Testing the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

By | May 8, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I woke up in the morning, looked out and it was sunny enough for a ride! That’s good news for April in Romania! Finding a new place to ride though is a challenge, so I went the usual way: opened the map and looked for new roads. I’ve settled for a ride in the Penteleu mountains. Before leaving, I’ve installed the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO mountings so I could give it a try.

I’ve installed one on the front fairing and one on the helmet. The one on the front fairing proved to pick up a lot of movement, especially because I had to use multiple mounting brackets to get the camera in the right direction. The one on the helmet gave a better video, but at speeds above 100km you feel the drag created by the camera.

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

 

 

First impressions on the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO camera

Looks like a sturdy piece of electronics. It has very little things that can go wrong.

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

 

The water proof housing gives a lot of protection and it feels strong. It comes with a lot of mounting brackets that allow almost any positioning:

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

The suction cup looks very good for mounting on cars

GoPro HD Motorsports HERO

There are several video resolutions, I’ve only tested 1080p = 1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate so far. However, shooting at this resolution only gives you about 4h of filming on a 32 GB card which can be a problem when you are touring for multiple days.

1080p = 1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
960p = 1280×960 pixels (4:3), 30 fps, 12 Mbit/s data rate
720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
WVGA = 848×480 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate

 

Here is a video with the camera mounted on the front fairing (note: I have decreased the quality of the movie before uploading on youtube, so the actual video is better).

And here is a video with the camera mounted on the helmet (note: I have decreased the quality of the movie before uploading on youtube, so the actual video is better)

Things I don’t like on the GoPro HD Motorsports HERO camera

I’m a bit worried on the battery life: the rechargeable 1100 mAh lithium-ion only lasts for about 2 hours and to recharge it you need to take the camera out of the waterproof housing and recharge it via USB for 2-3 hours.

Also, I couldn’t find a way to see how much time is left for filming on the card. If you have multiple cards you don’t know when to change them. (maybe there is a way but not so obvious?)

Which get’s me to the other point, the menu is not that intuitive (but I can accept this, considering the camera only has 2 buttons and you have to do all settings with 2 buttons only).

And lastly, I was expecting that the Motorsports version of the camera to have the Roll bar mount and the Handlebar Seatpost Mount included.

 
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