GoPro Hero (original) resolution; question to the Clydes and Athenas who record rides
Yeah, yeah, I know. I should probably post this in the Electronics, Lighting & Gadgets forum, but since I know some of you record your rides, most notably Mr. Beanz, I thought I'd post my question here first.
When viewing your videos on a normal monitor can you tell any difference between the resolution settings?
I ask mainly because I can't tell on what we have. My wife and I went riding this morning, and I decided to record the ride. Normally when I do any kind of recording, I have the GoPro set to record at 720p (30fps). I've always gotten good results with that setting, and haven't given much thought to changing it. Well, until this morning that is. Decided to record in 1080P just for giggles and grins, so I made the adjustment to the camera setting and off we went.
When we got back home, I popped the SD card into my computer to review the video and I couldn't tell one speck of difference between the 1080p video and the 720p videos I've been making all along. Decided to do a side by side comparison, so I placed my laptop next to my desktop monitor and played an older 720p video next to this morning's video. Video quality looks pretty much identical between the two.
That got me to thinking that perhaps a non HD monitor or TV or whatever might not be able to show the true HD recording and that no difference could be noticed between it and a SD recording. Being that we don't own a HD TV or monitor, we have no way of testing that theory, which brings me back to the original question.
If anyone can shed some light on the subject, I'd greatly appreciate the information. Thanks in advance.
mods: if you feel this topic would be better served in the EL&G forum, feel free to move it. AJC