It wasn't long ago that we were praising the GoPro Motorsports Hero Wide (MHW) camera ("In Motion!," Oct '09). Its compact nature and supplied suction mount kit made it ideal to attach onto most flat surfaces, allowing us to document cool action footage from a number of vehicles. Since then we've used it for most outings, from in-car dragstrip runs to autocross action.
And just when we thought it couldn't get any better, GoPro proved us wrong by introducing its latest high-definition version, the HD Motorsports Hero (HMH). The HMH isn't much bigger than the original, but is able to shoot in three HD resolution modes (1080p, 960p, 720p) at 30 frames per second (fps). There are two additional HD resolution modes (720p and WVGA) that can be shot at 60 fps-great when processed to play back in slow motion.
Aside from shooting in HD, the HMH has a number of improvements over the MHW. One of these is the microphone system featuring a built-in mic with an automatic gain control. This means no more of that wind howl you may have gotten accustomed to. Also, the HMH comes with two back covers, one with a vented area good for any motorsports up to 100 mph and one sealed for higher speeds or for underwater footage. Another advantage is the ability to use larger SD cards. The MHW was limited to a 2GB SD card and only recently upgraded to handle up to a 4GB card; the HMH, on the other hand, can handle up to a massive 32GB card.
All this is priced at just $300-we dare you to find a better camera for the price. If this is still a little more than you want to spend, then you'll be happy to know that GoPro now offers a HD Hero 960 which is similar to the HMH with the exception of 720p at 60 fps and 1080p functions and the expansion port in the back, which would allow you to take advantage of GoPro's upcoming accessories. On a final note, GoPro still offers the original MHW for $150. When determining which camera is the right one for you, that'll ultimately be contingent on what you're looking to do with the final footage. Either way, you can't go wrong, and both systems make it easy to record the action you want to capture most.
GoPro HD Motorsports Hero video camera
You'd be hard pressed to find a better deal