Product snapshot: GoPro HERO3

This action video camera is the best of the best for keen sporters

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The ‘action camera’ category — rugged, portable, and powerful video cameras that are made to be bolted onto motorcycles, slapped onto snowboard helmets, and dunked down to 50 metres deep on a scuba diver’s suit — has exploded in the last few years.

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The reason for this explosion was the original GoPro HD HERO. Shooting 1080p video, the 2010 camera was tiny, simple, and compatible with a huge range of specialised mounts. The HD HERO 2, ‘twice as powerful in every way’, had a better imaging sensor for faster frame rates and improved video in low light.

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The GoPro HERO3, which is starting to become widely available in camera stores and sports shops, is twice as powerful again as the HD HERO 2. The top-of-the-line Black Edition can record Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second, for video that’s twice as smooth as the HERO 2. It can even record in the super-detailed 4K resolution at 15 frames per second, and the better-than-Full HD 1440p resolution at 48fps.

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Despite these significant improvements in video recording quality, the HERO3 is 25 per cent lighter and 30 per cent smaller than the outgoing model. The Black Edition has built-in Wi-Fi, letting you hook the camera up wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet to change settings and get a preview of what the camera is seeing. GoPro also throws in a Wi-Fi remote control for when you don’t have your phone with you, and a waterproof housing that’s rated to 60 metres deep.

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The GoPro HERO3 is also available in Silver and White Edition models, with less powerful imaging sensors, fewer video recording modes, and fewer features. The HERO3 Black Edition will set you back $489.99 RRP, although we’ve seen it for around the $400 mark on the street. The Silver Edition is $379.99 and the White Edition is $269.99.

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Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

PC World

2 Comments

Miika I.

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This is indeed an excellent camera for recording action and sports. With various mounts you can attach it to virtually anywhere. I've been using it (Hero 3 Black Edition) for a little over a month now for my reviews. The suction cup mount stays firmly on car and roll-bar mount lets you put it on a bike or a snowmobile.
Only negative side is the occasional freezes when you turn the camera on. Battery off and on helps but I'm sure they will fix this issue at GoPro soon.

Miika
http://pikamulkaus.com

Aero Quartet

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Despite being an impressive upgrade of features this GH3 suffers of freezes as explained Miika. This is caused by an issue with the Protune features included in latest firmware. Hope GoPro fix this in next releases.

Take a look at our post to get all the details about it.

http://aeroquartet.com/wordpress/2013/01/31/gopro-freezing-during-video-recording/

Regards,
--Javier

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