I’ve seen and read a lot about the GoPro HD Helmet cameras. I’ve been saving my money to buy one at some point, but I’m not terribly familiar with video cameras (other than the Flip). Before I do buy, I have several questions. It seems that lots of you cycling peeps use them, so I thought I’d post my questions here in case any of you can help answer them. I did find answers to some of my questions on GoPro’s website or doing Google searches, but other things I can’t seem to find:
Helmet mount – Does it make the viewer dizzy if I mount the camera on my helmet? (I may turn my head a lot when I ride).
Chest mount – I understand there is a chest strap that can be used for mounting the camera. Videos I’ve seen with this particular mounting method show a perspective with the rider’s handlebars/hands in the frame. Is the chest mount reliable? Comfortable? I assume the chest mount would make it easier to access the camera controls?
Ease of use – Is it easy to start recording while riding? Or do you typically start recording at the beginning of the ride?
Storage capacity – How long will the camera record? Expansion SD cards are available (I have several of these that I use with my digital SLR camera), but I’m not sure how many minutes/hours of video the cards will hold in the HD format. I don’t see this information on GoPro’s website.
Battery life – On average, how long to batteries last when filming video? Are rechargeable batteries an option or does it only take regular batteries?
Downloading – Is downloading data simple? Does it use its own software? One thing I like about the Flip video is the simple software that comes with the camera. Unfortunately, my handlebar mount I made for my Flip doesn’t keep the camera very secure on a ride, so I’m afraid I’ll end up damaging it.
Embedding videos – can videos still be uploaded to YouTube (which WordPress supports), or Vimeo?
Helmet installation – is the camera easy to install on my helmet? Is the mount sturdy?
Any feedback or advice you can provide on the GoPro HD Hero camera will be greatly appreciated.
Today’s food journal:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp Nutella = 5 points
— Jimmy John’s Slim Turkey sandwich = 8 points
— Iced tea (sweet) = 1 point
Black bean quesadilla (restaurant):
— 1/2 cup black beans = 2 points
— Spinach tortilla = 2 points
— Cheese = 6 points
— Iced tea (sweet) = 2 points
I’m 7 points over my WW allowance today. (Nutella is a high-point way to start my day. Of course I didn’t look up the points before I ate it.)
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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