The new GoPro HD HERO2 has quite a few excellent features on top of its already outstanding functionality, the most prominent being the 11 megapixel sensor, which is accompanied by a sharper glass lens, both of which result in photos and videos with increased clarity and sharpness, and more vibrant and realistic colors. The UI or menu system, has been revamped, and now has a simpler and more intuitive language-based interface, greatly easing usage. The camera is encased in their waterproof and durable housing, and has a plethora of mounting accessories, so that it can be attached to just about anything. It records in a vast array of high-definition video resolutions, frame rates, and viewing angles, making for an incredibly versatile camera.
GoPro’s HD HERO2 is a POV (point of view) high-definition sports camera, and uses an 11MP HD CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) sensor, which is 1/2.3″ in size. It uses a fixed-focus lens, which is made with professional-grade glass, and has a f/2.8 aperture. It can record video footage in 1080p, 960p, 720p and SD formats, and photos in several modes. It records data onto SDHC cards (not included) up to 32GB in size, and is powered with an internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery that gives around 2.5 hours of recording time. It has ports for a mini USB for computer connection and recharging, a mini HDMI and composite video for live streaming to a TV or other source, and an external microphone for higher-quality audio recording. The small and light camera is mostly made of plastic, and is encased within a tough and robust polycarbonate waterproof housing, which protects the fragile camera from impacts, shocks, and the environment. The housing attaches to an assortment of mounts, including a seatpost, curved and flat surface, wrist, tripod, vented helmet, and handlebar, and others, and usually snaps into the mounts using their proprietary quick-release buckle. It’s compatible with all of their expansion accessories and BacPac’s, and comes in three versions or kits, the Outdoor Edition (as tested), the Motorsports Edition and the Surf Edition, which all retail for $299.99.
The HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition kit comes with the HERO2 camera and waterproof housing, a slotted backdoor, a rechargeable 3.7V 1100mAh Li-Ion Battery, a USB cable, a vented helmet and head strap (aka the jock strap), two curved and flat surface mounts, a three-way pivot arm, an assorted mounting hardware and a user manual. It’s convenient that the HERO2 has the same size and form factor as the current HD model, so the housing, mount systems, and BacPac’s are all interchangeable.
- 71 grams – camera
- 99 grams – camera with battery and SD card
- 26 grams – battery
- 2 grams – SD card
- 91 grams – waterproof housing with quick-release buckle
- 19 grams – quick-release buckle
- 190 grams – total
- 60mm x 42mm x 30mm – camera size
- 72mm x 65mm x 46mm – housing size
- 13mm x 16mm – LCD screen size