There isn’t much you can’t record with a HERO camera from GoPro — just ask Nik, the mountain biker featured in the video above (don’t worry, in the battle between him and the tree, he came out ahead in the end).
From surfing to drag racing and skateboarding to sky diving, the HERO’s set to shoot it all.
But, different activities have different requirements for filming. That’s why this camera has five different resolutions, each one represented by its own “r#” symbol on the LCD screen.
So what mode should you use while, say, snowboarding down the alps? Read on, adventurer.
Say hello to R1
The higher frame rate and smaller file size of r1 is the ideal choice for recording something like a full day of snowboarding. This way, you’ll capture the detail of motion on jumps but still have space of your memory card for rest of the day.
Its 16:9 Wide Angle Standard Definition video with a WVGA (848 x 480) resolution is perfect when you want higher detail of movement and a manageable file size
R2 means HD
We used the r2 setting on his GoPro Camera for its wide viewing angle while walking on the Clark Fork River. When mounted on a vehicle or gear, or when dealing with great wide-open scenery, you want to capture more horizontal footage and the vertical viewing is less important.
It shoots 16:9 HD video with a 720p resolution (1280 x 720). Mostly, you’ll want to use this setting when mounting your HERO on a bike or car (or your head).
Double up with R3
The r3 setting is basically equivalent to r2 in terms of resolution. It shoots in 16:9 HD video with a 720p resolution (1280 x 720 — just like r2).
What’s the crucial difference? it films at twice the frames per second.
When you’re filming on a bike or car, and you know you’ll want to play it back in ultra slow motion, this setting is the right choice for you. It’s perfect solution for, say, any bmx biker wanting to capture the feel of a trick off a jump.
Standardized in R4
R4 is the default resolution of the HERO, and the one that you see most in GoPro videos, including Nik (our intrepid biker).
This setting films in 4:3 HD video with a 960p resolution (1280 x 960), giving you the tallest viewing angle possible. Mount your HERO on your body, helmet, surfboard, or chest harness and hit play on this setting — with the wide breadth of vertical viewing, it’s sure to capture all the action.
R5 can see clearly now
For the clearest picture, you’ll want to set your GoPro to r5. It’s got the highest resolution, shooting in 16:9 Full HD with 1080p (1920 x 1080). Use this setting when you want to capture full, detailed imagery. While it’s perfect for shooting crisp video, it does limit the field of view, dropping from 170 degrees to 127.
It’s best used when you want to focus your viewing angle on a vehicle.
Now that we’ve covered all the angles (pun intended), share your favorite GoPro videos with us in the comments below!