GoPro HD Surf Hero – Camera Review – Wearable Digital Cameras for Sports

by Raleigh on August 31, 2011


GoPro Surf Hero HD

Recently South Coast Surf Shops acquired new GoPro cameras and displays for our shops. They have been stirring up quite the buzz around the floor with customers amazed by the video quality and pint of view. South Coast is one of the few distributors of the popular POV cameras by GoPro and down at the beach the GoPro Surf Hero is making a huge splash. People of all ages are strapping one of these almost indestructible cameras on and going for it. Never has documenting your most extreme adventures been so easy.

Go Pro Surf Hero HDThere are a couple different POV cameras on the market today but people are by far most familiar with the GoPro HD Hero. These powerful little cameras can shoot up to 30fps at 1080p resolution although GoPro recommends shooting at 720p at 60fps for action sports where you plan to slow down the footage for smooth playback. The sound on this camera isn’t bad until it goes in the waterproof housing then everything gets underwater sounding. But most people eliminate this problem by editing their footage to their own personal soundtrack. Besides voice-overs are the way to go and have become really simple in the new iMovie. It is also important to adjust the lighting settings on the camera in order to get the best image from the camera which makes going from light to dark places difficult for the small camera. Of course as with most cameras they will always perform better with more light than less.

South Coast first featured the GoPro in a few videos created by South Coast Surf Shop rider Cory Edging who has taken a big interest in documenting his surf chronicles. Although GoPro makes a mount for just about anywhere you would want to put the camera Cory still came up with his own method of capturing his point of view. He uses the headstrap mount then pulls his wetsuit hood over the top of that to ensure the camera is secure when duck diving waves. As summer came around the hood had to go so Cory engineered a hat mount that allowed the camera to sit on the bill of an old hat. The POV that Cory is able to get while surfing with the GoPro strapped to his head is like nothing we’ve seen before and truly puts you on the board barefoot on the wax.

Using these cameras in the surf can present other problems like water-spots that ruin your shot. An old trick is using saliva or spit on the lens. This of course is not the best or only solution and we recommend using a water-displacement product like Rain-X on the case lens if you really want to capture spot free surf footage.

All the small issues aside this tiny camera is modern technology that continues to impress everyone who comes across the cameras. You’ll be surprised at all the footage you capture when you own one of these. You might even be surprised to know a camera was rolling when you didn’t even know it so keep an eye out for your buddies trying to play a trick on you on film. These tiny cameras can be used for many other purposes than showing how hard you shred.

Available online at SouthCoast.com with free shipping or at any of our five retail locations in OB and PB. Pick one up today and show your grandparents how that first surfboard they bought you allows you to drop in on kooks all summer long!

Airplane about to land powering down all electronic devices. Few more quick facts before I start getting glared at by the uncomfortable passengers around me.

Professional Quality, Shoots 5MP photos every 2 seconds, Lots of modes, Batteries last 2.5 hours up to 32gb SD card supported, Adhesive surfboard mount proven in the most heavy surf by pro surfers who say they don’t hardly notice it’s even there. Waterproof case up to 180′ or 60m, Replaceable parts. Bam!
Go Pro HD Surf Hero

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