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Old 06-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I own the Hero 2. It's not horribly unstable, just noticeably choppy in faster/bumpier scenes.

Also, let me point out again... what exactly about the YouTube compression process makes you think that it will all of a sudden make Hero 2 videos less stable than ION videos? Is there something I'm missing here?

And FYI, I tend not to talk out of my nether regions. If I didn't own the Hero 2, I wouldn't be commenting on it's quality with a definitive tone.
Easy lion, I was not attacking your opinion - let alone you personally.

I am aware that you have the Hero 2, that is why I was hoping you could comment on the image stability (or lack thereof) based on first hand observations.

Specifically I was asking because from what I can see in the videos both cameras have issues with image stability. It appears that the Ion Air might deal with small amplitude vibrations a bit better but really struggles with the bigger chops, while it seems the other way around for the GoPro.

But as I have said before, I am hesitant to draw conclusions based on a couple of YouTube videos. Not necessarily because I disagree with your point about about the effects of YouTube quality degradation (a completely separate discussion), but because a couple of minutes of video data are really not sufficient to judge the performance across different settings and scenarios.

That is exactly why I asked about your experience with the Hero 2 - because I value your observations and opinions. FWIW, I use the Hero 1 and I sometimes wish it was a bit less choppy.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Ha, I wasn't being a lion, although that is what I was named after

That's just me being a smart ass.

Yea, I notice more chop on the Hero 2, but this is based on numerous other ION videos. But yes, all were on YouTube. Not sure if one exists on Vimeo. But as I've said, I don't find YouTube to be obsolete. A lot of times, most people aren't even going to notice a difference between max quality YouTube videos and replay straight from the camera to your TV. That is as long as they have decent Internet connection with a decent gfx card and monitor.

Anyway, I am not by any means saying the ION is superior picture-wise. I find it good enough to warrant me choosing it over the GoPro. This is because of the camera's design. It also comes in a wi-fi model without the need for a bulky add-on like the GoPro. And for all the anti-teletubby people... ION won't make you look like one hahaha.

Truth be told, I'm completely happy with my Hero 2. Image is great. I can live with the chop.
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