Summary: I did have a lot of trouble getting the product to work initially and even had to send it to California for repair. That being said, once I got it back I really enjoy it. The picture quality is good, and once it gets set up the 1-button record is nice. I like it, but if it broke I don't think I would buy another.
Ok camera if you are interested in time-lapse or adverse weather photography
Brian in Indiana, Amazon
23 December 2012
Summary: I wouldn't recommend this as a first camera because it isn't very versatile camera. But we bought it because both my daughter and I are fascinated with time lapse photography. Overall, I think it is overpriced. We also bought the wi-fi remote and couldn't get it to work. my macbook pro couldn't find it.
Summary: The Hero2 was a fun little device. Whether at Burningman or while lobster fishing it worked well. Then I bought the wifi backpack and was in the process of upgrading the camera firmware per the instructions and it failed. Now it's a brick. Apparently, this is a very common problem based upon articles I've read on the web. I requested service and they had me try a couple of things. After that didn't work they told me that I would need to send it in.
Important to know if intending to film UNDER WATER
Thomas S., Amazon
3 September 2012
Summary: The GoPro is waterproof, but its design is intended to film above water - so in the surf on a board, skis, what have you. The lens system is NOT configured to use underwater. Above water its great - the focal point is set up for the light to come in from the air, hit the curved plastic lens in the case and go to the sensor.
Summary: The GoPro HD Hero2 camera is great but I have had problems with the bicycle handlebar mount. Since getting the camera I have used it 28 times on my Specialized Roubaix road bike and have had the mount break three times. That's an average of about 8 rides between breaks. I had to purchase a second bike mount kit after the first two breaks to continue using the camera on my road bike. I'm reluctant to buy another kit until GoPro comes up with a better solution.
Summary: Good, solidly-built all-purpose camera that does what it's designed to do, albeit with some caveats. I have experience with Canon DSLRs and Sony HDV cameras, so it was nice not having to lug either one of those on a difficult Half Dome hike to capture the essence of the climb, whilst keeping my hands free the entire time. ------ PROS: ------ * Compact design that you can barely feel on your head attached to the supplied Head Strap.