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GoPro vs Sony
EduardoNC - 12/18/2013 10:05 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 10

Hey guys, just wanted to have an opinion from you all.... for a basic scuba diver like me (for now eheh) which action camera would be better? GoPro or Sony? BestBuy has a deal on the Sony right now for under $200 and I was wondering if it was any good...

dalehall - 12/18/2013 12:14 PM
Can’t speak on behalf of Sony, but I can tell you I LOVE my Gopro. I have the Hero2 and have used it for everything from scuba diving, motorcycle rides and even a time lapse of my pool being built in my back yard. Look at the mounting options and accessories for each. You will end up using a bunch of different mounting things when you start really using the camera. I’m not sure anyone can touch the GoPro versatility.. If you want to see some of my GoPro shots, check out my YouTube channel:
I wore the GoPro during a shark dive in the Bahamas and video was outstanding.
Hope you are happy with whatever you choose..
ScubaCrab - 12/18/2013 1:34 PM
Read reviews of multiple action cams. Also borrowed my sons silver gopro3+ decided to go with gopro. Go to the gopro web site to compare. The same model is the same price regardless where you buy. Early on I thought I found a better price since they look the same! Original gopro gopro3 white silver and black. Newest being gopro white 3+ $199.00 Gopro 3+ silver $299.00 or the Gopro 3+ black $399.00 with different features and specs. I am getting the Gopro 3+ black 12 mega pixels auto light dimming and is the only one you can take stills while shooting video. Also there are filters from aftermarket manufacturers for underwater color correction!
RockRat2008 - 12/18/2013 2:11 PM
Like others have said the GoPro is awesome. I’ve never used the Sony, but I am sure you could find some footage on it online to view.

I used the Hero2 for about a year and recently upgraded to the black Hero3+ for my last trip to dive The LuLu and then Vortex Springs. Going from the Hero2 to the Hero3+ the video quality improvement was amazing the Hero2 footage is great.

In my opinion, the Hero is a great option for your underwater video needs.
OtherHalf - 12/18/2013 5:31 PM
Even if the Sony is equal quality to the GoPro, the gopro has a solid track record, and good support for accessories. And, there are enough of them around that it’s a safe bet that there will be solid aftermarket support for some years to come.

And I love my gopro. I don’t think you can go wrong with one.
DiveBuddyChgo - 12/25/2013 5:05 AM
My GoPro 2 video’s are on my Facebook Timeline. Mike Bartenfelder Anyways I can’t wait to use my new XMAS present GoPro 3 Black Edition. Santa said that GoPro website was selling thier line of GoPro3Black’s/free shipping/no tax for $299 to the North Pole. The GoPro3+Black Ed. is selling for $400. But with the video of the GoPro2 that is on my Facebook timeline. I’d go with the GoPro camera because it’ll be around much longer with more accesories then Sony. Facebook Mike Bartenfelder
joec1 - 12/29/2013 6:36 PM
I have a GoPro 3 Black ($399) with a Backscatter Flip 3.1 Filter kit and handle bar ($180) and a add on battery ($80). Just used it on dives in St. Thomas and Bahamas. The Filters made the goPro that much better. Highly recommend it. I have not used the Sony, but did look at them this past weekend while in Best Buy. Good luck, hope you have a great trip, and take lots of pics and vid with what ever you choose.

PS. Which ever one you choose, get the add on battery. Not sure if Sony has one, but the GoPro add on is well worth the money!
Mark-C - 4/21/2014 5:52 PM
This is great info. Exactly what I was looking for. Sounds like everyone has had good luck with the GoPro? I’m considering getting the Hero3+ Silver for diving and my son also wants to use it for surfing. My in-laws have one that they don’t use for water-related activities and suggested that they didn’t think it was waterproof. I know its advertised as waterproof to 131’ but I wanted to get actual reviews. Anyone had any problems with the GoPro at recreational depths?
rcy7 - 4/25/2014 1:30 PM
What is a top of line red filter for the GoPro 3+?
joec1 - 5/22/2014 9:36 AM
Look into Backscatter flip 3.1 system.