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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Upgrading the GoPro HD Hero2

BacPac connection point

Remove rear door

Replacement doors

Wi-Fi BacPac

Connections

Wireless Hero

Charging

Additional thickness

Wi-Fi remote control

Rear panel

Mirrored display

All linked up

Size comparison

Removable attachment key

USB charging

GoPro Wi-Fi Combo Kit

We already know the GoPro HD Hero2. This nifty little camera features a waterproof, shock-resistant case that makes it great for capturing HD video in less-than-ideal conditions.
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The HD Hero2 features a rear attachment point for adding additional modules, called BacPacs, that enhance the camera's functionality.
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To get started with the Wi-Fi BacPac, we must first remove the rear door by opening it fully and giving a firm tug.
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The Wi-Fi Combo Kit ships with two replacement doors: one sealed door that is waterproof and one ventilated door that improves audio recording in dry conditions.
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The Wi-Fi BacPac is now ready to be installed.
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Line the BacPac's plastic clip up with the left edge of the GoPro Hero and snap the metal connectors into place.
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The Wi-Fi BacPac displays the status of its own internal battery and wireless connectivity on this slim LCD.
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Users can power on the Wi-Fi BacPac independently of the HD Hero 2 -- a feature that comes in handy for remotely powering the camera on and off. Here on the side is where you'll find the power button and the Mini-USB charging point.
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Like all BacPacs in the GoPro system, the Wi-Fi BacPac adds bit of thickness to the already chunky GoPro camera.
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The Wi-Fi remote is also included in the Wi-Fi Combo Kit. This small controller enables the user to mirror nearly every function of the GoPro HD Hero from a distance.
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The rear panel features a pair of slots that will come in handy later and a switch that releases the metal attachment key.
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The unit fits in the palm of my hand and, when powered up, features a small LCD that's identical to the monochrome display on the HD Hero2's face.
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Users are able to switch modes, change settings, start and stop recording, and monitor battery and storage levels all from the Wi-Fi remote.
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With the included wrist strap, the remote can also be worn like a watch.
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After removing the metal attachment key, the Wi-Fi remote can be connected to this proprietary charging cable.
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The charging cable can be attached to any powered USB port to recharge the remote's battery.
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The GoPro Wi-Fi Combo Kit retails for $99.99. Eventually, GoPro will release smartphone and tablet apps to further boost the functionality of this hardware, adding the capability to live-stream to a selection of video-sharing services.
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