GoPro has officially announced the arrival of the HD Hero2 action camera, the follow up to the much loved original that landed last year.

Turning the megapixel dial up to 11, offering a twice-as-fast-image processor and a doubly-sharp glass lens compared to the original, the HD Hero2 (which sounds just like a potential HTC smartphone, right?) also offers a much simpler user interface.

"The HD Hero2 is much, much easier to use than the original HD Hero," said GoPro’s director of product definition, Rudy Samuels.

"If you know how to use a traditional camera, you can use the HD Hero2 straight out of the box without instructions. This makes the HD Hero2 very powerful as an everyday, easy to use consumer camera while retaining all of the features, modes and performance that has made GoPro the best selling small form factor HD camera to Hollywood."

The minuscule action snapper is designed to fit on your helmet, handlebars or other extreme sports-like accessories not beginning with H, and can capture up to ten 11-megapixel photos in a one-second burst mode.

It comes in three editions: Outdoor, Motorsports and Surf, and offers full 170-degree, medium 127-degree, or narrow 90-degree FOV in 1080p and 720p video. It can shoot 120fps in WVGA mode, 60fps at 720p, 48fps in 960p or 30fps in Full HD 1080p.

Costing £299.99, the GoPro HD Hero2 is out now. You can also nab the original for a cut price £199.99 too.