If you’re keen on track days then chances are you’ve heard of the GoPro Hero range of video cameras. If you’ve not herad of them, they’re a range of mini video cameras that are designed to be stuck to cars, bikes or helmets to record your on-track success (or failure). Well, there’s great news because now the GoPro Hero range can record in full HD widescreen.
The new GoPro Hero Wide cameras have a new 5-megapixel sensor that has a 170-degree field of view, meaning you can capture more of the action around your car or bike. The new sensor works better in low light conditions, and combined with the higher number of pixels the quality of the recorded video and pictures is so much better than before. As well as being capable of recording full HD (1920×1080 pixels) colour video with sound, there’s also an option to automatically take still photos every 2, 5 , 10, 30 or 60 seconds, as well as single and triple shots.
The camera can even record at 60fps for slow-motion playback, allowing you to revel in the finer details of your cornering abilities.
The HD Motorsports Hero is the pack to go for if you want to record from your car. You get the camera, it’s tough plastic housing (that’s waterproof to 60m, but you don’t want to test that in your car) and a variety of fixings and suction cups that will allow you to mount the camera to your roof, window, wing, bumper … anywhere you like.
The HD version has only just been released in the States so is hard to come by over here, but I’ll update this post when I know where you can get it from. Until then there are a few Ebay retailers in the US willing to ship over here.