Summary: Love the go pro. I bought the " outdoor edition" which on Amazon said it came with head mount and a few more accessories. I received just the camera. When I asked about it with the shipper. I was informed I was wrong and I purchased just the camera. Which means I can't read English. Amazon advertised it wrong or the sellers did not realize how Amazon described the "outdoor edition" package.
Summary: I am going to you a favor and write the review that I wish I had read before I had spent my money on the Hero 2. While the Hero 2 does come with a great set of accessories that allow it to be incredibly versatile it does have one MAJOR flaw. The Hero 2 is notorious for not only not charging but also not turning on. Right out of the box my hero 2 won't charge or turn on.
Summary: The camera is very compact, but both the still photos and video are of very low quality. Even an 8 MB still photograph has a poor resolution. Images are fish-eyed, even out of water without the waterproof case, but even that would be acceptable if they weren't also very blurry.
Defective after first outside use, no help at all from GoPro support
17 January 2013
Summary: This camera worked fine in indoor testing, but the first time I took it outdoors (in fair weather, above freezing temperature) it froze up after about a minute of recording, even though it had a full charge and empty SD card. Later it would always freeze up within a few minutes whenever using it outside, or even indoors if the battery had less than a full 3 bars of charge.
Summary: This camera is designed to be rugged (when encased) and hard to use, and I am a photographer by trade. The button that turns it ON is the same as the button that changes modes. Dumb design. This means you are often taking the time to shift back to "video" or whatever when all you wanted was to turn it on and shoot. This mode shift is not a quick process. Turning it on and off requires a very hard, deliberate push that you have to hold for some time.
Summary: Purchased the Hero2 18 April 2012, with a video BacPac. It seemed to work. Then, this Memorial weekend, I shot a few shots at the beach and turned the camera off. It refused to turn back on. I brought it home. It appeared bricked. If I plugged it in to a USB outlet, it said it was unrecognized. Finally, I removed the battery, the Bacpac and the card. Eventually, after reinstalling the battery, it finally started. If I plugged in the USB cable, it mounted.
Summary: I bought this camera to record my dives. Everything looks good until you see the first results, the footage is completely blured! Don`t be fooled when you read the housing supports 60m depth, maybe it does but it is not appropriated to make footage underwater. I am very deisapointed because they doesn`t mention this problem in the manual.
Summary: If you like fake looking video with a constant fish eye look, mediocre sound, no viewfinder, short battery life, an unintuitive user interface and a price tag that's twice what it should be, then look no further. It's a cool idea, but Go Pro is just trying to dump as many of these substandard cameras as possible before a company like Sony or Panasonic comes along with a much better version. Wait it out...
They are amature cameras at best, for a price of professional!
Lev Goncharov, Amazon
8 December 2011
Summary: Maybe the prototypes were really great, but somehow the final product has become a shadow of what was advertised. I work with wide spectrum of photo and video gear, such as Aiptek point-and-shoot, Canon SLRs, Sony, Hasselblad, Leaf digital backs, and others. Aiptek (around 100$) produced way better quality on my action sports skiing video shots. I used GoPro Hero2 recently.