GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 Review

GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 – Hero2 is clearly better than the original HD Hero in many areas. The price difference is justifiable although $300 was bit too much for my wallet. I am still happy with the purchase. If you are choosing between Original HD Hero and Hero2, I would get Hero2 for better low light performance. I would not use this camera for photos like point and shoot camera unless there is lots of light and steady mount to take time-lapse photos. GoPro spared no-expense engineering the HD HERO2. The result is arguably the most versatile, powerful and easy to use camera in the world.
thetitleGoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 Features :

  • 2X Sharper Professional Glass Lens than the GoPro HD Hero Camera
  • 10 Photos Per Second Burst
  • VIDEO: HD Resolutions: 1080P 30 FPS, 960P 30 and 48 FPS, 720P 30 and 60 FPS
  • PHOTO RESOLUTIONS: 11MP, 8MP, 5 MP
  • Wi-Fi BacPacTM + Wi-Fi RemoteTM Compatible: Long range remote control of multiple cameras, Wi-Fi Video Preview + Playback on Smartphone /and Medium 127o FOVVIDEO

GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 Review :

Pros Over the Original HD Hero:
* low light. Especially at 60fps in low light, I see huge difference.
* Video is sharper. I am not sure about 2X though.
* Auto White balance is much better in low light.
* The Running LED light on the back side. I do not care about the top and bottom ones.
* Motion is clearer and less motion blur due to faster shutter speed I think.
* Auto Exposure is more accurate.
* Improved dynamic range. I see good detail in shadow areas.
* Config LCD is easier to use.
* 120fps!
* I can use the same protective cases and mounts on Hero2.
* And other neat features like 10fps photos and more.

Pros Over Other Action Cameras like Contour HD series, Tachyon HD series, Bullet HD series, Midland XTC series, and Oregon Scientific ATC-9K
* Most action cameras use microSD card which is little more expensive and easy to lose. GoPro sticks with Full SD card. That is great!
* There are other action cameras that are on par with the original HD, but this Hero2 is one step ahead of other competitors. There are no better action cameras in terms of video quality than Hero2 as of 11/10/2011.
* As far as I have seen videos of other products, Hero2 handles the best in high contrast scene and low light.
* Rolling shutter issue seems well controlled compared to other cameras.

Temporary Cons (Gopro says a new firmware will fix the following items):
* No support for 127º and 90º FOV at 720P even though that was specified.
* 3D is not supported yet.

Cons:
* Flimsy battery cover.
* Built quality is good, but for $300, they can do better IMO.
* No in-camera exposure adjustments like Contour HD.
* Config LCD is better than the original, but it is still hard to adjust.
* No underwater lens or case option that fixes the underwater blur issue directly from Gopro. There are 3rd party options available, but they are not perfect. They are either too big or have vignetting at 170º. If GoPro is putting underwater footage on their boxes and the promo-videos, they should provide some kind of underwater solution.
* 120fps is great, but you need lots of light. Well I guess we knew that.
* As we know, this is not an indoor camera. Even though video is pretty good indoor, photos are pretty noisy and blurry due to use of slow shutter speed. For time-lapse movies, slow shutter and motion blur are welcome though.
* Audio is still the same OK quality as the Original HD Hero. There is a stereo mic jack, but to use it, we have to buy another special case that has a opening on the side.
* Price. There are no other action/wearable cameras better than Gopro HD Hero2 at this time, so the price can be justified. However, when I look at Panasonic TS3 at $260 with metal body, GPS, and all the other features, huh… this is a pretty expensive plastic camera that has only two buttons from China. I am sure the profit margin on this camera is huge!

GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 Comparison :

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title GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 GoPro HD HERO2 Professional: Motorsports Edition -Silver -One
Height 9.65 inch
Length 3.94 inch
Width 3.94 inch
Weight 1.72 pound
Binding Camera Misc.
price 288.00 299.99
Brand GoPro GoPro
Color Silver Silver
EAN 0185323000538 0185323000538
Label GoPro GoPro
Manufacturer GoPro GoPro
PackageQuantity 1 1
PartNumber CHDMH-002 424254
ProductGroup Photography Sports
ProductTypeName CAMCORDER SPORTING_GOODS
Publisher GoPro GoPro
ReleaseDate 2011-10-26
Size One Size One
Title GoPro Camera HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition CHDMH-002 GoPro HD HERO2 Professional: Motorsports Edition -Silver -One
Warranty 1 Year
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