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  • Versatile shooting modes for pros
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  • Wi-Fi built in
  • Lighter and smaller
  • Reduced fogging in the housing
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Style: _Black Edition
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 2.3 x 1.6 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009TCD8V8
  • Item model number: CHDHX-301
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 22, 2012

Product Description

Style: _Black Edition

Product Description

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.
Key Benefits:
  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Immersive, wide angle capture of your favorite activities
  • Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app.
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197'/60M and captures sharp images above and below water
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac® and second generation Battery BacPac®
  • Backwards compatible with older generation BacPacs®
  • New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more.

  • Key Specs:
  • Professional 4K Cinema 15 fps / 2.7K cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture
  • 12MP photo capture with 30 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built-In
  • Wi-Fi Remote Compatible (included)
  • GoPro App Compatible (FREE)
  • 197'/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
  • Assorted mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear and more
  • From the Manufacturer

    The Camera That Started a Movement

    Born from a passion to capture your adventures from your perspective, the completely redesigned HERO3: Editions line of cameras are the most advanced GoPro cameras, ever.

    Versatility

    Unprecedented Durability

    Shockproof and waterproof to 197' (60m), and proven in heavy surf from Tahiti to Northern California and everywhere in between, GoPro cameras can handle it thanks their highly engineered polycarbonate exoskeletal housing. Ready for action—from scuba diving to dirt track racing, and tough enough to take a spin across the asphalt or launch into space, GoPros are built to take a beating and keep filming. Replacement lens kits and housings are available, so there’s little worry while going for glory—even while diving with sharks.

    Wear it. Mount it. Love it.™

    GoPro mounts enable you to capture a fully immersive experience of your most exciting moments while ensuring your camera is securely attached and with you for the ride. Helmets, poles, boards, vehicles—and even yourself—whatever you’re into, there’s a GoPro camera mount that will help you get the perfect angle and POV for your most epic adventures. The HERO3 comes with a few basic mounts to get you started.

    HERO3: The Most Advanced GoPro, Ever.

    Camera Features
    Camera Features
    Smaller, lighter, better.
    Smaller, Lighter...Better

    Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Black Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than previous models.


    Smaller, lighter, better.
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    Built-in Wi-Fi

    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 normally available as a $79.99 accessory but is included with the HERO3: Black Edition. 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.


    Protune™—Powerful Control for Professionals
    Protune™—Powerful Control for Professionals

    A new video mode that unlocks the camera’s full potential, Protune yields stunning image quality and cinema-caliber video for professional productions. Available on the Silver and Black Editions.

    • 35Mbps Data Rate: Provides an improved, less compressed image.
    • Neutral Color Profile: Allows for greater latitude through the color correction process.
    • Log Curve Encoding: Provides more detail in shadows and highlights.
    • Reduced Sharpening and Noise Reduction: Improves flexibility in professional workflows.
    • 24fps Frame Rates: Easily intercut GoPro content with other sources without fps conversion.

    Connect. View. Control. The GoPro App
    Connect. View. Control. The GoPro App

    The GoPro App lets you control your GoPro camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. Features include full control of all camera settings, live video preview to your smartphone or tablet for easy shot framing and more—Available for free on the Apple App Store™ and Google Play.

    GoPro App Camera Features

    Software Updates

    Get new feature updates, product enhancements and more for your HERO3 through camera software updates. Available at gopro.com/support.


    What's Included

    Hero 3 Editions
    What's Included
    *only with HERO3 Black Edition Surf

    HERO3 Camera Comparision

    Compare Cameras
    White Edition

    Silver Edition

    Black Edition
    VIDEO 1080p30/ 960p30/ 720p60 fps 1080p30/ 960p30/ 720p60 fps 4Kp fps, 2.7 kp 30 fps, 1440p48/ 1080p60/ 720p120 fps
    PHOTO 5MP / 3 fps Burst 11MP/ 10 fps Burst 12MP/ 30 fps Burst
    WI-FI Built-in Built-in Built-in
    WI-FI REMOTE Compatible (sold seperately) Compatible (sold seperately) Included
    GOPRO APP Compatible Compatible Compatible
    PRO LOW-LIGHT Pro Low-Light   High Performance
    Battery & Charging
    • 1050mnAh rechargeable lithium-ion
    • Charge via USB
    HERO3:
    Black Edition
    HERO3:
    Black Edition with LCD Touch BacPac™
    HERO3:
    Black Edition using with Wi-Fi Remote
    HERO3:
    Black Edition using GoPro App
    RES/FPS Estimated Time Estimated Time Estimated Time Estimated Time
    720/60 1:25 1:10 1:20 1:10
    1080/30 1:30 1:15 1:25 1:15
    1080/60 1:15 1:00 1:05 1:00
    1440/48 1:25 1:05 1:15 n/a
    4k/15 1:30 1:10 1:20 n/a
    2.7k/30 1:20 1:05 1:10 n/a
    Notes
    1. Extreme cold temperatures may decrease battery life. For use in these conditions it is suggested to keep camera in a warm place prior to use.
    2. To maximize HERO3 battery life when shooting longer duration activities, it’s is best to use camera with LCD Touch BacPac turned off or unattached altogether. Turning off Wi-Fi will also help conserve power.
    3. Using protune mode will increase power consumption. May vary per mode and camera edition.

    HERO3 Premium Accessories + Mounts

    Recommened Accessories
    LCD Touch BacPac
    LCD Touch BacPac

    The LCD Touch BacPac is a removable LCD touch screen for GoPro cameras. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps your camera as small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD screen when attached.

    Battery BacPac
    Battery BacPac

    The Battery BacPac attaches to your GoPro camera to double battery life. Perfect for long duration time-lapse photo sessions, endurance motorsports racing or any application where you need up to 2X the battery life.

    Mounts
    Mounts

    GoPro mounts enable you to capture a fully immersive experience of your most exciting moments.

    Available Mounts

    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.
    DK

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    1,406 of 1,446 people found the following review helpful By JMF on March 24, 2013
    Style Name: _Black Edition
    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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    254 of 260 people found the following review helpful By James R. on August 12, 2013
    Style Name: Silver Edition Verified Purchase
    Before the HD Hero3 I've already owned the original Hero camera, the HD Hero 2 camera, and now the third generation HD Hero3 in Silver Edition. I've used mine for almost a year now, here's my updated review.

    Smaller Camera
    Compared to the Hero2, the Hero3 is about half the thickness of the Hero2, but more importantly the Hero3 is noticeably lighter, both in hand and when mounted to things like helmets or handlebars. The reduced body thickness also makes the camera easier to position and get to the perfect angle - especially when using the Chesty harness mount or the handlebar mount.

    New Case
    The new sealed splash-proof case is obviously thinner like the camera, but features the same spring-loaded buttons just like the Hero2 has. If you have a large selection of Hero2 mounts and accessories, they will still work with the Hero3, including the LCD BacPac (though the newer version is in black to match the Hero3 color scheme), the Battery BacPac (newer version gets the same color treatment) and the redundant WiFi BacPac (which you won't need since WiFi is built into the Hero3). The new lens cover is rectangular, and the replaceable lens piece is now recessed behind the frame - much better than the bubble-eye Hero2 lens piece that was easily prone to getting scuffed or scratched because it stuck out. One little "improvement" that is actually a little annoying is the new 2-step release clamp at the top. Whereas with the Hero2 case you had to tug at a tight-fitting latch, on the Hero3 case you have to slide a small tab with one hand, then you can lift the latch open with the other hand.
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    1,430 of 1,545 people found the following review helpful By HiroDuke on January 4, 2013
    Style Name: _Black Edition
    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.

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