Product Review: The GoPro Hero 2

GoPro00What camera can be mounted on skateboards, race cars, surfboards, parachutes, planes, rockets and still be affordable for the amateur video enthusiast?

The GoPro Hero 2 action camera! Three things that set this camera apart are picture quality, durability and the variety of mounts and accessories.

Most striking is the quality of the video shot with the GoPro camera considering it’s pocket size. Regardless of the field of view or frame rate you select, theGoPro00 resolution is spectacular. The producer of the Star Wars Prequels, Rick McCallum, says, “When I saw the footage from the GoPro on our big screens at Skywalker Ranch, I was amazed.” Not only does the GoPro shoot high resolution video, it takes still photos and can be programed to shoot a burst or time lapse. A camera that shoots quality video and photos makes everyone’s life easier.

Watch this short demo reel I put together using the GoPro. 

Because this camera is used for extreme action sports, it is incredibly durable. A waterproof, clear case protects the camera up to a hundred feet depth and damage due to accidental falls. This camera can pretty much go anywhere you imagine - above or below water. It has changed the film industry because it is the first camera that is able to mount in dangerous places other video cameras cannot such as under a race car or on a plane wing.

GoPro07Lastly, what sets the GoPro apart from other small cameras is it’s variety of mounts and accessories. The GoPro company has made mounts that you can buy for lots of the popular extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding, motor cross, etc. In addition, there are alot of other mounts on the market not made by GoPro. The newest accessory for the GoPro is a Wi-Fi BacPac kit that allows you to control your GoPro without touching it using an iPhone app and transmitter.

In summary, these three characteristics showcase the highlights of the GoPro. It’s picture quality is beautiful for such a tiny camera that gets jiggled around alot. It’s durability is amazing considering some of the places it’s has been mounted. Lastly, the variety of mounts and accessories for the camera makes it fast and easy to accomplish whatever shot you need! The price of the camera is $299 and comes in three editions depending on the mounts included. Check out www.gopro.com for awesome stills and videos. The GoPro Hero 2 is a great choice to consider if you need a durable, quality action camera!

SPECS

Camera Optics

2X Sharper Professional Glass Lens
f/2.8 Fixed Focus
170º Wide FOV (Including 1080p)
127º Medium FOV (In 1080p)
90º Narrow FOV
Video

HD RESOLUTIONS:
1080p: 1920×1080, 30FPS
960p: 1280×960, 48FPS + 30FPS
720p: 1280×720, 60FPS + 30FPS
STANDARD DEFINITION RESOLUTIONS
WVGA: 848×480, 120FPS + 60FPS
High Performance,1 /2.3” CMOS Image Sensor
Light Sensitivity: .84 V/lux-sec
Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 File Format
Exposure Control: Spot, Center Weighted
White Balance: Auto
Photo

RESOLUTIONS: 11MP, 8MP, 5 MP
FOV: Wide 170º FOV, Medium 127º FOV
CAPTURE MODES: Single, 10 Photo Burst, Time-Lapse*, Self-Timer
* Now supports time-lapse photo every 0.5 seconds. Requires Class 10 speed SD Card.
Audio

Mono, 48 kHz, AAC Compression, Auto Gain Control
Stereo External Microphone Input (3.5mm)
Storage

MEMORY:
SDHC: Up to 32GB (Class 4 or Higher)
AVERAGE RECORDING TIME WITH 32GB SD CARD:
1080p30: 4 hours
960p30: 6 hours
720p60: 4 hours
720p30: 6 hours
WVGA 120: 4.5 hours
Included Cables

USB Cable For Charging and Data Transfer
Battery & Charging

1100mah Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Charge via USB
Operating System

Microsoft Windows® Vista, 7 and Later
Mac OS® x 10.5 and Later
Compatible with all GoPro BacPacs

Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™ (Coming Soon)
LCD BacPac™
Battery BacPac™
3D HERO® System


GoPro09Makayla Wheeler, the newest SVN Intern, is a 14-year old homeschooled student filmmaker from Florida.  She started filming by taking fun videos of horseback riding while out on the trails.  Recently she has directed and completed two short adventure films - "Outlaw Territory" and "Outlaw Territory 2," and started a promotional video production company as volunteer service to her community.  Makayla hopes to be an freelance director, cinematographer or editor for feature films. Watch for more of her work here, and on SVN Student Filmmaking.