Ive been doing some testing with the new GoPro2 HD video camera. I bought it out of necessity after loosing my GoPro HD in flight :( But, having the HD jump ship was a blessing in disguise, because the new GP2 boasts some impressive features.

While shooting in 1080P, you can choose 3 different field of view (fov) settings: Wide at 170, medium at 127, and narrow at 90. Heres a video I made testing the different fov settings on a Skywalker foam airplane.

The Gopro2 also shoots at 120fps for some pretty impressive slow motion footage. I usually drop the frame rate down to 24fps when doing slow motion footage. Heres a video testing the WVGA-120 setting.

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Comment by I.S. on November 22, 2011 at 6:38pm

what resolution and fov options do you have when shooting at 120fps?

Comment by Matt Gunn on November 22, 2011 at 6:49pm

sadly the resolution is only 848x480, which is whats uploaded in the 2nd video. The quality is really nice for non-HD. The only fov in this setting is 170 degrees.

Fortunately, 720p offers 60fps at 170degrees. It still does very well for slowing down fast motion.


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Comment by Julian on November 22, 2011 at 7:01pm

Beautiful second vid, no way to transmit HD video yet, is there?

Comment by Matt Gunn on November 22, 2011 at 7:14pm

actually yes, but its an expensive solution


They are up around the 10k range.

Comment by gm on November 22, 2011 at 7:41pm

There are wireless HDMI senders that use 5.8Ghz, but it's a compressed video link (HDMI has gigabits of bandwidth - you can't pack that into RF losslessly), and it would introduce a bit of latency.

Also I don't think these things would go as far as a high power analog transmitter.

Comment by Simone Chiaretta on November 23, 2011 at 1:55am

They are going to release a streaming over wi-fi and remote control "back" next year.


Comment by John Arne Birkeland on November 23, 2011 at 5:08am

I was waiting for the V2 to replace my old GoPro HD. But sadly V2 is still only 30fps at 1080p, and that was a deal breaker for me. The only new features of worth mentioning for our usage are variable FOV and 120fps at WVGA resolution. Nice to have if you are getting your first GoPro. But if you ask me, not worth an upgrade it if you already have the original.

Comment by tycinis on November 23, 2011 at 5:23am

Great review !

Comment by Matt Gunn on November 23, 2011 at 5:51am

Thanks for the wifi link Simone. Im wondering what GoPro actually means when they say "long range".

Im going to shoot them an email and see if I get a response.

Comment by Simone Chiaretta on November 23, 2011 at 6:07am

It says "enable long range video remote control via the Wi-Fi" so I guess it means that can be sent everywhere there is network connection. I think Wi-Fi has a quite a wide range outdoor, enough for the range of quads I guess


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