The focus was a comparison between the original Hero vs. Hero2. He explained that the Hero2 is 2X better then the Hero1. The HD Hero2 has a 2X Sharper Lens and even has 170 degrees FOV including 1080p. Photo resolutions range from 5 MP to 11 MP. Capable of a 10 Photo Burst and a Time-Lapse photo every 0.5 seconds (requires Class 10 speed SD Card). For audio the Hero2 has the capability to use a Stereo External Microphone Input.
It also has a 2X faster image processor and an integrated battery warmer that enables long battery life in cold temps. The menu system also uses simple language-based user interface instead of the encryption that the Hero1 uses.
He also explained his Love/Hate relationship with the LCD BacPac as it will consume the battery power. It does have its place if you need to have a point and shoot camera or for ensuring that the camera positioning is correct for that day on the water.
A lot of questions were answered related to the Flat Lens Housing. This is primarily for underwater photography/videos.
Also new will be Wi-Fi. The Wi-fi BacPac & Remote that will allow you to control up to 50 HD Hero2 cameras at a time with the remote. This will also allow the Hero2 to send live video streaming via smart-devices & computers wherever Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot is present. The original Hero is also compatible but will not do video streaming.
Also discussed was the various ways of mounting your GoPro. We saw demos on mounting the Hero to a gun, a gaff, surf boards, flat boats, and of course kayaks. All the mounting hardware discussed was related to the hardware from GoPro. One trick that Rob stressed was when using the adhesive mounts is to ensure that the area is cleaned using alcohol swabs. Attach the adhesive mount and let it sit for 24 hours. If you need to remove them a hair dryer will remove the mounts and not leave any residue.
Another hint had to deal with moisture in the housing. You can use the GoPro anti-fog inserts, small silica gel packs, or even bits of tampons.
Then the discussion of editing the videos; you need to pick editing software and just use it till you learn everything. Rob stated that the editing choice for GoPro is iMovie for the Mac. Rob is a PC type of guy so he uses Adobe® Premiere®. The folks in the seminar were using either Movie Maker or some of the free video editing software out there.
In closing I would like to share a story that Rob told us about the largest man-made whitewater river just outside of Charlotte. Just a few weeks back the U.S. National Whitewater Center drained this man-made river to clean it. After the water was drained they found 4 GoPros in the bed of the river. This remarkable finding also resulted in testing the GorPros and discovered that they still functioned.
About the Author: Darrell Olson is an avid Hunter / Fisherman. While living in England he was recognized as the 1981 Master Angler from the Rod & Gun Clubs of Europe. He has just recently taken up Kayak Fishing as a hobby.