GoPro have become synonymous with POV cameras. From a small startup company a few years ago consisting of only a few employees, to the international recognition that they now have and a workforce of over 500, GoPro have come a long way.
The first high definition version of the GoPro was a revalation. Here was a camera that redefined what a mini camera could do at a price that the vast majority of people could afford. So good was the original HD Hero that professionals embraced it fully, using it to achieve shots that would otherwise be impossible.
The HD Hero 2 took things even further. The picture quality was vastly improved, and later on in it’s shelf life after GoPro acquired Cineform they introduced it’s much vaunted Protune firmware. Protune was just what the doctor ordered. One of the biggest limitations of these POV cameras is the incredibly low recording bitrate combined with a very steep gamma and digital edge enhancement. Protune cures all of these ills and finally set the camera free to be used in a professional environment.