The Digital Helmet Hero mounts to your helmet. The Digital Hero 3 uses a wrist strap and was originally designed with surfing in mind. All models are waterproof to 100 feet.
The GoPro Digital Hero 3 is about to start a new revolution in cycling, allowing you to film your rides in one simple and easy to use package. This item has both the lens and recording device in one compact package! When you add a 2 Gb Secure Digital(SD) card you get a camera that can take up to 54 minutes of video complete with sound.
Originally released in 2006, the HERO cameras are a line patented by GoPro, a northern California-based team of inventors and athletes dedicated to making it easy to use a camera during favorite activities. The HERO camera line incorporates a small digital camera enclosed in a waterproof housing unit, and the camera can take still or video pictures. The HERO comes in a variety of versions such as the Helmet HERO, the Motorsports HERO, the Surf HERO, and the Digital HERO, the core differences are the mounting options included in each package. Continue reading →
Strengths: Great features. Very cheap for what you get. Lots of options if you want to go do other activities with the same camera. Personally i enjoy biking, autocross racing, and snowboarding. Hence this works great. I use a lot of the options. Plus the ability to shoot in many different settings helps a lot.
Weaknesses: interface is not the greatest to use but is manageable. The sound quality is much better on the HERO2 which my buddy has but the original Hero isnt that good.
Overall i would say its a great buy. I spent very little money on it but have used it a lot. case has been replaced a few times due to "mistakes" in the field. Have not tried underwater testing but in heavy rain its still very good. i have used this camera a lot. It isnt the pretties thing but it works very well. I plan to upgrade to the HERO2 next spring but am waiting due to a recent purchase of a new bike and snowboard.
a Cross Country Rider
from Gladstone QLD, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2010
Strengths: Simple operation, easy to use buttons, functions and options. Small, lightweight. Good video clarity with OK sound - check out the results at mtbtips.com. Battery time is very good - a couple of hours from a full charge easy. Brackets and mounts are good - very adaptable, useful and strong.
Weaknesses: Turns off unexpectedly. It doesn't matter if the camera is moving or still, full sun or in the shade. And it turns off at anytime; after 14 seconds, after 2 minutes, 3 mins 19 secs, whenever; which is really frustrating when I'm making videos for my mountain biking website which are usually 5 minutes or so in length. On top of that you don't always realise when it's turned itself of. Finding out you haven't got all the footage you thought you're back home and editing is VERY frustrating. Looks like I'm not the only one who experiences this problem.
Also, lack of a rear LCD screen is a weakness. A rear LCD screen would take the guess-work out of finding the area of view. I know they've got one coming to attach to the back of the unit, and I can't wait, but it seems to be behind schedule. GoPro originally stated July 2010 for the LCD backpack, but I'm starting to hear late 2010.
Overall good product which produces great quality video, but my satisfaction is slowly being deteriorated by the frustration I get from a camera that turns itself off whenever it likes. Would be 5 chilis, but took one off for no LCD and another chili off for unexpected camera shut-downs; the latter means I can't really recommend it to others...
...imagine hammering your favourite trail, 20 minutes from top to bottom, only to find out at the bottom (or worse still when you got home) that the camera only recorded the first 2 minutes of footage! :(
a Cross Country Rider
from Worthington, Ohio, U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2009
Strengths: Tough, wide angle lens, versitile
Weaknesses: The video quality is OK, even just plugging it into the TV the video is still choppy. Audio is crap. Even without the case on, the microphone isn't as good as a 10$ disposable video camera's microphone. When you ride you don't hear sounds, you hear vibrations off of whatever your camera is mounted on. I feel like GoPro stuck a crappy microphone on it just to raise the price 30$
Pretty good camera. They might as well not put a mic on it. In my opinion I would recommend keep saving your $$$ and buy the HD Hero
Strengths: Weatherproof, cheap, lots of mounting options
Weaknesses: Unusably short battery life, shuts off so often during use that I just assume it won't record an entire DH run.
Don't waste your money on this product that works intermittently- it just leads to frustration ("why the F did it not record my race run again!!???!!")
Here's the deal on this camera (non-HD Hero Wide): it kept shutting off on me after only recording for a few minutes; I emailed customer service, and after awhile of emails back and forth, they told me the camera will only record if the batteries are supplying 2.4 volts. Considering that the batteries they tell you to use (Energizer NiMH rechargeable) are rated for 2.4 volts nominally (two of them in series), this means they designed the camera to only operate when the batteries are supplying more voltage than nominal, ie brand new/fresh off the charger. Once they reach their nominal voltage output, the camera turns off. This is what I consider to be a poor design.
It seems that there is enough variability in the Energizer batteries that some people get a "hot" set that work fine, but most people I've talked to have a similar issue as me.
a Cross Country Rider
from Quezon City, NCR, Philippines
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2009
Strengths: Great all-around camera, especially taking single-track footage and recon riding. Wide-angle lens works wonders
Weaknesses: Clips easily break, I already broke both clips. I glued the clip directly to the helmet mount to fix the problem.
Ever since I acquired this cam, I've been taking a lot of ride footage on my trail sojourning. And have been on constant record on where my tire should move to achieve constant speed.
Although the only problem with the GoPro Hero, is the clips. The clips that mount to the shoe of helmet mount. These clips break-easily, and thats so sad. I broke both of the clips included. And buying another one would be costy. So I had one of the clips glued on my helmet-mount's shoe.
But performance wise, this is one hell of a camera.
Bike Setup: 2009 Vision Pursuit (hardtail), 2008 SRSuntour XCR LOD, 2009 Deore Groupset, Shimano Alivio Octalink Crankset, 2003 Deore Lx RD, Shimano Non-Series Hubs with Alexrims XD-Lite on Continental Mountain King 2.2 and Race King 2.2 wirebeads.
a Cross Country Rider
from Suamico, WI
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2009
Strengths: Great all in one camera.Great picture especially for singletrack. The wide angle lets you see the whole trail and isn't to shaky.
Weaknesses: The sound is a touchy. The camera has the ability to have high or low volume but all you get while riding is wind noise.
I Love to use this every time I ride. All the other complaints about it shutting off are solved by reading the owners manual and setting the camera up to run non-stop. I only gave it four chilis for value because of the sound quality, but I didn't get the camera to hear myself riding.
Strengths: I actually only payed $60 after the REI dividend check and 20% discount. Easy to use. Shoots good video at 512x384. 5 megapixel stills make awesome screen saver slide shows or desktop wall papers.
Weaknesses: .AVI has to be converted in order to edit in Adobe Premier. Although I have never lost video with a fresh set of batteries, some pics were blurred.
I wouldn't go out and buy this as your home video camera or only video camera, but if you overlay the video taken with this thing on top of some HD camcorder video - it makes for some great possibilities. Have someone record you attacking an obstacle (hard climb or downhill section) while you do a helmet cam perspective or handlebar mount looking at yourself. Then combine the two with some video edditing software and you are on your way to making great biking movies.
Bike Setup: gopro wide with chest mount from gopro
a Weekend Warrior
from victoria, british columbia, canada
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2009
Strengths: the camera's ability to keep up with the recording during fast sections is excellent. the 170 wide lens does a good job on capturing what is wanted in the cam. plenty of adaptors are available to mount the cam wherever you want to.
Weaknesses: no playback--- lcd icons are hard to distinguish--especially if your eyes are bad. the camera eats batteries like candy. audible warning signals could be louder. you have to keep an eye on the cam to make sure your still recording.
for the price---this camera is all what the company claims it can do---- after trial and error---i feel that the camera is pretty good after all--- forget the sound---turn the setting on low and forget about it--- this is a cute camera which gets a lot of looks on the trail--- very light--- you don't even notice that you have it on the helmet-- i'm very happy with it and continue to experiment with it--- compressing the vids to maintain quality is a challenge---but that might just be me not knowing how to do it best--- very good vid quality for bloggs---- if your looking for an inexpensive good cam---buy this one---it's worth the money
good job gopro
Bike Setup: nomad 2007 with a bomber 55 eta and a fox dhx5
from Clayton, Ca
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2009
Strengths: Easy to turn on and off. Great mounting system. Good customer support.
Weaknesses: Doesn't like some SD cards. Shuts off frequently. Requires brand NEW batteries (even NiMH rechargables). No way to check positioning on the fly at the trail.
The cam is fun. However, it takes a bit of fiddle-dittle to get it working. You must have brand new batteries-even if you use the recommended NiMH rechargables, buy new ones. Also, had trouble with the first SD card. It would case the cam to shut down and get hot when the trail was rough. It took two cams to figure it out. GoPro offered great support in the sense of sending new cams. But they didn't help to diagnose the casue. Then once a new SD card was used it would still shut off all the time. Setting the sound to "lo" and the auto shut-off to "off" fixed that. Now were making good vids. But what a hassle.
Strengths: It turns on when you want it to. Wish I could say the same for turning off.
Weaknesses: GoPro Hero Wide: 170 degrees sounds great, right? If your subject is really close maybe. But man, if you are pointing at something a but further away it's like looking through the wrong end of binoculars. 70 of those degrees are pure distortion.
And like the other guy said, what's with all the shutting off when the going gets a little bit rough?
Get something with a lens that isn't like looking through a fishbowl.
Strengths: Easy to set up, easy to mount. Easy to move from helmet, to wrist and back to helmet.
Weaknesses: Where do I start? I guess the most frustrating thing is lost video. The Go Pro shuts itself off frequently - causing lost video. This seems to happen when the going gets really rough - which also happens to coincide with the most fun parts of the ride. The result is lost video of the coolest part of the ride.
Second - sound quality is horrible. Plan on overriding the sounds of singletrack with some tunes.
Video quality is pretty darn poor as well. The camera really can't handle rough trails. Choppy video is status quo with the Go Pro.