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HD Surf Hero

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I ran across a camera in Surfer Magazine and thought it was worth a closer look. The HD Surf Hero from GoPro packs a lot of camera into a relatively small price. First, a bit about GoPro.

“GoPro produces the famous HERO line of wearable and gear-mountable cameras and accessories, making it easy for people to capture and share their lives’ most exciting moments.”

The HD Surf Hero is a high-definition still/video camera that you can mount to your surfboard.

Here are the specs:

  • Lens Type: Fixed Focus (2ft/.6m – ∞), glass
  • Aperture: f/2.8 (high performance in low-light situations)
  • Angle of View: 170º ultra wide angle in WVGA, 720p, or 960p mode
  • Angle of View: 127º wide angle in 1080p mode
  • Microphone: Built-in, mono with AGC (automatic gain control)
  • Capture Modes: Single shot, photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs.; 3 photo burst; self-timer
  • Memory: SD card, up to 32GB capacity (SDHC)
  • Polycarbonate and stainless steel housing
  • 5MP Resolution
  • HD Video Resolution Modes:
    • 1080p: 1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 Mbps
    • 960p: 1280×960 pixels (4:3), 30 fps, 12 Mbps
    • 720p: 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 15 Mbps
    • 720p: 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 Mbps
    • WVGA: 848×480 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 8 Mbps

As you can see, this is quite the camera. GoPro is known for putting cameras in extreme situations, and surfing certainly qualifies. The camera is durable and is packed with high quality audio and video features, as well as a 5MP still camera.

In the box:

  • HD HERO 5MP Camera
  • Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180’/60 m)
  • 3M Adhesive Mounting Base
  • FCS Plug-Compatible Mount
  • Quick-Release Buckle
  • Leash
  • USB Cable
  • Component Video (HDTV) Cable
  • Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
  • One Year Warranty

For all of this you’d expect to pay a much higher price than GoPro is asking. At $269.99 you get a pro-quality camera for a consumer camera price. If you are a surfer and always wanted to catch some of the action on film, this camera should really work for you. At this price you could use it for any number of water activities though. I think I’d get quite a lot of use out of this camera. I’d definitely recommend taking a look at it the next time you are shopping for a camera.