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I bought this camera for general outdoor filming and it's been fantastic overall. I've only had this camera for a few weeks but I'm already in love with it.
Out of the box, this camera is really easy to use and get started with right away...but I highly recommend reading the instructions first as they contain a lot of important information and also really helpful tips that will make your usage experience even better.
The battery life is about what you'd expect based on the size of the camera...it lasts for about 2 hours of pure filming, plus whatever charge is needed to navigate through the menus and settings when you're setting up to shoot. I strongly recommend buying a secondary battery if you plan on taking your GoPro on lengthy excursions where you'll be doing a lot of continuous filming. I also bought a portable USB charger that I can use to charge a dead battery while I keep shooting with the backup battery...it's extremely handy to have!
I also recommend getting at the very least a 16GB SDHC memory card (the more memory, the better) as well as an additional card for storage backup...for my very first video I shot for about 10 minutes at 960p in 48fps and the video filesize was approximately 1GB. I think a 32GB SDHC card with a 16GB as a backup would be the ideal setup.
Video quality from this camera is superb. As you've no doubt seen in demo videos, it shoots in full HD and you can choose to have the wide-angle capture or not if you don't want the fisheye effect around the edges. I recommend also buying a polarizing filter to put inside the plastic housing, as it immensely cuts down on glare and harsh brights.
If you plan on using this camera to record anything that needs sound (or good sound quality), I highly recommend buying an external microphone (which you can pickup for fairly cheap for decent quality) as the built-in microphone is quite poor (which is understandable because of the housing around it).
The camera has awesome features in addition to the great video quality like time lapse and burst photo...I have not tried time lapse mode myself yet but I am very excited to give it a try. The burst photo mode is incredibly useful to capture that one perfect moment during something that is happening very quickly or is fast action.
What really makes this camera great is all the various mounts and accessories that you can buy for it...you can literally mount it anywhere. Just be careful about any non-official GoPro gear - make sure to lookup reviews first, as many of the third-party accessories and add-ons are not built with the same high quality.
Just be sure to take really good care of the outer plastic housing...yes, it is waterproof (to a certain extent) and is designed to protect the camera itself from damage, but any scratches or marks on the housing near the part that covers the lens will certainly be visible in your videos.
Some people recommend using Rain-X on the outer housing to prevent water droplets with use in the water, but I've found this only makes the water beads more clear in the video...I recommend simply licking the outside plastic that covers the lens, as this will provide a film to help prevent droplets forming.
Since the HD Hero 2 came out recently, if you can find it brand new for sale for under $350, it's a good deal. I was lucky and managed to find a great deal on mine but it's still well worth the full retail price if you see yourself using it a lot.
This is an Amazing Little Camera! Small and Compact but yet full of features! Waterproof Housing for foul Weather also! SHoots great video and has a huge selection of Mounts so that it can be Mounted on Nearly Anything! Software for the Video Editing is Simple and Free from GoPro! I have a High End Canon DSLR and I use this most often! If you are a Video Nut and need the best you may want to go with the Hero3! If good Video at a terrific price, the Hero 2 WILL meet you needs for sure! Set it up with the Remote Control and use it for Hunting and Video your own hunt! Just endless what you can do with it! Just Imagination!
The video quality is awesome on daylight and good on other conditions.
The camera is very versatile with all the mounts, but keep in mind that you'll have to add money for those mounts and they are not cheap.
The interface is pretty poor, but once you get used to it, you don't really care about it.
The time lapse feature is awesome and very useful.
Bottom line- in the terms of video quality and versatility (which IMHO is the most important thing on this kind of cameras)- you can't find a better product (excpet the hero3...).
GoPro Hero2 is the best camera in life!!! I race in go karts and i used it very much. The resolution is more than excellent, its wonderful. You can mount it on a helmet very easy and to different surfaces. The best thing of all, is the waterproof housing, you can use it until 30 mts of deep.
all in all this is a very good camera! it's small and I have not had problems with low light or out of focus pictures and the video is better than my two other cameras. I have a water proof Olympus Camera and the video quality is Horrible! this Hero 2 does 1080 and looks great underwater! sound is not the best when it's in the air tight case.. but do you expect it to be? just take it out of the case and it sounds great! the 11 megapixel pictures are better than my 14 megapixel Samsung camera.
great product, good image quaility and a great value by buying it used off ebay. been using it for skydiving and its kinda a must have item to capture all the exciting times we been having on our jumps. i would recommend it to any and all for sports action pics and vids.
I bought the Hero2 after my great experience with the Hero HD.
Hero2 is quite an improvement over the old HD, but the good part is you can use all the old accesorios for this camera too, so you don't need to buy new stuff. If the video quality on the HD was very good, the new Hero2 makes it exceptional. full HD recording looks vivid and very detailed. The sound recording quality is very good, and the microphone input is something we, HD owners wanted for a long time. The front LCD is a huge, HUGE improvement over the old one, being very informative and intuitive. Also it can display much more information than the old one.
If I can wish something about the next GoPro is to improve the recording quality on low light situations, but don't get me wrong, this camera performs very good.
I've used it on helmets, cars, radio controlled toys, bycicles, my own head and many other places without any problem. from me riding my bycicle to race cars going over 150mph.
I also have the LCD back pack which is a useful "toy" but not that much necessary as a tool if you have a computer to download your files near.
I would recommend a battery back pak for the Hero2 as it consumes more battery than the old HD.
This camera has great 960p and 720p resolutions with approx.60fps that allows to get HQ pictures and videos in dynamics. Also I enjoy stationary video with HD resolution(30fps) or slow motion WVGA (120 fps). No doubt there is great regime to shoot with timing - I cut a sunrise or ice cube melting in fast speed).
It is not so comfortable to use it without preview screen and not so great default underwater lens. And it is hard to do something with default supports, but all this stuff possible to get apart.
It is hard to switch fast between regimes, but if you do - you will enjoy it very much!
There is no supporting consoles for cam without safety box. But no quality decreasing when you use it, so its ok.
Overall expression is Excellent!
Well, I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. It has met every one of my expectations! I wanted something that record at high speed, for slow motion action shots and 1080p for my Cycling Excursions. This camera has all the modes that I could ever want in such a low budget package. I really like how you can buy all sorts of mounting and BacPac attachments. So far, I've bought the LCD BacPac and it works great. I ended up buying a GoPro Bicycle handlebar mount. This is the only thing that I found lacking. The quality of the video, using this mount, is mediocre at best. I would HIGHLY recommend getting a K-Edge handlebar mount instead. It is significantly more expensive, but if you want to get the best picture quality out of this camera, this is the way to go! One of the hardest parts with this camera is finding the right Video Rendering software to go with it. I ended up buying Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.0. I've tried many other programs, but this one seems to work the best and has the least conflicts and crashes.
I bought this camera because they lead an active lifestyle and want to shoot it all on camera. This camera allows you to record everything I need and then show their friends. The camera I definitely like it. The quality of photography very good battery life too. I recommend to those who love snowboarding and other extreme sports. I do not regret that he had bought the product. Price is not too big, but for the pleasure you have to pay.