Interesting. Amazing detail... when you're not riding fast. At speed, it seems no better than my ContourROAM, or the other similar cameras. Maybe the better sensor picks up too much to record at speed or with vibrations. Or maybe the detail at speed is too much for HD video?
I know what you mean and a lot of that is YouTube compression. My 5.3gb uncompressed rendering out of FCP looks amazing. Tons of detail even when the trees and leaves are zooming by at speed. I wish you could see it. I compressed it down to a 330mb mp4 file and it still looks good, just not as good. After uploading to YT I see how much extra compression happens there. Sucks. The fast moving stuff is really where quality suffers the more it's compressed. We were actually going to do some static tripod shots, but the battery died. For those interested see 1:32 and 3:12 for some shots where I'm not rolling.
I knew I wanted a 1080p final edit, but using the chesty mount it's hard to orient the camera right vertically. I like to have the handlebars in frame at the bottom. Shooting in 1080 it's easy to either have it pointed too high and not have the bars in the frame, or it'll be too low and pointed at the ground. 1440p gives me the same horizontal resolution of 1920 but extra vertical resolution with 1440. So I don't have to be super accurate with how the camera is tilted and in Final Cut I can shift it up and down within the 1080 window to be perfect! With the Hero2 you can accomplish the same thing using 960p to create a 720p final edit. 48fps was in case I wanted to do some slow-mo.
Right about the hosting sites. So frustrating to see a great quality video turn to crap on YT and Vimeo. I uploaded the same video to Vimeo and it looks worse. Might be because they down-sample it to 720p.
Really liked that sideways mount on the handlebar, never thought about trying that.
Yeah, that was unintentional, but I kinda like it too. I just intended to do tripod shots, and between shots I stuck the camera on the handlebar mount without the extra pivot arm that makes it point forward. At one point on my way to the next shot I hit record, and it does look cool...more so, I'm sure, if there's something interesting to the side.
What mode was this shot in ? Im assuming obv it was 1080 @ 60fps , but the view doesnt look all wide or anything which i like Actually looks like a normal view.
1440p wide Protune on. GoPro managed to reduce the barrel distortion which is cool. You still really notice it in shots with a flat horizon in them. Not sure how/if shooting in 1440p mode affects that. I do it so I can have more flexibility in my vertical positioning (see my 3rd post here) mainly for chest mount, but there's a benefit for these static shots too.
Sure is!! I see that it's still mono but it's a HUGE difference. Oh man, I just bought a hero 2 about 2 months ago.....my wifes gonna kill me but I want a hero 3! Lol, anyone wanna buy a mint hero 2? ...I have 3 batteries, quick charger, custom underwater blur-free lens, skeleton case, grab bag + all of the original mounts. (Motorsports edition)