GoPro has come out with their latest pint-sized, power-packed camera, and it’s a beauty! Dubbed the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition, it weighs only 2.6 ounces, 25% lighter and 30% smaller than the Hero2. But don’t let size fool you. The new video processor is twice as fast as the Hero2, and the photo performance is three times as quick.
How does all this newfound speed benefit you? There’s double the resolution and double the frame rate, meaning you get better low light performance with a higher resolution. Capturing action in slow motion is also easier, as this extreme machine is able to capture 4K video at 15 frames per second and 2.7K video at 30 frames per second. If still photos are more your thing, you can shoot 12 megapixels at up to a 30 frames per second burst.
Of course sound quality is just as important when shooting action movies, and GoPro has improved the microphone on the Hero3 to pick up ambient sounds. The popular wind-noise reduction technology of previous Hero models has been updated, so filming at high speed is still possible.
As usual, GoPro has all the camera trimmings you could possibly need. So depending on your passion, you can mount, wear or house this camera anywhere, anytime. Waterproof Housing and the GoPro Wi-Fi Remote accessory are now standard in the box, and the Hero3 has built-in Wi-Fi, which allows for control via the iOS GoPro App. Unfortunately, Hero3 compatibility with the GoPro app will only be available on Dec. 14.
The Hero3 Black Edition costs $399 and can be purchased online at GoPro.
Two other versions of the Hero3 are available, the Silver and White editions. The Silver Edition lacks 4K video, has a lower frame rate and captures stills at 11 megapixels with a burst rate of 10 frames per second. The White Edition is the basic model of the series, with 5-megapixel resolution and a capture burst rate of 3 frames per second.
(If GoPros aren’t your thing, check out the Contour +2.)