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The GoPro HERO3 Black Edition is GoPro’s top of the range and most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 60m, capable of capturing ultra-wide video at 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 120 fps. The versatile GoPro Hero3 Black Edition features built-in Wi-Fi and comes with a Wi-Fi Remote so you can control up to 50 Wi-Fi enabled GoPros. The Hero3 can also take 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second and Time-lapse photo capture mode enables automatic photo capture at 0.5, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals. Please note: No recording media is supplied with this camera, a MicroSD is required and is available separately. More
HERO3 Camera Software Updates Available
On April 23, 2013, software updates for each of the HERO3 cameras were released for features enhancements, and fixes.
Be sure to watch the GoPro update tutorial video, and then click here to go directly to the HERO3 camera software update page.
(Hint: it's not the colour)
Smaller, lighter and 2X more powerful, again.
The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world's most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.
Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Black Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than previous models.
Professional Quality Video
The HERO3: Silver Edition captures professional quality video at 1080p-30, 720p-60, 960p-48 and WVGA-120 resolutions and frame rates.
2X Faster Video Performance
The HERO3: Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution and 2X the frame-rate of previous models while delivering 2X better low light performance. Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3: Black Edition's 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 video modes while those desiring a cinematic look will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 2.7KP-30 fps and 4KP-15 fps (Protune only) video modes.
3X Faster Photo Performance
The HERO3: Black Edition's photo performance is 3X improved, now boasting 12MP burst capture at a staggering 30 frames per second with 2X better low light performance compared to previous models. Still Photo and Time-lapse Photo modes remain the same but are now joined by a new Continuous Photo mode that captures continuous 12MP stills at a steady 3, 5, or 10 photo-per-second rate, up to 30 photos at a time.
Improved Sharpness, Less Distortion
The HERO3's reduced-distortion, 6-element aspherical lens combines with user-selectable Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than ever before. Add the totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing that delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water and you've got one of the most powerful and durable image capture solutions on the planet.
Redesigned Audio System
Understanding that sound quality is as important as image quality, GoPro engineers completely redesigned the HERO3 to be as adept at capturing the subtle, natural sounds of voice and music as it is at capturing the immersive sounds of sport. Also improved is GoPro's already famous wind-noise reduction, ensuring that you'll hear more of your passion, be it your engine or expletives, and less of the wind during high speed activities.
Built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi Remote Included)
The HERO3 Black Edition features built-in Wi-Fi and includes GoPro's Wi-Fi Remote accessory. The Wi-Fi Remote is waterproof, wearable and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPros at a time from a range of 600'. The HERO3's built in Wi-Fi means it can also be controlled by iOS smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App*. The GoPro App enables full camera control and live scene preview on any compatible iOS smartphone or tablet. * A software update for your HERO3 camera is required before using the GoPro app. Full app compatibility with the HERO3: Black Edition will be available WINTER 2012. Click here to update your Hero 3 product software
The HERO3: Black Edition is compatible with all GoPro mounting accessories and older generation BacPacs™ along with the newer generation LCD Touch BacPac and 2nd generation Battery BacPac. However, as all HERO3 cameras have a new size and shape and are not compatible with HERO2 housings.
*Optional accessories sold separately
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It's better with new firmware
By Paul N
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Comments about GoPro HERO3: Black Edition:
since my last review the manufacture has release a firmware upgrade, while not fixing poor battery life (just over an of video) it does seem to prevent the freezing and the lockups. My firmware is now at version 2.27, which I think came out end of march.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I am very disappointed with the gopro 3, when it works it produces amazing footage, unfortunately the battery life is poor and it consistently locks up. Reading other reviewers I am not the only one to experience these issues.Unless a firmware update addresses these issues, the gopro 3 (black) is nothing but a piece of junk.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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