Sony NEX-7 vs GoPro HD Hero 2

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Sony NEX-7

46

GoPro HD Hero 2

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the GoPro HD Hero 2

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

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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
Lighter
98 g vs 350 g
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3.6x lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
98×58×34 mm vs 111×59×38 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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
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
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
              Size Fairly small Help
              HD Hero 298×58×34 mm
              NEX-7111×59×38 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              HD Hero 21.3"
              NEX-71.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 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 Hero 3+ Silver Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

              Waterproof

              $515

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              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
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $379

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              Ricoh WG-M1

              Ricoh WG-M1

              Waterproof

              $140

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Lowest price Cheaper
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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