GoPro HD Hero2 Review

After purchasing a GoPro HD Hero2, I was immediately impressed with the updated features. Although the camera looks similar to its predecessor, it definitely performs at a higher level. I put together a kit, which includes several attachments, a case from Target, padding for the camera and the most important accessory, a screw driver!

 

 

Improvements:

1. Better color and improved shadow detail.
2. Lower noise while working in reduced light.
3. User friendly menu.
4. Mini HDMI Port.
5. Increased water depth rating to 197′.
6. Two recording red light indicators.
7. 11MP Sensor.
8. Sharper image due to improved optics.
9. WiFi remote capable.
10. Longer battery life.
11. 3.5mm stereo external mic input.
12. Supports 32 GB SD cards.
13. Increased recording indicator volume.

The original GoPro was a challenge to set-up. I always carried my manual along with me in case I needed to change the camera’s settings. The Hero2 has major improvements with the menu, plus added features such as 180d rotation when mounted upside down. When scrolling through the menus, I was able to work faster and gather more content while in the field. Having more B-roll is always better then less.

Color, shadow detail and sharpness where also improved. While working on “Big Brother,” I used the original GoPro. The helmet and handlebar shots are muddy and lack detail. Recent cycling shoots with the Hero2, show the improved quality. I’m much happier with the B-roll, as it is closer to that of my Canon 5DMK11.

The important thing is that it’s really fun to use. During a recent Feed Me assignment with Newsday’s talented host Meredith Daniels, I placed the GoPro in tight spots that would be difficult for my A-camera. The waterproof housing is also a bonus as you can see from the Frankly Thai shoot in Franklin Square, N.Y. I ran around the kitchen setting the camera in spots that would be a challenge with a larger non-waterproof camera. Meredith and I had a laugh when the GoPro was placed in the microwave.

Finally, being able to easily make unique shots helps your editor do their job. Final Cut Pro video editor Matthew Golub creatively intermixed the GoPro B-roll with the 5DMK11 to effectively portray the story of the restaurant.

Equipment

Camera: Canon EOS 5d Mark II – 5DMKII
Lenses: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 50mm f/1.4, 16-35mm, 70-200mm, 50mm
Sound: Sound Devices MixPre-D – MixPreD
Microphone: Sennheiser Wireless EW 100-ENG G2  – 100-ENG G2
Fluid Head: Sachtler FSB 4 – FSB 4
Tripod: Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber – 536
GoPro: GoPro HD Hero2 – Hero2

 

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4 Comments. Leave your Comment right now:

  1. by Meredith

    Your talented host must attribute much or her talent to her innovative and awesome colleague, Chris Ware. Not only is Chris meticulous about his work and equipment, but he is always coming up with new ideas to keep us on our toes. I walked in to Frankly Thai to find him in the fridge with the Go-Pro., I can’t wait to share more shoots with you and read more posts on your blog.

    • by chris ware

      Always a pleasure Meredith, we are a great team. :)

  2. by Robert Redmond

    It’s really interesting the different uses you found for the GO Pro. Obviously the outdoor sports related content makes a ton of sense, but using it as a way to grab angles that would otherwise be very difficult to grab was great. Especially the shots from the bottom of the sink and on the line in the restaurant. The wide shots look fantastic. Nice work!

    • by chris ware

      It has been a really fun tool that I recently added to my kit. When on a shoot, I find myself taking shots I couldn’t previously make. Thanks for watching and your comments.

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