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Gopro Hero 3 Edition

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Black, Silver
  • Versatile shooting modes for pros
  • More detail in brightly-lit areas
  • Wi-Fi built in
  • Lighter and smaller
  • Reduced fogging in the housing
30 new from $299.00 29 used from $175.00 8 refurbished from $275.00

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Product Description

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.

smaller, Lighter...better

weighing In At A Scant 2.6 Ounces, The Hero3: Black Edition Is 25% Lighter And 30% Smaller Than Previous Models.

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.

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  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

The video quality of the camera is amazingly good.
Donald Warner
I wouldn't buy this camera again and likely will never buy any GoPro camera again.
M. Whaley
After updating the firmware (manually) I have not had any more freezing issues.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,436 of 1,478 people found the following review helpful By JMF on March 24, 2013
Color Name: Black, Silver
Gopro Hero 3 Black: Purchase date: March 7, 2013. This is a long review, but I have addressed some technical issues here that may assist you if you have bought a Gopro Hero 3, or if you plan to. I have put mine through its paces for nearly 2 weeks before posting this.

The first thing you must do is update the firmware manually. After several attempts with the automatic process, my Gopro -and many others I suspect- failed to update, and it was never at all apparent that the process failed. After several days of use, the camera began to malfunction. If you don't get your firmware updated successfully, you are guaranteed to have major problems.
Here is a quick guide on how to manually update your firmware: (If you have a Mac, or are not computer-savvy, check online for more detailed instructions. Lawrence M. Friedman posted a comprehensive how-to on Gethypoxic.)
1. Jot down your serial number (both lines) from inside the battery port. Insert a Class 10 micro SD, battery, and take a picture to ensure your card is good. Ensure WiFi is off, and charge your camera to 2 bars if necessary. (Steps 1-5 on the update instructions at GoPro.com.) At this point, do not connect your Gopro to your PC.
2. Instead, download the update files from Gopro.com onto your PC. To do this, follow the prompts for 'manual update.' Complete the registration fields.
3. Connect the camera to your PC & power up. Open your Gopro drive, then move the update files from your PC onto your Gopro. DO NOT put the files into either folder (DCIM or Misc), just place the files next to those folders (root).
4. Disconnect your GoPro from your PC, then turn it back on. This should initiate the update process.
IMPORTANT: Now pay attention to your Gopro LCD display.
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1,439 of 1,556 people found the following review helpful By HiroDuke on January 4, 2013
Color Name: Black, Silver
Beware that the GoPro Hero 3 is either not production ready or their Quality Department has dropped the ball. I am currently on my first replacement unit and will have to either return this or obtain another replacement, the issues are the following:

First Unit Issues (Latest Firmware Update)
- Unit kept freezing
- After a day, unit stopped detecting SD card.
- Performed all trouble shooting (i.e. hard restart, reformatting of SD card, pulling out battery, updated to latest firmware), but the unit was just bad.
- The unit had to be replaced.

Second Unit Issues (Latest Firmware Update)
- The replacement unit did not suffer the same issues as the first unit.
- But contained the battery drain issue when the unit is fully off (WiFi turned off as well).
- No matter how many times I recharged the battery, the battery would be dead by the next day even with the GoPro off. Please note that this is not normal for this unit and my prior unit did not suffer this issue.

At the end of the day, it seems that the issues that I have been experiencing above align with numerous complaints on the Gopro forums and the internet. In addition, the GoPro customer service line has been backed up so bad it is either a 45 minute wait or they can't take your call at all.

I do believe this product is the best camera on the market, IF YOU CAN GET ONE THAT WORKS PROPERLY. I am a supplier manager/buyer at a Fortune 500 Company within the tech industry and I can tell you that either this product is not production ready with the amount of issues, or the GoPro Quality Department has really dropped the ball.
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May 30, 2013
Hi HiroDuke,

First off, our apologies for the long overdue response. We only recently obtained the ability to provide input through Amazon's review system. We are truly sorry to hear about the issues experienced with your camera as well as the replacement camera received shortly thereafter. The issues described should have been fully resolved for quite some time now. Should you encounter any further issues please do make sure your camera is running the latest firmware version as there have been a number of updates released since the time of the initial posting

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer support team.
1,079 of 1,230 people found the following review helpful By Drift Sessions on January 5, 2013
Color Name: Black, Silver
We bought two Hero3 black edition cameras, used them this weekend with great video quality but terrible battery life and if you plan to use the wifi feature you will need to buy extra batteries or the battery back pack(I assume that is why they make it). We used the wifi iPhone app on one of the hero3 cameras and the battery was drained to almost empty in 30mins and the other hero3 camera we didn't use the wifi feature and it lasted longer but not as long as expected(comparing to our other herohd and hero2).

The GoPro App has its own set of bugs but it works great for previewing a shot before you are set to record. The 4 or 7 second lag in the video previewing is alittle annoying but you get use to it.

Now here is the biggest problem and why GoPro as a business has bad business practices.
We tried to post this same review (but 3 stars and minus the go-pro being a bad company part) but they have refused to post it! We did not violate any of the rules they have when posting a review on their website. The review was rejected because of the simple fact that it was a 3 star review of their product...

I will now be looking towards other Motorsports cameras because of their lack of customer support and shady business practices!

* Much better video quality then previous GoPro Hero's
* Built in WiFi
* Comes with remote
* GoPro App

* GoPro refused to let me post this review on their website!
* Terrible customer service!
* No Battery life!
* Preview lag and Bugs in GoPro App
* No Suction Cup when you spend $400.00 :-(
* No wall charger when you spend $400.00

I will continue to post this review on as many review websites as possible because of the way GoPro has handled this matter!
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