The all new GoPro 960p HD Hero camera hits the market, offering the every day user a more affordable option in the world of HD Video. Shooting in 960p at 30 fps, the 960p HD Hero records with a higher frame, a great benefit when shooting sports such as paddle boarding or surfing, where a shorter frame may cut off some more important parts, such as the head, feet or board. The 960p also shoots in 720p at 30 fps and if you feel like sampling down to SD video, it also has the ability to film in 480p (WVGA) at 30 or 60 fps. In SD mode, 60 fps provides the opportunity to create smooth, slow motion sequences for visually stimulating variety in your recordings.
The differences between the new 960p HD Hero and its 1080p siblings lie within its video and expansion capabilities. The 960p, is unable to film in 1080p and also cannot film in 720p at 60 fps like the 1080p models can. The 960p also lacks the Hero BUS expansion port at the rear of the camera. The purpose of the Bus port on the 1080p models is that it will provide the option to take advantage of GoPro’s upcoming BacPac accessories, this may be a determining factor for some, but for many, the ability to capture great HD footage at a fraction of the price is worth its absence.
But these few missing features are all that distinguishes the 2 models from one another, as GoPro’s other quality features from the 1080p version remain in the 960p.
Included in this list of features are the standard 170° wide angle lens, providing a maximum angle of view, ensuring that you capture more of the action in the scene, as well as GoPro’s quality sound recording, which eliminates excess wind noise, capturing more of the audio you want, with minimal sound distortion. You’re also set up with 180 feet/60 meters of waterproof filming action, thanks to GoPro’s rough and tumble waterproof case. This means you can get wet with confidence while riding waves, or while capturing sea life far below the surface of the sea. But that’s not all you get, this camera also sports GoPro’s famous 5 mega pixel still photo settings. With choices between 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second auto-photo mode, photo-burst mode and self-timer mode, GoPro provides you with the creative freedom you desire, as a standard feature - just another way GoPro distinguishes themselves from the competition.
With the 960p HD Hero, you’re given creative freedom with more mounting options than you can imagine. Because the 960p HD Hero comes equipped with the multi mount compatible waterproof case, just choose the mounting options that best fit your need and you’re all set to capture those killer angles, creating a much more unique and personal video experience.
The 960p HD Hero was GoPro‘s response to the demand for a quality, yet more affordable HD Camera. The exclusion of some of the more professional features, enables the average user to experience stunning HD video, while spending a little less, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a unique gift, or an excellent travel companion.
Also make sure you check out our Flickr page to view a bunch of photos from Interbike 2010, showcasing GoPro’s upcoming products for the 2011 season.
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