GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camera

With the new White and Silver Edition HERO3 on the market to replace the extraordinary HERO2 wasn’t enough GoPro has made a Black Edition to push the envelope further. GoPro has become a household name for exuberant bikers, boarders, wing-suit fliers and speeding race car daredevils to name a few, this miniature yet tough and waterproof HD “camcorder” has taken capturing footage to a new level, the HD HERO3 is being used for all sorts of TV and movie production too, by highly respected directors and producers. The secret is where other pro film equipment cant go the HERO3 has the versatility and can be mounted on any surface to be taken to the skys or merged to great depth of water at a price that won’t break the bank.

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

The GoPro HERO3 is sharper

On the front panel, you’ll find the new f/2.8, six-element aspherical lens that offer twice the image sharpness and reduce the amount of barrel distortion at the extremes of its 170-degree field of view. However, the characteristic fish-eye look of the video and photos captured by the HERO3 hasn’t been totally removed, as it’s sort of a hallmark of the action-camera style, adding a bit of drama to scenery as it speeds by.

The HERO3 uses the same improved LCD of the HERO2, with its monochromatic dot-matrix display, which is easy enough to navigate using the GoPro’s combination mode/power button to change modes and the shutter release to make selections. However, there is a bit of a learning curve. Expect to spend a bit of time on your first outing just looping through the menus and getting used to where the options are.

GoPro HERO2 VS HERO3

Overview

The GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition Camera is smaller, lighter and sharper than its predecessor. It’s also Wi-Fi enabled, an upgrade with minor but vital improvements the HERO3 beer many of the HERO2 original features.

GoPro HERO3 Touchscreen

Specifications:

The GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camera is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. It’s also Wi-Fi enabled. The HERO3 is designed for recording action sports and it comes with a rugged housing that is waterproof down to a depth of 197′ (60 m). The camera captures 4K Cinema, 2.7K Cinema, 1440p and Full HD 1920 x 1080p video. It also captures 960p, 720p and 480p video as well. Plus, it supports NTSC and PAL, and it can record up to 240 fps. For still images, the HERO3 supports 5, 7 and 12-megapixel photos.

The HERO3 includes the GoPro Wi-Fi Remote and it’s compatible with the optional LCD Touch BacPac and Battery BacPac (both sold separately). The Wi-Fi Remote has a range of up to 600′ (180 m). Plus, it’s waterproof down to 10′ (3 m) and it can control up to 50 cameras at a time. The camera features an ultra wide angle, 6-element aspherical lens, a 12-megapixel low-light image sensor and a microSD card slot that accepts up to 64GB cards. There’s a USB 2.0 port, a micro HDMI output and a port for optional accessories including the 3.5mm Stereo Mic Adapter and Composite A/V Adapter (both sold separately).

To ensure you get the best shot possible, the HERO3 is equipped with advanced camera settings including video looping, continuous photo, Protune, manual white balance controls and more. Plus, it supports 12-megapixel burst shooting at 30 fps and time-lapse recording at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals. The HERO3 also supports picture in video, which allows you to simultaneously capture video and photos. The camera’s battery is a 1050 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

  • Wearable and mountable camera with ultra-sharp f/2.8 6-element aspherical glass lens supports immersive, wide angle capture of your favorite activities
  • Captures video at 2.7K (30 fps) Cinema, 4K (12 fps) Cinema, 1440p (48 fps), 1080p Full HD (30 fps), 960p HD (100 fps), 720p HD (120 fps) and 480p WVGA (240 fps)
  • Professional quality 5, 7 and 12-megapixel photo capture with 30 fps burst mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via Wi-Fi Remote (included) or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app
  • Wearable Wi-Fi Remote is waterproof down to 10′ (3 m), features a 600′ (180 m) range, and can control up to 50 cameras at a time
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197′ (60 m) and captures sharp images above and below water
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac and second generation Battery BacPac
  • Backwards compatible with older generation BacPacs
  • Advanced camera settings include video looping, continuous photo, picture in video, Protune, manual white balance controls and more
  • Port for optional accessories supports 3.5mm Stereo Mic Adapter and Composite A/V Adapter (sold separately)
  • Basic mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear and more
  • Supports microSD cards up to 64GB
  • Micro HDMI output
  • Enhanced audio performance supports AAC audio compression with AGC
  • Picture in video capable of shooting a photo every 5, 10, 30 or 60 sec while you record video
  • Time-lapse video in 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals
  • Continuous photo at 3, 5 or 10 photos/sec
  • Burst shooting modes (photos/sec): 3/1, 5/1, 10/1, 10/2, 30/1, 30/2, 30/3
  • Professional quality low-light performance is 2x better than previous model
  • Image processing is 2x faster than previous model
  • Auto, Cam Raw, 3000K, 5500K and 6500K white balance modes
  • Camera supports up to 45 Mbps high video bitrate capture (H.264)
  • Four red recording LED indicators and one blue wireless status LED indicator

For more information and cool videos go to the official website: gopro.com



Comments

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition — 7 Comments

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    I had the original, the Hero2 and now have the Hero3 Black Edition. I have been using it for a few months now.

    The nice part of the Hero3 is that even though it is smaller and lighter, it now has the WiFi built in. This means you can add on either of the BacPacs (Battery or LCD) and still use the Wi-Fi. The Hero2 with the Wi-Fi BacPac meant leaving off any other BacPac to use the Wi-Fi.

    The Hero3 was improved in many ways, with better low light capabilities, faster processor, 30 fps burst speed, loop recording, taking stills while recording, etc, Just a note for people with the Hero2 cameras, the battery size is different as is the card size. The new one uses a MicroSD but can record double the length (64GB now).

    With all of these great improvements, it was disappointing that they messed up the Battery BacPac (BBP) so much. The Hero2 BBP was far better … it was both a battery charger, and a multiple battery extender. The new Hero3 version is just an extender and only limited to one battery. You can no longer charge your spare batteries in the BBP. The BBP is a sealed unit with the charger and battery in one piece. If you wanted to use the BBP as an extender, you cannot use spare batteries in it. When the one sealed battery is drained, you cannot pop in a spare, you have to recharge it.

    So, you can no longer charge your spare batteries while filming, and if you use more than one battery you must charge them all in the camera. So on the old Hero2 you could use the camera with the BBP and simply replace both batteries and keep recording. Now you cannot do that unless you buy multiple BBPs. Major blunder. I usually have at least 3 batteries that I rotate and use one at a time in the camera. I use the BBP to charge my spares while using the one in the camera. That can no longer be done. And for those mounts that do not work well with the larger BacPac mounted size, this is a real pain.

    GoPro has usually been excellent at anticipating future needs, and providing improvements in their products but this one product is much worse instead of better. For the first time you must charge all of your batteries in the camera, and the BBP is a single use before charging instead of being able to replace the batteries in it.
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    Just something to look out for if upgrading. Plan your new battery purchases carefully, and think twice about buying the BBP.

    The iPhone App is great … and it is free. It lets you easily see and control what you are filming right on the phone – even from a distance. No more stepping through menus on a tiny LCD display. Plus, you don’t need the LCD BacPac to see what you are filming … if you own an iPhone. It works the same as the it did for the Hero2 when it had the Wi-Fi BacPac attached.

    I was told that a new release of the App will allow you to playback the videos as well.

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    I bought the Silver and love it. Am thinking about adding the black because it can shoot higher frame rates at better quality than the silver. the silver shoots 100 fps, but only in WVGA whereas the black can shoot upwards of 100 fps in 1080 and 4K I think.

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    Essentially the White Edition is what the original Hero HD was. The Silver Edition is what the Hero 2 was, and the Black Edition is something new altogether. The performance of the Black is pretty amazing, but you need to remember that the performance of the GoPro still pails in comparison to an SLR, or even most of the new compact cameras. The sensor size is very small and does not do too well in lower lighting situations.

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      True Rob but then it’s not that easy to strap a SLR on to a bike helmet, helicopter or instantly emerge yourself into water or just clip it on a surf board. There is a huge difference in size between a GoPro and a SLR Camera, and a GoPro is not going to break the Bank, this is where there is NO competition 🙂

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      Hello David Neesley: The black is top of the range and has more pixels and much faster then the silver which is a update of the white HERO2 made smarter and smaller, but have a look at the specifications on all of them 🙂 Brian.

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