GoPro Announces the HD HERO2

In a completely unsurprising move, GoPro has released an update to the now famous GoPro HD Hero line of cameras. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of these little cameras. They allow you to capture awesome images like the one I captured from wearing mine on top of my helmet (featured below.)

It puts the lotion on it’s skin, or it gets the hose again.

The awesome things these cameras do, and do best, is allow you to get images and video from angles that would be otherwise highly unlikely with a film camera or DSLR. They have exploded the market for POV Cameras in the last couple of years, and with good reason. I’ve been able to film angles with this little camera that I wouldn’t dream of putting my DSLR at risk for.

Let’s see your million dollar camera get this shot while going a bajillion miles an hour on the highway atop a sexy motorcycle

At $299.99 for the new HD HERO2, why WOULDN’T you have 50 of these guys in your on-set bag. It’s a no-brainer. If you want an angle from under a rock, BAM, GoPro. If you want a cheap <$700 3d stereo rig, BAM, 3D GoPro Rig (available here).

Also great to capture the “money shot”

So now that this post is legit by featuring a female surfer, let’s get to some tech specs. Currently the resolutions supported are:

  • WVGA (848×480) at 120FPS & 60FPS
  • 720p: 1280×720, 60FPS & 30FPS
  • 960p: 1280×960, 48FPS & 30FPS
  • 1080p: 1920×1080, 30FPS

The camera optics consist of a f/2.8 fixed focus glass lens, which as claimed by GoPro is “2X Sharper”. New in the HD HERO2 is the ability to have the 170° Wide FOV in full 1080p, this is a VERY welcome upgrade. There is also a new external (3.5mm) stereo mic input, which is awesome for people that want audio right then and there. The on-board audio of the GoPro is nothing to get excited about, so the ability of being able to input from a better mic = awesome. You can find the more in-depth tech specs here.

Would I recommend the GoPro to someone? Yes. If you are a filmmaker, sports person, or a general badass that wants a cheap HD wide-angle POV camera, then by all means, you should probably pick one of these up. Get out there and get filming!


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R1 & R6 Garage Photo Shoot

I’ve uploaded some photos from the R1 & R6 Garage Photo shoot from Sept. 3rd. This was my first chance to really test the Canon 50mm in the field. I’m definitely a fan of this lens. Here is a preview shot from the shoot. Make sure you check out the other images under the galleries section!


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Testing out the EF75-300mm lens

So my fiance’s amazing sister let me borrow her EF75-300mm lens for a while. Since I got my T2i, the only lens I have had is the 18-55 IS kit lens. It’s great for an all around lens, but definitely not for telephoto stuff. I sure am having fun with the 75-300mm, but I quickly realized how much I miss IS (image stabilization) from the lens. When you’re rocking the 300mm side of the lens, the slightest shake will rock your world and the footage becomes very unstable.It’s not really a concern if it’s bright and sunny out and you’re only doing photos… but even then, you might get some softness as it is only f/4-5.6. Overall, I’d say it’s still a lens I want to eventually add to my collection. I also have plans to pick up the nifty fifty soon ( the 50mm prime 1.8). I was really wanting the USM f1.4… but I need to walk before I run.

Enjoy this little piece I put together on the first day of testing out the lens.


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Exploring West Bottoms in Kansas City

Today I took the R6 out and went exploring down in the West Bottoms in Kansas City. While I probably wouldn’t want to be there too long at night…. during the day, it’s phenomenal. The place has such history to it, and a lot of it is in a serious state of decay and is either abandoned, or used for storage (I’m guessing)

Here are some quick pics I snapped embracing both nature and industrial.


I recorded over 6GBs of footage in and around the West Bottoms area. The highlight of today’s trip? When I was leaving a very back-40 area and a woman staggered into the road ahead of me. Turns out she was a crack-head and liked my bike. I had stopped to see if she was okay since it was bloody hot outside. I scurried out of there as soon as I could. Here’s a bonus pick for you…. definitely a 10.. right?

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Thoughts on the Zoom H1 Audio Recorder

So I recently picked up a new Zoom H1 audio recorder. The first purpose of the unit was to serve as an audio recorder for my vlogging videos. I needed something better than in-camera microphones. After reading many reviews on many different audio recorders, I was set on the Zoom H1. I’m pretty happy with it so far. Controls are easy, it’s ready to record right out of the box, and it only takes 1 AA to run (aprox. 10 hours).

While not as hefty has the H4n, it definitely still packs a punch. And it’s only $99!
I can agree with most of the reviews in terms of fantastic output, but less than stellar build quality. It feels light and cheap when held, and unfortunately the threads int he back to mount to a shoe or tripod, are plastic. If you’re hardcore rugged, this may not be the unit for you. However, if you take care of your stuff and want some killer audio for not a lot of green, make sure you give it a once-over.

Check it out. Zoom H1 on Amazon –

Zoom H1 Recorder

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