GoPro HD Hero2 camera is much improved, with an 11-megapixel sensor that should perform better in low light, a higher-quality wide-angle lens, and the possibility to stream live video via WiFi.
The original HD Hero has been widely used in broadcasting, as it can fit anywhere, comes with a waterproof housing, and costs so little, so the improved model should be very popular with programme makers.
The HD Hero2 costs $299 (coming in kits with mounts suitable for motor sport, water sports, and other action uses)
Besides the ability to remotely control up to 50 GoPro cameras (including the original HD Hero), the WiFi features will also deliver a live video or photo stream (Hero2 only).
The live video will be useful to see what the GoPro is looking at, as setting one up has often involved a certain amount of guesswork.
It also boasts "much improved low light performance" and can capture up to ten 11-megapixel photos in a one second burst, and deliver automatic time-lapse photos with a half-second interval between photos, making it useful as a stills camera for action sports.
The original 1080p HD Hero, launched in 2009, remains available, but at a lower price, listing at $199.99 – $239.99 (compared to $259.99 – $299.99 previously).
By David Fox