GoPro has been making waves for awhile now with their amazingly durable mobile cameras. It was too hard not to write a review on them, so here you have it.
The newest model, GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition, is nothing less than amazing. Take it underwater, on your bike, in the sky or send it to space…it will continue to deliver amazing videos to share after. We have used it around the office, on the road and during various recreational activities and have yet to lose interest in it.
It doesn’t matter what sport your involved in, or what crazy outdoor hobby you have. There can almost always be a purpose for a GoPro. You can jump out of a plane with one or strap one into your child’s RC car and take it for a spin (chase the family pet around).
Enough explaining what you can use it on though. Let’s talk about WHY you should snag one. The answer? You will have more fun than with any handheld home camera.
The GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition brings you better image quality (4K!), better battery life, better WiFi performance and it’s smaller/lighter than the previous models. They have made it easier than ever to carry one around with you without having to worry about bulk, weight or performance.
The only thing we were able to frown at was that there should have at least been a few more accessory pieces included in the box. That way users who jump right into buying the Black Edition could open the box and run with it in more ways than a lot….I’m sorry…does that sound greedy? 🙂
In our many many hours of “testing” the HERO3+ Black Edition, we had very little footage that was unusable. Honestly, the only footage that wasn’t was due to user error more than anything (ie, someone not paying attention to what they are hitting). Obviously this isn’t bad news at all, which only makes us more excited to see what they come up with next.
Make sure when using the camera that you are using a fast SD card. Preferably 35MBs or faster to guarantee maximum recording capabilities. Even better, stroll on over to our review of the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards. Those will more than fill this need (especially if you keep it in 4K mode) since they write at 95MBs.
Due to the insane fun we’ve had with the camera, we’ve been tempted to find a reason to jump out of a plane as a team. Maybe…say….if GoPro were to send us a handful of these bad boys, or maybe we could run a competition that could result in every upper-management figure jumping out of the plane with one if we get a winning result (say…if just 500 people shared this page on twitter and/or Facebook). I’m sure we could think of something.
Before we rush to our conclusion (below), lets take a look at the specs and details of what you get!
Smallest, lightest GoPro yet.
The HERO3+ Black Edition is 20% smaller and lighter than previous models—making it the most mountable, wearable and versatile GoPro ever.
30% longer battery life.
Featuring a 30% increase in battery life, you can go longer and capture more with the HERO3+ Black Edition.
Professional video quality.
Stunning video quality has made GoPro the world’s best-selling camera company, and the HERO3+ Black Edition continues this tradition. High-resolution, high-frame rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 video modes result in professional quality footage and allow for liquid-smooth slow motion playback. 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 enable ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture.
Powerful photo capture.
The HERO3+ Black Edition captures gorgeous 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second—perfect for fast-action sequences. Time Lapse mode enables automatic photo capture at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals. Continuous Photo shoots full-resolution stills at a steady 3, 5 or 10 frames per second when holding down the shutter button.
GoPro is proud to introduce SuperView, a video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective. It allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage.
New Auto Low Light Mode.
Want your camera to automatically adjust for low-light situations? Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for enhanced low-light performance.
Sharper Image, Less Distortion.
Enjoy crisper, clearer footage with reduced distortion. The HERO3+ Black Edition boasts a 33% increase in image sharpness thanks to its sharper lens and 2x reduction in imaging artifacts.
Sound quality is as important as image quality. The HERO3+ Black Edition features upgraded audio performance, capturing even the most subtle of sounds-whether you’re recording voices, music or the roar of your engine on a spirited drive. Advanced wind-noise reduction technology keeps the audio clearer during high-speed activities.
4x Faster Wi-Fi
Speedier Wi-Fi delivers 4x faster² video preview and faster photo and video sharing with the GoPro App than ever before.Also enjoy enhanced connectivity to the included Wi-Fi Remote, which enables control of up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600ft/180m.
Control. View. Share.
The GoPro App lets you control your camera remotely, preview shots and play back content on your smartphone or tablet. Plus, it makes it easy to share your favorite photos and videos via email, text, Instagram™, Facebook® and more.¹
Available at the Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone³ marketplace
- Control your camera remotely—start/stop recording, adjust settings and more
- See what your camera sees with live preview
- View Photos and play back videos¹
- Copy photos and videos¹ to a GoPro album on your smartphone or tablet
- Share photos and videos¹ via email, text, Instagram™, Facebook® or other app
- Browse and delete files on the camera’s memory card
- HERO3+ Black Edition Camera
- 131’/40m Waterproof Housing
- Wi-Fi Remote
- Higher Capacity Li-ion Battery
- Quick Release Buckle
- Vertical Quick Release Buckle
- 1 Curved + 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
- 3-Way Pivot Arm
- USB Charging Cable
Note: microSD card sold separately
|HERO3+ Black Edition
|HERO3+ Silver Edition
|HERO3 White Edition
|4Kp15 / 2.7Kp30 / 1440p48 / 1080p60 / 960p100 / 720p120 fps
|1080p60 / 960p60 / 720p120 fps
|1080p30 / 960p30 / 720p60 fps
|12MP/ 30 fps Burst
|10MP / 10 fps Burst
|5MP / 3 fps Burst
|Compatible (sold seperately)
|Compatible (sold separately)
Battery + Charging
- 30% longer battery life compared to HERO3 Black Edition
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Rated at 1180mAH, 3.7V, 4366mWh
The chart below indicates the approximate continuous recording time (hr:min) you can expect when shooting in various video modes using a fully-charged battery.?
|With Wi-Fi Off
|With Wi-Fi On + Using Wi-Fi Remote
|With Wi-Fi On + Using GoPro App
|With Wi-Fi Off + Using LCD Touch BacPac™
|4Kp 15 fps
|2.7Kp 30 fps
|1440p 48 fps
|1080p 60 fps
|1080p 30 fps
|720p 120 fps
You could also take it to the next level by purchasing a drone to fly the camera around with to get some amazing aerial shots. A great example is the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone which has received a lot of attention as of recent. This bad boy can carry your GoPro to outstanding heights and speeds (just make sure to keep it out of controlled air space). The price isn’t much higher than the GoPro itself (which is one of it’s biggest highlights), and it isn’t too hard to learn how to use (based on other reviews). Sadly we have not had the opportunity to test one of these out yet. When we do, there will most definitely be a follow-up with separate review.
Based on the crazy amount of time spent playing with the new HERO3+ Black Edition, the crazy high fun-factor and endless amount of practical uses, we actually (I know…it’s rare) give it a 10/10 rating. You could even mow the lawn with it strapped to the mower and it would be interesting to watch
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a PERFECT SCORE winner!
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