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GoPro Hero3: Black Edition Camcorder Review

The most powerful adventure cam to date—the Hero3: Black Edition.

$399.99
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Introduction

With lots of competition coming in 2012, GoPro couldn't afford to sit idly by while other manufacturers released new and improved adventure cams. Instead, GoPro responded to the competition by releasing the most powerful adventure cam to date—the Hero3: Black Edition. This little camcorder packs in more record modes and features, including the ability to shoot 4K video, than any other wearable camcorder on the block, and GoPro somehow managed to do this while still keeping prices below $400. By nearly all accounts, the Hero3: Black Edition is superior to the Hero2, although the lack of a built-in mic jack on the Hero3 is a frustrating absence.

GoPro offers three versions of the Hero3 camcorder. For $199 there's the Hero3: White Edition, which is essentially the original HD Hero camcorder in a new body. The Hero3: Silver Edition is available for $299, and—you guessed it—it's more or less the HD Hero2 in a new body. The Hero3: Black Edition, the model reviewed here, is an entirely new camcorder with all new features and specs. At $399 it is the priciest of the bunch, but if you're looking to upgrade over the Hero2, then it's worth it.

Video Review

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Features
  12. Recording Options
  13. Rugged Design
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery
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