GoPro is a company owned by Woodman Labs out of Half Moon Bay, California. The company designs compact wearable, waterproof, and shockproof cameras. Their line of high definition cameras are designed for adventure photography and are easily attached to helmet cameras and many other types of surfaces such as surfboards, bikes, and cars to record video in stunning 1080p high definition. If you have sport activity and wish you could record yourself, GoPro wearable cameras are so small that you won't even notice them on you.

The main advantages of a GoPro camera is that it enables you to record amazing moments in your life that were previously incapable of recording. Traditional camcorders have always been too big to take on many popular activities like snowboarding, hiking, and surfing, but with the GoPro line of cameras you finally can. With the newest of three cameras being the GoPro HD Hero2, which was released in November 2011, you may be wondering which model to get, and if a less expensive one delivers sufficient results.

The GoPro HD Hero2 Professional is the most advanced high-definition camera, it shoots up to 1080p at 30 frames per second and it retails for around $299.99. The main improvements have consisted of better image quality, photo features, video resolution, and a wider field of view. GoPro has created a lens that is 2x sharper than previous models so that the high-definition recordings are even sharper and more vibrant. The camera is also capable of shooting 11, 8, and 5 megapixel photos. In additional, new modes of taking pictures have been added, included up to 10 photos in one second.

GoPro HD Hero2 Features:

  • 1080p at 170 degree field of view
  • Redesigned lens enables the camera to capture the highest video quality
  • Camera is now capable of 11 megapixel photos and can take 10 photos per second
  • w-fi capability and control via smartphone

The GoPro HD Hero Original is also a high-definition wearable camera that shoots up to 1080p video resolution at 30 frames and it is retailed at $199.99; that is over a hundred dollars less than the newer model! GoPro engineered a sharp lens so that the camera is capable of taking 5 megapixel photos and also added a feature that lets the user take 3 photos in one second. It also shoots in 1080p, 960p, and 720p like it's newer model too.

GoPro HD Hero Original Features:

  • 1080p at 127 degree field of view
  • Sharp lens
  • Camera is capable of 5 megaphones and can take 3 photos per second
  • wi-fi capability and control via smartphone

In conclusion, since both models record in 1080p, you may be wondering which model to get? The main difference to know is that the GoPro HD Hero only has a 127 degree field of view, whereas the HD Hero2 has a full 170 degree wide angle field of view and overall a slightly improved image quality. By designing the camera to record a larger field of view, users of the GoPro HD Hero2 camera can now capture more in their shot and don't have to worry if they may have missed an important scene. If you are on a tight budget and need a 170 degree FOV, you can reduce the video resolution of the GoPro HD Hero to 960p to record in a larger field of view. This is an important feature to consider when trying to determine which Gopro camera you should get.

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