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.)
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).
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!