GoPro Hero Wide - Good Cam. Could use some improvements
F. Esteves "Tech Critic", Amazon
14 June 2010
Summary: Everyone's comments regarding the Hero Wide is fairly correct. A few things that I want to add with emphasis on its video recording capabilities. The Hero utilizes the FAT32 file naming system. Therefore, despite putting an 8GB SD card, the single largest file you can create will be 4GB which translates to roughly a slightly less than 2 hour maximum recording time (it seems to end around 1:40 hours).
Summary: I ordered this camera as an upgrade from a "Flip" camera to record my autocross runs. I was excited about the versatility of the mounting hardware, but when it came time to race I had a difficult time figuring out how to mount it inside my windshield. Truthfully, my little Flip camera held in a cellphone mount recorded better video than this camera. I love the "wide angle" lens, but it sacrifices a LOT of video quality to record WAY too wide.
If you are an active outdoor type, you must have this camera
28 September 2009
Summary: Never before have I been able to bring home the activities that me and my friends get into in such a fun and engaging way. Kayaking, mountain biking, dirt bikes, and skeet and trap shooting are some of the activities that I've already taken this camera along on. You'll want to take the battery advice from the manufacturer, but the camera performs tremendously well.
Summary: Pictures are clear, but view is distorted due to the 170 degree field. I use it to record my daily commuting trips on my motorcycle, in case of accidents. My main complaint is that it drains the battery like crazy. Instructions say do not use alkline batt, use only lithium and rechargeables. The rechargeables only last barely 1 hr per charge, and the "8X" Lithium only lasts around 2.5 hrs.... Since my commute is 1 hr each day, this gets frustrating.
Summary: I was looking for a small, wide-angle video camera to take some footage of a new "ropes-type" adventure course in the Oak Trees high above the Central Florida Zoo. I wanted to create a video of the course so that whoever watched it would FEEL like they were doing the course themselves. I looked around and it came down to two cameras, the GoPro or the Vholdr Contour.
Summary: I bought this to use on our ski trip and it was a total waste. The resolution was horrible (I know it is only 5mp but the images were completely pixelated) and sometimes it would record for one second and shut off. There is no way to review your images until you get to a tv or computer (something not possible in the middle of a ski day) so there is no way to know if it is working properly until after the event you want to record.
Summary: I was so excited to get this and had high expectations. Problem was that this camera worked about 20% of the time. I thought it was the batteries and tried 4 different sets of Lithium and NiMH, but no luck. I thought maybe it was the cold weather on my ski trip, but I had the same problems when biking in 60 degree weather. I was let down. This may be a defective item, but it let me down nonetheless. Relaibility is important to me and this camera isn't reliable.
Summary: This is the camera I wished I had as a kid doing sports and racing! It is small, the price is perfect and what you get is finefor that kind of money, and everyone can see what you did without breaking a sweat! My son is racing 4x mountain bikes and it was really fun to play it back for all of us and his friends. The company Adorama was great, quick and the price GREAT! I would check them out first the next time I purchase.