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My Favorite Accessory Yet!
on June 4, 2012
Recently, the update for phone/tablet live preview was just released. I proceeded to update normally through Cineform. Little did I know it would brick two GoPro Hero 2's. The first one I had for 10 months, installed the update, and it kept blinking all 4 lights and flashing a gopro camera icon with v198 below it. Wouldn't respond at all. I thought I had messed up on the update by doing something wrong, so I took it back to BestBuy and exchanged it for a new one.
I went to update it again, and what happend? It did the same exact thing again. All four lights and camera was unresponsive. Only way to turn it off was to pull the battery. It turns out that A LOT of people are having this problem.
I exchanged it once more today and did a manual flash of firmware version 124. Went perfectly and I can use my remote and wifi bacpac after pushing the menu button on the wifi bacpac for it to register on the camera. Just not the app. I'm withholding on updating until GoPro releases a better update with positive feedback from everyone else.
Though that entire process was absolutely awful, I won't take any stars away from this product since it's slightly inderectly related, and more of GoPro's faulty update. The remote is absolutely convenient for me. The app is just a plus for me.
Just a heads up for all you future buyers
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I will update this when/if they have released a better update through cineform to accommodate everyone better.
I'll be adding to this review overtime.
I picked this up from BestBuy today and decided to leave my review here. I have to say, this has been my best purchase for the GoPro yet! I was tired of having to run through the menus solely with the camera and especially if I have already mounted it in a way where it has taken some effort (under a car for example).
The remote is about 2.5 inches long and an inch in height give or take. Feels durable. Top half is coated in a rubber case, bottom is plastic. They say it's waterproof, but the charging connectors are exposed, so someone else can be the guinea pig for that. Buttons are easy to push and the menus on the gopro show up exactly the same on the remote.
The WiFi BacPac performs excellent with the remote once you do the update (I had some troubles and had to uninstall and reinstall cineform). The button is easy to push and acts the same way as you would turn on and off the camera itself. By short pressing it while it's on, it leads you straight to the wifi menu for quicker options (tablet, smartphone, network, etc...although the app isn't out yet and gives you a "coming soon" message). You can turn off both the camera and remote by holding the power button on the remote. When you do this though, the wifi bacpac is still on. You can simply press the power button on the remote and it turns the units back on, which I think is cool. Just don't forget to turn off the WiFi BacPac when you're not using it anymore.
As for battery life, the two seem like they have a long lasting battery life. Haven't had much of a chance to really test it out. Not sure about the GoPro's battery life either when paired to the bacpac. I have read on the manual though that when the bacpac runs low, or completely out of it's own battery, it will draw power from the GoPro to be able to use wifi.
One problem I did find, when you run through the settings and do the "upside down option", the screen on the remote goes kinda crazy looking and the lcd thinks its still right side up. Nothing terrible; still works at it should and can still read it. Just letting you know.
I did a short test run through all the menus with the remote in my youtube video:
youtube dot com/watch?v=pFn1k8pB-aQ
Overall, I'm perfectly happy with the product and I can't wait until they release the app for live streaming!