OK, so the opportunities for me to race cars or jump motorbikes may not often come my way, if ever. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun using the Go Pro 2 HD Hero!
I can remember several years ago how I would strap a handy-cam to various parts of my body/helmet/bike in an attempt to record video footage as I rode my Yamaha R1 up our local mountain roads. Despite my efforts however, I was never overly impressed with the results.
Then I recall strapping a Nokia N95 to the front of my helmet and the results weren’t too bad but the audio was ruined by the wind noise. I also bought a key-chain camera not so long ago, which was the smallest camera yet and took a decent shot too, but alas it was cheap and only last a few weeks before it simply stopped working altogether.
So when I heard that GoPro had released the HD Hero 2 camera, I decided there and then that I was going to get involved. I placed the order and a week later this amazing little camera was in my hands.
I recently took it with me on a day trip with some friends. We hired a boat and cruised around Bribie Island and a real bonus is this camera comes with water-proof casing so we were able to get some interesting shots whilst diving and swimming.
I’m really impressed with the way the camera handles sunlight. Many times the sun was shining brightly in the background yet the foreground remained nicely exposed.
The images looked great also in the late afternoon with the sun getting low in the sky and reflecting from the water.
Another impressive feature was the GoPro 2′s ability to keep things in focus. It’s simply amazing how all you need to do is turn this camera on, hit record and that’s it! Then it’s just a matter of copying over your files to your PC/Mac and enjoying the show!