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GoPro Hero3 Video Camera

You can mount the Hero3 to your helmet, chest or bike to catch action like this.

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With GoPro claiming that it's "the world's most versatile camera," the Hero3 puts a professional-quality high-definition video (and still) camera in the hands of your favorite gadget lover. And it literally fits in the palm of one hand -- the camera is only 2.4 inches (6 centimeters) wide by 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) high and weighs a mere 2.6 ounces (74 grams) [source: GoPro].

What's so versatile about this small, rugged camera? Well, for one thing, it's "wearable." You can mount it on a helmet or against your chest, or attach it to anything from a bicycle to a surfboard. It shoots great HD video in a wide-angle format, a perfect action camera.

For the active person on your gift list, it doesn't get much better than this for recording those death-defying exploits. Or just for taking interesting videos in challenging situations. A pole or suction cup mount lets you position the Hero3 almost anywhere –- even underwater. High-speed recording translates into slow-motion playback to make the most of the thrills.

GoPro cameras range in price from $199 to $399, depending on the features you want. The top-shelf model comes with a remote control and shoots even in low light [source: GoPro].

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