New GoPro HD HERO2 is Ready to Go

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A sports-action cam is useless if it’s not as hearty as you are. In order to capture breathtaking footage in any environment, you need a camera that’s up to the task of going wherever you go, regardless of whether it’s a cold summit, a hot, dusty desert, raging river rapids or underwater. And, you need a camera that can shoot high-definition video and still images.

GoPro’s new HD HERO2 is as ready to go as you are. Building on the success of earlier HERO cameras, the new HD HERO2 is more powerful and easier to use. It has a new, more intuitive interface, and LED lights on all sides can be seen from any angle. It has also been furnished with a 3.5mm stereo microphone input and a mini-HDMI output port. The f/2.8 fixed focus glass lens is now twice as sharp and the image processor is twice as fast. An integrated battery warmer extends battery life in cold temperatures, and the camera now supports SD cards up to 32GB in capacity. Natural and High Wind Audio Modes have been added as well.

The HD HERO2 houses a new 11MP, 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor, allowing it to capture 11MP, 8MP and 5MP stills. New still modes include wide angle with a 170-degree field of view and medium angle with a 127-degree field of view. A new burst mode shoots 10 images in one second and a time-lapse mode can be set to capture an image every 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds. Natural and High Wind Audio Modes cut down on wind noise in your audio, and the camera is compatible with GoPro’s Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote, accessories that permit Wi-Fi video preview and playback on smart phones, tablets and computers; long-range remote control of multiple cameras; and live streaming to the Web.

The HD HERO2 can shoot 1080p HD video (1920 x 1080/16:9) with 170-, 127-, and 90-degree fields of view, all at 30 fps. It can also shoot 960p video (1280 x 960/4:3) with a 170-degree field of view at 30 or 48 frames per second. It can also shoot 720p video (1280 x 720/16:9) with 170-, 127- and 90-degree fields of view at 30 or 60 fps. And last, it can also shoot WVGA video (848 x 480/16:9) with 170- and 127-degree fields of view at 60 or 120 frames per second. Note that some of these modes are non-functional until a future firmware update becomes available.

All HD HERO2 cameras include a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, a waterproof housing, assorted mounting hardware and a USB charging cable. Then there are special versions that include various accessories. The HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition includes a head strap, vented helmet strap, two curved adhesive mounts, two flat adhesive mounts and a three-way pivot arm. The HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition includes a suction-cup mount, a J-hook, three curved adhesive mounts, two flat adhesive mounts and a three-way pivot arm. The HD HERO2 Surf Edition includes two surf mounts, an FCS plug mount and a Floaty Backdoor.

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Hi, I just bought the old version of the GoPro HD Hero a few weeks ago of course not knowing the #2 was coming out. Can you list or do a side by side comparrison of the old vs. the new. I use the surf edition and want to know if it's worth upgrading.

Hello,

GoPro has a side by side comparison on their site.

The HD HERO2: Surf Edition is both  wearable and surfboard mountable and is waterproof to 197′ (60m). It is capable of capturing professional full 170º wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second.

Features include;

  • 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
  • Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™ Compatible (coming soon)
    • Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras
    • Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview + Playback + Control via GoPro App
    • Live Streaming Video and Photos to the Web

Hello

I would like to know the price of the wi fi bac pac for the gopro hero2. I would like to use it for live videos projection but I am not able to check for the price of the wi fi bac pac. Is there any other cheaper option?

Currently GoPro anticipates the Wi-FI Bacpac and Wi-Fi Remote to become available sometime in April of this year, but have not announced any specific date to us as of yet.  Currently the two items are not yet featured on our website, but we hope to have information on them  up soon.  Please continue to check out our website for more information.

Below is a link to GoPro's website with more information on the Wi-Fi Bacpac and Remote:

http://bit.ly/p0PoMc

I pre-ordered one today and wondered when will the Hero 2 be shipping with B&H?

Hello,

We do not have an expected delievery date from GoPro. You will recieve an E-mail when your order is processed and a second one when it ships. My guess this will be in the next 2-3 weeks.

Then you might wanna be more careful with your wording on facebook. 

"Looking for a camera up to the task of going wherever you go, regardless of whether it’s a cold summit, a hot, dusty desert, raging river rapids or underwater? The new GoPro HD HERO2 will be here later this week! If you use a GoPro or other sports/action camera, please tell us about it."

2-3 weeks???? GAAAHAH!

Hi, i was just wondering about the -Natural and High Wind Audio Modes. Where do we access these settings on the Hero2? I can't even find this in the owner's manual!!

Thank you.

Hello -

As far as I can determine - Gopro has engineered these audio recording technologies directly into the camera.  They are always active and cannot be selected or switched from the Menu.

Alright, thanks for the reply.

i've got a brand new gopro 2, and the battery dies in 60 minuties in mild cold (-2 degrees celsius). any idea?

Hello -

Fully charged, the HD HERO2’s battery will provide approximately 2.5 hours
of video recording time in 720p30. The LCD displays the battery meter in
every camera mode so that you can monitor how much power remains in the
battery. The battery meter will blink when the battery drops below 20% charge.

You may want to check with GoPro regarding warranty service on your camera or obtain another battery to check the camera against the original battery/or the camera's charging circuit. 

To contact GoPro’s Customer
Support Team, visit: gopro.com/support

The Pearstone BP-GP Rechargeable Battery Pack For GoPro is designed to replace the GoPro AHDBT-001 and AHDBT-002 battery. The battery features an output voltage of 3.7 volts and capacity of 1100mAh. Small and lightweight, Lithium-Ion batteries can be charged or discharged at any time without developing memory effects.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Just wonder if this camera can also do a little zoom option from my iphone and view?

I saw someone with a small camera (don't know if its Hero) but on a single extended mono pod it seems.
Easy to Record above the crowd and preferably view from iPhone while recording.
What other possiboities of fixing on my head without a helmet ?  Strap version?

Hi Grant -

The Wi-Fi app does not feature any zoom control. The physical camera does not have this  capability either. Here is an extension pole that may be used with this camera:

The GoPole EVO Transparent Extension Pole is a versatile GoPro accessory designed for capturing rear-facing and forward-facing 180° POV footage on land or in water. In fact, it's 100% fresh and salt waterproof down to a depth of 200' (61m). Plus, it will float your GoPro camera and accessories up to the surface if you happen to drop it in the water. The extension also lets you get closer to the action and stabilize your GoPro camera while you're recording video. The EVO has a transparent design as well, which means that it basically disappears into the background of your photos and video.

You may want to consider a chest harness as well:

Get a new view with your GoPro quick-release camera using the Chest Mount Harness. With a lower line of sight the Chest Harness will capture arms, poles, handlebars, legs and more - giving the viewer a true first person experience. The harness works with all GoPro quick-release cameras (except the Digital Hero 5) and is one size fits all. If you're looking for a different way to capture your world the Chest Mount Harness gives it to you.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com