As well as being compared against other waterproofs and compacts, the GoPro HD Hero 2 is also often compared to ultra compacts, super zooms, entry-level DSLRs and digicams. The GoPro HD Hero 2's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P530 and the Coolpix L830) and GoPro (such as the Hero 3+ Silver Edition and the Hero 3+ Black Edition)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2 compared to other waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (8 mm vs 25 mm) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (october 2011 vs september 2013) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
1 year newer
$283

Significant advantages of the Silver Edition (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Silver Edition (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the Silver Edition and HD Hero 2

  • None found

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
1 year newer
$429

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the Black Edition and HD Hero 2

  • None found

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the Black Edition and HD Hero 2

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110
1 year newer
$230

Significant advantages of the AW110 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW110 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW110 and HD Hero 2

  • None found

Ricoh WG-M1

Ricoh WG-M1
2 years newer
$248

Significant advantages of the WG-M1 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WG-M1 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the WG-M1 and HD Hero 2

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-TX20 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-TX20 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-TX20 and HD Hero 2

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (8 mm vs 38 mm), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 3.1 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has an external mic jack and is newer (october 2011 vs march 2001).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, is slightly larger (compact (98×58×34 mm) vs super compact (65×45×35 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs digital) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

GoPro Hero (2018)

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6 years newer
$259

Significant advantages of the Hero (2018) (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (65×45×35 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Hero (2018) (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the Hero (2018) and HD Hero 2

  • Very light: 117 g vs 98 g

Kyocera Finecam S3

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10 years older

Significant advantages of the S3 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S3 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 8 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much thicker: 2.2" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the S3 and HD Hero 2

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Light weight: 160 g vs 98 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (8 mm vs 35 mm), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 5 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has an external mic jack and is newer (october 2011 vs february 2005).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, is significantly larger (compact (98×58×34 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and slightly shorter exposures (1/3245 of a second vs 15 seconds).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
2 years newer
$80 - $105

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and HD Hero 2

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD400

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the SD400 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD400 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD400 and HD Hero 2

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a much wider wide angle lens (8 mm vs 27 mm), is slightly smaller (compact (98×58×34 mm) vs prosumer size (122×87×93 mm)), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (october 2011 vs january 2014), doesn't have a built-in GPS and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
2 years newer
$344

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 8 mm
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Larger: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)

common strengths of the P530 and HD Hero 2

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 494 g vs 98 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 1.3"

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
2 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 22 mm vs 8 mm
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the L830 and HD Hero 2

  • Good wide angle: 22 mm vs 8 mm
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 98 g

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
8 months older
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 23 mm vs 8 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P500 and HD Hero 2

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 98 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.3"

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
8 months older

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 8 mm
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Larger: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-HX100v and HD Hero 2

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 577 g vs 98 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 1.3"

Nikon Coolpix P80

Nikon Coolpix P80
3 years older

Significant advantages of the P80 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P80 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 8 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P80 and HD Hero 2

  • Very small: Prosumer size (110×79×78 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Very light: 405 g vs 98 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.3"

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
2 years newer
$700

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 8 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the P600 and HD Hero 2

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 98 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none), has an external mic jack, is much smaller (compact (98×58×34 mm) vs professional size (133×100×79 mm)) and is thinner (1.3" vs 3.1").

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
8 months older
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the T3 and HD Hero 2

  • None found

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Compact (98×58×34 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the T4i and HD Hero 2

  • Have external mic jacks

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a much wider wide angle lens (8 mm vs 30 mm), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 5.7 MP), has an external mic jack and is waterproof.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs digital) and is older (october 2011 vs august 2016).

Nikon Coolpix W100

Nikon Coolpix W100
4 years newer
$99 - $157

Significant advantages of the Coolpix W100 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix W100 (vs the HD Hero 2)

  • Much worse wide angle: 30 mm vs 8 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Coolpix W100 and HD Hero 2

  • Light weight: 177 g vs 98 g