GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

95

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GoPro HD Hero 2

64

GoPro HD Hero 2

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Reasons to buy the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

High resolution movies
Movie format
4096 x 2160 @ 12fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
5 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
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
Weight
Light-weight
98 g
 

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
Help
Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
5 mm vs 8 mm
Help
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

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent waterproof cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Wide angle Excellent wide angle Help
              HD Hero 2:8 mm
              Black Edition:5 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              HD Hero 2:98 g
              Black Edition:73 g
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $379 - $406

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Ricoh WG-M1

              Ricoh WG-M1

              Waterproof

              $179

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $297

              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
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $349

              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
              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              Waterproof

              $570

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Waterproof Is not waterproof
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              GoPro HD Hero 2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $314

              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $266

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

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              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 :-)