You've already sold your Hero2 in preparation; you've read all of the literature that you could get your hands on; you've waited patiently with bated breath, and now the next generation of GoPro is finally here. The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition - Adventure has arrived, and we assure you that it's worth the wait.
Just looking at the external appearance of the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, the difference in iterations couldn't be more night and day. The camera has been reduced in size by 30%, and the camera weight was reduced by 25%. In fact, the Hero3 tips the scales at an alarmingly low 2.6 ounces. The camera body has received a black backing treatment, and the front now boasts a more accessible and progressive user interface. And GoPro didn't simply stop redesigning at the camera body, the new external housing not only bolsters the durability of the body, but it's also fully-waterproof at depths up to 197' (60m).
Now, let's get into the guts of the Hero3. The lens makes use of a new flat design with a waterproof housing. It's what GoPro calls a six-element aspherical lens. What does this mean? Simply put, the lens has been designed to operate evenly across more light conditions than ever before. For the camera nerds; it's an f/2.8 -6.0 lens. So, you'll experience sharper image quality whether it's blisteringly bright or the sun has nearly disappeared. And in low-light conditions, specifically, you can expect twice the light performance in comparison to the Hero2. The new lens also allows Ultra-wide, Medium, and Narrow field of view modes, and you can operate the White Balance in either auto or manual modes (3000k, 5500k, 6500k, Cam Raw). Now, you can expect crystal clear resolution from sunrise to sunset. Possibly more important for your mounted shots, the lens has made huge gains in decreasing distortion, so you can say goodbye to frame-warble when the Earth is berating your rig.
And speaking of resolution, the Hero3 Black Edition boasts ultra-high resolution video modes of 2.7kp-24 and 4kp-12. The frame rate is twice as powerful as the Hero2, capturing at 4k Cinema 12fps, 2.7k Cinema 30fps, 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60fps, and 720p 120fps. Basically, if you love slow-motion shots, the Hero3 is a godsend. And did we mention that all of these rates can be run from Ultra-Wide mode? Awesome. For time lapse, GoPro also stepped up the Hero3's game by increasing the available intervals. You can select from seven lapse intervals ranging from 0.5 to 60 seconds. The still camera also lays waste to prior Hero iterations. For the Hero3, still mode shoots at 12 megapixels and up to 30 photos per second. You can select blasts of 3, 5, or 10 photos-per-second concurrently with any video mode. Also new to the Hero3, GoPro included advanced camera settings like looping video, continuous photo, and Protune Mode.
Not to be one sided in the improvement department, the Hero3 also made dramatic gains in sound quality. By engineering a new wind-noise reduction system, the redesigned sound recording will capture all of the subtleties and profanities of your gnar. And now, you also have the option of recording your sound in Mono, 48kHz, and AAC compression w/AGC media formats. This means you don't have to eat up your cards' storage if ambient sound is only going to make a cameo in your edit.
We hate to admit it, but we've been holding out on you. The Hero3 is not only Wi-Fi ready, but newly included for the Black Edition package, at a $79.99 value, is the Wi-Fi Remote. Waterproof, wearable, and capable of controlling up to 50 Hero3 cameras from a range of 600 feet, the Wi-Fi Remote will turn your entire filming strategy on its head. Not impressed? How about finally gaining access to the GoPro Application for your iOS or Android smartphone and tablet? With the remote and GoPro App in tow, you can both fully control any camera in your Wi-Fi range and view live scene previews.
As for the knitty gritty, the Hero3 has the following inputs: Micro-HDMI Port, Composite A/V Adapter, USB, Micro SD, HERO Port, and a 3.5mm Stereo Mic Adapater. It's also compatible with newest Mac OS versions down to Mac OSX 10.5 and the latest Microsoft Windows version down to Vista 7.
Simply, the Hero3 Black Edition is everything that you've been wanting and waiting for.
The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition - Adventure is available in one color and one size. Included in the package is the following: Hero3 Black Edition Camera, 197'/60m waterproof housing, Wi-Fi Remote, assorted mounting hardware, rechargeable Li-ion battery, 1 quick-release buckle, 1 J-Hook buckle, 1 curved and 1 flat adhesive mount, and 3-way pivot arm. It does not include a memory card.
Please note that the Hero3 Black Edition requires a MicroSD Class 10 or higher memory card. It can also support up to a 64GB capacity.
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The smaller design over the Hero2 makes this much better for attaching in those obscure places. I've had a few issues with the remote with the battery going completely dead on one however thanks to BC.com's excellent customer service this was quickly replaced with a brand new unit.
Read all the other reviews. My input is that you need a reaaaaal fancy computer to do the full HD or cinema stuff. However, even on standard 960 with 48 fps you can get some awesome footage. This is what they give you out of the box and it's well worth the money if you do rad stuff. The remote is freaking fantastic. That's it. Happy filming!
Ok not really. But it is pretty awesome. I was first introduced to the GoPro during some competitive shooting I was doing. My brother in law showed up with one (the original model) on a chest harness. When the night was over we went back to his place and I was enamored with the video. Later that year my wife and I were taking a ski trip to Killington VT and she knew how much I loved it, so she got me a Hero 2. I took some rad videos of us on the slopes (including her wiping out!). I use it anytime we're out enjoying snowsports and on occasion I have it on the motorcycle. When I heard the Hero3 was coming out I traded up to it. I love the wifi remote and the iPhone app is slowly making strides (although I'm still not a huge fan of it). I give this a 5-star rating because it wasn't just a minor step up, it was a large improvement over the Hero2 series!
The case is completely waterproof, but it's worth mentioning that I brought one on Tough Mudder this year and in the really cold water, it gets condensation between the case and the lens. Watch out for that.
My brother loves to film and take pictures. Before he had his own GoPro he would miss a first chair because he had to run across town to grab a GoPro from a friend. I bought him the original HD a couple of years ago for his birthday. The Hero3 came out and we decided to upgrade. He geeks out about electronics and was itching to try this out. I've used it a few times and am very impressed with the quality of the video. The images are sharper than the old GoPros. Straight lines actually appear straight. It's not the most intuitive camera on the market, but I noticed improvement in that area.
The app isn't as powerful as I had hoped. I've used it waterskiing and even at 22 off (53 feet behind the boat) the rider in the boat can't control the camera from their phone. It's not an inconvenience to me but I thought I would share the info.
This camera has so many bells and whistles and I haven't had a chance to try them all out. Overall we love the camera more than we did our Hero HD.
Great product, and I really liked the wifi remote. I found the iPhone app to not be as useful. The picture quality is great but the battery life was just not enough for me. I was only getting 20 minutes or so for off an on shooting.
I love this camera. It is way better than the original go pro. I love the attachable screen for the back, so no more guessing on where in the world you are shooting. the case is easy to install and remove. I only have a few gripes. To access the charging plug in on the camera, you have to remove this protective cover that is not attached in anyway to the camera. It easily gets lost in my pile of stuff when on a big trip somewhere. Also, I haven't really been able to figure out all the wifi stuff on it, but that is probably user error. This camera got my best powder day ever on video at alta. Decent battery life, good picture and resolution. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
All shot with the Hero3 black edition except for the very last shot (it was the hero2 and you should be able to tell the difference) 720p 120fps The slow mo shot towards the end shows the smoothness that comes from 120 frames per second
The GoPro Hero 3 has changed the POV game. The quality this little silver box puts out makes all other POV cameras seem archaic. You can grab screen shots off actual video that will have a higher resolution than most digital cameras. If you are into shooting POV do yourself a favor and don't waste your time on anything else.
So what it has no display screen, it has everything else you could ever want in a camera. From stunningly clear still photos to video quality that rivals $10k professional grade cameras, the GoPro 3 is the easiest, most versatile and most fun camera I use. The Hero 3 is a big step up from the Hero 2. Both in size, design and quality. I pretty much have it on my at all times. From surf to ski to fishing to parties, it's the best.