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What else is NOT included with this Camera that I will have to buy? Memory? Charger? etc.. I asking about necessities, not options or accessories. Th Mar 17, 2013
As folks are saying, you'll need an SD micro memory card. You'll want a Class 10 card if you're planning on shooting HD video (Class 10 means that it can record at 10Mbs per second. You can get away with Class 6 or better, but it's not a huge price difference.) The size will depend on what you plan on doing with the camera. Static photos will generally be about 5.5 MB (100 MB to a GB), a 60 second video shot at 720dpi 60 frames a second, will run about 108MB. The battery will run about 2 hours (provided wifi is off), so figure about 12GB for a non-stop video (It's a bit more because of the limitations of how the camera can write to the card.) For what it's worth, I picked up a 32GB card for mine. There are a few other things you probably want to consider (tripod mount with a gorillapod, extra batteries, USB auto charging port, etc.) but you didn't ask about those.
Does this camera come with a SD micro memory card or should i buy one, if not would i still be able to capture video just not a lot Jun 6, 2013
No, you'll have to purchase a card. To be on the safe side, I purchased a SanDisk 64GB Ultra MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter only $53.00 on Amazon. When video recording at 1080, you will eat up space quickly. I have been able to record, 16 12 minute clips on the 64GB card.
Has anyone bought the silver edition and wished they had bought the black instead? Is the 10 FPS at 1080 choppy? Jul 25, 2013
I bought the Black Edition. It has a few issues that, I can talk about. Battery overheating camera causing memory card problems and lost of data. Battery will not hold a charge and only last 20-30 minutes. Only one Micro Sd Card works in the Black Edition, that Being Sandisk Ultra Pro 16 gig Micro Sd Card. I tried the Sandisk Ultra 64(a rated 10 card) and it failed, causing a loss in data. Rendered files unreadable by the Go Pro Cineform Software and any video recorded after to the same Disk was missing. Reformatting did recover the Micro Sd Card, but all data was lost. It seems that the battery heating up to extreme temps is creating write to errors. Will shut down recording video without warning, but leaves camera powered on. Patch fix did nothing to fix problems with the Go Pro Black Edition. On paper the specs look great for this new line, but users have a lot of complaints and none of the reviewers are looking at the feedback from users. The move away from SD cards to Micro SD cards and the limited selection of working cards is a major issue. You must use a true class 10 or above rated Micro SD Card in the Hero 3 line up in order to get a working file..
Battery life claims ~2 hours, can anyone confirm whether this is the average battery life during actual usage? Will buy extras, but still curious. May 19, 2014
I used it on my motorcycle trip and it lasted for over two hrs.
What duration is the video function on replay ? Mar 7, 2013
Not sure what you're asking. The stock battery life is about 2 hours (less if Wifi is on). You'll get about that for HDMI playback. Be sure to get the right HDMI type cable (non-ethernet), as the camera tends to be a bit finicky about what it likes to connect to. I've found that it's often easier to use the USB connection instead, if the monitor provides that.
Is it possible to plug in an external microphone and external monitor (such as a computer screen to watch a live feed of footage) at the same time? Feb 25, 2015
no microphone input unfortunately, but it does have a micro hdmi out for live and replay. (this is an 'action camera' however, I would suggest using a better (less expensive) stationary camera if you plan to monitor what is going on.) If you're just recording what is going on in a room/studio, the mic works pretty well, I have used it for stationary filming and for band practice. for a room setting the audio may be a little low, but it does record decently well. edit: if you're recording stationary, look into mirror less cameras. they have gotten much cheaper the past few years (and this GoPro has gone up from last year). I have an Eos M that I will use for regular recording and the GoPro will be used for racing and other events.
do any of you shoot in the hi res mode......and can you view it on a seiki 4k or have any of you?????? May 8, 2013
It shoots very well in 1080 with a little tweaking. I prefer to use a lower setting for storage reasons, personally. Don't know anything about viewing on 4K.
I am going to buy this camera for my 12 year old grandson. He will use it for long distance bike riding. Is the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition ok? Dec 2, 2013
You may want to think About an additional battery. Buy these cheap , not from Gopro
Does the GoPro 3 silver from "Truly the Best" come in the original retail packaging (cardboard bottom, plastic see through top)? Dec 2, 2013
Yes, it came perfectly packaged.