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First Look: GoPro Motorsports HD Hero

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First Look: GoPro Motorsports HD Hero

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GoPro has made quite a few changes to its Hero line of sports cameras, both in form and in function.

>> Antwon: GoPro [assumed spelling], makers of the GoPro Hero Motorsports Wide, have returned with a new upgraded model, the HD Hero. Wait, which one's which? I'm Antwon Goodwin [assumed spelling], let's take a closer look at the GoPro HD Hero to see if we could figure out what they've changed. Let's start with the chassis itself. While both units feature the same great panavice [assumed spelling] suction cup mount the HD Hero features a slightly thicker camera body, and as a result its waterproof housing is also slightly thicker. Part of the reason for this additional thickness comes from the new model's usage of a rechargeable battery, which is larger and less temperamental than the old unit's pair of triple A lithium batteries. Other physical changes include the deletion of the useless optical view finder and the addition of a louder internal speaker for a clearer confirmation feed. The HD Hero also still utilizes an SD card slot for media storage. However, this time out the unit supports SDHD cards with up to a 32 gigabyte capacity. The old unit used to use a freaky, proprietary, deformed micro USB connection for its combo USB, AV out connection. And if you lost that cable, well, you were sort of screwed. The HD Hero uses a standard mini USB connection for charging and data and a pair of separate mini jacks for component, video and composite video and audio connections. Hurray for standards! One big change that you'll notice on the back of this new unit is the Hero Bus port, which is sort of an extension port that allows users to connect add-on modules called backpacks, which enhance the unit's functionality. None are available at time recording but GoPro tells us that by early 2010 an extended battery pack and a color LCD preview display will be available. However, out of the box the new unit still uses the tiny monochromatic LCD with microscopic icons for all of its feedback. So you'll need to familiarize yourself with the user's manual lest you accidentally delete all when you're trying to use the photo every 5 seconds mode. Fortunately, even the manual is better and more detailed this time out, nice. Under the hood the HD Hero gains, you guessed it, high definition video, which puts it on par with our current favorite the Contour HD. There are 5 video resolutions to choose from an SD 16 by 9 WVGA resolution at 60 frames per second, a 720p HD resolution at 30 frames per second and a 60 frame per second slow mo mode, a 960p 4 by 3 tall HD mode that shoots at 30 frames per second and 1080p full HD at 30 frames per second. Most of those modes are gonna take advantage of the HD Hero's ultra wide 170 degree viewing angle, but the 1080p full HD crops at a narrow 127 degree field of vision for some unknown reason. All videos are saved in H dot 264 MP4 video files. Still photography modes include single shot self timer, triple shot and a photo every mode which captures photos at user defined intervals from 30 to 60 seconds. All photos are capsuled at a 5 megapixel resolution. Overall video quality is predictably improved over the SD model thanks to the additional resolution, but low light sensitivity has also improved. However, this is still a camera that works best in broad daylight. As part of the GoPro system of sports cameras the HD Motorsports Hero can also be used with GoPro's full lines of mounts from racecar roll bar mounts to bicycle handlebar mounts, adhesive mounts and even helmet and body harnesses. ^M00:03:50 [ Music ] ^M00:04:00 >> Antwon: Preview more information and check out our full review. 'Til then I'm Antwon Goodwin and this has been your first look at the GoPro Motorsports HD Hero. ^M00:04:07 [ Music ]

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