GoPro HD Helmet HERO

GoPro is setting the tone for wearable video cameras with the launch of its HD option featuring 1080p resolution. Not only does the video camera shoot 1920×1080 video, it shoots 1280×960 and 1280×720. That means its lowest video resolution is as high as the best video shot by other brands on the market. Plus, its lowest resolution video can be captured in 60 frames per second (twice the standard) letting users play back quality video in slow motion.

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GoPro HD Helmet HERO ready to record

Besides the same great GoPro features that made previous version popular — waterproof housing, small size, numerous attachments, 5 megapixel still photo capability — the company upgraded to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and an internal heating system to keep the power source warm, which will be great for winter use. It also has more prominent cues to let you know its operational status. The new cam can accommodate up to a 32 GB cards to store more than eight hours of video.

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GoPro HD Helmet HERO camera out of its case

Additional upgrades: There’s now a wireless microphone option, and the GoPro can even accommodate an LCD add-on (though the camera doesn’t have a viewfinder like other models). All this — the entire camera and all its capabilities — is barely bigger than GoPro’s previous versions: It’s just 1.6 × 2.4 × 1.2 inches, and it weighs a scant 6.3 ounces with the battery and waterproof housing. The camera, set to hit shelves in October, will retail for $299.

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Posted by Xavier - 08/13/2009 06:16 AM

Without an LCD screen and viewfinder how are you suppose to aim the camera. Its going to take too long with trial and error.

Posted by jpea - 08/13/2009 07:30 AM

It actually works out pretty well. GoPro has had this type of non-LCD setup throughout their whole line of cameras for years and it’s pretty slick. Less bulk & less tech = less problems and cheaper.

Posted by Natas - 08/13/2009 07:58 AM

Xavier, the lens is so wide angle that it’s very easy to aim GoPro’s cameras…as long as you are using one of the wide angle ones. The HD is wide angle, so aiming is easy.

Posted by chris - 08/31/2009 11:51 AM

You don’t want to pay the penalty of a big LCD screen eating up your batteries

Posted by IcePlanter - 09/16/2009 11:52 AM

With the wide angle lens you don’t need to worry about aiming precisely. After using the camera once or twice you’ll have a very good idea of what you’re filming…that is, Natas is right on.

We’ve got a tip sheet on the GoPro Hero 5 cameras and would love to get input from Gearjunkie readers.

Posted by Mike - 09/27/2009 09:51 AM

Do you know if the new HD version will fit in the old housing? It says that it is “Slightly” bigger

Posted by Dan - 09/27/2009 12:58 PM

How can you say not having a viewfinder is no issue? If you want to shoot without cropping and or having to worry about rotating the image (because the air is off), it seems pretty important. Granted, the high-res will be more forgiving – but I definitely want a screen to verify the setup is good so I can get the best image quality. Not a bunch of post processing resampling.

But I guess the good news is that the expansion slot is going to allow an LCD to be added. That should satisfy me.

Posted by Pak - 09/30/2009 12:19 PM

The GoPro catalog doesn’t say anything about a wireless mic option.

Posted by bj - 10/02/2009 10:36 AM

what the hell guys, how are you going to look at a lcd when the cam is mounted on your head???

Posted by Jonas - 10/04/2009 04:01 PM

There is a remote to this unit. ON the remote you have a small LCD so you can preview. Damn cool.

Posted by Chad Lancour - 10/06/2009 05:58 PM

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Posted by ryan - 10/10/2009 10:22 AM

if you go to the website the is an lcd screen attachment if you really need it but obviously out of the case and the wide angle makes it almost impossible to miss the shot

Posted by Bobby J - 10/19/2009 05:18 PM

I think this product would be amazing even without the view finder or LCD screen. I have the regular gopro widelense with the view finder but I have never used it even once. For all the things I have recorded (snowboarding, skydiving, dirtbiking) there is no need for a view finder or screen. so for helmet cams, whats the use. no need. its great the way it is without one.

Posted by TR - 11/15/2009 09:35 AM

I just mounted the camera in my aerobatic airplane pointing back at me. If you can see the camera, it can see you. Period. The only way to miss a shot is to leave the camera at home. :-)

Posted by Jesse - 12/28/2009 04:12 PM

I just got one for Christmas – used in in the pool and on the bike – so far, I am very impressed. No need for a viewfinder on a POV camera; however, it would be nice to know that it is actually recording when it is up on my helmet – I missed a fun downhill shot when I thought I turned the thing on… otherwise, awesome results on the next downhill.

Posted by kasper - 12/29/2009 05:45 PM

the video quality is good, but it got some problems with darkness. there have to be light if the camera have to work usefully.

when you use it as camera, it is not a problem that theres no screen at it because it takes very large pictures. if you trie to focus at something you nearly get your self on the pic. but when you take pictures you have to stand very still. it is not good to take pictures with motion.

Posted by Phil Paps - 02/01/2010 01:48 PM

i got this camera for christmas, and its pretty awesome. No need for the lcd screen. Check out my videos on youtube of me skiing. Look up godiveri

Posted by kasper - 02/10/2010 04:19 PM

am I the only one who can’t take still pictures with mine without getting crappy quality? it gets blury just at minor action.

Posted by Mike Moody - 04/22/2010 08:13 AM

I have brought a so called gopro HD camera big mistake because mine has’nt worked once yet.its just cheap chinese toy crap components just keep turning itself off anytime my P.C.does not recognize the format the purchaser says have not come across this problem befor then I looked on the web there are hundreds of problems with them so dont buy a GOPROBLEMS because there rubbish.Mad Mike

Posted by Justin - 04/26/2010 08:18 AM

mad mike…thats because you are a moron

Posted by Dave - 05/04/2010 11:26 PM

Mad Mike your retarded. Besides the regards that you are infact a moron. The go pro is beast. There is plenty of videos on you tube of people using the camera. I mean unless you are tellingme that Sony make a camera that has gopro on it. made videos that have beautiful quality. post them on youtube and the gopro website. just so that they would get you to buy the one that you have. that so called, does not work. i take videos over your incorrect and febil statement. get a new gopro helmet. Shut the hell up. and quite complaining.

Posted by kenaiking07 - 06/24/2010 07:23 PM

I’m a fisherman and an amateur videographer and have wanted a camera to film myself catching a fish. I have used this camera fishing (McKenzie River Trout Fishing at youtube)
and am impressed with the resolution for such a small camera. Always make sure the camera is filming—check and double check by actually looking for blinking light to denote recording. The chest mount is an absolute must ($40). Everything about this camera is quality…housing, accessories, etc.

Posted by Nasa - 08/02/2010 06:34 AM

Just bought The HD Hero and it’s the best video I have ever had, Best quality picture and video. Only problem, Hugh GB for a few minute picture. Having storage problem. Thinking of getting a TB storage just for this this camera activities.

Posted by Joe - 09/30/2010 06:25 AM

HD Hero works great! I bought the chest harness to video my daughter’s high school marching band. All the kids want to wear the HD Hero while they march on the field. I upgraded to the latest the firmware, and have the HD Hero set for one-touch video! Great video!

Sound is the only thing that is lacking. I see a skeleton case is coming in October that may help me with sound. I’ve also thought about drilling a hole in the case over the mic.

Love this camera!

Posted by Shane Clark - 10/17/2010 03:42 PM

I bought a HD hero gopro for free skiing. I’m loving it. but how do i optimize my camera’s performance? If i use IMOVIE to edit the 60fps 720, is IMOVIE going to make the picture appear less HD? as opposed to used final cut pro??

Posted by Ross Irwin - 10/30/2010 10:15 AM

shane as far as i’m aware imovie shouldn’t decrease performance, but if you put it online on the likes of youtube it may compress the file making the quality look slightly worse. But the videos look amazing on an HD tv. Im soon to be a proud owner of one of these and i use a mac, so if you could confirm how imovie preforms that would be great.

Posted by Chris - 11/25/2010 06:17 PM

I have read about a wireless mic….I want to record the audio from my electronic drum module of me playing (I can control the output level) Is this possible with equipment now available? Obviously, I would not need a case while filming. The hard way would be to sync the audio with the video in post using imovie or other editing software, but like I say, that is the hard way to do it.

Posted by Wayne Antioch - 02/02/2011 01:31 AM

This camera is awsome. I have the HD Hero and record in 1080p all the time. I ride a jetksi and mount the Go Pro on my chest harness. Only thing is on some of my video I have noticed a pinkish verticle line that flickers on and off for milli second. I think this is to do with the sunlight hitting it? I have contacted Go Pro and waiting for their verdict. Other vids I have taken have been awsome….I have posts on my Facebook page under Seadoo GTX.

Posted by larry - 04/30/2011 07:05 AM

my HeroHD is stuck on tel can you help me

Posted by Tim - 01/09/2012 11:50 PM

We’ve reviewed the HD Hero and Hero2. Love them both!
If you’re not sure which camera to get, GoPro/Contour/Drift, feel free to read our reviews. Hopefully they help.

If you have a gopro we have a great ‘tips & tricks’ page.

Posted by gingersmommy1 - 05/18/2012 12:29 PM

Please help, my husband switches on his new GoPro and the screen dispays then just switches itself off…

Posted by Derrick - 08/01/2012 04:57 PM

I just purchased a GoPro Hero 2 with the hopes of doing inspection videos for the work I do. I was really excited that you can plug a microphone/ cord end into the camera. I have some headphones that have the mini mic built right into the cord for voice recording. Now, after setting it up, I realize that the clear case does not have a hole for my mic to connect to. What’s up with that. How am I suppose to record my voice as I am taking video? I read in a past post about a guy drilling a hole? That would ruin the weatherproofing. Am I missing something? Help please!

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