GoPro HERO3 Black Edition vs GoPro HD Hero 2

Winner
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

59

GoPro HD Hero 2

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

Shoots 4K movies
Movie format
4K @ 12fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
5 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the GoPro HD Hero 2

Size
Really small
Compact (98×58×34 mm)
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
8 mm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 34 sample photos taken by the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition.

competitors

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Competitors

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

Waterproof

$403

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Ricoh WG-M1

Ricoh WG-M1

Waterproof

$192

Wide angle Better wide angle
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$309 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Autofocus Faster autofocus
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

GoPro HD Hero 2 Competitors

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

Waterproof

$403

Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Slightly smaller
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Travel zoom

$70 - $369

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4

Waterproof

$299 - $329

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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 :-)