We just got a GoPro Hero Wide Angle Helmet Video Camera in, right in time for our trip to Whistler, BC. Out of the box, it includes everything you’ll need to strap it to your head or helmet, as well as four quick-release adhesive mounts for placing the camera on bikes, skis, cars, or whatever you fancy.
- 5 Megapixel HERO Wide Camera with 170º Wide Angle Lens
- 1 Shockproof/Waterproof Quick-Release Housing
- 1 Headlamp-Style Head Strap
- 1 Vented Hemlet Strap
- 2 Curved, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
- 2 Flat, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
- 1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
- 2 Quick-Release Buckles
- 1 USB/RCA Combo Cable
- Warranty: One Year
Batteries and memory cards are not included, so we picked up a 4pack of rechargeable AAAs and a 2GB SD card. According to GoPro, 4GB SD card compatibility will be available soon via free software upgrade. That should increase the max filming time to 1 hour 52 minutes.
We also opted for the optional mount expansion kit, as our previous experience playing with the VIO POV told us that helmet mounted cams are often pretty shaky. That should be reduced with the wide angle lens, but having the additional mounts gives a lot more options for angles.
The best part of the system is the size. GoPro definitely has the competition beat in regards to sizing, and pricing. Our question is, how is the performance? Answers coming soon.
sample video: Crank it up, Whistler, BC
This clip was filmed with the camera mounted on the lead rider’s helmet(Inga), facing backwards.