GoPro HD Hero2 review
If you want to capture slopeside action, the last thing you want to do is peel off your gloves every time you want to shoot a video sequence. The best way of capturing the action is with a helmet cam, and the GoPro Hero2 is the most advanced we’ve seen.
It’ll shoot at resolutions of up to 1080p at 25fps or 30fps, the glass f/2.8 lens has a wide 170˚ angle of view, and there’s a boggling array of shooting modes. The resolution can be reduced to 960p, 720p or WVGA if you need to squeeze more footage out of your memory card; there are slow motion and super-smooth 50fps recording modes; and you can shoot single, burst and timelapse stills at up to 11-megapixel resolutions.
Quality is superb, with footage that looks crisp and colourful, and videos are watchable even though the HDHero2 lacks stabilisation. The camera itself is enclosed in a seemingly indestructible shockproof and waterproof case. And a microphone input and Mini-HDMI output complete the specs.
There are negatives. It’s a little heavy, so isn’t ideal for mounting on the side of a helmet, and the high quality means you’ll need a large SD card for recording long sequences (8GB for two hours at 1080/25p).
But overall, the GoPro is the ultimate action camera, marrying flexibility with top notch video quality.
Author: Jonathan Bray
my son has one of these, he is doing photography at college - it is as good as is sounds, ie the "dogs" i have seen some of the videos, he wares all the time whilst on his motor bike so if some pulls out and causes an accident we have it on video - i think all bike riders should where one
By Sapper979 on 9 Feb 2012
..shame about the $=£ mentality when it comes to pricing :(
By petermillard1 on 9 Feb 2012
What no spec sheet?
I was wondering about its weight, given your mention that it can't be side-mounted on helmets.
By Heliosphan on 11 Feb 2012
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