• Nov 13th 2009 at 8:01AM
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GoPro has unveiled its line of HD cameras specially adapted for motorsports, helmets, surfing, and R/C – although a bendy arm and a suction cup mean you could use them to record your performance vacuum cleaning as well, should you wish.

The cameras offer the option of five different shooting modes, from WVGA up to 1080p (1920 x 1080, 16:9), and even at the highest resolution you get more than four hours of footage. The 5 megapixel camera can shoot from intervals of 2 to 25 seconds and get you 2.5 hours of snapshots. It retails for $299, and if you want to see what else it's got, follow the jump for the press release.

[Source: GoPro]


GoPro Introduces New HD Motorsports HERO Camera

GoPro's HD Motorsports HERO is the world's highest performance 1080p HD on-board video and still photo camera. Professional quality 1080p, 960p, and 720p HD resolutions record at 30 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). The HD Motorsports HERO easily mounts to any helmet, motorcycle, ATV, car, plane, jet ski, boat, snowmobile or other vehicle. The camera's quick-release mounting design makes it easy to re-position the camera around your vehicle for professional quality HD video from several angles.

Record up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card (not included).

Included are mounts for two helmets and three vehicles, as well as a suction cup for maximum versatility and convenience. The housing is waterproof to 180' / 60m.

GoPro's obsession with sound has conquered the wind. At 85 mph on a motorcycle, you'll enjoy the throaty sound of your motor, not the wind. Inside even the quietest street cars, hear the pull of your motor...not the drone of the wind and road.

Included is a 1100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts for up to 2.5 hours of constant recording. With optional accessories, you can also plug the camera into a wall outlet, cigarette lighter, or with any USB-compatible power adapter, wire it directly to your vehicle's electrical system. The battery will charge while you record.

The camera can also shoot automatic 5MP photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals during your drive or ride, hands free. Press the shutter button once and record up to 2.5 hours of poster-print quality photos.

Waterproof to 180' / 60m and protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs or refurbishing your HD HERO camera affordable and convenient. It's a GoPro...go for it.™

What's Included:
* 1 HD HERO Camera (5 megapixel)
* 1 Rechargable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
* 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180'/60 m)
* 3 Flat, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
* 2 Curved, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
* 2 Quick-Release Buckles
* 1 Vertical Surface "J-Hook" Buckle
* 1 Suction Cup Mount
* 1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
* 1 USB Cable
* 1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
* 1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
* Warranty: One Year

Tech Specs:
Camera Optics

* Lens Type: Fixed Focus (2ft/.6m – ), glass
* Aperture: f/2.8 (high performance in low-light situations)
* Angle of View: 170º ultra wide angle in WVGA, 720p, or 960p mode
* Angle of View: 127º wide angle in 1080p mode

* HD Video Resolution Modes: (subject to change, pending final firmware release)
o 1080p = 1920x1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
o 960p = 1280x960 pixels (4:3), 30 fps, 12 Mbit/s data rate
o 720p = 1280x720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
o 720p = 1280x720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
o WVGA = 848x480 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
* Sensor Type: 1/2.5" HD CMOS, 2.2µm-sized pixels
* Light Sensitivity: Super low-light sensitivity (>1.4 V/lux-sec)
* Video Format: H.264 compression, saved as Windows- & Mac-compatible MPEG4 (.mp4) file
* Exposure Control: Auto with user selectable center weighted average and spot metering settings
* White Balance: Auto

* Microphone: Built-in, mono with AGC (automatic gain control)
* Audio Format: 48 kHz, AAC audio compression

* Resolution: 5 megapixel
* Capture Modes: Single shot, photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs.; 3 photo burst; self-timer

* Memory: SD card, up to 32GB capacity (SDHC)
* Average recording times (using 32GB SD card):
o 1080p (30 fps): 4h 21m
o 960p (30 fps): 5h 26m
o 720p (60 fps): 4h 21
o 720p (30 fps): 8h 09m
o WVGA (60 fps): 8h 09m

Camera Connectors & Cables
* PC Connection: USB 2.0 (data connection and battery charging)
* HDTV Out: HD NTSC & PAL (component cable incl.)
* Audio Out: Combo 2.5mm jack with stereo audio and composite video out
* PC Compatibility: Windows® XP (Service Pack 2 or later) or Vista; Mac OS® X 10.4.11 and later

Power & Battery
* Battery Type: Rechargeable 1100 mAh lithium-ion
* Battery Life: Approx. 2.5 hrs
* Charging: via USB to computer or optional power adapter
* Charge Time: 80% capacity after 1 hour with optional power adapter; or 2 hours with a computer's USB port

Waterproof Camera Housing
* Depth Rating: Up to 180 feet / 60 meters
* Construction: Polycarbonate and stainless steel
* Hardware: Stainless steel

Size & Weight
* Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.6" x 2.4" x 1.2" (42mm x 60mm x 30mm)
* Weight: 3.3oz (94g) incl. battery, 5.9oz (167g) incl. housing

Optional Accessories
* Additional Rechargable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery (not yet available for pre-order)
* Full Line of Mounting Accessories

Optional Expansion Bakpacs™
An innovative expansion port on the back of the camera, the HERO Bus™ accepts optional Expansion Bakpacs to expand the functionality of HD HERO cameras:
* LCD Bakpac for on-camera preview and playback (not yet available for pre-order)
* Endurance Battery Bakpac for double battery life (not yet available for pre-order)
* More Bakpacs and expansion devices coming soon

About GoPro
GoPro is the world's leading manufacturer of ultra-convenient wearable and gear mountable digital cameras. Its markets include outdoor sports and motorsports. Since 2004, GoPro has been designing cameras and accessories that make it easy for people to capture images and video during their favorite activities. Its products include the patented HERO line of shockproof/waterproof wearable cameras and gear-attachment devices.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Priced too high and FPS WAYYY too low.

      60 FPS please!

        • 5 Years Ago
        No, Paul, you can not find a HD, Li-Ion powered, 180FT Waterproof, wide angle camera, complete with all mounts and attachments necessary for less. Let me know how your comparable camera and home-brew kit does outside the car above 100mph as seen in this trackday video: http://vimeo.com/7073827 (In case you are wondering, the GoPro did GREAT! Not a single hiccup, 3+hrs of footage.)

        Where do I see 60fps? Where do you NOT see it? How about scrolling up and reading the article before you post again...

        Brastic, how did you manage to nab one two weeks ago? Color me jealous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have been playing with this camera for two weeks now. I do like the 720p @ 60 fps for fast action shots and the 1080p @ 30fps for wide medium and slow moving shots. What I did not expect is the high quality of the still photos. I find myself taking this camera with I travel just for the stills. I agree about how annoying the thumb screws are, but they work and hold the camera in place even while driving fast on bumpy road. I like the case a lot compared to the other cameras I have tested. The fact that the glass lens is replaceable should be a no brainier to by this unit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they really fixed the wind noise problems, I may have to try to splurge on an upgrade. My GoPro wide really has some awful audio - even just with autox when I'm going no faster then 30 or 40.

      Upgraded storage and Li Ion battery would be nice too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have owned an HD version for probably more than a year now. The difference on this camera appears to be the support of larger memory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's the Master Chief helmet!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aiptek hd cameras are better bang for buck. They do require a bit of work on your part.
      Can be had on ebay for
        • 5 Years Ago
        what i wrote got cut off. But basically check out the aiptek a-hd+ it does 720p at 60 fps. Which will solve some stability issues with in car video...oh and it's $100 less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sold my original GoPro so I could buy this HD one. I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago and I can't wait to get it! Any idea when it's going to be released?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The HD Go pro is already available. Last week at SEMA they were selling them to show attendees.

        I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, my father took it with him to Glamis after the SEMA show.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm going to go the the Vholdr CountourHD 1080p. While I like my GoPro Wide camera, there's 2 things I disliked about it. 1) The mounts are a pain. Piecing together bits of plastic pieces (a couple of which broke) with annoying thumbscrews is a lot more complicated than a regular ball mount. 2) The camera form factor. It's fine when attached to a car, but looks silly when attached to a helmet. I'll be able to use the ContourHD while skiing.

      Small issues I know, but the alternative is around the same price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have GOT to get me one of these. The video stabilization is outstanding and now that the video quality has improved its really one of the best portable solutions for enthusiasts right now. Doesn't hurt its water resistant either in the casing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give us a try. We're an authorized GoPro dealer and have some amazing new Hero HDs in-stock and all the accessories. Even some GoPro doesn't make.


        We just finished a doing a camera SHOOTOUT between a $4500 Canon XH-A1 HDV video camera and a Hero HD. The results are very surprising. Check it out!

        • 5 Years Ago
        A: There is no stabilization
        B: It is WaterPROOF to 180FT

        The sound and video quality benefit alone make it a worthwhile upgrade (not that I'll ever get rid of my GoPro Wide, it will just be relegated to more dangerous locations, like lower 1/4 panels and such and audio will be dumped.

        The ability to charge the unit off the computer USB cable, the same 12v adapter that powers my GPS, and the wall charger that charges my cellphone makes it very easy to get that li-ion recharged anywhere I am.

        8hrs of 720p on a card and 2.5hrs of battery life! Amazing!

        Needless to say, my order was placed the day they announced it. I can't WAIT!

        Here is my latest Go-Pro video with race data overlayed: http://vimeo.com/7091967

        ...that in HD with good audio levels and quality?! I look forward to it greatly.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to get this for christmas or my birthday or just because I want it.
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