October 24, 2011
GoPro just unveiled its new HD HERO2 helmet camera and by the numbers, it's looking to be twice the HERO.
GoPro cameras have captured some of the most extraordinary footage over the last couple of years, genuinely changing the action-sports filmmaking game. Now the company takes its technology a step further with the HERO2, capable of capturing professional, full 170 degree wide-angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. Sick!
The image processor on the HERO2 is twice as fast as the HERO and the glass lens is twice as sharp. This should boost performance in low light situations. The camera has full 170-degree, medium 127-degree and narrow 90-degree field of view in 1080p and 720p video.
Slow-motion freaks will be happy to see that the HERO2 features a 120 frames per second setting. It also can be switched to 60 fps at 720p, 48 fps at 960 and 30 fps at 1080p.
For those who shoot stills, the camera has full 170-degree and medium 127-degree field of view photos, too. It can shoot 10, 11-megapixel photos per second and in time-lapse mode, it shoots one 11-megapixel photo every half second.
For audio, it has 3.5mm external stereo microphone input.
GoPro is touting easier functionality with a simple, language-based user interface.
Coming soon will be a Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™. The long-range remote control will allow you to command up to 50 GoPro Cameras at a time (holy shit). The WiFi functionality will allow you to preview, playback and control cameras through a GoPro app. You will also be able to stream video and photos live to the Web.
While it will be slightly obnoxious to see kids in the tram line with WiFi BacPacs crammed with 50 GoPros, it will be great to see what these cameras are able to do and what people end up doing with them. With the HD HERO2, there should be more footage than ever floating on the high seas of the internetz and we welcome that.
The song in the above video is "We Can Make The World Stop" by the Glitch Mob.
For more HD HERO2 specs, visit the GoPro website.