GoPro HD Hero2 review
Plenty of versatility and superb video quality make this an excellent outdoor action camera
If you want to capture slopeside action, the last thing you want to do is peel off your gloves every time you want to shoot a video sequence. The best way of capturing the action is with a helmet cam, and the GoPro Hero2 is the most advanced we’ve seen.
It’ll shoot at resolutions of up to 1080p at 25fps or 30fps, the glass f/2.8 lens has a wide 170˚ angle of view, and there’s a boggling array of shooting modes. The resolution can be reduced to 960p, 720p or WVGA if you need to squeeze more footage out of your memory card; there are slow motion and super-smooth 50fps recording modes; and you can shoot single, burst and timelapse stills at up to 11-megapixel resolutions.
Quality is superb, with footage that looks crisp and colourful, and videos are watchable even though the HDHero2 lacks stabilisation. The camera itself is enclosed in a seemingly indestructible shockproof and waterproof case. And a microphone input and Mini-HDMI output complete the specs.
There are negatives. It’s a little heavy, so isn’t ideal for mounting on the side of a helmet, and the high quality means you’ll need a large SD card for recording long sequences (8GB for two hours at 1080/25p).
But overall, the GoPro is the ultimate action camera, marrying flexibility with top notch video quality.