I recently decided to purchase one of these POV cameras to take some in car video and capture the V12 music. (POV = Point of View if you're a dummy like me)
The Hero2 is the latest generation of POV camera from GoPro, and it does have some impressive specs and a fairly impressive price tag to go with them. I won't list all the specs here - you can go to Amazon or the GoPro site and study them yourself. It does appear to have cornered the market in amateur/semipro POV cameras, but I suspect it's been another VHS vs Beta type contest.
The first thing I discovered about the Hero2 is that the camera can't be purchased by itself - you must buy one of their "packages" for $299, which presumably gives you all the neat, specialised stuff you need for recording that particular action activity.
Second thing I discovered is the do-all end-all Motorsport "package" for $299.95 contains almost nothing of value for in car recording except the camera itself.
Even the standard case is rubbish for in car audio/video as it's a sealed case intended for underwater use! Well, OK, there is a 2nd "open" back provided for the case which allows the microphone to hear what's going on outside the case, but it's still impossible to connect any cabling to the camera even with this open back. What's really needed is their "optional" open "skeleton" case, which is another $40. Ka-ching.
Naturally there's no memory card with the camera, so that's another $50 for a Class 10 32GB SD card. Ka-ching, Ka-ching.
Then, in looking at the mounts, there's all manner of cute little clips and shoes included, along with a suction cup mount that really looks the business. Unfortunately the suction cup mount doesn't have any 360 degree ball swivels built into it, so to get "just" the right angle on the cam, you need a Panavise suction cup window mount. Ka-ching - another $25....
Then once you get all the bits you thought you needed, you suddenly realise the damcam doesn't use a standard 1/4" x 20 stud mount like every other camera in the world. It has its own little proprietary mount which is sturdy enough, but useless for adapting to the real world, or the Panavise mount you just bought, until (you guessed it) Ka-Ching - another $10 for a 1/4 x 20 "tripod adapter mount".
So here's the tally on where we are so far before the camera is even mounted in the car:
GoPro Hero2 Motorsports Kit:..........$299.00
32GB Class 10 SD Card....................$50.00
Panavise suction mount...................$25.00
1/4" x 20 Tripod mount....................$10.00
Now, I'm understanding from fellow GoPro suckers, I mean users, that the internal microphone in these things is just not that hot, and to get a really good recording of the V12's exhaust, I'll need a Zoom H1 mike, plus something called a dead cat (!!!!) windscreen, and probably another Panavise to fasten the mike and dead cat thingie to my rear bumper.... So I can see another $200 disappearing pretty quickly in the near future, not to mention what the ASPCA are going to do to me when they see this fluffy looking critter fastened to the back of my car with a suction cup. 5-10 for cruel and unusual treatment of an animal, methinks.
So after all this preliminary drama, here's the Hero2 finally mounted in the 550 and we're ready to R&R......except it just started raining