GoPro has unleashed an updated version of their HD Hero camera, the HD Hero 2. In now boast a better lens, an easier to use interface, more ports and compatibility with a new line of GoPro WiFi oriented products.
First and foremost, GoPro has improved the glass, otherwise known as the lens of the camera. It’s now sharper as well as faster, capable of capturing 10 photos in 1 second, compared to the previous HD Hero, which was limited to 3 photos in 1 second. The field of view has also been expanded to 170 degrees and if need be can be narrowed to 127 or 90 degrees. Much like the first HD Hero, the HD Hero can record full HD video, but bests it by achieving a variable frame rate that ranges from 30-120fps, though resolution will be sacrificed as it increases.
GoPro has also updated the LCD screen by adding a more intuitive menu (language based vs code interfaced) system, though it still isn’t touchscreen capable. However, it should simplify and streamline the process of modifying the camera’s features, making it easier to setup up the HD Hero 2 and ensuring that the right shot is captured with the right settings.
The housing, which remains the same in terms of shape, has been updated with a mini-HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and LED lights on all sides to indicate when the HD Hero 2 is recording. Lastly, the HD Hero 2 is compatible with GoPro’s line of WiFi products, which allow remote video preview, playback, camera control with a smartphone and WiFi remote compatibility.
The GoPro Hero 2 will go on sale this week and start at $299.99.