GoPro Announces The Hero 2 – Twice As Nice As Previous Version

October 26th, 2011

Last week GoPro announced a new version of their popular extreme sports camera. I know, you’re saying what does this have to do with real estate photography? Well here’s the connection:

  1. As I pointed out in a previous post, that the AR Parrot drone can carry a GoPro camera and do some pretty cool aerial photography.
  2. This new version, the GoPro Hero 2 of  raises the quality of work you can do with the GoPro significantly:
    • 11 Megapixels, up from 5.
    • Full 1080p HD up from 720p
    • A 90 degree FOV mode added so you don’t have to have a fisheye look.
  3. All this and the price is the same AND GoPro support people tell me that the weight is exactly the same so the AR Parrot drone will fly with this new version.
  4. As I pointed out in an earlier post, Daniel Owren sells a mount that attaches the GoPro to the underbelly of the AR Parrot.
It looks to me like the GoPro Hero 2 makes a great aerial photography platform for real estate stills and video.
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13 Responses to “GoPro Announces The Hero 2 – Twice As Nice As Previous Version”

  • and the most important feature: video streaming.
    “When paired with the Wi-Fi BacPac, the HD HERO2 also supports live video streaming and remote control via smart-devices, computers, and the Web wherever Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot is present. Record one video stream to your HD HERO2?s SD card while sending a second video stream via Wi-Fi to your smart-device, computer or the Web.”

  • Very cool. How do you get the time lapse segments. Are these simply videos that have been sped up? Know nothing about this!

  • Figures I would go out and get the current GoPro Hero last week for use with my drone and they announce this. It’s the way it works I suppose…

    I haven’t ordered Daniel’s adapter yet – waiting to see a review from a PFRE reader…

  • I hear you Ryan… I just got one as well. Oh well. I don’t have the drone yet though. Please do a follow up Ryan when you get the whole set up and put it to use. I’m interested to see how it works.

  • I’m almost sold… but how can you remotely take stills other than using video captures? I’ve used a friend’s GoPro while mountain biking and dirtbiking, but it has a button like a regular camera…

  • I’ve been using a GoPro for almost two years now and I can’t tell you how valuable it is real estate. I use the suction device on the hood of my car for neighborhood tours. And now this drone thing . . . wow.

  • There is a wrist mounted remote control in the works as well as phone apps for remote control/viewing/streaming. The time lapse segments are created by shooting stills and then creating a movie with the JPEGs, just like most other time lapse movies are made.

  • So stills aren’t possible until Feb… wonder how much the “BacPac” will run.
    Did some digging on the AR Drone, seems it’s a bit fragile and has a reputation for trying to escape, never to be seen again… and there’s nothing you can do but watch your money disappear into the sky, lol! I think with its price tag, plus that of the Hero 2+BacPac, I’d want to keep it on a spool of fishing wire… Oh, and a realistic typical runtime without additional load is 8 min.
    I did come across another option: Google “Gaui 330X”. You have to buy a radio and battery etc, but seems to be good quality with a nice payload (spent some time reading forums). The Gaui 500X has an even more generous payload. Slightly pricier than the AR Drone, but still much more in-reach than MikroKopter or Draganflyer.

  • I ordered Daniel’s adapter quite awhile ago, but still haven’t received it – not sure how long it takes for delivery. Have the old GoPro, so will use that for my “learning experience”… if I crash it I’ll have a good excuse to upgrade! 🙂

  • Well, I just sent my Drone up with a GoPro attached. It went up and up and up and wouldn’t come down. I tried to land it and it came crashing out of the sky. Somehow, the GoPro survived (it is what broke the fall) ejecting the SD card on impact and the file did not survive. The central cross holding the Drone together snapped right in the center. I believe this was actually my fault as the GoPro hanging from the bottom must have been interfering with the height sensors making it think that it was too close to the ground so it kept trying to lift itself off of the ground. Nevertheless, it is broken 🙁

    New cross bar is on the way…

    I did get a good test video with the camera attached yesterday. Very smooth, but it was a test to see how much control I had and it went well so it CAN work…

  • Thanks for the update Ryan. Bummer about the crash…

  • Wow! I’m glad I found this post today. My husband asked for one of these for Christmas. He was planning on using it for search and rescue and mounting it on our dutch shepherd’s harness. We are already using a Garmin Astro system to track the dogs in the field. This would make it fantastic and I would have something to use in real estate. Double trouble and double the fun. I can’t wait to get this camera.

  • I’m a Realtor and when you say “Real Estate Photography”, aerial photos don’t really come to mind. We have to take pictures of rooms, kitchens, bath, etc. inside a home. My question is, is this GoPro Hero 2 useful for this type of photography?

    PS: It takes an extreme wide angle lens to shoot a bathroom… thus my question above.


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