• Nov 6, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the GoPro Hero

The GoPro Hero digital videocamera is like creating SpeedTV for the masses... without the non-stop NASCAR coverage. The three-megapixel Hero is the world's smallest on-board camera, and it sticks to anything without fuss. It has 16 MB of internal storage, but you can blow that out to 2 GB, good for about 56 minutes. It's got a self-timer, a USB and RCA cable included, works on PC and Mac, and because of its nifty plastic case, you can use it in the rain. And unlike a SpeedTV production, the Hero will only cost you $180. Can we get an "amen!"? Check out the many faces of the Hero in the gallery of high-res photos below.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Soooo, a point-and-shoot camera with a suction cup mount and a water-proof case? Those are pretty hard to find! Are they paying AOL for this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      We've got one for use on a formula car.
      Pretty much crap, you get what you pay for in this case.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ian, I follow you. Quality is directly proportional for the price you pay. It would be good to see a video of this thing working so no surprises are present when buying one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Afixing a tripod (on leg on a backseat, two in the rear passenger foot-bays, leaning against front seats) with a camcorder inside a normal car would work too. 40GB storage, 36 hours, for 400 dollars. Great for roadtrips. Powered through car-to-AC adapter.
      Works like this
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISOqTaVgrUg
      or this
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygWrXYdyYDE

      the only problem is it makes car go slower than in reality. I'm doing 110 km/h in the second video :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt you get any sort of quality mount for that price and there's no backup tether so you'd have to add that on many tracks. That much money gets you about half a sticky pod mount with no camera.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For instance, the GoPro site shows the stats for the Hero Wide.

      http://www.goprocamera.com/index8.htm

      It does shoot still photos at 5MP, but shoots video at 512x384. Actually smaller than VGA(640x480), but I blame that on the wide angle lens.

      So, I would gain the ability to shoot 5MP photos, but I am not interested in that. I have a pont and shoot that I use with much more capability and it won't be stuck to my head. It can also shoot 3:2 and 16:9 if I choose.

      Still not a fan of the look of the Hero either.

      It's not a bad option, I must say, but not the best option for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      I use a Panasonic Lumix camera for my motorsport video. It records widescreen video at 848x480. New models go to 720p I think...but I don't know if they get around the 2gb file size limit. The appeal of the GoPro Hero is the wide angle. Not sure if there is a file size limit. I like the idea, and the price, but I'll wait until there is a higher resolution version to pick one up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have the 3mp model (previous to the 5mp) and am really happy with it. The battery life is pretty bad, and you have to use lithium AAA's which are about $10 a 4 pack, but the quality of the video is MORE than adequate for the price.
      I've got a BUNCH of videos I've done here:
      http://www.youtube.com/keyboarddevil

      It's certainly not a professional camera, but you CAN NOT beat the price. ;-)