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GoPro launches HD Hero2 and WiFi accessory allowing video streaming

By dpreview staff on Oct 24, 2011 at 22:38 GMT

GoPro has launched the HD Hero2, an updated version of its sports video camera. The latest version features an 11MP sensor (up from 5MP) and can now shoot 1080p30 video at a choice of 170deg, 127deg or 90deg angles-of-view (the original Hero could only shoot 1080 at 127deg or lower resolutions at 170deg). The redesigned lens is claimed to be twice as sharp as its predecessor. It also gains an external mic port and Mini HDMI socket. The company has also launched the WiFi BacPac accessory allowing live streaming from the camera from the Hero2. It can also be used to control either HD Hero via the included remote or using an App on a smartphone or tablet.

Press Release:

GoPro® Launches HD HERO2® Camera – Announces Wi-Fi Remote Control and Video Streaming

HALF MOON BAY, CA (October 24, 2011) – GoPro today announced the release of its new HD HERO2® camera. Twice as powerful as GoPro’s original HD HERO camera, the HD HERO2 enables consumers and professionals to capture and broadcast their lives’ most exciting moments in professional quality 1080p HD video and 11 megapixel photos. The new HD HERO2 is now available at Our Online Store, specialty retailers around the world, and at Best Buy for MSRP US$299.99.

Arguably the most versatile camera in the world thanks to its innovative mounting system, renowned durability and small form factor, the HD HERO2 surpasses its predecessor with several technology upgrades. The HD HERO2′s new processor delivers twice the processing power, taking full advantage of a new high performance 11 megapixel sensor that delivers more than twice the image detail along with professional low light performance. A totally redesigned wide-angle lens was required to take full advantage of the HD HERO2′s increased image-processing, resulting in a lens that’s twice as sharp as the previous model. And with the arrival of GoPro’s new Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote products slated for release this winter, the HD HERO2 will enable video remote control via the Wi-Fi Remote, smartphones and devices, tablets and computers as well as enabling live GoPro video broadcast from anywhere there is Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot.

Famous for its globally best-selling HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras, GoPro spared no expense developing the HD HERO2.

“GoPro created a new category of camera with the HD HERO back in 2009, and it’s gone on to become one of the best selling video cameras in the world,” says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “With these big shoes to fill, we invested massively in engineering the HD HERO2 to be one of the greatest, most versatile cameras of all time. We think we’ve achieved our goal and we’re very excited to see the content our customers around the world capture and share with their powerful new GoPros.”

2x as Powerful in Every Way:

The HD HERO2 benefits from a complete redesign that results in dramatically enhanced image quality and ease-of-use:

List of HD HERO2 Feature Enhancements:

  • Professional 11MP Sensor
  • 2x Faster Image Processor
  • 2x Sharper Glass Lens
  • Professional Low Light Performance
  • Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p and 720p Video
  • 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video
  • Full 170º and Medium 127º FOV Photos
  • 10 11MP Photos Per Second Burst
  • 1 11MP Photo Every 0.5 Sec Timelapse Mode
  • 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone Input
  • Simple Language-based User Interface
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™
  • Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras per Wifi Remote
  • Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview, Playback and Control via GoPro App
  • Live Streaming Video and Photos to the Web

Read more about the HD HERO2, Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote products.

Upgraded Professional Photo Quality and Features

The HD HERO2’s photo capture performance has also been significantly upgraded. In addition to much improved low light performance, the HD HERO2 can capture up to ten 11 megapixel photos in a one second burst mode as well as automatic time-lapse photos with quick .5 second timing between photos. This dramatically increases the success-rate when attempting to capture magazine cover quality photos during fast action sports and activities.

Simplified User Interface

GoPro also placed a priority on redesigning the HD HERO2’s user interface for dead simple ease-of-use. The HD HERO2 features a totally new, straightforward language-based user interface that eliminates the need for instructions.

“The HD HERO2 is much, much easier to use than the original HD HERO. If you know how to use a traditional camera, you can use the HD HERO2 straight out of the box without instructions. This makes the HD HERO2 very powerful as an everyday, easy to use consumer camera while retaining all of the features, modes and performance that has made GoPro the best selling small form factor HD camera to Hollywood,” said GoPro’s Director of Product Definition, Rudy Samuels.

Specialized Right Down to the Packaging

The HD HERO2 sells in three bundled-accessory configurations, each containing the necessary mounts for particular genres of use or activity. The HD HERO2 is backwards compatible with all existing GoPro mounts and accessories.

Click each product name for a complete list of included mounts and accessories:

The original 1080p HD HERO camera is now available for MSRP US$199.99 – $239.99 (USD) (previously $259.99 – $299.99) through GoPro.com and GoPro’s worldwide authorized dealer network. The Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote are also compatible with the original HD HERO camera, but functionality is limited to remote control only. Video and photo streaming is not supported.

Comments

Total comments: 71
ella1121
By ella1121 (Dec 1, 2011)

Hello. I am clueless about this stuff. I am wanting to get my boyfriend a GoPro for Christmas. He will use it for car racing. Can anyone give me suggestions on what to buy and what accessories I might need? Thanks!

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brett301005
By brett301005 (Mar 24, 2012)

You want to pick up the GoPro HD Hero 2 Motor Sport Edition as it comes with suction cups to fix it to a vehicle.

There is a live price feed here:
http://www.hdhero2deals.com

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ozab
By ozab (Jul 5, 2012)

The suction cup is very good.

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liam11
By liam11 (Jul 29, 2012)

hi Ella, i have a go pro hd hero 2 and im 13 what u want to do is get a motor sports edition for the go pro (there's different types) it comes with a suction cup which is what i use to put it on go karts and some other cool things but that will definitively do the trick! Ur also going to want a LCD backpack so he can see what he is recording (screen) this wont be a cheap buy those are already in the range of a little less than $400 BUT, if u want u can just buy the camera and THE SUCTION CUP MOUNT and the LCD backback around $200 without the cool accessories. its a big buy but A GREAT ONE - he'll love you forever. i hope this helped u out and if u want u can check out this video i posted to youtube with me using my gopro on gokarts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGt0ocrNOik&feature=youtu.be
i hope this helped u out because i made an account just for ur comment, anyway... have fun and good luck!

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davidmleckie
By davidmleckie (Nov 7, 2011)

Hi Everyone,
Ive just ordered my GOPRO HD HERO2, i was wondering which is the best free software to use for editing of the videos, I am using Windows Vista.

Many Thanks.

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ozab
By ozab (Jul 5, 2012)

Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Studio

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AlienFabrik
By AlienFabrik (Oct 31, 2011)

I love the HD Hero 2! The HDMI output is great. No more heiroglyphics! I also purchased an Audio Technica stereo condenser mic. but I haven't had an opportunity to test the audio. I'm looking forward to the Wi-Fi interface.

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liam11
By liam11 (Jul 29, 2012)

how much does the oulet cost?????

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newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Oct 28, 2011)

Here are some video tutorials and sample movies from the HD Hero 2 camera:

Tutorial videos:

GoPro HD HERO2 Tutorial
http://shrt.fm/t0fFpW

GoPro How To: Start Using Your HD HERO2 Camera
http://shrt.fm/t89je0

Sample movie videos:

GoPro Camera HD HERO2
http://shrt.fm/tGwMMr

GoPro HD Hero 2 by Colorfoto.pt
http://shrt.fm/uqXCbn

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 27, 2011)

You're walking down the beach. You've got your GoPro with you, because it's so small and light ... and you come across ...

http://vimeo.com/17880872

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 26, 2011)

@peatantics - A link to over 50,000 videos on Vimeo using the GoPro.

http://vimeo.com/search/videos/search:GoPro/st/6d54a0a7

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peatantics
By peatantics (Oct 26, 2011)

Don't know if anyone has thought about this yet, but, who is going to see the work done with such a camera? What's next, every one with a fly in part of the same media network called wi-five-r or why fly? That is the first part now for the second part of that question where all those connected users are so busy shooting basically the same stuff, skiing, windsurfing, surfing, biking, o.k. the people and the scenery change but to the remote viewer it all looks the same, so the novelty value is in, the greater the risk, the greater the number of youtube hits. I think someone is go-an-ta die, filming their own death with one of those things strapped to his or her head and soon, if it has not already happened, also think about poor mom or dad or friends and family at the funeral seeing the victim in their final life moment's entry into their journal of discoveries. I see only tears at the extremities of risky business activity. What about YOU?

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popopow
By popopow (Oct 26, 2011)

You are right, I'd rather stay at home eating big mac, getting fat and dying of heart attack !

The gopro is a great little camera. Nothing wrong in using it. Personnally when I go kitesurfing, I take more risks without the go pro than with. Just because i'm afraid to loose it in a bad crash.

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Tuukka
By Tuukka (Oct 26, 2011)

I understand your side, but I think you worry too much. Maeby it comes from your personal experience don't know.
Think about how many hits on internet movies get that have people getting ran over by a car captured on surveillance camera? We all have different tolerance of acceptable risk and when we do take a risk most consider it worth capturing.
And action always makes good entertainment. ;)
I snowkite and skydive, latter propably being my current level of acceptable risk. Cheers.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 26, 2011)

Who is gonna see the work done with a GoPro? You obviously haven't seen the many serious videos on Vimeo, some of them by professional videographers, using this little camera. If you need a POV shot, or attached to a car for a chase, or the oodles of applications in skateboard, snowboard, skiing films. I like how when people aren't familiar with something, they knock it.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Nov 1, 2011)

One could say that about any camera. Who wants to see pictures of kids?Models? Landscape? or fr@ckin brick walls?
So what? it is a cool tool that has way more application than the usual toys the camera fanboys lust over. Remember Lensbaby?

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lbjack
By lbjack (Oct 26, 2011)

And network streaming! Short of an input/output ocular implant, this is the omega of human development: everyone's experience networked with everyone else's. For better or worse we've already arrived at the terminal social order: a few doers and the rest watchers (or livestock aka consumers).

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Catsup
By Catsup (Oct 25, 2011)

Interesting reading all the comments.

Poor 'low light"

Poor in snow (presumably, bright light)

I want to purchase one for skiing, but have doubts.

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GKC
By GKC (Oct 26, 2011)

Don't let them sway your decision. Most compact video cameras have issues with low light, and the GoPro is mainly for use in daylight. Most of the activities that this camera is designed for take place during the day anyways. I use mine when I snowboard and have always been happy with the results. The people who complain about the gopro's quality are comparing it to a completely different breed of camera. You won't find anyone strapping a 5dmkii to their head before hitting the slopes.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 27, 2011)

Check out the many cool GoPro photos in their Facebook gallery ... over a MILLION Friends ... compared to Nikon's 876,XXX and Canon's 535,XXX !!!

GoPro Photo of the Day, Volume 1:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.407379371918.183881.50043151918&type=1

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 27, 2011)

@ Catsup ... did you check out the GoPro SNOW videos on the right side of this page:

http://gopro.com/videos/snow/

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Oct 25, 2011)

I think the size eludes people. It is tiny. Similar to the original here: http://cameradojo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/IMG_7920.jpg
My friend has the original and he prefered taking it on hikes in Hawaii rather than his Nikon D90. For what it is, its good and used by many outgoers.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

Sounds like the camera was perhaps set to Spot metering? The metering on the GoPro HD's is AMAZINGLY good!

Look at all of these GoPro Snow Videos!

http://gopro.com/videos/snow/

(The one that first comes up is the GoPro2 video, with some snow sequences. Click on the Snow clips on the right)

The GoPro is a professional piece of equipment that is used by the 100's everyday ... and like any piece of gear, you need to know how to use it. I've personally used up to 14 at a time. That isn't to say that you might have had a bad example. Are you sure it was an HD model and not the old terrible Standard Def model?

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

"bad example" ... btw. I've tested numerous mini cams, GoPro, Drift, Contour, EVO, and one other less then memorable camera ... and ALL of my GoPro's have been good (at least 20), while two other manufacturer's cameras needed to be sent back and replaced because of soft focus ... a total of four!

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urbanplanner
By urbanplanner (Oct 25, 2011)

Just a word of caution: After seeing the promos on their website for their last camera, I borrowed one of these from a friend to take it skiing. It was awful. It way overexposed the snow (which you'll hear other complaints about if you search on line) to the point where it was useless. ZERO texture in the snow. Sure, if you've got time to fiddle and buy/attach filters, go for it, but it's NOT for a one-time trip if you can't check the footage. The shake can be pretty bad too—I guess something that's meant to be roughed up can't have stabilization?

I appreciate the simplicity of fewer controls, but if you can't flip a switch for a "snow" setting, don't count on good performance, unless you're skiing at the crack of dawn or sunset (like in the promos)!

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

oops ... should have Replied directly. My Reply is posted above vis a vis exposure problems "in" snow.

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alstauffer
By alstauffer (Nov 2, 2011)

I've used my original GoPro HD for a number of snow rallycross videos and have never had a problem. As mentioned above, maybe the metering was set to something not optimal.

I wouldn't go as far as saying it's AMAZINGLY good, but it is a great little camera that is very good at what it was designed for.

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GKC
By GKC (Oct 25, 2011)

Awesome! The original HD version is fantastic and this one looks even better. I love that they've integrated variable angles and the wifi remote feature looks interesting too. I'd love to be able to start and stop recording from a device like my iphone. I can't wait to get my hands on one! People who are complaining about the styling of the gopro clearly have no idea what this camera is for.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 25, 2011)

The announcement says, "The redesigned lens is claimed to be twice as sharp as its predecessor."

Might this mean that the new lens also delivers a clear image when used underwater? The HD HERO1 gave blurry underwater images, unless coupled with a $100 Eye-of-Mine gizmo or homemade equivalent. SFAIK, GoPro never offered a corrective "contact lens."

Aslo claimed: "It also gains an external mic port and Mini HDMI socket."
Not sure if this adds much, since the built-in mic has its own protection against wind noise or rough falls, to which any external mic would be vulnerable. For playback, its just as easy to put the SDHC card in a PC, which you'd prefer to do for file transfer and editing anyway.

I don't understand how the increase in megapixels would contribute anything to "professional low light performance." The sensor size is presumably the same. The lens aperture presumably remains F2.8. Not much paragliding or surfing goes on at night anyway.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

Underwater you still need to use a Flat port housing ... available from places like eyeofmine.com (as seen on Shark Week) or Makospearguns.com, or Oculus. Eyeofmine has a LOT of other GoPro aftermarket accessories.

As GoPro explains, the Dome Port was optimized for maximum wide angle above water. They're working on a solution.

WindCutters.com makes a nice pro fur covering for the open GoPro back.

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augomol
By augomol (Oct 25, 2011)

I use Hero GoPro HD cam too, but it has one serious drawback poor quality low-light shooting. Whether a new cam shoot better?

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

See the Gizmodo.com test. Slightly better but still not great in low light.

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Tuukka
By Tuukka (Oct 25, 2011)

Top action camera. I use the previous HD model and it's just great! Yes the shape isn't really what I would call streamlined and the two button interface is quite annoying, but all and all it's just great fun! But if any of you ever tried using L&B Protrack audible altimeter this is actually simple as a book in comparison.
I hope the stills come out great from the new camera . I've only used the still series mode once while snowkiting.
Contour+ comes close in quality but I think GoPro goes wider which is good.
Hard day light these things need a special ND filter or polariser to get a nicer blur out of the motion.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

eyeofmine.com has those ND's and Polas

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kff
By kff (Oct 25, 2011)

I want to add a similar Wi-Fi connetion into the new Pentax Ricoh cameras for controlling by my SE Xperia Pro ... :)

When You tried to take photos nearby ground and to change some parameters or just focussing, You could me to understand. Especially, in the case, when I wanted to catch something several times without moving camera ...

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yiannakas
By yiannakas (Oct 25, 2011)

Terrible rolling shutter, no stabilizer, no 60p at 1080p
The official videos are all fixed.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

? AMAZING for the size and price ... as seen on reality and sports TV in almost every show!

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doak
By doak (Oct 25, 2011)

There are sw tools that stabilize in post processing.

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rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (Oct 25, 2011)

ah....... a new WEBCAM ..... :)

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

Not really ...

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Oct 25, 2011)

Why do I have to go follow the link to find the max aperture (2.8) and the sensor size (1 / 2.3 "). You would think when posting specs to a serious photography site they would include this information along with other specs.

http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero2-outdoor-edition/

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delnerdo
By delnerdo (Oct 25, 2011)

check out the dimensions: 1.6” x 2.4” x 1.2"
tiny dynamite

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AlienFabrik
By AlienFabrik (Oct 25, 2011)

I just bought one about an hour ago. The folks at Best Buy didn't even know they had any. Finally the manager found their secret stash and I bought one. I have one of the older 1080p models and I also own a Contour 1080 model. I can't wait to compare them, but I can already say the new one is easier to config. Also HDMI out will come in handy.

I'm an engineer at a local TV station and I like to try new things. WiFi streamig is supposed to be available in a couple months, so I hope to get some live snow coverage from this thing.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

You didn't buy a GoPro2 did you?

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AlienFabrik
By AlienFabrik (Oct 31, 2011)

Yes, I bought a GoPro HD Hero2. I also have two HD Hero Cameras and a Contour HD. A friend also bought a HD Hero2 and I bought a 3d housing. I hope we can settle on an interesting 3D project - I hope it involves buxom women!!!

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Bigfish92084
By Bigfish92084 (May 2, 2012)

Very interested in your WiFi streaming results.

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Paniko
By Paniko (Oct 25, 2011)

I just can imagine few HDpro weared by Bride, Groom and few guests at a wedding :)

The demo video on the HDpro site is......well....we need some RedBull wedding competition!

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pgphoto_ca
By pgphoto_ca (Oct 25, 2011)

I don't care about the look....give me picture quality !

Sony...Nikon...Canon....have nothing like that so far !!!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 25, 2011)

All offer "rugged" P&S devices with features the GoPro lacks: stabilization, zoom, an LCD screen, much easier control menus. Remove those features and maybe the size could be reduced close to that of a helmet camera. The GoPro serves a specialty niche.

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grafli
By grafli (Oct 26, 2011)

you're right, canon Nikon etc. lacks a rugged camera with 170° view angle...
go go Canon! go go Nikon!
I'd guy a GoPro Hero2 at the moment, as soon as it available...

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campbellcj
By campbellcj (Oct 25, 2011)

I can't wait to try one. I currently use the HD Hero mainly for racing in-car camera stuff. The video quality is fantastic but the two biggest shortcomings IMO are (1) the terribly unfriendly UI and (2) the audio quality AND lack of an external mic input. It looks like those issues are addressed with this new version.

The remote control will also be handy, especially in cases where the camera is well out of reach.

Agreed, it does not look as sexy as it could but I'll take function over form in a device such as this.

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owenleve
By owenleve (Oct 25, 2011)

Funny the reaction to the form factor of the camera. For what it may lack in sex appeal it 100% makes up for in functionality. Can you name another camera that can easily be mounted on your head, wrist, chest, ankles, surfboard, airplane, helmet, handlebars and just about anywhere else you can think of? AND capture video and stills of this caliber in a waterproof housing? Me thinks not...

http://g2.img-dpreview.com/21BC0D07EA784FA28C071A09CF7A2292.jpg

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

Haha ... Physically it's just right! You guys just don't know it's market. We use a lot of mini-cams in shooting commercials and reality TV. It's flat form makes it easier in most mounting situations ... for instance against someones forehead/helmet or up against the inside of a car windscreen. The only time the long narrow form works better is on helmet side mounts. The flat GoPro is great for just velcro'ing up against things. When I have it mounted on top of one of our pro motion picture matte boxes, again it's form works well. I've personally used as many as 14 GoPro's at a time. The Contour and Drift cams were only rarely used. At the moment the GoPro is The System, with growing after market support. With this updated model it only strengthens it's position. Check out GoPro's facebook page with over a Million Friends. Check out their galleries to see lots of wonderful work that could scarcely be done with other cameras.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Oct 25, 2011)

Some of my work and family GoPro snapshots: http://public.fotki.com/makofoto/work/gopro-hd-hero-still/

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LarryPhoto
By LarryPhoto (Oct 25, 2011)

I'm seen some awsome stuff from the old Hero, they one if better will be great

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xfoto
By xfoto (Oct 25, 2011)

Agree with the other was gonna say "wow right out of the 80s" Ugly.

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GSD_ZA
By GSD_ZA (Oct 25, 2011)

Good camera, dreadful physical format.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 25, 2011)

The camera may be very good, but they need to get a new marcom person to get rid of nauseating stuff like:

# Professional 11MP Sensor
or:
# 2x Sharper Glass Lens
or:
# Professional Low Light Performance

Drivel like that immediately makes me question their integrity, however unjust that may be.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Oct 25, 2011)

Yes, very poor PR write up indeed. Tells you a lot about this company.

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Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Oct 25, 2011)

Give them a break,
Writing up summary of the new camera must seem really boring compared to shooting up a redbull/cocaine mixture than jumping out of plane, landing in a kayak and than going over Niagara falls (I assume that's why they made the camera and how they tested it at least)

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Lukino
By Lukino (Oct 25, 2011)

Most press releases looks like this one and I like to make fun of them too, BUT! Those are written for tech unsavvy, soccer moms and the offices where people approves budgets (I can't really remember ow they are called in english right now). Pros and amateurs who really use this stuff up to its potential, don't really cares much about PRs.

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Catalin Stavaru
By Catalin Stavaru (Oct 25, 2011)

If you would understand their target audience you would realize that their press release is perfect. Their target audience is surfers, bikers, racing drivers who are not professional photographers and could not understand what does "F2.0" mean.
"2 x shaper" is perfect for their target consumers.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Oct 25, 2011)

So YOU are saying "2 x shaper" refers to a F2.0 aperture ?

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 25, 2011)

I'd be more worried that someone buy a Go Pro and then break his skull and neck during the first trial. The demo videos involve dangerous activities of the "do not try this at home" type.

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Catalin Stavaru
By Catalin Stavaru (Oct 26, 2011)

No, it was just an example.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Oct 25, 2011)

too much money for a webcam

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (Oct 25, 2011)

It's NOT a webcam. It's a SPORTS cam and at $300 it is quite a bargain.

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chrswggl
By chrswggl (Oct 24, 2011)

Stuck in the '80s.

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owenleve
By owenleve (Oct 24, 2011)

This camera is AMAZING. I've done some work for GoPro, shooting product shots and was on-hand for some of the filming of the skiing shots shown in the video. I shoot with a D3/d700 and I have to say that this camera is very impressive. Handles light, low light and backlit situations very well.

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dave veneri
By dave veneri (Oct 25, 2011)

Go and get the Sony Hx9v and get a FAR better all around camera than this. The sony does 60p at 1080 as 30fps is useless with movement. Also the sony has IS and a zoom, plus you can use it for stills and vide and both are better than this camera. This camera should be MUCH smaller for the limited functionality. By the time you add the case and mount its downright big. I do lots of aerial photography with quad copters and rc planes and the IS of the sony and others (new Canon s100) is a game saver and they are the same size. Oh by the way, the new Canons low light capabilities blow away the hero and any other P&S on the market to date. Stuck in the 80's was a good description : )

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Robert Anderson
By Robert Anderson (Oct 25, 2011)

The Sony would not shoot 3D stills and video of moving subjects. It's not waterproof and not enough wide angle for first person point of view video.
The Gopros are great for my kayaking and rafting adventures. Looking forward to trying the new models.

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