Additionally, the Wide has only a single microphone built in, so there's no stereo sound. From inside its sealed case, the Wide only picks up the loudest of noises, and then only barely. If you want engine sound, you'll need to mount the device close to the engine bay or exhaust. For picking up sound when mounted in the cabin, the plastic dome covering the lens can be removed to let in more audio.
Photo quality is very good when there's plenty of light. Photos tended to have a slight graininess to them, but the overall quality is reasonable for a set-up at this price. The extreme wideangle gives a fish-eye effect to all photos, which can make for some interesting shots.
Despite our early mistakes with the tiny screen, the GoPro Motorsports Hero Wide is remarkably easy to use. Both video and photo quality are good but not great.
For the price of the Wide with a few extras, you could easily find a more versatile digital camera that takes better pictures, but, when you add in the cost of a shockproof/waterproof housing and vehicle mount, the GoPro system is an absolute steal. Additional mounts and accessories can also be purchased to expand the unit's usefulness. You'll definitely want to pick up a 2GB SD card and a set or two of rechargeable AAA batteries, while you're at it.
Edited by Charles Kloet