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GoProHD Motorsports HERO Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 152 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (99)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (104)
  • Great picture quality (67)
  • Compact (55)
  • Great resolution (48)
  • Good battery life (32)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (48)
  • Limited zoom (27)
  • No viewfinder (20)
  • Complicated controls (16)
  • Poor sound (11)

Best Uses

  • Travel (63)
  • HD shooting (55)
  • Sports/action (55)
  • Video (40)
  • Documentaries (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro videographer (31), Enthusiast (23), Casual photographer (20), Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (109), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little rugged HD camcorder!

I've had the GoPro HD for several weeks now and I wanted to share my experience with this camcorder.

Before purchasing this camcorder, I knew that this would be mainly for...Read complete review

I've had the GoPro HD for several weeks now and I wanted to share my experience with this camcorder.

Before purchasing this camcorder, I knew that this would be mainly for sports and that it doesn't come with a screen to preview or to review video. I thought I should be able to live without having a screen, but everytime I use it, I really wish it had a screen. It looks like aftermarket screens are available, so I'll most likely purchase one later so that I can better compose each video.

As for the video quality, I was so surprised to see how good it was. In good lighting, the videos from the GoPro look comparable to my Canon T2i! I was shocked! However, it's in poor lighting that this camera falls short. I would actually say that in poor lighting, it's almost unusable. Before purchasing the camcorder, I saw a sample video on youtube, where a skier was night skiing, but honestly, I really don't know how he was able captured that. Maybe there is a ISO setting that I don't know of?

So, I would deduct a star for it's low quality in low lightings. Sound is also pretty bad, even with the open back, but I knew that before purchasing this camcorder.

Other than that, I really enjoy using this camcorder. I liked it so much that I purchased a second one, hoping to get different angles. Also, I can't wait to get the 3D case when it comes out next year!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Camera won't stay mounted

I purchased my GoPro excitedly waiting to use it on some motorcycle track days so I could review the footage and critique my body positioning, lean angles, etc. to learn to become a...Read complete review

I purchased my GoPro excitedly waiting to use it on some motorcycle track days so I could review the footage and critique my body positioning, lean angles, etc. to learn to become a better rider. At the end of the day of my -first- trackday with this camera the thumbscrew loosened somewhere out on the track and the camera came off. I later recovered the camera and the only part which broke was the memory card slot it seems.. during the crash the card was jarred out and now will not load SD cards properly anymore, rendering it useless. I was absolutely sure to check and retighten the screw between every session as I had my doubts as to whether it could stay tight and my concerns were proven. I would absolutely RECOMMEND AGAINST PURCHASING this camera as the mounting system is sub-par and does not include any kind of safety wire/tethering incase it comes off like in my situation. I contacted GoPro support, meticulously detailing with pictures how I mounted the camera, where it was located, etc. and was told that they would not offer me any kind of repairs or replacement under warranty even though I followed the instructions exactly as printed.

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5.0

Great

By Mr.Rager

from Mansfield, PA

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Video

Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

beyond easy and great to use

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

try it and will be a hero

By kubanian

from spain, zaragoza

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Battery Life
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Complicated Controls
  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Video

Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

I use this product playing skateboard, surfing and in my normaly life, this camera is great, very funny

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Good, Cheap HD Helmet Cam

By Tom from Motocross Hideout

from MN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good in Low Light
  • Good resolution

Cons

  • Don't like the shape

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action

Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

I use it for dirt biking, motorcycle riding, water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, downhill skiing, and will use it for other extreme sports. It's easy to use once you use the interface a couple times, and the hd quality is good for how cheap the camera is. It comes with several mounts to put on multiple helmets. Would definitely recommend this for the weekend warrior.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 7
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Best Camera

By Mac

from Lake Elsinore, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

    Absolutely love this camera. So many options for mounting. Wife and I are having a great time on our sport bikes using this camera.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great value, very useful

    By Dan

    from Gaithersburg, MD

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

    So far, I've used it on my racing BMW at the track and I plan on using it for skydiving and scuba diving. It's incredibly simple to use, produces excellent video (especially given the price!), and is just about hassle free. My only complaint so far is that battery life doesn't seem to be what I expected -- it was complaining about low battery 20 minutes in to my last track day. You could complain about the "menu," but if you set it up once, you'll probably never need to do it again -- then it's just pushing the button and going.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Get what you pay for and more!

    By Ty

    from Palm Bay, FL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

    For the money, the GoPro was more than worth it! The camera records in crystal clear HD and has smooth playback. You get a large assortment of mounts for whatever you do, personally I have a mount on my bike and fire helmet. I recommend this little camera 100%

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Very Happy with Purchase

    By Racer4life

    from PA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact
    • Very Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

      I was a little worried at first, considering this isnt the newest version of the Hero GoPro camera. But now I can say I am extremely happy with the quality of video this camera produces. I use it inside my racecar, where it recently survived a serious crash where I flipped several times, and not once did the picture get fuzzy or cut out. There isnt even any wind noise, even at speeds of 110mph. I like that you can change it so that it records the video upside down so that if you have to mount the camera upside down to get the perfect view, the movie will be right side up. Some people complain about how difficult it is to change the settings, considering there are only 2 buttons, but once you glance through the instructions, it is easy. I have nothing bad to say about this product. However, be prepared, the video is super crisp on my computer, but once I edit it, and upload it to youtube, it does lose some of its quality, but that is not the cameras fault, and will happen with any video you edit and upload. I only mention this so that if you search youtube for gopro videos, you realize the actual video is much better than what youtube has.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      So much fun

      By Jake Ryan

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls
      • Limited Zoom
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

      Used the GoPro to take time-lapse photos of an all day event. Great battery life and a massive field of view. It does take a little while to memorize the beeps and button functions, so keep the instructions handy.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      B&H ROCKS!!!!

      By chad

      from harrisburg pa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

      Was very very fast!! I ordered my go pro and within a week I got it!!! The camera was everything and the price was awesome!!!!!!! I definately recommenr them .

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      AMAZING!!!

      By Burk

      from Mercersburg, PA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

        I bought this camera to use on my street bike helmet and I love it. It shoots great videos and it is super clear. I couldn't be happier with this camera. GoPro is the way to go.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Not That Great

        By Fleethammer

        from Albany, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nothing

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Just Junk
        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

        I really don't understand the fascination with GoPro products. Perhaps it is because for the longest time they were the only action camera out there, but they have been beaten at their own game by several other manufacturers such as Drift and Contour.
        First complaint- the battery cover immediately breaks off the first time you remove it. According to other users who frequent track events, it breaks with minimal pressure and happens to every GoPro the first time you go to insert the battery, so know this if you are considering purchasing one.
        Second complaint, the whole camera just feels cheap and flimsy and looks very cheap as well. It's definitely not minimalist- it's cheap folks; cheap materials, cheap construction, etc.
        Third issue is with the terrible user interface. There are only two buttons (shutter and power) with which you use to navigate the various menus and select functions to use. This makes it incredibly clumsy to use.
        Fourth and a big issue, is the lack of viewfinder. You simply do not know what you are shooting until after you have recorded and reviewed it. This makes mounting a GoPro to your motorcycle very difficult since you have to first peel and stick the mount to the bike, attach the camera to the mount, go out riding and record, remove the camera from the clear plastic housing (remove it from the bike first), and then review the video on your laptop. If the cameral location was not ideal, well then congratulations, you just wasted an adhesive mount since the adhesive cannot be reused! AND if you try to peel it off a motorcycle with track bodywork, you will likely remove the paint as well.
        The last thing that is disappointing about this camera is the fact that it would not record more than a couple seconds of video before freezing up and providing an SOS message. This was with a fully charged battery and proper spec SD memory card. The only way to unfreeze it is to first remove it from the bike, then remove it from its clear waterproof housing, and then remove the battery. This got tiring after a while and I finally gave up after a day of trying to make it work. I now understand why the battery cover tabs break the first time you use the camera- it assists you in removing the battery when the camera freezes up!
        After diagnosing the issue, it seems the vibrations on my race bike were the reason for it freezing up. I found this bewildering since this is an "action camera" and would be subject to a substantial amount vibration and shock for the uses it was designed for (cars, motorcycles, off road use, mountain biking, skydiving, etc.). Check out YouTube- there are literally thousands of riders using GoPro's on bikes like mine with no issue at all. My motorcycle runs smooth as silk and I do road course racing, so the road surface is also very smooth (at the very least racetracks are significantly smoother than public streets) so I'm not sure why the vibrations the camera was getting from my bike were too much for it to handle.
        Avoid this product; there are better ones out there now. I bought this product to use on a six-day vacation to three different tracks and as a result of its inability to do what it was designed to do, I have no video to show for it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 1

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        5.0

        Lights, Camera, Action

        By Fastvxl

        from Ft. Bend County, Texas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

          I'm retired and my hobby is remote control electric race trucks!! Always plenty action when running these trucks with speeds over 50 mph. The GoPro Hero is really great at catching the action and can be mounted in just about any postion you can think of on the trucks or on your person or a tripod!!! One thing to be considered and I recommend is the LCD bacPac!!!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Handy HERO

          By Marc Andre Nassar

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

          Having used other small cameras, this product is extremely reliable and have a very good image quality. Pure HD!!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          A definite must for the track!

          By Chad Redmond

          from Guelph, Ontario

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

            I purchased the Hero Motorsports GoPro primarily for use during motorcycle lapping days. I used it during my latest track day utilizing a variety of the mounts provided as part of the kit with amazing results. The video was clear and the sound was great allowing me to relive all the highlights of each session on the track. Installation of the various mounts was easy and quick allowing me to change camera location/angle betweeen sessions with very little difficulty. I was also able to use it to record friends riding with me so they could see themselves on their bikes.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            One word: Impressive

            By Lone Wolf

            from Northern VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

            I use my HD HERO on my motorcycle. I have yet to purchase the helmet/head mounted device for it but I am contemplating it.
            The picture and video quality are top notch. Even with my 16GB SD card I recorded almost 90 mins of video.
            My only gripe is the sound quality. It's understandable that going at speeds about 80+ miles an hour cause this issue.
            Overall I am glad I purchased this item and would be a repeat customer.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 7
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By doom

            from new jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

            a must have for the sports enthusiast

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Camera!

            By Jamie

            from Lewisburg Pa

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

              I bought this for my husband for his birthday and he is motocross rider. For the last few years he wanted a camera for when he rides and has tried to rig a few up of his own but he wrecks and they break. We love this camera. Its perfect for what he needed it for. The video quality is great and its very easy to use. The cases also makes it very durable and I dont have to worry about things happening to it! We have only used it a hand full of times since just purchased it a few weeks ago but I would recommend this product to anyone who rides dirtbikes and ATVs. Any kind of action thing in general its great!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Great product

              By Eddie_kawasaki

              from Fairfax, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accessories
              • Durability
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Resolution
              • Options
              • Quality
              • waterproof

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Shape
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Dog videos
              • Kayaking
              • Motorcycles
              • Race cars
              • Sports/Action
              • Surfing
              • Swimming pools
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

              Couldn't decide on which camera to buy for mounting on my motorcycle and helmet, made the decision based on the many mounting capabilities available as this can be mounted on many different applications besides motorcycles. Will be buying the chest mount harness next, the other brands although better in some ways does not have a chest mount. When the gopro isn't on my motorcycle or motorcycle helmet, I mount it to my car windshield as a dash cam. I also like the fact that I can buy accessories from many outdoor and sporting goods stores and the big chain electronics stores here in the USA. Some people have complained the menu is complicated, although its not the easiest, it only took me 2 days to figure it out, so just read the manual.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              GoPro Motorsports Hero

              By touchdownbcl

              from Agua Dulce

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

              I think the GoPro is great and takes great video. The only problem is that mine kept freezing. I think that my GoPro was just a bad one or just had some malfunction issues. My friend has one and it works great. I'm pretty sure that the new GoPro I'm getting will work fine and GoPro is something worth getting for fun and exciting photos and videos.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Thank You

              By go gopro or go home

              from Pocatello, ID

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about GoPro HD Motorsports HERO Camcorder:

                I use this for my dirtbike, snowmobile, wakeboard, and many other things. it takes awesome videos. With a large veiwing angle and great picture/sound quality, it is the best helmet camera you can buy. No cons whatsoever. Also buying from B&H is great. Item arrived on time, they communicated fantasticly, and it came as described.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8

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