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The GoPro HD HERO2 Camera is Now Available, Will Support 3D HERO

October 24th, 2011 · 25 Comments · Shooting in 3D

GoPro announced the release of its new HD HERO2 portable action camera that builds on top of the very successfull HD HERO camera by adding new features and further improving the image quality. The new HD HERO 2 camera comes with a faster processor, 11 megapixel sensor (for taking 11 Mp still photos) with supposedly improved performance in low light, a redesigned wide-angle glass lens for better details and support for the upcoming GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote products that should allow for a better remote control from a wider range of devices and video streaming. With the new HD HERO2 you should be able to capture up to ten 11 megapixel photos in a one second burst mode or use the camera to take automatic time-lapse photos with quick .5 second timing between each shot. The HD HERO2 also features a totally new, straightforward language-based user interface to greatly improve the ease of use of the device. The new HD HERO2 camera supports the following video recording modes: 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p, but unfortunately there is no 24p.

And here comes the most interesting question, will you be able to use a pair of the new GoPro HD HERO2 cameras together with the 3D HERO system for recording stereoscopic 3D footage? The short answer is not yet. However it will be shortly made compatible with with GoPro’s 3D HERO system with a firmware update, so stay tuned and ger ready to upgrade your portable stereo 3D video rig using GoPro HD HERO2 cameras.

The HD HERO2 sells in three bundled-accessory configurations, each containing the necessary mounts for particular genres of use or activity. These are: HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition, HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition and HD HERO2 Surf Edition all of which are with a price of $299.99 USD. The original 1080p HD HERO camera is now available for MSRP $199.99 – $239.99 USD (previously $259.99 – $299.99).

For more information about the new GoPro HD HERO2 Camera…

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris K. // Oct 24, 2011 at 23:15

    Ordered a full setup (2 x Hero 2, 3D System case) and happy to hear it’s in stock. Woot! (I was waiting and considering whether to buy into it, now I’m glad I waited.) Will be nice to see how it looks on my Panasonic plasma HDTV.

  • 2 David Cole // Oct 25, 2011 at 03:11

    NOW no 25P (PAL) as well as no 24P! What the hell are they thinking? HDMI 1.4a is limited to 24P for 1080 video, as is 3D blu-ray!

  • 3 Max // Oct 25, 2011 at 09:33

    Sure it will support 25fps, if it’s not yet supported.
    Even Hero 1 support 25/50

  • 4 Petri Teittinen // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:30

    I sure hope they’ve improved the sensor’s reset time; the amount of jello and skew visible in footage shot on the first GoPro Hero was just ridiculous.

  • 5 Max // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:43

    You mean cmos read out time?
    Artifact are barely visible in 60p mode.
    That’s why many of us wait for 1080/60p models..
    Maybe next year!

  • 6 David Newman // Oct 30, 2011 at 02:59

    Hero 2 is not yet 3D enabled, that will to be addressed in a firmware upgrade out soon. The first firmware change has already been released on Friday (install GoPro CineForm Studio and will upgrade your camera(s).)

    24p frames/second can be easily obtained, shoot PAL (25p), and then use the free Studio software to convert to 24p (23.976p.) This is how I shoot all my 3D content.

  • 7 craig whitley // Oct 31, 2011 at 01:06

    can anyone help me out? my cousin has a hd hero 1, but i want hd hero 2 now its released, would we be able to use his hero and my hero 2 as 1 in 3d?

    cheers craig

  • 8 David Newman // Oct 31, 2011 at 05:41

    You should not mix Hero1 and Hero2 cameras for 3D. While electronically it should work, the lenses and camera sensitivities are too different. The result would be very poor 3D. Use either two Hero1 cams or two Hero2 cams for 3D.

  • 9 Ray // Oct 31, 2011 at 11:04

    And when can we expect the firmware update to enable 3D support for the new HD Hero 2 cameras?

  • 10 Tomas // Nov 3, 2011 at 13:33

    Question: Which kind of signal is provided on the HDMI-Out? Ready for recording on an external device (clean signal without display info) and 1080p 4:2:2?

  • 11 David Cole // Nov 18, 2011 at 03:13

    The Hero2 firmware for 3D is available @ GoPro.

  • 12 Bloody // Nov 18, 2011 at 10:47

    Great news, anyone tried how the new Hero 2 works for capturing 3D video already?

  • 13 DutchAirVideo // Dec 4, 2011 at 15:10

    Mixing a Hero 1 and Hero 2 does work but looks poor in low light situations.
    With enough light it is vissible but most people dont realize it so perfectly usable.

  • 14 søren // Dec 25, 2011 at 14:52

    NO 3D for the Hero 2 and it is still crap underwater.

  • 15 Bruh bruh // Jan 31, 2012 at 08:17

    There is a flat lens case for under water. Get that and no blur

  • 16 Multmplus // Feb 2, 2012 at 04:52

    I did a test today and when I sent the HDMI signal to a prop monitor that tells you exactly what the signal is, it said it was 1080p at 30 fps but…. when the HDMI signal went to a Keypro Mini external recorder it was only 720 p at 60 fps. I looked carefully at a picture frame and I saw aliasing, meaning “stairstepping” leaving a pixelly looking image on the edges of the picture frame. I believe that what Gopro has really done is use a chip made really for 720 p and upscaled it to 1080 p making us all think it really is 1080 p when it really isn’t. I took a look on the same monitor, at the Canon’s 105 video camera and it has a chip made for 1080 p and there was no stairstepping at 1080 p 30fps. When I called up GoPro today and asked if you could output to a external recorder, I was that it was not possible to do, but that Gopro is looking into outputting to a external recorder. This conflicts with a conversation I had earlier a couple of months ago with someone at GoPro who did his own test and also found that the signal going to a monitor was 720 p. During the chat, I heard a superior tell him to shut up immediately. Now I know why after my test. It would appear that GoPro is really making an inferior product and is pushing it as the first true HD camera of this size. I am upset because I feel I have been lied to and deceived. The reason therefore why the signal is being reported as 720 at 60 fps to the external recorder is because the signal really is only 720 p and was simply upscaled to 1080 p so they could say it was a true HD camera when it would appear it really isn’t. A further note. When I saw the video quality in the room, it was blurry and fuzzy as if there was blooming. When I put a the GoPro manual over the top to shield it from light, the image got better but was till overexposed. I also asked about when the 3D firmware would be out and was again told “soon”. After seeing how horrible the video signal was today, I am not sure if I even want to do anything in 3D with the Hero 2’s. I bought two Hero 2’s hoping I would have an affordable 3D camera system. With all the hype about how great the Hero 2’s video was only to find how much it really stinks, I am incensed. I guess when you are pushing a lie, scream it loud and long and perhaps no one will catch on.

  • 17 Bloody // Feb 2, 2012 at 15:50

    GoPro just released a new firmware update that should make HD HERO2 work properly with the 3D HERO, so do try it and share your feedback how it works after the update…

    As for the HDMI output from the camera, it is possible that the output over the HDMI is limited to 720p, but that does not necessarily mean that the camera is also recording at 720p resolution and upscaling the video to 1080p. There are may cameras out there that support recording of 1080p video, but cannot output 1080p through their HDMI interfaces…

    With that said I was waiting for the proper firmware to be released before pulling the trigger on two HERO2 cameras and a 3D HERO adapter for them, so hopefully later this month I’ll be able to test this myself as well.

  • 18 Shawn Green // Feb 4, 2012 at 00:30

    I just bought the hd hero2 motorpsorts and I thought i could link my hd hero with the new one in 3d mode and now I found out I can. you need 2 of the hd hero or 2 hd hero2 connected together. im pretty upset you cant hook different models together

  • 19 Jeff Jones // Feb 4, 2012 at 08:10

    My 2 hero cameras did work with the 3d system out of the box for about an hour but then i turned them off in the wrong order or something got out of sync and now the shutter only turns on one camera not both. After doing some research it turns out not many people have sprung for dual her 2 cameras and the 3d system and used it to the point to find out it doesn’t work so disappointing gopro should have been a lot more up front that the hero 2 cameras don’t work with the 3d system. I spent $900 before going on a trip and bought their system to find out it doesn’t work I was very happy with the hd hero camera and could have bought just one camera not two new ones that didn’t work with 3d.

  • 20 Bloody // Feb 4, 2012 at 11:52

    Jeff, have you tried installing the latest v.70 firmware for the Hero2, this one is supposed to be fixing the issues you may have had in recording in 3D mode previously. Also have you tried reformatting the flash cards?

  • 21 Gongadin // Feb 11, 2012 at 16:51

    Every time I go to the GoPro website I see that the status of the 3D firmware for the Hero2 is “coming soon”. A few people on this forum have stated that the firmware has been released, but why hasn’t GoPro updated their site? Could someone here please post a link to the firmware upgrade that will allow Hero2 to work with the 3D system? I’d really appreciate it.

  • 22 Bloody // Feb 11, 2012 at 18:48

    Gongadin, the updating of the firmware goes through the GoPro CineForm software, there is no standalone firmware update that you can download and apply.

  • 23 Gongadin // Feb 12, 2012 at 16:30

    Thanks, Bloody, I appreciate the reply. I was under the impression that the cameras themselves received a dedicated firmware upgrade. Why hasn’t GoPro updated their website to reflect this? Or am I just missing something?

  • 24 Bloody // Feb 13, 2012 at 02:29

    The cameras get their firmware upgraded, but upgrade happens through the CineForm software…

  • 25 Gongadin // Feb 15, 2012 at 13:40

    Thanks for the clarification, Bloody; I was holding off buying because I didn’t think Hero2 cameras could be used with the 3D outfit yet. Good news. GoPro should really update their website to reflect this. I’m sure there’s a lot of other people who keep checking the GoPro website only to find the verbiage that states the Hero2 cameras will be able to be used with the 3D rig. “soon”!

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