GoPro Announces the HD Hero2 Sports Cam

GoPro kicks their versatile Hero series up a notch with the HD Hero2 portable camera, designed for extreme conditions and sports recording anywhere. Otherwise known as a helmet cam, the Hero2 will come in three variations to accomodate outdoor, surf and motorsports shooting. Stills are up to 11 megapixels, with a lens that's twice as sharp as the original camera.

GoPro Hero 2 HD video sports

The new model image processor is twice as fast, with better low light performance and a burst mode that captures 10 images per second. The GoPro Hero2 focuses heavily on video capabilities, which include full 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

The Hero2 can record 48 fps in 960p resolution, and 60 fps when recording 720p HD video. If you step down the resolution to WVGA you can clock 120 fps. The field of view is adjustable to a full 170 degrees, 127 degrees, or narrow 90 degrees when recording 1080p and 720p HD video. The boxy form factor of these action cams includes a stereo external microphone input and mini HDMI port.

All of the accessories and mounts compatible with the original GoPro Hero can be used with the updated model. Each variation of the Hero2 comes with specific mounts geared towards the activity to be recorded, right in the package. Time lapse photos can be automatically snapped at intervals from 0.5 seconds up to 60 seconds.

Even the on-screen menus have been improved on the new Hero. The GoPro Hero2 will run $299.99 can be used for underwater shooting down to 197 feet.

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