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GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition

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Black Edition
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  • 20% smaller and lighter housing (waterproof to 131'/40m)
  • 33% improved image sharpness and reduced distortion
  • Faster built in Wi-Fi for enhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro App
  • Super View video mode captures the world"s most immersive wide angle perspective
  • 30% longer battery life
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Style: Black Edition | Configuration: Camera Only

Product Description

Every time that GoPro launches a new generation of cameras, we're left confronting the age-old adage, how do you improve on perfection? Well, how about reducing housing size and weight by 20%, reducing distortion by 33%, speeding up Wi-Fi, a SuperView mode, and increasing battery life by 25%? We thought that would get your attention. For the HERO3+ Black Edition - Adventure, GoPro reduced in size and weight of the camera by 20% in comparison to the old HERO3, and the camera weight was reduced by 25%. In fact, the HERO3+ tips the scales around 2.08 ounces. The camera body has retained the black backing treatment and the progressive user interface at the front. Additionally, the lighter housing boasts an impressive waterproofing, 131ft/40m. As with the HERO3, the HERO3+ continues the use of what GoPro calls a six-element aspherical lens. What does this mean? Simply put, the lens has been designed to operate evenly across more light conditions than ever before. For the camera nerds: it's an f/2.8-6.0 lens. So, you'll experience sharper image quality whether it's blisteringly bright or the sun has nearly disappeared. The lens also allows Ultra-wide, Medium, and Narrow field of view modes, and you can operate the White Balance in either auto or manual modes (3000k, 5500k, 6500k, Cam Raw). Now, you're able to expect crystal clear resolution from sunrise to sunset. Possibly more important for your mounted shots, the lens has made huge gains in decreasing distortion. In fact, GoPro asserts that the new iteration of the HERO3 improves reduces distortion by 33%. And as an added perk, image sharpness has been enhanced by 33%, as well. And speaking of resolution, the HERO3+ Black Edition boasts ultra-high resolution video modes of 4Kp15, 2.7Kp30, 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 fps. Basically, if you love slow-motion shots, the HERO3+ is a godsend. And did we mention that all of these rates can be run from Ultra-Wide mode? Awesome. And new to this model, GoPro has a...

From the Manufacturer


Smallest, lightest GoPro yet
Camera Features:
Camera Features

Smaller, lighter, mightier still.

Capture and share your life's most meaningful experiences with the HERO3+ Black Edition. 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor, it delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. SuperView™ is a new video mode that captures the world's most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. Combined with 30% longer battery life, faster built-in Wi-Fi and a sharper lens, the HERO3+ Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro yet.


Smallest, lightest GoPro yet
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
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
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
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.


Superview
Introducing SuperView.

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
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
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.


Improved Audio
Improved Audio

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
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.


GoPro App
GoPro App
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

GoPro App
Key Features
  • 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

What’s Included

GoPro App
  • 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

Camera Comparison

Camera Comparison
HERO3+ Black Edition HERO3+ Silver Edition HERO3 White Edition
VIDEO 4Kp15 / 2.7Kp30 / 1440p48 / 1080p60 / 960p100 / 720p120 fps 1080p60 / 960p60 / 720p120 fps 1080p30 / 960p30 / 720p60 fps
PHOTO 12MP/ 30 fps Burst 10MP / 10 fps Burst 5MP / 3 fps Burst
WI-FI Built-in Built-in Built-in
WI-FI REMOTE Included Compatible (sold seperately) Compatible (sold separately)
GOPRO APP Compatible Compatible Compatible

Battery + Charging

  • 30% longer battery life compared to HERO3: Black Edition
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Rated at 1180mAH, 3.7V, 4366mWh
Battery Life

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.⁴

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™
Video Mode Estimated Time Estimated Time Estimated Time Estimated Time
4Kp 15 fps 2:00 1:50 1:20 1:25
2.7Kp 30 fps 1:40 1:35 1:10 1:15
1440p 48 fps 1:50 1:40 1:10 1:20
1080p 60 fps 1:30 1:20 1:00 1:10
1080p 30 fps 2:00 1:50 1:20 1:25
720p 120 fps 1:55 1:45 1:15 1:20
Footnotes

¹Compatibility varies by device. Video playback and sharing is compatible with videos captured in select modes only.

²Actual results may vary.

³Content playback, sharing and access to the camera's memory card is not available on Windows Phone.

⁴Based on GoPro engineering testing. Actual performance may vary based on settings, environmental conditions and other factors. Maximum battery capacity will normally decrease with time and use.

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Product Details

Style: Black Edition | Configuration: Camera Only
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 2 x 3 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00F3F0GLU
  • Item model number: CHDHX-302
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 30, 2013

Technical Details

Style: Black Edition | Configuration: Camera Only
  • HD Compatible

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

After that, it's been working great.
Wayne
Impulse buy...now I will never go without one.
B. Huff
Very good video and still picture quality.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,744 of 1,822 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnston on October 9, 2013
Style Name: Black EditionConfiguration: Camera Only Verified Purchase
Be aware when purchasing that there are some aspects to the new "improved" lens that may not be for everyone. This week it has been fairly well documented (and confirmed by GoPro) that while the new lens produces much sharper images under 4', they are blurrier at distances greater than 4'. It does NOT focus at infinity. For reasons not fully explained, they moved the focal point of the lens in close and sacrificed distance clarity.

Update at bottom.

You will get great shots under 4' and soft focus beyond that. Depending on what you want it for, this camera may not be for you and the regular H3 might be a better bet. Since this is an effect of the lens it applies to both stills and video. On the other hand, it's still a decent small action camera, and if you take a lot of video in motion you may not notice this at all. For YouTube uploads and streaming it may not matter, I haven't tested this myself. If you want better clarity in your images the 3B is a good choice. I personally will play with it this week before deciding if I should return it. (Update: it's going back.)

It boggles the mind that they have produced a camera that claims to have a better lens and ignored the fact that it is in fact worse for 90% of what you'll be filming. Great clarity on your handlebars but not so good on the scenery.

Edit: other pluses- the color is much better with the 3+ than the 3. Low light shooting is also better, although sometimes lens flare from lights is a little worse, sometimes better. No more chromatic aberration (yellow/purple fringing). Just do some reading before buying this, they made some trade-offs in the new lens.
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UPDATE: 03/26/2014 - GoPro has recently released a firmware update v2.0 for the Hero3+ Black. Quoting the GoPro website:
"Camera software update 2.0 has lots in store for your GoPro. HERO3+ Black Edition cameras will get new SuperView(tm) video modes, new Auto Low Light settings, advanced Protune(tm) controls and more. For HERO3+ Silver Edition cameras, update 2.0 increases the field of view on all photo and video modes for even more immersive, wide-angle footage. And with new wireless camera software updates via the GoPro App, updating your GoPro has never been easier."

UPDATE - 12/9/2013 - I've just updated my video with additional video samples from the Hero3+ compared to the Hero3. I also stuck in a short video of the Sony HDR-AS30V for additional comparison.

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Just about a year ago I bought the GoPro Hero3 Black. It was frought with issues and I felt it had been rushed out the door without adequate testing. Fortunately, some 3 firmware updates later, the GoPro Hero3 Black has become a reliable sports cam for me.

I was both happy and frustrated to learn that the GoPro Hero3+ Black was being introduced. With promises of improved battery life and sharper lens, I wished I had waited to buy the Hero3+ instead of the Hero3. But now that I"ve also got the Hero3+ Black, I've learned that it's not that big of an upgrade really and I still use and thoroughly enjoy using the Hero3. In fact for some things the Hero3 Black is superior to the Hero3+ Black. But battery life is definitely better and some people will love the new "super wide" mode that really gives you a stronger fisheye effect.

I have been using the Hero3+ a lot for time lapse phtography and for recording bike rides.
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736 of 820 people found the following review helpful By Qazi on October 4, 2013
Style Name: Black EditionConfiguration: Camera Only Verified Purchase
UPDATE 25/12/2013

Finally I did a comparison of HERO3+ BE with HERO3 BE and the HERO+ BE lens is out of focus for objects that are far away but crisp for closeups. I use my GoPro cameras to record my motorsport activities so closeup sharpness is more important to me that is why I never noticed the out of focus background scenes. I do not use the GoPro cameras to capture images and instead use a Canon 60D for photography. I have removed one star as my older HERO3 BE was sharp even for distant objects.

(End of Update)
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This review is about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition which I have bought but there are some comments about other editions, casing and microSD card also which you may find useful for a comparison.

When GoPro released HERO3, the whole internet was flooded with customers complaining about several issues which GoPro kept fixing with new firmware updates. I owned a HERO3 Black Edition and luckily encountered no issues as I always kept it up-to-date with the latest firmware. I also bought a recommended microSD card supporting full bitrate (more on this at the end of review).

GoPro HERO3+ is exactly what the name says..an upgraded and more polished HERO3 but with a new lens and several new useful features, GoPro would have just changed the shape and easily called it HERO4.

- Smaller and lighter
The waterproof case that comes with the package is now smaller and lighter but the actual camera is still the same size and weight. Smaller also means that unlike the previous waterproof case which supported maximum depth of 60m, the new smaller case now supports only 40m. Mounting base is same so it is still compatible with older accessories using the same mount.
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