yes. the normal HD Hero (helmet, motorsports, naked, etc.) shoots at 1080p30p, 960p30p, 720p60p, 720p30p, and standard def. the HD Hero 960 only shoots at 960p30p, 720p30p, and standard def. just a cheaper version of the normal HD Hero. get the normal HD Hero if you can afford it.
and to answer your original question, it's just a matter of which mounts the camera comes with, assuming you're referring to the naked version and helmet version of the HD Hero
1080 is a little harder to work with because it takes up a ton of space, but I use it all the time (unless I plan on doing slow motion). as long as your computer can handle it, there's no reason not to. Even Youtube and Vimeo support 1080p now.
The difference between 1080 and 960 is that 1080 is higher resolution, and it's widescreen (16:9) whereas 960 is more square (4:3). widescreen looks much better IMO. However 960 is better for POV because it's 'tall.'
A lot of people shoot 720p on GoPros because they're shooting at 60fps so they can potentially have really smooth slow motion. If people are shooting at 720p30p, there's really no reason they shouldn't be shooting at 1080p30p.
from what i understand most people shoot in 720p 60fps. The 60fps allows you to get a good slow mo and has better clarity than the 30fps. The 960 only gives you the option of 720p 30fps hence it being cheaper also in the future the 1080p will be compatible the lcd screen and 3d package. just do your research if your really interested. I did it and recently ordered one, Cant wait until christmas!!!
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truth. just to clear things up though 720p60p and 720p30p will have the same clarity under the same lighting conditions. frame rate =/= shutter speed. but i think what you were saying was that if you try to do slow motion with 30p, the frame blending will make it look really shitty and blurry, which is true. just wanted to make sure there was no confusion.
So lemme get this straight ? The 960 doesnt have 720 in 60 frames ? Shit, i thought i could save some money cause i wasn't planning on on shooting in 30fps in any mode. I may have to return my 960 when it comes in. Shoulda done some more research.
there isn't much difference between the 720p 30fps and 60fps, yes its going to be smoother, but it won't be much of a problem unless you want to do slow-mo, but you can always use 480p 60fps with the GoPro 960, and as its a HD camera its going to be a higher quality 480p if you know what I mean haha..
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You sir, are brilliant. I was just looking around trying to figure out a little more about the gopro because i got it for Christmas and all the questions I have ever had were answered. I gave you 10/10 but it didn't even put a dent into your 100k.
And to the guy saying don't buy a a gopro because they're stupid, whats stupid about buying a cheap camera that's simple to use? I no nothing of filming so i don't wanna waste my time mangling around a t2i just to get a good frame rate and high res film. Shit seems pretty bullet proof so far and I'm so stoked to get out and use it