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I do love my GoPro. So small, the perfect sports camera, and great for mounting onto vehicles and of course yourself.
The original HD version is great, the image is terrific for the most part, but there were some nagging things.
Menu from hell. You need to have a manual on you to understand the menu, and as most of you know, men do not like manuals. We don’t need them
Terrible low light performance
Impossible to know if it’s recording unless you can see the red tally light at the front
The field of view changes for the different record modes, which is not ideal.
Well, I have been playing with a Hero 2 for a couple of weeks now and I have been mucking around with it. I did use it for a lot of driving shots for a documentary I just shot, both timelapse and video. Looks great. I did a very little edit of some of the non documentary driving shots, a timelapse of the go pro on the 5dmkii on a Kesssler Shuttle Pod for a 20 foot move and some OK 120 fps shots of me tossing it in the air. A lot of compression on those last shots…
Do check out the official reel first though!!!
http://philipbloom.net/2011/10/24/gopro2 for more info
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Here are the big improvements. This is what GoPro say with my comments next to them!
- Professional 11MP Sensor Nice big stills
- 2x Faster Image Processor Absolutely
- 2X Sharper Glass Lens Agreed
- Professional Low Light Performance Doesn’t seem much better at all. Still poor in low light
- Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p and 720p Video This is a big deal. Having all the field of views no matter what rate you are recording in is a big deal.
- 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 25fps 30 fps 1080p Video Great stuff but 120Fps…don’t get too excited. It’s about SD resolution so OK but nice to have there…
- Full 170º and Medium 127º FOV Photos These are great. Big improvement here
- 10 11MP Photos Per Second Burst MUCH faster
- 1 11MP Photo Every 0.5 Sec Timelapse Mode Very useful for timelapse
- 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone Input
- Simple Language-based User Interface A menu that makes sense! No need for the manual! Although two buttons is fiddly when going through them.
One big plus on top of that is tally lights at the front, back and side so you know when you are recoding. Although if you use the battery backpac you won’t be able to see the rear tally light.
Low light really doesn’t seem that improved. It’s certainly brighter in low light but with a lot of noise…this camera works great in anything bar low light!
I still recommend the LCD bacpac for framing up your shots (remember to turn it off once you have set up the shot for longer shots like timelapses, or you will drain your battery)
The great thing is it is still cheap! You can buy it for $299.99 by clicking here or any of the images!
Overall, it’s much better, especially the daylight images and the menus. Hero 3 really has to push it up a notch in low light though!
Worth upgrading if you already have a Hero? Yes. The low light is a real shame that is hasn’t improved much, but the rest make it a worthwhile upgrade and of course all the accessories for the Hero work with the Hero 2.