People are excited about the new GoPro HD 2 camera which was released by the small, yet amazing GoPro company.
I once read an article that said (hope I remember well) the company grows 300% per year, which is outstanding! And this with just a cool product that appeals to all kinds of people: extreme sports enthusiasts, filmmakers, photographers, scientists (a woman I know uses this camera to research volcano activity), etc.
So, since I shot most of my videos with the Hero HD, I get emails that ask me
Where to buy the GoPro HD 2 in Europe
First, let me tell you that from my experience, it was cheaper to buy the GoPro HD directly from the GoPro store and then pay some custom tax here in Europe. But of course, this depends on the country you live in, each having their own taxes.
In my case, I paid the $24 for shipping (from USA to Romania) and then paid the VAT tax (19% at that time). All calculations being made, there was no better deal in Europe (Jan 2010).
However, if the import taxes or VAT are too high in your country and if you don't want to complicate your life by filling forms at the custom office, you can get the new HD Hero 2 at these online stores:
- ActionCameras.co.uk - if you're from UK, this is for you
- DogCamSport.co.uk - UK
- Amazon.co.uk - for United Kingdom (usually prices are smaller compared to other retailers)
- Amazon.de - for Germany
- Motion.de - for Germany
- ActionCameras.fr - for France
- Amazon.fr - for France
- HDcam.ch - for Switzerland
- X-TremeVideo.com - the exclusive distributor of GoPro in France (not sure if they sell directly). I wrote an email to them and asked for a complete list of online retailers for France. I'll update the post if they reply.
Wait a while, and you'll be able to get yourself a cheap GoPro Hero 2.
Here's a list of related articles & tutorials you might find useful:
- GoPro Steadicam - learn how to build your camera stabilizer for smooth video.
- How to edit GoPro HD videos - a complete workflow, from shooting to exporting and compressing for online upload.
- How to charge your GoPro camera in the wild - charge your camera with a small portable solar panel.
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