It could possibly be the world's smallest self-contained 1080p camera. Available models are: Helmet Hero HD, Motorsports Hero HD, Surf Hero HD, and Naked Hero HD (no mounts). ALL are WIDE ANGLE. Other models and new accessories will be available in the coming months. HD Hero is compatible with all the current mounts (except the underwater housing).
HD HERO price starts at $259+tax for a complete camera kit.
1080p, 960p, and 720p in 30 and 60 fps (720p). The HD HERO line of cameras offers three different HD resolutions and one standard resolution, giving you four video resolutions to capture the best angles for any given activity.
1080p: 1920x1080 True HD featuring a 127º angle of view, 30 fps, and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
960p: 1280x960 Ultra Wide and Tall HD featuring a 170º angle of view, 30 fps, and 4:3 aspect ratio. See more of the action above and below than widescreen16:9 resolutions can show.
720p: 1280x720 Ultra Wide HD featuring a 170º angle of view, both 30 and 60 fps, and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
480p: 848x480. This is a wide DVD format at 60fps progressive which is great for times when you don't need HD. So it's basically 2 cameras in one!
USB car charger & wall charger: Extra battery pac, LCD monitor
Here's some actual screenshots from HD Hero VIDEO footage (shrunk down to 600 pixels wide):
SD Cards: If a card is 8GB or larger, it AUTOMATICALLY is an SDHC card (secure digital high capacity). SDHC currently goes up to 64GB (64GB not compatible with HD Hero). MINIMUM speed for this camera is a class 4 which equals 4MB/s (equal to a 26x speed rating card). Ideally, you want the fastest class card you can afford which currently is a class 6 (6MB/s or 40x speed rating). It will turn on faster, save faster, transfer faster to your computer. Do not use a CLASS 10 card. It will cause problems.
If you have a card in the camera and the camera shuts down after a few minutes, that usually means the card isn't fast enough and can't store the data fast enough. DO NOT use a microSD adapter. It will cause problems. GoPro has determined that Kingston 16GB class 4 or 6 and Patriot 16GB class 4 or 6 are the best choices.
Minimum Focus: We've done a preliminary minimum focus test and it appears it's somewhere around 8". We've also discovered that if you put simple reading glasses in front of the lens it will focus closer. Glasses must be 2.50 or more to make a difference.
Removing wide-angle distortion: There is a free program that does a good job of removing some or all of the distortion caused by the Hero wide-angle lens. It's called GLM Undistorter.
Photoshop users: It IS possible to reduce or even eliminate the wide-angle distortion in Photoshop by using a filter in CS2, CS3 and CS4. It's: filter/distort/lens correction. Below are a few extreme examples. It seems to give you wide format for free! Here's a PDF for Photoshop users on how to use this filter effectively.
ORIGINAL IMAGE: AFTER PHOTOSHOP CORRECTION:
Software:MP4Cam2AVI is a free program that will convert an mp4 file to AVI file if you have an editing program that does not support MP4 (with H.264 compression CODEC). This would include be most lower-end editing programs. More information on the MP4cam2AVI program.
A more robust video conversion program is called MPEG Streamclip. Don't let the name fool you. It converts anything to anything (Mac and PC). AND IT'S FREE. If it says you need Quicktime Alternative, you can find it here. An added benefit for this converter is you can designate a new start and end point for the rendered file, getting rid of dead spots at the beginning and end of your camera video.
Video Player: Will play back ANY KIND of video file is VIDEOLAN, and it's FREE! (PC and Mac)
CODEC Pack: K-lite. This may enable your computer to play/edit with MP4 files if it doesn' t already. Use the mega pack.
HD Hero detailed specifications:
GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO is the world’s highest performance wearable 1080p HD video and still photo camera. Professional quality 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions record at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). Record up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card (not included).
The camera can also shoot automatic 5MP photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals during your activity, hands free. Press the shutter button once at the start of your activity and record up to 2.5 hours of poster-print quality photos of you and your friends, living it up.
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 / 960p
Angle of View: 127º wide angle in 1080p hd
HD Video Resolution Settings Format and codec: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
1080p - 1920x1080 pixels, 30 fps, 12 Mbit/s data rate
960p - 1280x960 pixels, 30 fps, 10 Mbit/s data rate
720p - 1280x720 pixels, 30 fps with 7.5 Mbit/s data rate, OR 60 fps with 15 Mbit/s data rate
WVGA (848x480): 60 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
Video Sensor & Light Control
Sensor Type: 1/2.5" HD CMOS, 2.2µm pixels
Light Sensitivity: Super low-light sensitivity (>1.4 V/lux-sec)
Exposure Control: Auto with user selectable center weighted average and spot metering settings
White Balance: Auto
Microphone: Built-in, mono with AGC (automatic gain control)
Audio Format: 48 kHz, AAC audio compression
Resolution: 5 megapixel
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)
Average recording times with 32GB SD card:
1080p (30 fps): 4hrs. 21 minutes
960p (30 fps): 5 hrs. 26 minutes
720p (30 fps): 8 hrs. 9 minutes
720p (60 fps): 4 hrs. 21 minutes
WVGA (848x480 60fps): 8 hrs. 9 minutes
Camera Connectors & Media Download Cables
PC Connection: USB 2.0 (data connection and battery charging)
HDTV Out: HD NTSC & PAL (component cable incl.)
Audio Out: Combo 2.5mm jack with stereo audio and composite video out
PC Compatibility: Windows ME, 2000, XP, and Vista; Mac OS X 10.2 and later
Power & Battery
Battery Type: Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion
Battery Life: Approx. 2.5 hrs
Charging: via USB to computer or optional power adapter
Charge Time: 80% capacity after 1 hour with optional power adapter; or 2 hours with a computer’s USB port
Waterproof Camera Housing
Depth Rating: Up to 180 feet / 60 meters
Construction: Polycarbonate and stainless steel
Hardware: Stainless steel
Size & Weight
Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.6” x 2.4” x 1.2” (42mm x 60mm x 30mm)