Summary: Bought 2 of these bad boys, and one of them was bricked by an update. Wouldn't turn on, not even with a battery swap. GoPro fixed it and shipped it to me quickly. I've now switched out the lenses with wider aperture, longer length lenses, and removed the IR cut filter so they are nightvision-ready. There's a reason GoPro is considered the very best. My experience tells me this reputation is totally deserved.
Summary: GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition Worst thing I've bought in a very long time. Highly recomemmend NOT to buy these. Doesn't work correctly, seller will not do anything for me, and GoPro can't figure it out and will not do anything for me. Can't believe I'm probably going to end up throwing this thing in the garbage. Very sad. According to GoPro this happens on and off. Nice, just wonderful. Don't waste your money on GoPro products.
Summary: This is a toy, maybe a bit narcisstic, but hey, it's fun. Most of us aren't professinal surfers, we don;t have people taking pics of our surfing from in the water (if we're lucky, we might have a few shots from the beach). This opens up a new view and gives a perspective of just how big / small the surf actually was. It's easy to use in the water. Note that the battery life is pretty short in cold water - you need to charge it each day you surf in cold water.
Summary: i will be using this cam a lot should work good for me i love being outdoors and this cam will capture it all so my friends and family can see the crazy things i do and how i over come every obstaclein my path thank you gopro for making my out doors come indoors with me.
Summary: This is supposed to be a reputable camera and company. When I went to set it up I was HIGHLY disappointed that it does not even come with an SD card!!!! This should at least be written on the outside of the box, so you know it when you go to buy it. At least an SD card with a small memory came with the most cheap camera i ever bought. But not on this expensive one. I call this EXTREMELY CHEAP ON THE PART OF THE COMPANY AND S***TY CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Summary: Hope you are a tec genius because you will need your skills. This camera looks great and creates a beautiful image when it works, IT fills a needed niche in the market but is terribly unreliable. I have tried and tried to get it to function correctly. the firmware upgrades seem to do little to address the crashing and general unreliability requiring one to often pull the battery and restart the camera all too often. It freezes and does not respond to buttons.
Summary: well when I bought that little one I was really happy with it, but 2 months after the Hero2 shows up and now they have the Hero 3 :) but regarding what you want to do this one give me already all that I want and I have a lot of fun with it water (surfing, scuba diving), never let me down so far. Great product.
Summary: it doesn't matter if it's the hero 1, 2 or 3, you cannot beat what gopro has created. i understand, the lower priced companies can be tempting, but stick with the real and sure thing and you won't be disappointed. the quality of sound image and video that you get coupled with the insane durability (fell 12500ft works flawless) simply cannot be beat.