GoPro HERO3 Black Edition HD Action Camera
One of the leading action camera producers is GoPro and their best camera is HERO3 Black Edition. The HERO3 provides the largest set of mounting options and the standard Black Edition package includes along the waterproof housing a horizontal surface quick release buckle, vertical surface J -hook buckle, 3Way pivot arm, 1 curved and 1 flat 3M adhesive mount to start with. GoPro offers additionally for example side-, handlebar-, chest mounts and then some.
The GoPro HERO3 Black Edition has also a remote control unit which allows to start and stop recording, but also to power up and shut down the camera within a wide Wi-Fi range. This is most practical in order to keep the readiness at all times and being able to start recording within few seconds while riding, even without having to look at the remote after a while of practicing the use. The HERO3 waterproof remote control LCD screen shows the current camera mode and resolution setup too.
Additionally to GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Package
What is usually needed in filming on the road, but falls outside the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition package, is the chargers for both the camera and the remote, but also the micro SD memory card is not included. The 1050 mAh battery provides juice for an hour or an hour and a half filming, depending on settings and the use of Wi-Fi or additional LCD screen. Additional battery support pack BacPac doubles the filming time, but instead by having both the wall- and car USB charger with a spare GoPro HERO3 battery, one would not run out of juice easily, as long as the touring bike has a 12V power outlet and accommodation is not in a tent. There is also a attachment strap with a quick release mount for the remote control unit which can be a practical way of keeping the remote all times at hand.
GoPro HERO3 HD Resolutions
The GoPro HERO3 Black Edition action camera provides a wide range of HD resolutions with different aspect ratios such as cinema (17:9), TV (16:9) and computer (4:3) screens. The most interesting HDTV aspect ratio 16:9 includes HD720p with 120/60 frames per second and HD1080p with 60/48/30/24 fps allowing exceptionally also a narrow field of view in addition to ultra wide. When filming from the side of the helmet or bike, it would be better to use the narrow field and eliminate the static side view from the attachment surface. The previous TV and computer aspect ratio 4:3 includes 960p with 100/48 fps and 1440p with 48/30/24 fps.
GoPro HERO3 Smart Phone Application
GoPro offers a free smart phone and tablet application for controlling the HERO3 action camera which is very practical way of changing the settings and fine tuning the angle of view after mounting the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition camera onto the bike or helmet. The application is much more versatile than the remote control unit itself, but the smart phone requires a rugged stand in order to be available at all times. Without the smart phone stand, one could simply check the angle of view first and then operate the recording with the remote control unit. This way the application would still be very useful for changing the setups and the angle of view. Note that operating the smart phone with gloves on may be impossible due to the reason that the touch screens mostly works with bare hands. Therefore the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition remote control is essential.