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

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

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GoPro HD Hero 2

40

GoPro HD Hero 2

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach
 
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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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $527.21 vs $732.29
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The best price we've seen is $205 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 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

              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

              $379

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $75 - $348

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Waterproof Not waterproof
              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              Waterproof

              $342 - $570

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $700 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

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              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 - $1,798 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

              $395 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm 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

              $431 - $527 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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