Go Pro HD Helmet Camera

Go Pro HD Helmet HERO

You may have seen high definition footage from a Go Pro Hero camera before and not realized what you were watching, which is the cool shots of the guys doing those gnarly tricks on motocross bikes and other perspectives used in extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding, skiing, biking, skateboarding and so on.  With a “Hero” cam you are able to capture yourself accomplishing those action packed sports activities that, when in the heat of the moment don’t seem to be remembered the clearest.  With an HD Go Pro Hero camera, the choices become vast, with the mounting options and super wide angle lens there isn’t much that this camera doesn’t catch!

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First person perspective with the Go Pro Helmet

First person perspective with the Go Pro Helmet

Go Pro perspective - The Enemy Surrender

I personally have been using one for water sports but have recently employed it into Airsofting.  There’s nothing better at times than having the means of recording yourself while getting that one great surrender in a game of Airsoft when you thought that the person hiding with the most cover, having an automatic Airsoft gun, and a large boulder for defense, that he would be able to take down the offender that is out in the open with ease, well I guess that is not the case all the time, so, with my trusty Wei-E Tech compact 1911 gas gun I approached the enemy and forced a surrender, now would anyone believe this scenario?  Maybe not, but with my HD helmet Hero I captured all the fun right on the top of my head and I can prove it.

"GREEN" with Go Pro Helmet Camera

I use the HD helmet Hero with my TMC deluxe Mich 2000 helmet(textured plastic)with a tan NVG mount.  I don’t use the actual NVG mount with the Go Pro, but I do intend on one day figuring out a way to, seeing how that thing adds about $30 dollars to the price tag of the Mich 2000 (airsoft version helmet), I have simply used the included helmet/head strap instead.  The HD helmet Hero comes with a strap that has a rubbery substance embedded on the inside which makes for great cling to any helmet, I have even used it right on the top of my head while wearing a Shemagh, I actually forgot I was wearing it for a moment because it was so light and rigidly affixed, not uncomfortably however.

For those with jobs or a way of securing around $300 dollars  you honestly cant beat the HD helmet Hero if you want to capture any action that you cant normally with other high definition cameras.  One huge feature of this camera is that its built like a tank, the exterior housing that comes with the camera is made up of a polycarbonate plastic which I believe is shatter proof, just like safety goggles and the like.  Plus it fits right in the palm of your hand, its tiny!

Go Pro also has this nifty little device called a “BacPac“.  It enables you to review clips recorded and use the Go Pro like a miniature camcorder and compose shots more accurately and of course makes the already awesome HD Hero camera, a little bit more awesome.

Now there are a few little qualms I do have with the Go Pro cameras which is the rolling shutter or “jello” shutter which in some circumstances has a wavy or watery type of look but that only happens on certain occasions and honestly that hasn’t troubled me enough to second think getting one.  The other is the menu system, which just takes a few times to get down, but there are little LCD graphics that make it easier, once I had the resolution set, it was just a matter of reaching up, tapping the one button on the front, waiting for the three deeps indicating its on, then the top button; one beep indicating that it is recording and then with another press of the top button; three beeps indicating that it has stopped recording.

Perspective from Go Pro Helmet

Perspective from Go Pro Helmet in still frame mode

There is also a photo mode that I haven’t had a chance to use yet (besides the image to the right which I took by accident) but I will soon, which takes a 5 mega pixel image and can also do a burst mode and can take a photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds.

I’d give the HD helmet Hero a 10 out of 10 if I were to rate this in a numbered category for all the things I have mentioned and more, its my favorite compact attach anywhere and go action cam, I highly recommend it.

Find out more about airsoft teams in Utah at: Just for fun Airsoft, Utah County Airsoft and Black Thorn Airsoft.

**UPDATE 4/22/2011**

The BacPac for the GoPro I had failed on me after a day of use, I used it in a pool; got some great shots underwater, then went to a friends later that day and got some random video outside of the housing, so far so good, I was using the BacPac LCD screen without a hitch, oh! and well before all this I had to update the firmware because it wasn’t working at all with the GoPro, but after, it worked great.  So after shooting some video at my friends house and going through the menus without any problems, I decided to give it a charge, so in the off position I plugged it in to my USB on my PC at home.  Later I noticed that the red light on the front of the camera had turned off indicating that the Go Pro was charged so I unplugged and powered up the camera, and.. and.. nothing, I was waiting for the LCD to light up and give me an image but that never happened, it never turned on, I went through all the settings on the camera half a dozen times to make sure it wasn’t user error.  After all of this, it still wasn’t working, I even tried going into playback mode and I could see it trying to work with the LCD slightly lighting up displaying only a black backlight.  I have noticed other people online with the same problems.  I went to NAB this year and talked to a rep and it baffled him and others at the booth.  I finally secured a new Go Pro Bac Pac LCD and it has been working great and have also only used it on my Mac since, not that it may make a difference that I am on a mac or not but I thought I would make that clear.  My advice to anyone getting a BacPac is to detach it before each charge, I feel that the LCD going out has something to do with the USB charging.  I have charged the camera three times using this technique since my last LCD went out and it has been working fine.

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