GoPro HD Hero2 Camcorder Review
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The Samsung HMX-W200 isn't a "wearable" camcorder like the Hero2, but it is a waterproof model with a rugged build. It's also one of the best ultracompact camcorders we've ever reviewed, in terms of video quality and performance that is. The W200 simply surprised us with crisp footage, good color accuracy, and strong results in low light—all of which catapulted the camcorder to the top of our ultracompact rankings
But if you're planning on taking the W200 to the slopes or on your water-skiing trip this summer, you may be in for a disappointment. While the W200 is waterproof, it can only handle a depth of up to 10 feet, and that's 187 feet less than the Hero2 can travel in its provided waterproof housing. The Samsung also doesn't come with any kind of mount, head strap, or device that lets you "hold" the camcorder without using your hands. So, if that's something you really want to do, then you'll have to spend a ton of extra money finding various mounts that will work with the W200 (or make your own).
The truly great thing about the GoPro Hero2 is that it comes in a complete package and is ready to go right out of the box. You get enough mounts and straps to keep you satisfied for a while, and it ships with its versatile waterproof housing that lets you take the Hero2 almost anywhere. The video quality may not be on par with the Samsung W200, but the shooting experience you get with the Hero2 is much more pleasing. Especially if you're trying to capture rugged, adventurous moments with your camcorder.