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GoPro HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition

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The GoPro HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition documents all of your adventures in high definition, so even your non-riding buddies can experience the thrill of a steep, twisty descent from the comfort of your couch. The Hero2 mounts easily to a variety of surfaces (helmet, handlebars, or chest harness are all options) and is simple to use: just hit record and get riding.

  • 1080 HD video and 11MP photo gets footage so clear, it's almost as good as being there
  • Wearable, mountable, and waterproof design means you always get your shot
  • Time-lapse mode snags one 11MP photo every 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 for smooth, flowing motion or hours of evenly spaced shots
  • Wide-angle option lets you bring in huge vistas and lots of action
  • Burst mode captures ten 11MP photos in one second so you can get your shot in one drop
  • 3.4mm stereo mic picks up sound in clear qualityCompatible with the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPack and Wi-Fi remote for wireless control and viewing
  • Compatible with LCD BacPac, Battery BacPac, and 3D Hero system

Tech Specs

PC Connection:
yes, USB port
Field of View:
(wide) 170 deg, (medium) 127 deg
Video Processor:
2x Faster Image Processor
Operating System:
Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and later, Mac OS 10.5 and later
Manual Exposure:
Video Formats:
H.264 codec, mp4
Memory Card Type:
SDHC (class 10, up to 32GB)
5.3 oz
professional 11MP
11, 8, 5
Manual Focus:
Mic Type:
Attachment Type:
vented helmet strap, head strap, two curved surface adhesive mounts, two flat surfrace adhesive mounts, three-way pivot arm
Recommended Use:
snowboarding, skiing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, cycling, remembering what you did
Battery Type:
rechargeable 1100 mAh lithium-ion
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Winter and summer, sun and rain.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These cameras take all sorts of abuse from al sorts of crazy people. Mine has snaked its way up waterfall ice on an amazing trip, recorded birthday fun at restaurants, and take great pictures in any weather. This is a very popular camera because it really record anywhere you are doing anything. Glad I bought this camera!


What is the purpose of life? Live it

    New Zealand canyon swing with the superman free fall, got it. Great Barrier reef scuba diving, got it. The first run down Big Emma for my 3 year old on ski's, you know it. The power to record life as you live it. On your terms. Go Pro!

    Four Seasons of Fun!

    The GoPro HERO2 is good for all four seasons! I Love my GoPro and put it though a lot! :)

    Looking to buy the HERO2 what size card...

    Looking to buy the HERO2 what size card does it come with if any?

    Hey Ben,

    Unfortunately GoPro doesn't include an SD card with their camers. The Hero2 will accept an SD up to 32GB.


    Love it

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    It is a product of the best!

    Thank you.

    Avg. ride time: 22m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Best action cam

      Video quality is very good for a little cam. The only problem is it records at only 30 fps at full HD. So if you want a smoother action, you have to lower the quality to 960 or 720. One nice feature is the cam can be setup to use up side down so you can mount it under the handlebar or saddle. It's a fun toy to have.

      Mountain biking in ridgway colorado

      shot with gopro HD hero 2 and roll bar mount


      Love it

        Spendy but worth the money if you are adventurous. Just make sure you are on video mode when you want to take videos. I made that mistake the first time I used it.

        would the hero be good for scuba diving

        would the hero be good for scuba diving

        Best Answer

        yes, but check out the dive housing on there website

        We used it while snorkeling in Maui and came up with some great underwater shots!

        The GoPro Dive housing has exactly the same water proof specks as the standard housing. The only difference is it has a different flat "lens cover" that accounts for the difference in refraction between water and air. Unless using the GoPro exclusively for underwater, or if you do not want to (or don't know how to) edit the slight vignetting, just use the standard case. Both cases are good to 60m (197'). All the editions of the camera are the same, pick the one that has the basic mounts you will use most (Outdoor, Motorsport, Surf)

        If it is super bright under the water a red lens cover will make the colors pop... didn't know about it until I got back from the Great Barrier reef. Did use the dive housing, did get some great video. Wish the colors stood out.


        Great results out of the box

          Out of the box straight to the trail and the results were great. Still learning all the settings and such but the quality is excellent even the packaging is cool. Comes with a good variety of mounts but I also purchased the bike and chest mounts. One session left me with some pretty high quality video (my riding and editing still leave much to be desired). Not as low profile as some of the other cameras but we'll see if that is an issue later.

          how do you use this camera??

          how do you use this camera??

          If you watch this video, it'll give you a pretty good idea on how to operate the camera.


          Best Camera Ever!

            I upgraded to the HERO2 shortly after it was released. I've had a few months to play with it and it is better in every way than the HERO except for battery life. I have noticed an dramatic drop in battery life with the HERO2. Good thing I have extra batteries and a way to charge them when I'm out canyoneering!


            Best Camera Ever!

              I upgraded to the HERO2 shortly after it was released. I've had a few months to play with it and it is better in every way than the HERO except for battery life. I have noticed an dramatic drop in battery life with the HERO2. Good thing I have extra batteries and a way to charge them when I'm out canyoneering!


              GREAT little camera!

                so much better then the hd hero. It shoots amazing video. Get your hand on one and see for yourself!

                can the camera be picked up with a magnet...

                can the camera be picked up with a magnet ?

                no the camera is made out of plastic mostly.


                This is what you want

                  Let's get the obvious out of the way: you'll have a little box attached to you, and that can look goofy if you're out for a walk around the mall. But this is hands down the best camera for capturing action sports moments, which is what most people aim to use it for. The variety of mounts is insane and you can get really creative with how you're using the camera.

                  I highly recommend springing for the Hero2 over other options for compatibility with accessories: lcd screen, battery backpack, wifi backpack...and some special firmware updates (like the upcoming "ProTune") This is going to allow the GoPro record at bit rates that match or exceed most DSLRs.

                  Shoot at a high frame rate for smooth slow motion. Make sure your mounting job is steady so you don't end up with bouncy footage. If you're looking for high quality audio, pick up a self powered lavalier mic that can plug right into the side of the GoPro. Study up on the workflows (gopro support page) to help you maximize the quality of your video for exporting online. The menus might seem a little difficult at first, but 1 day of playing around with it and you'll be dialed on operating it without needing a cheat sheet.

                  Really, you're only limited by your own creativity with these things.

                  This is what you want

                  Can you retrieve images in real time at a...

                  Can you retrieve images in real time at a remote site? That is, is it live feed or is it restricted to record and playback later....

                  Hey Barry Katz,

                  Thanks for the question. With the current functionality on the GoPro HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition alone, this is not a possibility. However, GoPro is currently developing a Wi-Fi bacpac for streaming purposes. This bacpac should see a Fall 2012 release as an accessory and it could be possible to live feed pictures as it will be able to live stream video.

                  If images are all you are looking for while using the device, then the LCD bacpac, which is available now, is an accessory that fits on the back of the GoPro2 that allows you to see what the GoPro is showing at that particular moment.

                  I was just looking for a shockproof camera...

                  I was just looking for a shockproof camera but then I saw this and thought it would be awesome. Can this be used to take regular pictures or is it strictly a camcorder?

                  It can take stills, and you can also take frames from an HD video with this

                  Yes you can use it but you wouldn't know what picture you have taken unless you get the SD card out and then put it in your laptop to see what you have taken!!-- it doesnt have any viewfinder or LCD screen unless you buy the accessory which is another 99 dollars

                  Avg. ride time: 0m per week
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                  Obvious Improvements Make For Possibly the Best POV Option Right Now

                    I has handled the original version of the GoPro camera and after the giddiness of recording all my adventures (i.e. stupidity) wore off, I found that the resolution of what came out was lacking in low light and changing the settings was a bit of a chore.

                    I guess GoPro listened to me through osmosis or something as the second iteration has nearly impeccable resolution in sunny days, better in low light/water and the menu system is more than a bit intuitive instead of clunky. I am waiting now to try the new gadgets for this version (dive lens and wi-fi), but this score could get bumped up depending on the options and add ons developed. Considering all that was said above and the price has not changed from the original, I would venture to say that this is THE POV camera to have. For now at least