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GoPro Camera CHDOH-002 HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition
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- 2X Sharper Professional Glass Lens than the GoPro HD Hero Camera
- 10 Photos Per Second Burst
- Video: HD Resolutions: 1080P 30 FPS, 960P 30 and 48 FPS, 720P 30 and 60 FPS
- Photo Resolution : 11MP, 8MP, 5 MP
- Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Compatible: Long range remote control of multiple cameras, Wi-Fi Video Preview + Playback on Smartphone/and Medium 127o FOVVIDEO
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|Video (up to)||4K30||2.7K30||1440p30|
|Photo/Burst (up to)||12MP/30fps||12MP/30fps||8MP/10fps|
|Waterproof||Up to 131' (40m)||Up to 131' (40m)||Up to 33' (10m)|
|Auto Low Light||✓||✓||✓|
|Wifi + Bluetooth||✓||✓||✓|
|Built-In Touch Display||✓|
|Protune (photo + video)||✓||✓||Video Only|
|Item Dimensions||9.65 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches|
|Item Weight||1.72 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.07 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||6.75 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||11 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
2X Sharper Professional Glass Lens than the GoPro HD Hero Camera 10 Photos Per Second Burst Video: HD Resolutions: 1080P 30 FPS, 960P 30 and 48 FPS, 720P 30 and 60 FPS Photo Resolution : 11MP, 8MP, 5 MP Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Compatible: Long range remote control of multiple cameras, Wi-Fi Video Preview + Playback on Smartphone/and Medium 127o FOVVIDEO
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My review is on the quality of build and design, which is a 10/10, A+, best you could ask for, in my opinion.
This camera has the grace and design-sense of an Apple product. Whomever designed this must be passionate about build quality and design, because everything is great. From the minute you open the box, you are impressed with extra features and luxuries that you would not expect from a camera of this size. It's an elegant design, easy for any person to use of any skill level.
I was extremely pleased with this camera, when I own Canon lenses that cost 10x as much money (yes, high end photography is expensive and good lenses go for $2000 to $3000-- JUST FOR THE LENS!!). I actually cannot believe such an elegantly designed product can be had for under $300. Kudos to GoPro.
Better and easier to read menus
Louder audio function indicators (beeps)
Additional light indicators
Better color and use in lower light
Addition Video FOV settings and Photo Modes (after firmware update)
External microphone input port
Not all external microphones will work. In fact GoPro sent me these e-mail messages in regards to microphones:
"Most of the time if a microphone has the ability to draw internal power from the camera, it will try to do so and stop drawing power from the battery. The problem with this is the camera itself has about around a 2 volt supply coming from the external microphone input. This is enough to power smaller microphones such as the mono lavalier mics, however it usually will not be enough to power a mic that also has a battery option...."
"The (GoPro) Media Team hasn't chosen any favorites yet, but they've been using the following two (expensive) lavalier mic's with decent results: Sennheiser MKE 400 and Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone ($199.95) and EMW Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone ($159.95)...." POSTER'S NOTE: I read on-line that the RØDE VideoMic and VideoMic Pro work on the Hero2 too.
Not all FOV settings available for Hero2 and Firmware update protocol requires an additional program download to your computer (GoPro Cineform Studio software). Besides 2x sharper lens feature, additional photo Modes, you will only get additional FOV video settings for 1080p even though GoPro.com specs shows additional settings for 720p. GoPro told me that the 720p POV settings are for the Hero 3D only, but later firmware updates will include the 720p POV's for Hero2 in the future. After installing the GoPro Cineform Studio software, the firmware update didn't work (it didn't indicate one was needed for my new Hero2). GoPro told me to re-install Cineform Studio and try again. I found a work-around searching the net which bypassed the program install.
I really like the Hero2 but I wish GoPro would have made it known about the issue with microphones and had tested various mics so that a customer would know which ones the Hero2 supports. And I think GoPro should have let customers know that firmware version 70 does not give the Hero2 all that they show on their specifications.
The Hero2 uses Cineform Studio for updating the camera and accessories. The firmware is downloaded and installed automatically. I have now performed updates on both the Hero HD and Hero2, and their accessories. Neither went what I consider smoothly. Updating the Hero HD from the .bin file copied to SD card was easy for me, but might present issues for some. The Cineform software had issues properly detecting the Wifi Backpac and remote. Persistence paid off and we finally got everything completed, but it might be frustrating for others.
The Hero2 updating was abyssmal. Camera would not properly detect in the software. Then when it finally did, it saw the camera, but would not read the current firmware version, so an update could not be performed. Google reveals a multitude of users that experience the same problems. Once again, persistence wins the day.
By now you're probably wondering why I've given the product a 4 star rating. The video and pictures these cameras capture is awesome. Get past the firmware updating and the rest of the experience is stellar.
Top off your battery, choose your mounting location and you're ready to shoot. This part, just works! This is what we all want from this type of device. The camera worked flawlessly our entire trip. We captured hours of trail riding, some great single track and some stills of the lake. We came home and watched the footage we captured from our weekend. Everyone was blown away by the epic quality of the video. The entire trip was captured, including many of the conversations we had during our rides. I was so impressed I came home and ordered a Hero2 for myself.
Everyone will use their GoPro differently.
Things you will need:
-A 16 or 32GB SD Card (one is NOT supplied with the camera)
-A second battery, maybe a 3rd if you plan to shoot for several days
-The Wifi Backpac receiver (The remote controller is needed now, but will be optional later - more about this is a moment.
The need for controlling the camera remotely is just a given. The upcoming iPhone app will allow you to do everything the current remote does now, AND (big and) allow you to preview/review video. The wifi accessory is 2 parts (the Backpac and the controller). The Backpac itself is good for any sport where you aren't sitting next to the camera. There is no better way in my opinion to start and stop recording. Fumbling for the button with the camera mounted on your helmet is possible, but why.
The remote controller can be worn on your wrist or can be fastened to your bars. It's waterproof, so you can take it swimming or get it wet. Can't do that with your iPhone. Once the iPhone app is out, the camera can be controlled using it along with the Backpac. You won't need the remote controller, but if you want to use the camera in a extreme environment or in one that involves water, it's recommended.
So in conclusion, the firmware updating for both the latest and previous models could be improved. Barring the clunky firmware update precedures, I have to say again how impressed I am with the camera's design, it's ease of use on the trail and quality of the captured video/images.
Update 9/16/12 - I received my Hero2 and took it out for the first time today. Camera captured beautiful video and great pictures. Mic on camera was DOA, and sadly has to be returned. I'm sure it's replacement will be fine.
Update 9/25/12 - Replacement camera works flawlessly.