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GoPro HD Hero 2

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Reasons to buy the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

Movie format
High resolution movies
4096 x 2160 @ 12fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
5 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
30 fps
 

Reasons to buy the GoPro HD Hero 2

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
8 mm
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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Advantages of the GoPro Black Edition

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 4096 x 2160 @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution standard resolution video but at a lower frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle Better wide angle 5 mm vs 8 mm
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Around 40% better wide angle
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Weight Slightly lighter 73 g vs 98 g
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Around 30% lighter
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide angle Excellent wide angle Help
HD Hero 2:8 mm
Black Edition:5 mm
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach
Weight Light weight Help
HD Hero 2:98 g
Black Edition:73 g
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Daylight shooting only
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually

Compared to recent waterproof cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

Waterproof

$280

Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Waterproof

$297 - $548

Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
Image stabilization Has image stabilization
Weight Is slightly heavier
Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

Waterproof

$280

Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Waterproof

$419 - $448

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
Weight Is slightly heavier
Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$480 - $774 body only

$200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
Waterproof Is not waterproof
Thickness Is thicker
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Waterproof

$319

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
Weight Is slightly heavier
Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Waterproof

$129 - $300

Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
Image stabilization Has image stabilization
Weight Is slightly heavier
Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

GoPro HD Hero 2 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Travel zoom

$83 - $369

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Waterproof Not waterproof

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$225 - $380

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Waterproof

$310 - $410

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

appearance

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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

discussion

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Disappointed (9:23 AM, August 04, 2013)
GoPro HD Hero 2 is a pure engineering mistake. 60m waterproof case but absolutely useless underwater as it shoots out of focus because of the curved window before the lens. To shoot in focus one has to buy new underwater case for like 50 Euro. Yeah, right! The one I bought has dead pixels and huge firmware issues. I got it replaced (for which I waited a month). The second one is OK but the firmware still has a lot of bugs (updated to newest). Microphone input jack is a joke. Once I connected a microphone and later removed it, the camera stopped recording audio from its internal mic. I had to open the camera and fix it myself or wait another month for repair or replacement. Also the PC software is crap. Most of the time it works like I have 15 years old PC. The conversion to different format or combining clips in one movie doesn't work (software crashes). GoPro support told me that it is because of my graphics card (average class card ATI Radeon which can do hardware rendering with tools like Sony Vegas).
So in short GoPro HD Hero 2 is not worth the high price tag and support is almost useless. Right now I am researching for another tough camera because GoPro is just too expensive for what it is. May be Hero 3 is a little better (underwater case is OK this time and video is a little better) but I don't think I will pay the high price again just to end up disappointed again.
 
Avatar for NKRDBL NKRDBL (3:13 AM, April 15, 2013)
But you can attach external mic via usb to mic adapter
 
Avatar for Chris Ward Chris Ward (6:06 PM, March 10, 2013)
the hero 3 does have external mic capabilities, you just need to buy a $20 adapter from gopro! lol
 
Dave (7:12 PM, March 02, 2013)
gopro 3 has mic input but you need a adapter
 
omg (4:45 PM, February 05, 2013)
no gopro has built in flash, and the hero 3 has no mic input. :( i have both. hero 2 is awesome for external mics. hero 3's video quality is way good, but no external mic capability is a bummer.
 
Avatar for NKRDBL NKRDBL (3:59 AM, January 30, 2013)
and also I guess HERO3 has mic in :)
 
Avatar for Arian Rassoul Arian Rassoul (9:43 AM, December 12, 2012)
as far as i know the hero 2 has no built in flash :-)