Updated (March, 2013): Compare the GoPro HD Hero 2 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

54

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GoPro HD Hero 2

40

GoPro HD Hero 2

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the GoPro HD Hero 2

External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Weight
Light-weight
98 g
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach
 

differences

Advantages of the GoPro HD Hero 2

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Weight
Significantly lighter
98 g vs 350 g
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3.6x lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
98x58x34 mm vs 111x59x38 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$561.95 vs $709.56
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The best price we've seen is $148 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 1/3245s
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97350x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              GoPro HD Hero 2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

              Waterproof

              $406

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $314

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $120 - $159

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              Waterproof

              $560

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $619 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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