GoPro's HD Hero2 Camera is Twice as Powerful as the Original

GoPro says its new HD Hero 2 camera is two times more powerful than the original HD Hero in every way. This is a complete redesign that now includes an 11MP sensor, a glass lens that's 2x sharper than before, faster image processor, easy-to-use LCD interface, and several other upgrades.

"GoPro created a new category of camera with the HD Hero back in 2009, and it’s gone on to become one of the best selling video cameras in the world," says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s 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 we’ve achieved our goal and we’re very excited to see the content our customers around the world capture and share with their powerful new GoPros."

The company says you can expect professional-level low light performance out of its HD Hero2. Other highlights include:
  • 120fps @ WVGA, 60fps @ 720p, 48fps @ 960p, 30fps @ 1080p
  • Ten 11MP photos per second burst
  • One 11MP photo every 0.5 seconds Timelapse mode
  • 3.5mm external stereo microphone input
  • Compabtible with Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote
  • Live streaming video and photos to the Web

GoPro also said it put considerable time and effort into redesigning the user interface to make it dead simple to use along with plain-English language that eliminates the need for instructions.

GoPro HD Hero2 Surf Edition with included accessories

"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 everyday, 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 GoPro’s Director of Product Definition, Rudy Samuels.

There are three HD Hero2 camera's to choose from -- Outdoor Edition, Motorsports Edition, and Surf Edition -- each one with an MSRP of $300.