cam be a little tricky in very cold conditions Read more ›
This is an awesome little camera. Small, lightweight, intuitive controls. I would have rated 5 stars if it came with some editing software. Read more ›
-Like the brand says, 'World's Most Versatile Camera". -Battery life is superb if rationed correctly. 7 hours can be expected at times from a single charge. Read more ›
The camera would not turn on after I put the battery back in. The battery was fully charged and I only recorded 15 minutes tops before it froze and would not turn on. Came… Read more ›
I set it up ahead of time, and then I just have to hit record. Battery life is decent, although I wish it was longer. I will definitely need to buy another battery. Read more ›
Battery life is great, the sound quality is decent (not the best by any means but what do you expect with a device that small?) and the image quality is fine for the price. Read more ›
Sound is excelent when using the cover that has a hole . Battery is good for about 3 hrs. Great product. Read more ›
I use this mostly to record my high performance…It has good battery life, and with a larger memory card, it will take more video than I need to shoot of any one event. T… Read more ›
This camera is great in good light but does not perform very well in low lighting conditions. The waterproof case is great and works very well underwater. Read more ›
The video quality is phenomenal. The waterproof case works great. You can playback the videos you take on your HDTV and the pictures it takes are the same quality. Read more ›
I use it on motorcycle rides mainly. The good: Waterproof, dustproof, lots of mounts, case is very solid, fairly easy to operate with one hand Read more ›
My overall impression was that the mounts and case equipment were awesome, but the glitchy camera hardly seems worth $300, even though I can't really speak to that since I… Read more ›
... If there's anyone interested in buying this one from me, I also have a great case specially made for it (which I'd give for free) Read more ›
But compared to other little video cameras this is the best I have ever heard. Even with the full water proof case I'm still amazed how well the sound comes out. If you… Read more ›
If you use the LCD, plan on extra batteries. LCD is great, it will suck the life out of the camera. Read more ›
The raw footage on a big screen LCD TV is just fantastic. Read more ›
Go pro game in great shape with LCD backpack. Good buy am am am am m am my kq kq Read more ›
I love my new GoPro camera. comes with a lot of mounts which is nice. using the LCD screen is a little difficult at first just because you dont know what all the things… Read more ›
- The menus are not user…You can buy the LCD for the english and not coded version of the option menu, but it also drains the batteries ALOT faster with the LCD on. Read more ›
I am looking forward to the expansion port options being available, like the LCD screen to view the videos in the field. I am also thinking of investing in the chest strap… Read more ›
I bought the GoPro mainly for my skiing adventures and am very pleased with the camera overall. It captures great video, even the colors are pretty decent. I would love to… Read more ›
The 1080p video is spectacular. Color depth is fantastic, sharpness is great. The 5MP photos are adequate, and can be useful if being edited into a video, but not so much… Read more ›
The wide-angle lens showed the actions of the driver clearly as well as a nice view of the track. Colors are sharp and accurate, and the auto-focus worked very well. It's… Read more ›
The camera was much smaller than I was expecting it to be (when outside it's case) and light weight. I have a contourHD as well and the color's on this are a bit more vivid. T… Read more ›
p.s. I wish they had an optional bright colored case that floated in the event it fell in the water Read more ›
When I returned to the condo, and plugged in the footage I was like "WTF?!?" why is this so crappy. I'm used to the sharp, colorful, in focus video this thing normally did. S… Read more ›
I can say, however, that it isnt all that user friendly. There isnt a label for which button is which...a simple on/off or stop/record. The digital read outs have… Read more ›
Bad night time quality (better in the HD Hero 2 ) Complex user interface (has been improved in the HD Hero 2 ) Frustration filled packaging (difficult to unpack ) Read more ›
Colors are sharp and accurate, and the…It's pretty easy to use once you get acustom to the simple two button operation with tiny LCD screen that only shows the settings. Read more ›
Across rugged rocky trails the camera held firm and the video came out very well. The simple interface was easy enough to use. One button to turn the camera on and select… Read more ›
I knew this going in and was happy to trade it for a longer battery life. However, if your eyesight is poor you won't much like the interface design. Icons are super small… Read more ›
The four star could have been a five star, but it's soooooo comlicated to setup and if you accidently push a button like the "ONE BUTTON" function setting, it's a nightmare… Read more ›
The recorded audio is very good both inside and outside of the motor sports…Video is relatively good, not as vivid as a dedicated camcorder but the resolution is good. M… Read more ›
Still trying to decide which is the best resolution for skiing though, the 960p gives great wide andge but very rounded and distorted where the 1080p is better but you have… Read more ›
This camera is great, It has great resolution and it is so versatile you can use it almost everywhere. I also bought the bike mount and the chest strap so my kids and I can… Read more ›
The GoPro HD videocam is fundamentally a POV…It offers reasonable HD resolution, wide-angle, with a scan rate up to 60p, which work well for land, air, sailing, or surfing. Read more ›
Having used one of the standard-res GoPro cameras for a couple of years, I am absolutely blown away by the HD resolution and color rendition of this camera. The LCD menu is… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

497 of 515 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
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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175 of 182 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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106 of 115 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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