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Minimum focus
Remove stills wide-angle distortion

The HD Hero 960 is EXACTLY the same camera as the big brother HD Hero. It has the same lens, same sensor, same battery, same mounts.  They only difference is they took out a couple resolutions and removed the back port.  So if you are looking for a great HD sports camera for very little money, this is the one.


We put together a cheat sheet for the menu system. 
Download PDF, RTF

960 cheat sheet


Quickstart Training guide for 960:



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Professional Quality, Full HD Video

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.

  • 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 widescreen 16:9 resolutions can show.
  • 720p: 1280x720 Ultra Wide HD featuring a 170º angle of view, 30fps, 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!

                                                 lithium battery  

car chargerusb wall chargerbatterypachd hero lcd back
USB car charger & wall charger:                               Extra battery pac,            LCD monitor    
can video & charge at the same time.                        Estimated ship: Early 2011

They have also increased the quality of the still images.  While still a 5mp still camera, the file size has increase with less compression giving a cleaner image. 


Here's some actual screenshots from HD Hero VIDEO footage (shrunk down to 600 pixels wide):

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SD Cards:  Welcome to the confusing world of SD Cards.  SDHC, mb/s, microSD, miniSD, ultra, extreme, GBs, class rating, speed rating!  It's all so confusing. A great place to find detailed explaination is in Wikipedia.  We'll explain some of what you need to know for this camera below. 

If a card is 8GB or larger, it AUTOMATICALLY is an SDHC card (secure digital high capacity). SDHC currently goes up to 32GB.  32GB are only now coming out and are expensive so we recommend a 16GB card which will give you plenty of storage space for the 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.

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.   The current version 1 HD Hero camera appears to be picky about the SD Cards it uses.  GoPro has determined that Kingston 16GB class 4 or higher and Patriot 16GB class 4 or higher are the best choices.  


Minimum Focus: We've done a preliminary minimum focus test and it appears it's somewhere around 12".  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. Official test will come in the near future.


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:

      church-before                 chruch-after


      painting-before                painting-after


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 PackK-lite.  This may enable your computer to play/edit with MP4 files if it doesn' t already.  Use the mega pack.


 HD Hero 960 detailed specifications:

GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO is the world’s highest performance wearable 720p HD video and still photo camera. Professional quality 960p / 720p HD resolutions record at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in WVGA). 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.

Camera Optics

  • 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

HD Video Resolution Settings

  • 960p - 1280x960 pixels, 30 fps, 10 Mbit/s data rate
  • 720p - 1280x720 pixels, 30 fps with 7.5 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:
  • 960p (30 fps): 5 hrs. 26 minutes
  • 720p (30 fps): 8 hrs. 9 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)
  • Weight: 5.3oz/150g incl. battery, 6.3oz/179g incl. housing

Optional Accessories

  • Rechargable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Full Line of Mounting Accessories

Optional Expansion Bakpacs™

An innovative expansion port on the back of the camera, the HERO Bus™ accepts optional Expansion Bakpacs to expand the functionality of HD HERO cameras:

  • LCD Bakpac for on-camera preview and playback. estimated early 2011 availability
  • Endurance Battery Bakpac for double battery life. estimated early 2011 availability
  • More Bakpacs and expansion devices coming soon.


You can download the GoPro HD 960 Hero instructions here in PDF.


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