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Developed for the consumer and proven by professionals, GoPro's all-new HD HERO cameras are the world's most advanced line of waterproof, full HD 1080p cameras designed to be used during sports. With amazing clarity, stability, and slow-motion capabilities, these cameras record your sport's most exciting moments in professional quality HD video and automatically-captured 5 megapixel still photos.
HD HERO cameras can shoot video or photos from your point-of-view, mounted on your surfboard, helmet, body, car, motorcycle, or other equipment. And GoPro's 170° wide-angle lens (the industry's widest) lets you take shots of yourself while surfing or doing other activities. All captured hands-free, while you stay focused on your sport. The cameras feature a quick-release mounting design, making it easy to mount the cameras in many different locations for a variety of angles and a stunning professional look.
The HD Surf HERO
is the surf-specific HD HERO camera model developed specifically surfing. Included is the HD HERO camera, 180'/60m rated waterproof housing, and a mounting kit that attaches to your board in minutes. For quick setup, the included 3M adhesive base mounts to your board just like a traction pad. Clean your deck, apply the adhesive base, click your camera onto the base...and paddle out. It's that easy. Proven in heavy surf around the world by GoPro's professional team of surfers, you can be sure the HD Surf HERO is designed to charge as hard as you do. Another included mounting option is the FCS fin plug compatible mount. This sleek, patent-pending mounting option allows you to install an FCS center fin plug into the deck of your board and then allen-key screw your HD Surf HERO in place on the deck. When you remove the camera, all that remains on your board is the flush, smooth FCS fin plug. The HD Surf HERO is so light that even top pros riding ultra lightweight boards claim they don't notice the camera on their boards. All this from an HD camera that is waterproof to 180'/60m.
Originally designed for the consumer market, GoPro's wearable cameras have garnered praise from professional athletes as well as film and TV producers who demand convenience and performance from their filming equipment. The HD HERO line produces higher quality HD video than action sports cameras costing ten times as much, and as a result many video segments you see in action sports film and TV today are shot on GoPro cameras. As the #1 maker of wearable sports cameras in the world, GoPro has years of experience in developing cameras and mounting accessories for the most hardcore of sports. As a result, GoPro has won many coveted awards, including Motorcyclist magazine's prestigious "2009 Product of the Year" award and the "Editors' Choice Award" from both Popular Mechanics and Backpacker Magazine.
In the end, GoPro's HD Surf HERO adds so much stoke to your session that arriving home to watch your footage is almost as much fun as surfing, itself. Here are some of the highlights: Professional 1080p HD Video that Looks Great Even on a 52" TV
Truly professional quality video that delivers the clarity and excitement you see on TV or in films. HD quality so good, GoPro's cameras are used regularly by both professional athletes and film and TV production companies around the world. See the quality for yourself in these sample videos: click here. Easy to Use
Turn the camera on and press the shutter button. Shooting your own HD action sports video is that simple thanks to the HD Surf HERO's user-friendly default settings. Upgraded controls such as brighter LED icons and louder status beeps make the camera easier-to-use than ever. Widest Range of Video & Photo Capabilities
For the more technically-inclined user looking for the latest in technology and options, the HD Surf HERO offers a remarkable range of video and photo modes, giving you more creative control:
Rich, Realistic Color with Fast Automatic Exposure Adjustment
- 1080p – "True HD" video at 30 frames per second produces maximum clarity and realism. To put it in perspective, 1080p video at 30 frames per second is the equivalent of shooting thirty 2-megapixel photos per second. Incredible realism you're used to seeing only in the movies. The viewing area becomes a slightly less-wide (127º) at this resolution, wide angle view, making 1080p a slightly less wide-angle view than the other resolutions. Perfect for situations where you might want to focus more on objects in the distance than up close. It's like having two lenses in one camera.
- 960p – "Maximum Wide Angle" 170º video at 30 frames per second. Certain sports like surfing benefit from 960p's maximum top to bottom viewing area. This makes it easy to film yourself from head to toe while riding even your shortest shortboard. Document more of you, the wave, and your surroundings with 960p for the most immersive video possible.
- 720p – "Slow-motion Cinema" is possible thanks to the HD Surf HERO's incredibly smooth 60 frames per second 720p video. 720p (1280 x 720p) can record in either standard 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second. While 30 frames per second pleases the eye, 60 frames per second straight blows the mind when played back in liquid smooth slow motion. Everything looks good in slow motion...including you.
The HD Surf HERO combines the industry's leading DSP technology (digital signal processor) with cutting edge sensor technology to bring you the richest, most natural color available in a wearable sports camera. This powerful combination also results in the fastest automatic exposure adjustment of any wearable camera. This means you can move back and forth quickly between bright and dark settings (like sunshine and shadows) and still achieve smooth exposure adjustments that give your videos a professional look. Professional Sound that Automatically Adjusts to your Environment
The best sound quality of any wearable camera, period. Professional quality sound with AGC (automatic gain control) tuned for action sports and motorsports. With the ability to reduce the sound of wind noise at high speeds, the HD HERO line of cameras are simply the best sounding wearable sports cameras available. Fully automatic with no manual settings or adjustments needed, the camera will adjust the sound level automatically to maintain and optimum sound recording.
Also includes an optional non-waterproof back door that can be used in activities where waterproofness is not needed. This feature allows more sound into the protective housing, resulting in fuller, more immersive soundtracks. That said, the AGC (automatic gain control) does an excellent job of automatically increasing the microphone's sensitivity to provide impressive sound even when the camera is sealed in the waterproof housing with the waterproof back door. Trademark Video Stability, only from GoPro
GoPro is famous for producing cameras that record extremely stable video. Video that is smooth even at highest speeds and during the most intense sports. The HD Surf HERO takes GoPro's obsession with stable video to the next level, keeping the action amazingly stable with no wobble or "jello-cam" shakiness that plagues other wearable HD cameras. See for yourself in these sample videos: click here. Shoot 5 megapixel Photos Automatically, a Feature Available only from GoPro
GoPro's HD HEROs are the only wearable sports cameras to offer automatic photo-taking modes, making hands-free photo capture a reality. You'll be amazed at the photos you'll capture thanks to an ability to shoots a photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds, automatically while you surf. Press the shutter button once on the paddle out and the camera will shoot automatic photos of you during your entire surf. It's that easy.
Other photo modes include traditional single shot, triple shot and self-timer modes, making the HD Surf HERO the only camera you need to document not only the most active moments of your life...but also the more relaxed moments where a traditional photo is what you want. You'll also appreciate the edge to edge sharpness of the 170º wide angle lens as well as the HD Surf HERO's terrific low light performance (1.4 lux). Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery lasts 2.5 Hours, Heater Included
The included 1100mAh Lithium-Ion battery lasts 2.5 hours and is rechargeable through any USB port. You can charge it with your computer or with any USB compatible wall or car charger. You can even use the camera while the battery is charging, convenient for filming road trips where you might leave the camera running for long periods of time. A second battery can be added to the back of the camera, doubling the battery life to 5 hours (see Battery Bakpac under Optional Accessories, below). AC/DC wall outlet and car cigarette lighter-based chargers are also available from GoPro.
For colder temperatures, an integrated battery heater helps keep the battery warm during winter sports, extending recording times beyond what's possible with other camera systems. Largest Storage Capacity of Any Wearable Camera: 32GB Capacity for 9+ Hours
Using up to a 32 GB SD card (not included) allows for 9+ hours of HD video or thousands of still photos when using the automatic photo mode. Also works with smaller 2, 4, 8, and 16GB SD cards. Write speed does not affect the performance of the camera, though GoPro does recommend using only well known, name-brand SD cards for maximum reliability. Industry's Widest Angle Lens (170º) Now Shoots 127º Wide Angle, Too
A sharp wide angle lens is critical to capturing your entire body, the wave, your board, and all of the details that capture the incredible experience of surfing. Finally, your waves will look as good as they really were. And you...you'll look like a HERO.
GoPro's cameras are famous for their wide angle lenses, the widest, sharpest, and highest performance lenses available in any wearable sports camera. Plus, when mounted on your board, the 170º lens is wide enough to capture yourself in the scene, to really record your exploits. But this is no "fisheye"…you'll see remarkably little distortion, despite the wide angle.
Unique to the HD HERO line of cameras is the ability to shoot in both 170º and 127º wide angle modes. The 960p and 720p video modes utilize the full170º wide angle, while a lesser wide angle view of 127º is possible in the 1080p video resolution. This gives you more creative control and the opportunity to capture the action with different "lenses"...making for a more professional looking video. In reality, the lens is the same but the processing power of the HD HERO camera makes this convenient feature a reality.
Professional image quality, edge to edge sharpness, and the industry's best distance focus makes for exceptionally clear HD videos and photos. Shockproof / Waterproof (180' / 60m) Housing Protects Camera from the Environment
Polycarbonate shockproof, waterproof housing protects the camera from rocks, rain, snow, and on dives down as deep as 180' (60m). Proven in the giant surf around the world, you can be sure the housing will protect your HD HERO camera in even the heaviest surf. Optional Accessories Available in Early 2010, Compatible with all HD HERO Cameras
A HERO BUS expansion port on the back of the camera allows you to click in expansion "Bakpac" modules allowing for add-on features, including:
HD Surf HERO Includes Mounting Hardware for Motorcycles, Cars, Etc.
- LCD Bakpac, a click-on LCD screen attaches to the back of the camera, allowing for instant preview / review of your footage as you capture it.
- Battery Bakpac, a click-in secondary battery allows for 2.5 hours more recording time, for a total of 5 hours recording time between charging batteries. Can also be used as a wall charger for additional HD HERO Lithium-Ion batteries.
The HD Surf HERO's camera mounting hardware has been proven in the heaviest waves in Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, and Northern California...used by professional surfers looking to document their most heroic moments in giant surf. Industrial-grade 3M brand adhesive tape used on the Mounting Base holds camera securely on the board, and can be removed if desired. Or you can install an FCS fin plug into the deck of your board and then use our patent pending camera mounting plug to allen key your HD Surf HERO into the FCS plug. The camera's quick-release mounting design makes it easy to re-position the camera for professional quality HD video or photos, shooting either forward in the direction of travel, or backward to capture your action. The HD Surf HERO comes with:
- 5 Megapixel HD Surf HERO Camera
- 1 Rechargeable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
- 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180'/60 m)
- 1 3M Adhesive Mounting Base
- 1 FCS Plug-Compatible Mount
- 1 Quick-Release Buckle
- 1 Leash
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
- 1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
- Warranty: One Year
Replacement lens kits are also available for $20, so there's little worry of scratching the tempered glass lens while going for glory. Trash the housing in a massive crash? Replacements are available for $40. It's a GoPro...go for it.
Warranty: One Year