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GoPro HD Hero2 Camcorder Review

If you're looking for a hands-free adventure-cam, the Hero2 may be your savior.

February 04, 2012
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Introduction

The GoPro HD Hero2 is part of a new class of camcorders that is still searching for a definitive name. Some call them "hands-free" or "mountable" camcorders, while others prefer the terms "wearable" or "adventure-cams". The Hero2 is all of those things, and it can record Full HD 1080p video or capture 11-megapixel still images with the click of a button.

For just $299 you can get the Hero2 along with its waterproof housing, a variety of mounts, and a few straps that let you wear the camera on a helmet (or surfboard or dirtbike, depending on the package you buy). In this growing market of "wearable" camcorders, GoPro has one main rival—Contour—and you can read our review of the Contour+ camcorder here.

Video Review

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Rugged Design
  18. Contour Contour+ Comparison
  19. Samsung HMX-W200 Comparison
  20. Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery
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