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It seems like everyone is snapping photos with their point-and-click cameras or their phones. But when you’re hitting the beach, trekking through slop, bungee jumping or simply hanging out by the pool, you need a device that can take the abuse of the elements.

Meet the GoPro HD Hero. Nestled in its protective case, the camera is waterproof up to 180 feet and can handle mud or any other filth you can throw at it. Extremely compact (only 5.9 ounces), it won’t weigh you down, and there are a variety of mounts that let you strap it on your head or your wrist or a pole, helmet, bike, surfboard or car.

The biggest surprise with the GoPro is that the image quality is quite good -- good enough, in fact, that professional videographers use these cameras in the making of documentaries and TV shows, and still photos can be captured at up to 5 megapixels.

The base HERO 960 shoots in HD, comes with a waterproof case and lists for $179.99. Available accessories include extra batteries, a LCD screen for the back and a case that can hold two units and allow you to shoot in 3-D.

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