We’re still not nearly cool enough that documenting our every move seems like a reasonable thing to do. Nevertheless, we’ve owned (and own) quite a few GoPros. They come in handy for our video reviews and make us look silly on the slopes.
Our taste in action cameras was pretty much unassailable until recently. GoPro dominated the industry and still leads in sales and ubiquitous-ness. Some companies, like Sony, are challenging GoPro via optics, resolution, and framerate. Others are still catching up in the imaging department, but throw in innovative tracking features like GPS, gyros, and accelerometers. Think Garmin and TomTom. But all of those features come at a price – usually north of $400. That leaves a wide swath of the market open to competitors to sell to people who don’t need crazy resolution or tracking gizmos and don’t want to pay for them.
Enter the Monoprice Sport MHD 2.0.
The MHD Sport 2.0 replaces last year’s version with a bump in specs. So, when we say this doesn’t quite match up to the Hero 4 in optics, that’s not to say that it can’t hold its own. The MHD Sport 2.0 will shoot full HD 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps, or standard-def WVGA video at 240fps. It will also shoot 16Mp still photos with a burst mode up to 7 per second. Like the Hero 4, it has a remote control that allows you to start and stop recording and view a live version of whatever you’re filming. The watch-like remote will connect with up to six MHD cameras at a time and control them all.
Priced at $199 (with remote, $159 without), the MHD Sport comes with a wide range of accessories and mounts. It has a rugged case with both sealed and vented back panels. When sealed, the case will keep you filming down to 60m (196′). You have to get the special GoPro dive housing to go that deep with a Hero. Depending on how you use it and how efficient the electronics are, you should expect the 1130mAh battery to last a couple of hours.
For the casual action hero who doesn’t need 4k video, this beats the competition on price. You can pick up a GoPro Hero for $130, but you’ll lose half your framerates, 11 Mp on still photos, and a whole bunch of mounts and accessories. Monoprice stumbled into a special niche here. We hope they keep it up.