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- Professional 1080p 30 fps, 960p 48 fps, and 720p 60 fps and WVGA 240 fps video capture
- 11MP photo capture with 10 frames per second burst
- Wi-Fi built-in, and compatible with Wi-Fi remote (sold separatly) and GoPro App (free)
- 197-Feet / 60m Waterproof Housing
- Basic mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear, and more
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GoPro cameras are used by more professional athletes sports filmmakers and core enthusiasts than any other camera in the world The GoPro HD HERO3 is the most advanced GoPro camera ever Wearable and gear mountable waterproof to 197 60m capable of capturing professional full 170 wide angle 1080p video the HD HERO3 is the worlds most versatile camera Now with Wi-Fi built in Simply the smallest lightest most powerful HD camera in the world for capturing and sharing immersive videos and photos of your favorite activities Whether your goal is to capture a great day out with friends or youre gunning for the cover of a magazine PLEASE NOTE GoPro HD Hero3 will ONLY accept the MICRO SD MEMORY CARD which will not work with GoPro HD or GoPro HD2 cameras
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.
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.
Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Silver Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than the HD HERO2 camera it replaces.
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.
Professional Quality Photos
The HERO3: Silver Edition captures 11MP still photos and has a burst capture rate of 10 frames per second. Time-lapse photo capture mode enables automatic photo capture at 0.5, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals.
Improved Sharpness, Less Distortion
The HERO3: Silver Edition's reduced-distortion aspherical lens combines with user-selectable 1080p Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than are available on the White Edition camera. The totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water.
Redesigned Audio System
Understanding that sound quality is as important as image quality, GoPro engineers completely redesigned the HERO3: Silver Edition 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.
The HERO3: Silver Edition features built-in Wi-Fi and is compatible with both the Wi-Fi Remote (optional accessory) and the GoPro App. The Wi-Fi Remote (not included) is a waterproof, wearable remote control that can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPros at a time from a range of 600'. The HERO3: Silver Edition'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 scene preview on any compatible iOS smartphone or tablet.
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
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.
Get new feature updates, product enhancements and more for your HERO3 through camera software updates. Available at gopro.com/support.
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Battery & Charging
- 1050mnAh rechargeable lithium-ion
- Charge via USB
Silver Edition with LCD Touch BacPac™
Silver Edition using with Wi-Fi Remote
Silver Edition using GoPro App
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- 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.
- To maximize HERO3 battery life when shooting longer duration activities, it is best to use camera without LCD Touch BacPac attached and make sure Wi-Fi is turned OFF.
- Using protune mode will increase power consumption. May vary per mode and camera edition.
Control your GoPro camera remotely with the Wi-Fi Remote. Access all your GoPro camera settings, power ON/OFF and start/stop recording. The Wi-Fi Remote makes using the GoPro convenient and easy.
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.
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. Compatible with all GoPro cameras.
GoPro mounts enable you to capture a fully immersive experience of your most exciting moments.
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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. During the process, look for the message on your LCD that reads 'updating.' Your front LED light will flash intermittently. You will soon see a progress percentage on your LCD and the blue WiFi light will turn on. Make sure your progress climbs to 100%, then your camera will shut itself off.
If you do not observe your camera behaving as I described, the update did not work and you will have to try again. If the process fails, do not expect to receive an 'Update Failed' message as Gopro claims. The firmware issue is causing huge problems for many users; largely because they believe that they successfully installed the new firmware, but the process actually failed.
After my firmware was updated successfully, I have not experienced any of the major failures that many users have reported. My battery does not drain overnight when turned off as some people have reported. My camera never fails to read its SD card. I started & stopped recording via WiFi repeatedly, and everything worked great. Freezing is the major catastrophic problem common in the negative reviews. I shot video for 45 minutes continuously and never had any lock-up issues during use. I function-tested every option in the menu and never experienced any malfunction, but for one exception.
My camera froze a few times when powering on, requiring a battery rip. I'm not sure what causes this, and it happened only a few times over the past 2 weeks, while I have turned the camera on & off hundreds of times with no issues. Some have theorized that it is related to using the USB charger, or moving files off of the SD card, but I have been unable to determine a common condition that will cause the problem consistently. You can expect to experience this glitch too; it is a very common report on the Gopro forums, and I have friends that have had the same experiences. We are hoping that Gopro will solve this issue with another firmware update. Note: If you are forced to pull the battery, leave it out for at least 60 seconds. Update 7-3-13: After 4 months of heavy use, my Gopro Black is working flawlessly. It has not frozen during use or startup after the latest firmware update (Version 2.39). Some of my friends have experienced occasional freezing, but it's very rare; note: we use our Gopro H3B's on a daily basis.
If you're going to buy a Hero 3, update the firmware manually right out of the box. After that, if you have freezing issues, a defective battery, or buttons that do not work as they should, just take it back to the store for an exchange or refund. Best Buy gives you 15 days. I can't imagine dealing with any customer service trying to fix a lemon. I don't get why anyone even tries. That being said, my remaining criticisms are relatively petty, and are being made against a functional Hero 3 Black. The bottom line is that I love this camera so far. It earns 4 stars.
Be prepared for a fast-draining battery. The 45-minute video I mentioned earlier took my battery from 100% to no bars. However, after the 45-min recording, I was able to shoot an additional 28 minutes on fumes (with no bars showing on my battery gauge) before it died. This battery test was made on the 1080/60 setting, without WiFi or Protune in use.
You will likely need a backup battery plan, such as spares with a wall charger. There is a great kit on Amazon for $29 made by Wasabi, Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for GoPro HD HERO3 and GoPro AHDBT-201, AHDBT-301 or the Gopro battery Bacpac (which I have never tried). Note: You can swap batteries and your settings will not return to factory defaults. I left my battery out for 5 minutes and it still retained my settings. This is a huge positive for Gopro since I routinely swap out batteries. It would be a real pain to reset my resolution & preferences every time, not to mention the date/clock. I use my Gopro for skydiving, which means my videos are short, and I am never far from an A/C outlet. The battery life on the Hero 3 could pose a challenge for those who venture into the wilderness...or the water. Something to think about. I used a Hero 2 for a year, and the difference in the battery life is noticeable. Note: It took 140 minutes to charge my battery from totally drained to 100%. From the point of no bars to 100%, it took 100 minutes to fully charge. These tests were done with the included USB cable connected to a PC.
My other minor complaints include the lack of a printed manual. I downloaded it from online, then printed the PDF, so I have a 66-page 8.5x11" book. A pocket-sized manual that I can fit in my camera case should be standard issue with a $400 package. This is not too big of a deal because once you learn the system, there are only 6 to 8 pages from the manual that are actually useful.
The panel that covers the charging port is not tethered, so I already know that this little door (14 x 21mm) will eventually get lost. Another issue is that the unit gets hot while recording; but as long as it doesn't do any damage or cause a breakdown, I guess that's just the way it is. A Gopro will not allow itself to overheat; it will shut down automatically if it gets too hot.
When you open up your DCIM folder after recording, you may notice several blank-icon files (type LRV & THM) scattered among your video/picture files. Some computer people call these "mouse droppings." The LRV files can be changed to MP4 and are functional as a mini clip. This is useful for efficient editing projects on slower computers. After setting up your edit, you then replace the LRV with your original HD file. The THM files can be changed to JPG and serve as thumbnails to your photographs. But I just delete all the droppings. I don't fully understand how to exploit them, and they only show up once in a while.
The greatest improvement over the Hero 2 is the new video options available. The 1080p/60fps is my favorite setting. This feature alone is the reason I bought the H3B. The Hero 2 would only shoot 30FPS on 1080. And to my delight, once I selected 1080/60 on my H3B, I found that I can then adjust the FOV within that setting. On the hero 2, your FOV options were very limited depending on your resolution setting. The H3B gives incredible freedom to customize the look of your recordings. Note: The recording versatility on the Black edition is better than on the White or Silver models. The premium price is not just for the remote.
The 4k cinema mode is essentially useless to me. It offers a maximum frame rate of 15 FPS, which resembles a slideshow. The 2.7k offers 30 FPS, and renders incredibly impressive resolution, but you'll be lucky if your computer can play it smoothly. After seeing the excellent results of the 1080p/60FPS videos, I doubt I will ever change that setting except to do super slow-motion, for which I would use 120FPS-- which is only available on 720p resolution. Apparently, there is a plan from GoPro for an upcoming software update that will expand the FOV options on the 720/120FPS mode. Right now it's Wide only. UPDATE 5-7-13: The new firmware update gives more FOV options.
The WiFi remote is definitely cool and handy. It makes it a snap to control your camera after it's mounted. It is simple to set up and operate. But like the camera, the remote battery drains quickly; and the charging cable is proprietary, so you will have to take it with you to charge the remote during downtime. I also installed the GoPro app on my Android smartphone. This allows you to use your phone as a remote. You can see on your phone what the camera sees, even while it's not recording; lots of fun possibilities there.
The camera is noticeably thinner and lighter than the H2. The buttons are easier to activate; they are larger and more sensitive. It also uses a Micro SD card, not the standard SD used by the Hero 2. Because the height & width are unchanged, the casing doors are interchangeable with the Hero 2, and the LCD Bacpac from my H2 is fully functional on the 3; that made my day!
The firmware situation is unfortunate, and Gopro owes a lot of customers a big apology. I myself grew quite frustrated until I was advised to use the manual process. This review was going to be a 1-star profanity-fest, until I figured out the firmware debacle. If you disregarded all reviews of the Hero 3 in which the user failed to update the firmware, I'm sure the overall feedback would be much more positive. Even after my initial troubles, I am still a fan of Gopro. I can live with the power-up freezing glitch for now. For skydiving and short trips, the Hero 3 Black is a great camera. Blue skies!
We tested the camera out over a couple of days at our home resort in NH, and were immediately impressed with the image quality it's capable of producing. With just a little editing, you're producing some fun action video to share with family and friends. In this regard, the GoPro meets expectations -- it's simple to operate, and it shoots amazingly high quality video.
At home and over the first few days of our vacation, we played around with different placement and angles (you do have to aim the camere somewhat carefully in "medium" view, or you end up looking at the ground a lot). We successfully (though not without glitches) have used the iOS and Android apps to manage setup and aiming. And we took some really compelling video of storm-riding at Steamboat, where the wide-angle and high resolution made simply beautiful shots. We also took it with us -- in its waterproof housing -- to the famous natural hot springs outside Steamboat. It was great fun taking the camera right in the water, and the first few pictures and short video I took were cool.
And then it happened -- I am guessing something glitched when changing between camera and video modes -- but the unit stopped recording altogether. Oh, it looked like it was recording, and the video / image counter incremented... but nothing was actually stored on the MicroSD card, and the counter reset when you shut the camera off... so, we ended up "losing" pictures and video we took that day -- and the next day, too, because everything appeared normal.
When I realized what was happening, I spent quite a bit of time researching the possible problems. This is where you go off the cliff with GoPro, and realize that the new Hero3 is just not ready for prime time. The more you read, the more you realize that this nifty little device is buggier than a pile of elephant poo in the hot sun. There are apparently dozens of known "glitches", most of which require fairly heroic technical intervention, unless you're a tech nerd; I am, so when GoPro's tech support emailed back a laundry list of things to try, I was OK reformatting the SD card and monkeying around with things. This morning I got it to work again -- but that means we lost use of the device for the last several days of our vacation.
More the point -- I don't think most people would consider this kind of unreliability to be worthy of a consumer-level device. Maybe in a few more months, they'll have the bugs worked out, but unless you're willing to sign up for some frustration, I would keep my distance for now. That's a shame, because when it's working, it's a pretty remarkable action camera.
A few other notes:
- Battery life isn't great -- probably not two hours in cold weather.
- You really need the GoPro USB charger or some other higher output USB device -- charging off a computer USB port overnight was not enough to get a full charge.
- As noted, if you buy into GoPro and you're at all into it, you're going to end up with the accessories, too. My annoyance notwithstanding, now that it is working again, my son and I are both looking forward to further experimentation, on snow and elsewhere. I can see more accessories in our future.