GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition

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  1. Y. Yamamoto says:
    532 of 550 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Better than the Original HD, November 10, 2011
    Y. Yamamoto

    This review is from: GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition (Electronics)

    (Update 6/6/2012) GoPro finally released the new diving case which fixes the infamous underwater focus problem with the standard waterproof case after two years of long wait for some users. The diving case will cost $49 that is a great price, but it is extra. Anyway, all my comments regarding the underwater problem should not be a concern with the new diving case.(Update 5/21/2012) I got the new diving case from GoPro. Although it cannot attach any filter, it is still great. I like the lens cover that came with it too. I can also see tiny bid less fish-eye effect and wider angle on land. That is nice IMO. I am giving 4 stars because they have the fix now even though I needed to spend extra $49. The diving case is that good.

    After all these issues / promises are solved and updated, I will give this product 5 starts.
    1. (Fixed!!!)Underwater focus fix with Extra $49.
    2. 127FOV and 90FOV for 720P as promised
    3. Overheating issue and short battery life
    4. Price is still too much for such low quality materials used in this product.
    5. (Released!!!)This was not expected, but as they promised “Pro-tune” firmware update will be released in this summer, not in summer 2015 like the diving case that GoPro promised long time ago.
    6. Bugs in low light videos, photos, and time lapse feature.
    7. Hopefully this will get fixed with “Pro-tune” firmware, but Auto White Balance does not perform well underwater at all.

    Quick Summary:
    Hero2 is clearly better than the original HD Hero in many areas. The price difference is justifiable although $300 was bit too much for my wallet. I am still happy with the purchase. If you are choosing between Original HD Hero and Hero2, I would get Hero2 for better low light performance. I would not use this camera for photos like point and shoot cameras unless there is lots of light and steady mount to take time-lapse photos. (Update 3/16/2012) My GoPro Hero 2 is broken now from getting wet. GoPro HD Hero 1 and 2 both have underwater focus issue. In order for the camera to work underwater, you need to modify the case with some flat lens. FYI: Modifying GoPro cases voids the warranty.

    Video Quality: ***** (Amazing)
    Photo Quality: * (iPhone is much better unless you need fisheye look)
    Built Quality: ** (Cheap plastic body, but the case is sturdy)
    Fun Factor: ***** (Can mount on anything. Very versatile)
    Easy To Use: *** (It is easy to use, but hard to configure)
    Underwater Video: * (Horrible)
    Underwater Video w/ Flat Lens: *** (Great, but modifying a case with some flat lens voids the warranty)
    Value: *** ($300 is pretty expensive)

    (Update 2/21/2012) I started seeing some disappointments from reviews regarding underwater focus and photo quality issues. The underwater focus issue is pretty disappointing, but there are many quality solutions from other vendors as little as $22. GoPro is almost ready to release the new diving case. IMHO, GoPro2 with a flat lens option produces amazing underwater result. I first thought $300 was too much for such plasticky cheap looking camera, but the performance is there as long as you know its quirks. I have not found any better solutions under $500 to shoot wide angle underwater video. For underwater macro video and photo, a point and shoot camera with an underwater case works better. If you are thinking about replacing your point and shoot camera with GoPro, you might not like this camera. This is pretty much the best wearable/mountable action/helmet camera that has different purpose than Point and shoot cameras. I use DSLR, Mirrorless (CSC), Point and shoot, and Action/Helmet (GoPro) cameras all for different purposes. If you shoot more photos and do not wear a camera on you, Panasonic TS3, TS4, and Nikon AW100 suit your need although they can not do time lapse (except TS4).

    Pros Over the Original HD Hero:
    * (Update 2/20/2012) Addictively fun camera to use once I understood the quirks.
    * low light. Especially at 60fps in low light, I see huge difference.
    * Video is sharper. I am not sure about 2X though.
    * Auto White balance is much better in low light.
    * The Running LED light on the back side. I do not care about the top and bottom ones.
    * Motion is clearer and less motion blur due to faster shutter speed I think.
    * Auto Exposure is more accurate.
    * Improved dynamic range. I see good detail in shadow areas.
    * Config LCD is easier to use.
    * 120fps!
    * I can use the same protective cases and mounts on Hero2.
    * And other neat features like 10fps photos and more.

    Pros Over Other Action Cameras like Contour HD series, Tachyon HD series, Bullet HD series, Midland XTC series, and Oregon Scientific ATC-9K
    * (Update 2/21/2012) The waterproof case is amazing and inexpensive to buy extra. I had to drill a hole in one of the cases for mic jack. When I checked the hole,…

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  2. Richard C. Drew "Anaal Nathra/Uthe vas Bethod... says:
    207 of 219 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Updated review – great customer service, nice quality, November 1, 2011
    Richard C. Drew “Anaal Nathra/Uthe vas Bethod… (Oak Lawn, IL USA) –
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    April 2012 – I’ve edited this review a few times, detailing the ups and downs of the Hero2. Turns out I had a defective unit. In my several contacts with the help in the forums never suggested this – it was not until I contacted customer service directly that this came up. I sent the camera in (the rep said they would “keep an eye out for it” – Yea, right! I thought) – I needed it back ASAP for a ski vacation is Steamboat. Well, it arrived back in my anxious hands 8 days later. They had it for less than three days – that’s impressive. The fastest turn-around for Canon has been four weeks.

    The movie accompanying this review was is a time lapse shot at One frame every five seconds, 1145 photos. I reduced them in size, then used Quicktime Pro to make the movie. The extreme color shift towards the end is the camera automatically switching settings when it grew darker out.

    So I used it every day for a week, plus every few days since then (When not shooting skiing, I shoot a lot of time-lapse.) No issues, no problems – the quality is stunning. I think my earlier complaints concerning customer service were due to the rush accompanying the Hero2 introduction.

    I still have complaints with the Scuba aspect of the camera, plus I can’t even use it in our pond and produce usable results.

    Underwater? The specs have an impressive “Waterproof to 197 feet.” Except the thing can’t actually shoot any usable underwater footage. How many snorkelers and SCUBA divers have purchased this thing, only to find out that EVERY video and photo are totally out of focus? The curved lens cover acts with the water to create a second lens – this shifts everything out of focus by about five feet! Since the camera has no manual focus, you’re stuck. So all your underwater photos and videos will be nothing but blurs. Doubt that? Just check Youtube. Gopro will be offering an optional housing with a flat port to correct this problem – and will charge another $75 or so for it! So you’ll be paying extra for a feature they brag is included – underwater use. Of course you can shell out $55-$100 for 2nd party modified housings or replacement lenses. I have been taken to task for criticizing the “SCUBA” aspects, as Gopro never specifically mentions SCUBA. They do, however, actively market the cameras to SCUBA stores. I have personally spoken to employees of several SCUBA stores selling the Hero cameras. Only one was aware of the focus issue! So, yes, the housing can be used underwater, but not actually *work* underwater. Check the various SCUBA store websites – many sell the Hero line – none mention the focus issue.

    The 120fps is amazing. The video quality is much improved over the Hero – I looked at the same footage from both cameras – the Hero2 is obviously better. The time lapse? Fool proof. In warm weather, I can shoot around 6000 photos on a single battery. I use Quicktime Pro to create the final movie, as it has a one-step time lapse feature.

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    If you’ve used the original Hero, this updated version will be a real treat. The menu is so much easier to navigate – no more obtuse codes to decipher. You can use the camera without ever looking at the user manual. Other improvements include LED’s on top and bottom (as well as the front,) a more informative display, higher resolution for still images – this of course includes time lapse, and a 10 photo burst mode (the camera takes a few moments to store these out.)

    If you’re new to the Hero line, this beats the pants of any competitor. The vast array of mounting options, both from GoPro and third party vendors make mounting this puppy anywhere a breeze. The fact that it uses SD cards (class 4 or above) keeps the cost down. and the tons of options make this a no-brainer. There’s a Streaming video back being released shortly – yes – streaming video! You can add extra power using the USP port and any generic power supply (Aluratek, Belkin, or Tekkeon) for those really long shoots. The affordable replacement housing and parts are another big plus. I’ve seen this thing survive being tossed from a go-cart doing 50mph (It needed a new housing, but the camera was undamaged) and being knocked off a ski-helmet and tumbling down a rocky mountain face.

    The slo-mo and new super-slo-mo are really cool – watch those trick jumps and stunts in all their glory. You can always speed them up in most video editing software! When I first saw this unit online I thought it looked a little strange and was larger than it actually way. Once I actually held one in my hands, I was shocked by it’s tiny size, negligible weight and variety or mounting options.

    For the most bang-for the buck, the motorsports version is your best deal – you can purchase the vented helmet mount for about 1/2 the price…

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