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Be A Hero With GoPro

ESM receives e-mails and phone calls about new products all the time. Unfortunately, some parts and accessories just don't fit into the custom genre that well. Thankfully, most of the cool new gear we hear about does relate to our collective main interest, so you better believe we don't hesitate when it comes to following up on good solid product leads. One such new product that is making the rounds in the custom autmotive industry is the GoPro Motorsports Hero camera-- a wireless, self-contained, mini digital video camera system for in-car and all-over-the-car images.

This small digital camera is a perfect buy for the motorsport enthusiast. We were very impressed with the quality and how easy it is to use. Granted, the quality of the video or sound is not HD, but for the price ($179.99), it is an awesome camera. Not to mention the fact that it uses SD cards which are fairly inexpensive these days. We were skeptical at first that this tiny digital camera would be up to the task of filming quality video, but after a few runs at the Nashville Superspeedway, we were more than pleased with the results, especially since Steve "wildman" Carter proctored the test!

The GoPro Motorsports Hero is a true example of something big that comes in a small package. The wireless palm-size camera is capable of capturing 30 frames per second of TV-quality video/audio (NTSC or PAL playback), as well as 3-megapixel still photos. The Motorsports Hero camera isn't a part that will make your ride handle better, run faster, or look better, but we think this cool little camera makes it an accessory that should be in every custom ride, whether you run a quarter mile on a dragstrip or lay out some cool sparks on the highway with your mini-truck.


GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
The Motorsports Hero is small, measuring only 1-inch thick, under 2-inches wide, and 1-inches tall. The polycarbonate case protects the camera from water and shock, and provides a secure base for all of the various mounting attachments.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
The Motorsports Hero kit includes two AAA alkaline batteries, however GoPro recommends using Lithium or NiMH rechargeable batteries as either type of battery performs well under the stresses of in/on the moving vehicle motorsports photography.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
The Motorsports Hero features a miniscule 16 megabytes of internal memory (approximately 25 seconds of video), so a 2-gigabyte SD memory card is a must for expanding the unit's recording capability to 1-hour with 3-megapixel clarity.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
Two buttons are used for camera operation. The button on the front is used to turn the camera on/off and to cycle thru various modes of operation. The button on top of the camera releases the shutter and is used to select various options.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
Once the batteries and memory card are installed, the Motorsports Hero is placed inside its polycarbonate case.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
The rubber gasket provides an air-tight case that is strong, road-durable, and waterproof up to 100 feet.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
Each Motorsports Hero kit includes flat and curved surface stick-on mounts, standard and vertical quick-release buckles, and a high-grip suction cup, so you can mount this little camera in just about any position you want.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
The suction cup mount was an ESM favorite because it actually stuck quiet well to clean surfaces such as the windshield and fenders of our test car. We tested the suction cup mount in 120+ mph speeds on a NASCAR sanctioned track with success.
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
The high-grip suction cup mount is perfect for in-car and on-car photography. We first experimented with ours by sticking it to the inside of Steve Carter's 1965 Mercury Comet's windshield. The camera didn't budge at any time during Steve's laps at the track, which included speeds in excess of 120mph!
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
Finally, we put the GoPro Motorsports Hero to the test by attaching it to the outside of Steve's Comet on the driver's side rear pillar. Once again the camera amazed us for it didn't budge at all, which also included speeds in excess of 120mph. Now, that is some serious performance!
GoPro Motorsports Hero Digital Camera
Once you are finished recording video, a supplied USB/RCA cable is used for downloading images and video to a computer (without additional software) or viewing material on your television.
We have provided a sample video above for your viewing pleasure! For more information visit: www.GoProCamera.com

Source Information:

GoPro Camera
181 Red Wood Ave.
Pescadero, CA 94060
415.738.2480
www.GoProCamera.com



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