Taking you to new heights
Gopro HD Hero 2 $
Gopro helmet cams have been around for a few years now and are almost standard issue in the snowboard park and affixed to the heads of keen mountain bikers.
With technology ever improving it’s no surprise that just before Santa packs up the sleigh, Gopro has a new camera on the market – the HD Hero 2.
So what’s new? This sequel to the enormously popular HD Hero takes what it was already doing and does it a bit better. Actually, quite a bit better.
The outside of the camera looks nearly identical with the same housing, mounts and accessories from the HD Hero. At first glance you’d be forgiven to think that nothing has changed – how wrong you’d be.
The first improvement is a welcome change – the display has been completely re-thought. Previous models required remembering a number coding for resolution settings and the ability to decipher odd hieroglyphics to set the camera. No longer. There’s now a text readout that tells you exactly what you are doing.
The bigger changes are inside. There is a larger sensor that not only improves the still camera resolution (5MP to 11MP) but also the overall picture quality. When you compare the footage of the old Gopro versus the new one the saturation and richness of colour is a massive improvement.
The HD Hero 2 also sports a new lens that’s much sharper than its predecessor, meaning still images and video footage looks crisper and better.
The most exciting developments are the soon to be released add on features. Gopro is about to launch a new wi-fi back that allows you to live view and review (on the Hero 2) and remotely trigger the camera (Hero and Hero2). This is all controlled via your smartphone or tablet and the kicker – you can control up to 50 cameras from one iphone.
The Gopro HD Hero 2 picks up where the HD Hero left off and takes action sports photography to a whole new level. The only question is: Are you enough of a hero to push the Hero 2 to its limits?
Scott Kennedy is a Queenstown-based adventurer and journalist: adventureskope.com
Gopro: Queenstown skydivers captured recently with a sporty helmet cam.