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Price $377 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $199 at 1 store $260 to $262 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
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4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
Average user rating 1.5 stars out of 10 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date October 18, 2012 March 15, 2011 October 18, 2012 September 04, 2012
The Bottom Line The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today. Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. The Contour+2 combines the best features of the entire Contour camera line in one simple, powerful flagship model.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/2.8
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Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
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Optical zoom Info unavailable 30 x
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Optical sensor type CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
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Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
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Digital zoom Info unavailable 350 x
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Image stabilizer Info unavailable Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
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Weight 2.6 oz
8.8 oz
2.6 oz
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Manual focus Focus free
Manual
Automatic
Focus free
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