A robust camera that is suitable for all environments, can be used for all extreme sports, records full HD footage, excellent image quality, the camera can be mounted in many different ways.Cons
It's not cheap (but then if you want the best you have to pay for it), doesn't come with an SD cardVerdict
The best video camera for recording extreme sports currently available
GoPro Camera HD Hero 2 - The best way to record video footage of your extreme sports
†I often fancy myself as an adrenaline sports junkie, however the only extreme thing I do on a regular basis is motorbike track days, although I do many other extreme sports when on vacation. Many people ask what racing around a circuit is like and the only way of letting them know is to show some video footage, which gave me the perfect excuse to buy an action camera. When I was looking for an action video camera I spent hours and hours on the internet trawling through review of different products and all the good ones pointed to one particular product, which is the GoPro camera HD Hero 2.
The Go Pro can be used for action sports including mountain climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, road cycling, ski-ing, snowboarding and sky diving. The Go Pro can also be used for water sports such as surfing, wakeboarding, white water rafting and kite surfing.†
So when buying a Go Pro camera what exactly do you get? The Go Pro camera is supplied with everything you need to capture footage of your favourite extreme sports. This is a full kit and you shouldnít need to buy anything else, although there are some ďspecialĒ accessories should you want or need even more accessories.
When you buy a Go Pro camera you will get;
- One 11MP HD HERO2 Camera
- Waterproof Housing (197′ / 60m)
- A HD Skeleton Backdoor
- A Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- A USB Cable
- One Vented Helmet Strap
- One Head Strap
- Two Curved Surface Adhesive Mounts
- Two Flat Surface Adhesive Mounts
- One Three-Way Pivot Arm
- Assorted Mounting Hardware
Quite an impressive list hey? As you can see, the Go Pro camera represents top value for money. The only necessary item that is not included with the Go Pro camera is an SD memory card, although these can be bought for little money.
The Go Pro boasts an impressive 11 megapixel s and can capture HD footage. The high quality footage isnít just good to share with family and friends on the internet, posting to Youtube or uploading to social networking sites, oh no, the quality is good enough to burn to DVDs and make some high quality home movies. Image quality is further enhanced with a very quick processor, which is essential when capturing video, and very sharp f2.8 lens. The wide maximum aperture means you can shoot good quality footage at all times, even in low light conditions.
With the Go Pro you can capture video at 720p (60 fps), 960p (48 fps) and 1080p (30 fps), so there is the option of shooting at lower quality if you want to capture footage to upload to the internet. The ability to change the quality is good since there are times when I just donít want, or need to record at maximum quality. There are many action camcorders out there that only shoot at the highest quality. The Go Pro camera can also be used as a stills camera, and you can choose to shoot at 5mp, 8mp or the full 11mp resolutions.
An action camera needs to be tough, durable and able to withstand a lot of abuse. An action camera needs to be sealed from the elements and able to withstand extreme temperatures, and the Go Pro camera doesnít disappoint. The Go Pro camera is ultra tough and durable and very well made. The Go Pro camera is bomb proof and built to last, and is seriously impressive.
The Go Pro camera accepts SD and SDHC cards up to a whopping 32GB, which is going to give you hours and hours of recording time. I have to admit I am nervous filling up a huge memory card, just in case it corrupts and prefer to use several smaller memory cards so I donít lose all the footage I have recorded.
The Go Pro camera has a few special features that really make it stand out from the crowd. Firstly, there is a built in battery warmer, which means the battery will last a long time, even in sub zero temperatures. If ski-ing or snowboarding is your thing the Go Pro camera is perfect for you. Secondly, the Go Pro camera is fully Wi fi compatible which is a really neat feature fro live streaming.
One of the things I like most about using the Go Pro camera is the different types of video I can record. With the Go Pro camera pack I can strap the camera to my helmet for a birdís eye view of what I see, I can put the camera on my tank (using the suction cup) or I can attach the camera to the bikeís fairing. Regardless of where I mount the camera, or how I mount the camera I can be sure the camera will stay fixed in position ready to record the action as it unfolds.
Overall the Go Pro camera HD Hero 2†is an awesome video camera and one all extreme sports enthusiasts should own. The Go Pro camera is tough and durable, can be used in all weather conditions and environments and has excellent image quality. So, would I recommend the Go Pro camera? Most definitely.
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