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GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:23:05 am »
Overall I am impressed with this camera. If I had to buy it again I would. For those that fell the need to capture moments of their riding days this camera is one of the best ways to go :great:. Now that the Hero 3 is out the Hero 2 is down to around 200 bucks and considering all you get with it I think it is a great deal. I have used this camera in most lighting conditions and its only down fall is shooting at night. I hear the new Hero 3 address this issue but have not seen any clips as of yet. Our C-10s are a great platform for using this camera however I did find out over the time some places are better than other due to vibrations we are all accustom to >:(. I shoot in the 960 at 48 fps mode and this seems to work best for me.

Mounting places. The 4 photos I posted are the ones I use the most. All these locations allow you to shoot facing front and back. I do have 2 mounting plates on my RF-1100 helmet and they do work well but tend to get allot of wind noise >:(. I do use a ram mount with the tripod adapter made by Go Pro. This works great when mounted to the rear tipover bars, with no vibrations issues on good road surfaces :). Behind the fairing above the instruments is rock solid and captures the best video I have shoot so far :beerchug:. The suction cup adapter works great and has never failed. on the side of the fairing works well for video shot on curvy roads. The trunk location works best running down the highway on smooth surfaces but tends to get a bit shaky when riding on bumpy roads.

Still photos: I have only used it a few times in this mode and they seem to come out OK. I still like my regular camera for shooting regular photos but the Go Pro will work if needed. It may be I have not worked with it enough to master it just yet.

Add ons: You want to get a extra battery. My batteries have been lasting for 2 hrs before I need to change it out . That seems to be a must have if you go for a weekend trip. I have 2 and like having a backup if needed. A second SD card if taking allot of video. I use a 16GB and a 32GB and both work fine for day trips and weekend trips to the coast. Go Pro came out with a remote and WIFI adapter this year. I do not have it yet but seems to be a good add on due to you can not always get to the camera to turn it off when needed.

Down loading to your computer:  It works with Windows XP but better with 7. Depending how fast your computer is it take me 3-5 min to down load a 20 min video. I run it through the Go Pro Cineform program and then Windows Movie Maker. I do not think anything I have done is worth putting on youtube so I just make DVDs for me and friends.

Support: So far the guys at Go Pro have been good to me :). I had allot of questions at first and needed it explained to me over the phone. Helpful folks and a good web site. They are suppost to come out with a new program that will allow you to download, edit and make your DVDs all in one. this is good in that you only have to go to one program.

Shooting video on the bike is fun and rewarding. First time I saw myself riding I said " Damn I have to loose some weight"  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: But the differant angels and modes you can use this camera in are amazing. I found it give me a differant prospective of riding I never saw before.
Most time we are just trying to stay alive out there and do not take in what we are riding though and camera records what we miss. { like the guy that sees your camera running and pulls up next to and gives you the finger >:(. Yea that has happen a few times. Course the young ladies and showed their boobs to the camera made up for it.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:} If you are thinking of getting one of these cameras I hope this review helps.




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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 03:34:43 am »
Bill - have you tried using a remote mic with the skeleton case? I've played around with a stereo, computer boom mic zipped tied to various locations to capture engine or exhaust sounds, and the sound is great, much better than the camera mic which needs a lot of vehicle sound to overcome the wind noise (it's an algorythm thing).

I'd like to find a smaller stereo mic, but haven't found anything yet that would work well for mounting.

I'm surprised you can get good video with the dash and fairing mounts. My C10 body panels have too much low freq, high amplitude vibes (think road imperfections, bumps, potholes, etc), to get good vid. My C14 on the other hand, yields really good results.

I have both the original HD Hero and the HD Hero2. The Hero2 lens is much better than the original Hero with less fish eye effect and better contrast, and the change to the camera firmware makes a big difference in dealing with changing lighting conditions, vibe induced artifacts, and pixelization of the road surface. For 2 bills, I'd grab another if I needed it.

BTW, use the camera without the case at parties. Just palm it and walk around to capture candid vids. If you don't make it obvious, most people won't even notice.  ;D
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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 03:54:43 am »
No I have not tried the external mic yet. but according to what you suggested it may be my next move. I saw the jack there but is not know there was a separate case for its use. Could you post or PM me a few picks on the setup? That would be great.......BILL

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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 04:33:09 am »
Uhh, sorry Bill, but I don't have any pics because I was playing around to see if it would work. If I come up with a permanent solution I'll post something.

Basically, it's a stereo mic input, but I found a mono mic will also work but the sound is not as good.

The mic I used was an old desktop computer mic, the kind that has a stand and sits on your desk. It has a 14" boom which allowed me to either tape it or zip tie it in various locations.

If you look on the GoPro web site, you'll find the skeleton case under accessories. Basically it's a regular case with cut outs for cables to plug in. With it, besides the mic, you can also plug in external power. You could just drill a hole in the regular case for the mic plug.

For power, I have a cig lighter 12v to 5V USB converter. On the 14 it's easy to use because of the in dash lighter socket. On the 10, I picked up universal lighter socket and just wired it with some bullet connectors to plug in to the leads under the seat behind the battery.
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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 05:06:57 am »
Thanks for posting this topic.

I was wondering about these cameras last month.

Could you post a sampe video to Photobucket and link it whenever you have the time?

It would be cool to see a real world example of the camera...

Either way, just wanted to say thanks.
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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2012, 05:17:35 am »
Elton - just click the link in my sig for my youtube channel....

I recommend the Calaveras Road South from Sunol vid. Or maybe Bear Creek to Summit.   ;D

The Sunday Morning Kings Mtn vid is more of a POV then those others.

Make sure you increase the resolution to as high as your bandwidth will allow - the little gear icon bottom right in the vid.

I just looked at them again and realised Bear Creek was shot with the older Hero, Calaveras was shot with the Hero2.
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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2012, 05:45:30 am »
Elton - just click the link in my sig for my youtube channel....

I recommend the Calaveras Road South from Sunol vid. Or maybe Bear Creek to Summit.   ;D

The Sunday Morning Kings Mtn vid is more of a POV then those others.

Make sure you increase the resolution to as high as your bandwidth will allow - the little gear icon bottom right in the vid.

I just looked at them again and realised Bear Creek was shot with the older Hero, Calaveras was shot with the Hero2.

Very cool...Thank you!
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Re: GoPro Hero 2 one year review
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 11:29:06 pm »
I have the orginal Hero and love it. Although I'm totally lost as to how to use it. My first experience was not a good one. I was riding the Dragon & Cherahola and thought to myself, wow how cool will this be, when I get back home. I'll get to relive all the twisties all over again. Well...not exactly.

What happened was I pushed the correct button too many times and went from shooting video to taking a picture every two seconds. I had 880 pictures to look at. Not very enjoyable to say the least.

At last years National, I made sure I didn't do that again.

My camera is mounted on the dash looking through the windscreen. It works out OK and I feel comfortable that I won't lose it.

Moral to the story....Never buy a piece of electronic equipment the day before you leave on a trip!!!!!