• Oct 28, 2011

There's a new way to GoPro and it's called the HD Hero2. It updates the original HD Hero with features like faster image processing, a lens that's "twice as sharp," 11 megapixel photos and better low-light imaging. More importantly, and much more in demand, are a better on-camera user interface and a slate of wifi remote products to be released in the winter, including a wifi BacPac, that will allow you to control the Hero2 with your phone, tablet or computer and instantly stream footage.

You'll find it at GoPro.com and Best Buy for $299.99, and you'll find a press release with all of the new features after the jump. Oh, and for what it's worth, the original GoPro Hero has dropped in price to as low as $199.99 for those looking to save a Benjamin.
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GoPro® Launches HD HERO2® Camera
Announces Wi-Fi Remote Control and Video Streaming

2x More Powerful in Every Way, The HD HERO2 Democratizes Professional Image Capture and Broadcast with Support for Remote Control and Live Video Streaming from Virtually Anywhere to the Web


HALF MOON BAY, CA (October 24, 2011) – GoPro today announced the release of its new HD HERO2® camera. Twice as powerful as GoPro's original HD HERO camera, the HD HERO2 enables consumers and professionals to capture and broadcast their lives most exciting moments in professional quality 1080p HD video and 11 megapixel photos. The new HD HERO2 is now available at GoPro.com, specialty retailers around the world, and at Best Buy for MSRP $299.99.

Arguably the most versatile camera in the world thanks to its innovative mounting system, renowned durability and small form factor, the HD HERO2 surpasses its predecessor with several technology upgrades. The HD HERO2's new processor delivers twice the processing power, taking full advantage of a new high performance 11 megapixel sensor that delivers more than twice the image detail along with professional low light performance. A totally redesigned wide-angle lens was required to take full advantage of the HD HERO2's increased image processing, resulting in a lens thatʼs twice as sharp as the previous model. And with the arrival of GoPro's new Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote products slated for release this winter, the HD HERO2 will enable video remote control via the Wi-Fi Remote, smartphones and devices, tablets and computers as well as enabling live GoPro video broadcast from anywhere there is Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot.

Famous for its globally best-selling HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras, GoPro spared no expense developing the HD HERO2.GoPro created a new category of camera with the HD HERO back in 2009, and itʼs gone on to become one of the best selling video cameras in the world," says Nicholas Woodman, GoProʼs founder and CEO. "With these big shoes to fill, we invested massively in engineering the HD HERO2 to be one of the greatest, most versatile cameras of all time. We think weʼve achieved our goal and weʼre very excited to see the content our customers around the world capture and share with their powerful new GoPros."

2x as Powerful in Every Way:
The HD HERO2 benefits from a complete redesign that results in dramatically enhanced image
quality and ease-of-use:

List of HD HERO2 Feature Enhancements:
• Professional 11MP Sensor
• 2x Faster Image Processor
• 2X Sharper Glass Lens
• Professional Low Light Performance
• Full 170º, Medium 127º, Narrow 90º FOV in 1080p and 720p Video
• 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video
• Full 170º and Medium 127º FOV Photos
• 10 11MP Photos Per Second Burst
• 1 11MP Photo Every 0.5 Sec Timelapse Mode
• 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone Input
• Simple Language-based User Interface
• Compatible with Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™
- Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras per Wifi Remote
- Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview, Playback and Control via GoPro App
- Live Streaming Video and Photos to the Web

Visit http://gopro.com/hd-hero2-cameras/ for more information on the HD HERO2, Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote products.

Upgraded Professional Photo Quality and Features
The HD HERO2ʼs photo capture performance has also been significantly upgraded. In addition to much improved low light performance, the HD HERO2 can capture up to ten 11 megapixel photos in a one second burst mode as well as automatic time-lapse photos with quick .5 second timing between photos. This dramatically increases the success-rate when attempting to capture magazine cover quality photos during fast action sports and activities.

Simplified User Interface
GoPro also placed a priority on redesigning the HD HERO2ʼs user interface for dead simple ease-of-use. The HD HERO2 features a totally new, straightforward language-based user interface that eliminates the need for instructions.

"The HD HERO2 is much, much easier to use than the original HD HERO. If you know how to use a traditional camera, you can use the HD HERO2 straight out of the box without instructions. This makes the HD HERO2 very powerful as an every day, easy to use consumer camera while retaining all of the features, modes and performance that has made GoPro the best selling small form factor HD camera to Hollywood," said GoProʼs Director of Product Definition, Rudy Samuels.

Specialized Right Down to the Packaging
The HD HERO2 sells in three bundled-accessory configurations, each containing the necessary mounts for particular genres of use or activity. The HD HERO2 is backwards compatible with all
existing GoPro mounts and accessories.

HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition - $299.99

HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition - $299.99

HD HERO2: Surf Edition - $299.99

The original 1080p HD HERO camera is now available for MSRP $199.99 - $239.99 (USD) (previously $259.99 - $299.99) through GoPro.com and GoProʼs worldwide authorized dealer network. The Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote are also compatible with the original HD HERO camera, but functionality is limited to remote control only. Video and photo streaming is not supported.


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      Leviathan18
      • 3 Years Ago
      what if you guys head to gohero website and read the specs. Inputs 3.5mm external stereo mic port
        bman78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leviathan18
        ha ha ha its amazing what a little bit a research will tell you.
        nick_318is
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leviathan18
        Yeah, that's great and all, but how do I plug a mic into it when it's in the waterproof case suctioned onto my windshield/door etc.
      DH Pro
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is this a "motorsports" camera? What happened to skiing, boarding, surfing, biking. etc? Can't use it at these sports? Go get informed, autoblog! Check you data, google if necessary, then post.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DH Pro
        Motorsports pack comes with five stick mounts and a suction cup mount. Bike packs will come with a handlebar mount, surf packs with a surfboard mount, etc.
        evannever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DH Pro
        The "motorsports" part is a version of the camera that includes accessories for motorsports. Read your comment quoted below, but replace "autoblog" with "DH Pro" "Go get informed, autoblog! Check you data, google if necessary, then post."
          evannever
          • 3 Years Ago
          @evannever
          DH Pro, seriously? path to WEBSITE ----> gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero2-motorsports-edition/ BTW, I have the first Hero MOTORSPORTS edition and it's great. The video is amazing. They're durable, too: I saw one fall off a Boxster Spyder at about 80mph and only the mount didn't survive.
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          @evannever
          dh pro, you really are a moron. Sounds like you don't know what your company distributes. Maybe you're a janitor there?
      sundude
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a GoPro camera and find that it works pretty well, especially for the price. But what it really needs IMO is a much better microphone. I've found the sound quality to be very disappointing.
        jjamess101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sundude
        Agreed. I have the HD Hero, and the picture is excellent. However, as much as it's cool to record videos to check my technique, I'll admit I partially record them to impress my friends and family with my skillz (or at least 'apparant' skills). A bunch of youtube videos filled with wind noise is annoying for all involved. What disappoints me is that they should be fully aware of the problem, and they have a potential remedy (backpack port. Why can't they make some sort of external mic with wind protection that I can mount on the back bumper by the exhaust?) They even sell their cameras in a package for Motorsports, so clearly it's not some niche market for them.
      JBSpeed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course the sound quality is going to be terrible, its a built in microphone. Not to mention that most professionals record their audio separately then sync it in post. If you're looking for HQ sound to go along with the video, you're going to have to look at an external recorder. The Zoom H4n with a deadcat would be pretty good at pulling some great audio, but it costs just as much as the camera. But you really do get what you pay for. However, I know people that have spent over $1000 on a tripod, so $300 for an audio solution isn't half bad. The one thing I've realized once getting involved in media production is that it isn't cheap, especially if you want things to look and sound good.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don t see anything that would make me want to upgrade my ONLY gripe is sound quality....and it s a pretty huge one
      threefortyduster
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have no trouble with the sound quality from my GoPro 960. Wind noise is cut by a bunch when kept in the waterproof housing (I mostly use it for ATV videos). Of course, now that I could have waited 2 1/2 months and gotten the 1080 for $10 more than I paid sucks, but oh well. If you need a question of how good these things are video wise, just look at how many TV shows use them everywhere now.
      ftpaddict
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's the GoPro camera I've been waiting for since I bought the original Wide in 2009.
      Art
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Just received the GoPro Hero2 Motorsports from HumbleOutdoors (~$270 with free backup battery). Yesterday I took it out on the trails in Western Connecticut, and was simply amazed. The user interface is vastly improved over the previous model,.. much simpler.
      Matt Off White
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's nice, but can they make one with a mic that doesn't just collect wind noise or distort from the engine sound?
      GearHeadDeals.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the "motorsports" version comes with specific vehicle mounts.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got my Hero Motorsports a month ago for $200 on ebay, and I'm extremely impressed with the 60fps video at 720p. I just wish they put an external mic jack on the Hero because the sound quality is always scratchy and doesn't capture engine sounds very well. A simple mic that I could drop in the engine bay or trunk or something would be nice.
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      This camera is wicked, I own the first one but would like to get this one as the small lcd screen holds alot more information and you don't have to remember all the codes to know what mode the camera is in, good for the quick check before you head off. The updated frame rates and field of view also make this camera a worthwhile upgrade. -John http://www.hdhero2review.com
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