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GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition Review And Price
There are positives and negatives related to every device and the GoPro HD Hero cameras are no exceptions. This line-up of shooters offers excellent wide angle video footages, highly durable polycarbonate chassis and a user friendly interface. However, while going through a continuous drive of video shooting you are bound to face the negatives unless you change the default settings.
During the demonstration it is impossible to tune the settings to further enhance the performance of the concerned device. However, it is expected that the devices placed as demos are already tuned to their optimum settings. Here we are going to deal with the all new GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition.
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Features of GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition
The GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition has the same dimensions and features as compared to its predecessor and if you have purchased any waterproof lens cover or case for your HD Hero1, it will also serve for HD Hero2. Even the connection port for BacPacs and the rear hook have descended down to the next generation.
The new sharper and durable glass lens and the four LED indicators are the two important improvements worth considering. Holding the device for a shot, you will find the left edge housing micro USB port for charging, video output ports and 2.5 mm microphone jack. On the right edge there is a micro SD card slot and HDMI output port. At the rear end of the device there is a panel covering the replaceable 1100 mAh standard lithium ion battery.
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Apart from the waterproof housing, you will also get waterproof shutter button loaded with spring and lens bubble for protection against scratches and smudges. If the bubble gets damaged, you can order for the same and replace it using a screwdriver. The shooter comes with two swappable doors – first door protects it from water damage even at a depth of 197 m while the other sacrifices the protection to enhance the sound quality.
The display size has remained the same for the GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition, but the interface has undergone a drastic change shoeing large and bold icons on the small monochromatic LCD. The text based setting shows large icons when the buttons are tapped and returns to its default small icon view after a few moments.
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Though you have to decode the displays like ‘1080-30’ indicating 1080p at 30 fps video recording, but it is far easier than memorizing. However, while changing certain settings, though it may seem quite fascinating to see drop down menus and options clearly visible in such a tiny display, but it requires patience to access the options considering the number of button presses.
Photos and Videos
The GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition is capable of shooting full HD videos at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps speed and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. However, you can also go for 1280 x 960 pixel videos with 4:3 aspect ratio. For video recording or still photo shoot, the field of view (FOV) is 170 degrees, but you can narrow it down to 128 or 90 degrees. But a HD video recorded at 90 degree FOV gets grainier indicating fixed focal length with digital zoom technology.
Price of GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition
The GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition is priced at $290.