After reading about all the new and improved features , I am glad I sold my old one and look forward to using the new and improved Hero2. I particularly like the choice of 90, 127, or 170 degree FOV, 11 MP sensor, and the higher quality glass lens. Other upgrades include 120 FPS in WVGA mode, external mic input, wifi remote and streaming, larger easier to read LCD display, and much more. Amazon is currently sold out already, I might wait until the spring before purchasing and the price should be a bit lower by then.
I have the original GoPro with all the mounts, but im about to head up to the mountains for a while and wanted to get the new one. Just picked up the Hero 2 with LCD bacpac and a 32g class 10 SD card. Ready to test this baby out! I can't wait to see what the sequence pics look like with the new 11 mega pixel camera.
I just ordered the motorsports edition from Amazon. It comes with two curved surface mounts, which are best for most helmets, and a variety of other mounts including a suction cup mount. The outdoor edition comes with a head strap mount and a helmet strap mount instead of the suction cup. I tried these two strap mounts with my Hero1 last year and didn't like them, the curved surface mounts provided the best rock solid connection to the helmet. The surf edition is the only package that comes with a floatie but the mounts are designed strictly for surf boards. So the motorsports edition is probably the best choice for wakeboarding and on the road use.
Looking forward to seeing some Hero2 videos and pictures on this thread.
Do most of you use the Surf Expansion to mount it to your wakeboard? OR do you just use a regular mount? I will have the floaty backdoor, but i want to use it on my helmet and on my board. Just curious what most of you do?
How do the stills look that are taken from the video? Im not a big video guy (just like video for memories) but im into photography and have been thinking about some of the cool angles I could get with one. So that what got me curious about how photos would turn out.
Has anyone tried attaching the camera to their board? I was thinking the Surf pkg was the way to go but brett33 kinda put the kaboosh on that theory. Just trying to figure out what pkg will work best. Thx!
attaching it to your board will just give you a view of your feet and waist unless you are a dwarf (not that there's anything wrong with dwarves!). There needs to be more distance between the lens and you to get more of "you" in the frame. I've mounted to my alpine snowboard and that "just" works, but we're talking about a 180cm board with some setback, not a neutral stance 140cm wakeboard.
Also, the surf mount (3M vhb tape) or the motorsports suction cup *will* let go in a crash. The floaty *might* float the camera and surf mount, but no way will it float the suction cup (that beotch is heavy).
the suction cup to the boat's transom is killer for surf video.
the rope handle mount (you gotta make your own and be sure to share what you did in the other thread linked above) is also a good angle, but results in boring video for me because I'm not very good.
Here is a board-mounted video from my first time with the gopro last summer and my 3rd time out ever wakeboarding. I have a mount that uses the screws of one of the front fins, so its bolted on vs double sided tape.
I attached it to my board last week(Roam 144) towards the very tip of the board with just a regular flat mount, and a floaty backdoor and it was able to pick my entire body up(I'm 6'1"). The only problem I had with this mount was on one occasion when I landed heavy on my front foot off the kicker my gopro came off the mount, but the floaty backdoor kept it afloat! The footage was pretty good, i'll try and throw up a clip of it on the front of my board.
Mounting to a board has been a terrible experience for me. We had the suction cup mount set up on the nose of a kneeboard(don't hate, we had already tried the wakeboard, and the video wasn't good) real steady, and a backup cable in case the suction cup came undone. All set to go, took some light sets to test it out. Everything seemed fine, started doing rolls and spins until our rider came down on a big 360. He did one of those tail heavy landings, and as the front of the board came down hard the housing exploded. I saw the door fly open, the camera bounced off the board and sailed up about ten feet high. Bye bye GoPro. Then when I took it to GoPro, they wouldn't replace it because they "Don't see this happen unless there was an extreme impact"
I'm all for hitting up the desert (sans quaggas) and especially Bullards. Gonna try to get to Bullards a few more times next year. We usually do weekdays, but last year was a bust with the late winter and riding buddies getting broke off. I think I only got out there once after work. It can actually be pretty good out there if you pick the right night. July to Mid-August is very suspect.