Finally (with the help of my mom, and an early birthday present) I managed to get my GoPro HD Hero 2 sports camera. I went for the motorsport edition due to the fact it contains the suction cup which I want to use for inside the car.
I also bought the GoPro Ride, a mount for on the steer of my bike (and of course on the bike of my daughter. We already had some fun testing the camera. I mounted the camera to her bike helmet with some additional pivot arms and connectors to extend the distance and pointed the cam to her face. With this setup she was running around the house. This gave us some nice footage.
But that is the fun part. So what is my first impression; I did some testing with time-lapse, straight out of the box. As soon as I got back in my car (after leaving the store) I placed the cam to my windscreen with the suction cup and set the camera to time-lapse (without reading the manual). All looked well and I managed to get a very nice time-lapse of my ride back home. The only mistake I made (by not reading the manual) was that I forgot to flip the image, so I recorded everything up-side down. Something which i could easily correct with the software provided by GoPro.
The camera itself is very tiny. Which I think is the whole idea behind it. This makes it very easy to attach it to a helmet or other locations or parts. And the whole beauty of the product is that you can buy literally almost any mount to attach your camera. If not from GoPro itself, you will be able to find a 3rd party product that will fulfill your needs.
Altho the package itself is complete. There are some minor critics that needs to be mentioned. The underwater quality is to cry over. You will nt be able to get a focuses image nor movie when you submerge with your camera. So why does GoPro provide an underwater housing that is able to dive to 200feet (60 meters), with a lens attached to it that messes up your focus?
So if you have plans to shoot underwater, you need to by a 3rd party modification to you GoPro housing with all the risks that come with it. There are rumors that GoPro is working on their own underwater housing it a flat lens. But that was supposed to enter the market last winter. So if you want to div and shoot you need to spend an additional €100,- for a good reliable sollution (external flat lens and additional GoPro housing (If you do not want to mess up the original housing – you need to glue some of these lenses to your housing))
As soon as I get some descent footage of my GoPro HD Hero 2 I will post it here on my site.