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GoPro HD Surf HERO 170° Wide Angle, 5 Megapixel Action Sports Digital Video Camera, Depth Rated Down to 180'

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About this item

GoPro's HD Surf HERO is the world's only 1080p HD on-board video and still photo camera. Professional quality 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions record at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). Easily mounts to any surfboard in seconds. So light, even top pros claim they don't notice the camera on their boards. The HD Surf HERO can also shoot 5MP photos automatically every 2 seconds while you surf.

With the simple press of the shutter button on the paddle out you can capture photos during your entire surf. Other photo modes include 5 / 10 / 30 / and 60 second time lapse as well as single shot, triple shot and self timer modes. The batteries last for over 2.5 hours of HD video or automatic photo taking, so you can document your entire surf with a single push of the shutter button on the paddle out. The included adhesive base mounts in seconds and is proven in heavy surf from Hawaii to Tahiti, Southern Mexico to Northern California.

Or you can install an FCS fin plug into the deck of your board and then use the patent pending camera mounting plug to allen key your HD Surf HERO into the FCS plug. Lighten your load on your next trip and use the HD Surf HERO for your non-surf related photos and videos, too. Optional accessories make it easy to mount the camera on your wrist, bike, scooter, jet ski or helmet. Tow surfing? A chest harness is available for that, too. Waterproof to 180' / 60m and protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing.

What's Included With This Item

  • GoPro 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
  • GoPro 1 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Great picture quality (3)
Best Uses:
HD shooting (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (2) , Pro videographer (1)

Key Features

  • 1080p: 1920x1080 True HD featuring a 127° angle of view, 30 fps and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
  • 960p: 1280x960 Ultra Wide and Tall HD featuring a 170° angle of view, 30 fps and 4:3 aspect ratio. See more of the action above and below than widescreen16:9 resolutions can show.
  • 720p: 1280x720 Ultra Wide HD featuring a 170° angle of view, both 30 and 60 fps and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
  • 5MP Photos, Automatically: HD HERO cameras can shoot hands-free, 5 megapixel photos automatically at 2 / 5 / 10 / 30 / and 60 second intervals until the batteries die or the SD card is full (2.5 hours). Or set it to single shot, triple shot, or self timer for more traditional photo taking.
  • Audio Excellence: You'll only be hearing the sounds of your sport, not the howl of the wind. How? Obsessive audio engineering and an understanding that good sound is as important as good video.
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, Built in Battery Warmer: The rechargeable 1100mAh lithium-ion battery lasts for 2.5 hours of constant recording. It can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 2 hours when plugged into a computer's USB port, or in 1 hour when plugged into a USB compatible wall or car charger
  • Shockproof, Bombproof, Waterproof to 180' / 60m: Don't let a little water, or even a ton of water get in the way of getting the shot. Proven in heavy surf from Hawaii to Tahiti, Southern Mexico to Northern California, HD HERO can handle it, with highly engineered polycarbonate exoskeletal housing

Technical Specs

Lens Type Fixed Focus (2ft/.6m - 8), glass
Aperture f/2.8 (high performance in low-light situations)
Angle of View 170° ultra wide angle in WVGA, 720p, or 960p mode
Angle of View 127° wide angle in 1080p mode
Sensor Type 1/2.5" HD CMOS, 2.2µm pixels
Light Sensitivity Super low-light sensitivity (>1.4 V/lux-sec)
Video Format H.264 compression, saved as Windows- & Mac-compatible MPEG4 (.mp4) file
Exposure Control Auto with user selectable center weighted average and spot metering settings
White Balance Auto
HD Video Resolution Settings 1080p: 1920x1080 pixels, 30 fps, 12 Mbit/s data rate
960p: 1280x960 pixels, 30 fps, 10 Mbit/s data rate
720p: 1280x720 pixels, 30 fps with 7.5 Mbit/s data rate, or 60 fps with 15 Mbit/s data rate
WVGA: 848x480 pixels, 60 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
Microphone Built-in, mono with AGC (automatic gain control)
Audio Format 48 kHz, AAC audio compression
Resolution 5 megapixel
Capture Modes Single shot, photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs.; 3 photo burst; self-timer
Memory SD card, up to 32GB capacity (SDHC)
1080p (30 fps) 12min/GB
960p (30 fps) 14min/GB
720p (30 fps) 16min/GB
720p (60 fps) 11min/GB
PC Connection USB 2.0 (data connection and battery charging)
HDTV Out HD NTSC & PAL (component cable incl.)
Audio Out Combo 2.5mm jack with stereo audio and composite video out
PC Compatibility Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later) or Vista; Mac OS X 10.4.11 and later
Battery Type Rechargeable 1100 mAh lithium-ion
Battery Life Approx. 2.5 hrs
Charging Via USB to computer or optional power adapter
Charge Time 80% capacity after 1 hour with optional power adapter; or 2 hours with a computer's USB port
Depth Rating Up to 180 feet / 60 meters
Construction Polycarbonate and stainless steel
Hardware Stainless steel
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.6" x 2.4" x 1.2" (42mm x 60mm x 30mm)
Weight 5.3oz (150g) incl. battery, 6.3oz (179g) incl. housing
Warranty GoPro 1 year warranty
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