GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition Cam

As far as helmet cameras go, the entire industry begins and ends with the GoPro Hero2. Sure, there are other people in the space offer cameras, but all of them are light years behind the lead dog in the industry.

GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition Helmet Cam Review

We’ve all been there before: headed out on an incredible adventure maybe on our mountain bike, snowboard, surf board, ATV it doesn’t really matter. Found ourselves in the perfect place and time just as if the universe had conspired with us to outline the perfect trick, jump, or the narrow avoidance of a major and potentially deadly accident (don’t ask me about the last one). We tap into all of our experience and all of our skill to just squeak through unscathed, and then of course stick the landing.

Once the adrenaline wears off the first thought in our minds is almost always “Man, I wish I had a camera!”. What would it feel like to never have to ask that again?

People who own the all new and totally overhauled GoPro HD Hero2 know the answer.

GoPro HD Hero2 Review — First Impressions

Designed from the ground up less than a decade ago by a passionate and super serious outdoorsman as a tool to capture all of his and his crazy friends wildest stunts and achievements, the brand-new GoPro HD Hero2 is the recent upgrade to the old Hero. Beefing up the camera in just about every way possible in streamlining everything about the controls, interface, and technology, recording your own trick footage and once-in-a-lifetime events has never been as easy as it is with the brand-new GoPro HD Hero2.

GoPro HD Hero2 Helmet Cam Video Review

Sure it’s just a camera, but…

Recording your stunts and your craziest memories is nothing new. People have been doing this since the very first hand held home camcorders were been made available. And as digital camera technology has increased to the point where almost all of us have our very own professional grade digital camera in our cell phones, people were taking and jerry rigging their very own sweet little setup to capture special moments and their own high flying exploits. You had people attaching cameras to handle bars and just about everything else in an effort to make sure they never missed a crazy moment again.

But now we have the GoPro cameras.

Promising super quality and the ability to hands-free record everything you do, this is the only mountable sports camera system you should look to own. Sure, there are other options on the marketplace, but you have to be more than a little crazy to go with anything other than the industry leader.

With increased image quality coming from an 11 megapixel HD camera and with surface mounts and attachments to literally hope your camera up to anything or anyone, you’ll never miss a single second of the action again. Add to that the inbuilt option for sharing your videos with anyone’s a smartphone or tablet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and you have access to the kind of home movies you’ll never forget.

What might be most impressive about the all new GoPro HD Hero2 is simple fact that the priced didn’t change. Almost every single helmet camera review out there was talking about how the all new Hero2 would cost an arm and a leg to invest in- but they were dead wrong. They must of been forgetting that the person behind the company is still sportsmen and avid adventure seeker (and recorder) to this very day, and that his whole company is based around offering all of us the ability to capture our special moments and share them with the world.

GoPro HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition Specs

Material: resin
Field of View: (wide) 170 deg, (medium) 127 deg
Resolution: 1080
Megapixels: 11, 8, 5
Memory Card Type: SDHC (class 10, up to 32GB)
Video Formats: H.264 codec, mp4
Video Processor: 2x Faster Image Processor
Sensor: professional 11MP
Battery Type: rechargeable 1100 mAh lithium-ion
Manual Exposure: no
Manual Focus: no
Flash: no
Mic Type: built-in
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and later, Mac OS 10.5 and later
PC Connection: yes, USB port
Attachment Type: vented helmet strap, head strap, two curved surface adhesive mounts, two flat surface adhesive mounts, three-way pivot arm
Weight: 5.3 oz
Recommended Use: snowboarding, skiing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, cycling, remembering what you did
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
MSRP: $299.99

Conclusion

I know you’re used to seeing the most fair and balanced reviews of outdoor gear anywhere on the net, and you have by now noticed that there are zero negative comments to be made about the all new GoPro HD Hero2.

This is simply because this is as close to perfection as you find in the helmet camera industry, and there is literally nothing better to invest your money in if you’re looking to capture the action as close up and personal as possible. Sure, other companies will try and sway you but if you’re looking for insane versatility, almost infinite adaptability and third-party tools to custom make your own experience, you would have to be really hard up to skip out on the GoPro HD Hero2. There’s a very real and very tangible reason that it’s next to impossible to find any negative GoPro HD Hero2 reviews on the market, and the moment you record your first epic run you’ll see exactly why that’s true.

Written by Stan Tyan