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GoPro Hero 3 Camcorder

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Dec 2012
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Capture life on the edge with the compact, lightweight and WiFi enabled GoPro Hero 3 Action Camcorder. Be a hero Remarkably smaller and lighter than previous models, the Hero 3 is compatible with... More
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14 Reasons For

Fourteen Industry Awards

This camcorder has received fourteen awards from experts.

This video camera received a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews, Pctidningen.se, Allround-pc.com, Lydogbillede.dk and Alphr.com all of whom decided that this GoPro camcorder was good.

This GoPro video camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag, Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com all of whom wrote that this camcorder was superb.

This video camera received a "Gold" from both Toptenreviews.com and Insidehardware.it, both of which thought that this camcorder was fantastic.

An additional two expert review sites endorsed this GoPro camcorder. This video camera received an "Especially Recommended" award from Lydogbilde.no, confirming their endorsement and it received an Ixbt.com "Original Design" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Fourty-two experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar have rated this GoPro camcorder on average 83 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this GoPro video camera rated it as 89%.

GoPro Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

GoPro has excellent average ratings for its camcorders as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other brands.

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Easy to Use

Six customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Drlip rated the product 5 stars and wrote in their GoPro Hero 3 review “Easy to use, decent images without the faff”. Mere gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “Even for an electronic novice like me this was extremely easy to use” in their GoPro Hero 3 review. Plumber gave this camcorder an excellent review and wrote “Been out getting the hang of it & its so easy to use” in their GoPro Hero 3 review.

One person who purchased the product thought it had a good interface. Three years ago Reviewed.com wrote “Battery life too short per charge, user interface none too friendly” and rated it 4 stars. One person who bought the GoPro Hero 3 reckoned that it was easy to use the menus.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Blair Rennie said on Amazon last year “The product is easy to set up, is of top quality”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Beatrice mentioned on Amazon “Amazing product, good quality videos!”. C. Hawkes said on Amazon “I have been very impressed by the quality” in their review of this camcorder. Chris West said in his review of the GoPro Hero 3 on Amazon two years ago “This produced high quality footage” and rated it 5 stars.

Robust

Several customers who reviewed the GoPro Hero 3 reckoned that it was well made. Three years ago expert website Toptenreviews.com said “Solid build and takes some of the best video” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “A solid upgrade The Hero3+ Black Edition builds on the strengths of its predecessors”.

Some GoPro Hero 3 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it was strong and durable. Expert website Techradar.com mentioned four years ago “An amazing and robust camera that can go all the places you can” and rated it 4 stars. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “There has been an explosion of rugged camcorders over the last few years” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3.

Some customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com nine years ago “The GoPro Digital Hero 3 is a cool idea that could be fun if youre swimming.” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 3 stars. Reviewed.com wrote “Handy underwater enclosure” and rated it 72 out of 100.

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Good Size

A number of GoPro Hero 3 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was compact. C. Hawkes rated the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon two years ago “In short - I'm excited by the potential of this compact miracle”. Expert review site Laptopmag.com said three years ago “With its top-notch video quality, compact design and waterproof case”. Techradar.com said in their GoPro Hero 3 review on Techradar “GoPro remains at the pinnacle of sports-oriented compact video cameras”.

Several GoPro Hero 3 owners wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. Expert website Toptenreviews.com wrote “We highly recommend it for its lightweight and sturdy construction that takes high quality video” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Expert review site Dxomark.com mentioned “It is lightweight, highly specialized” in their review.

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Good Connectivity

Several people who reviewed the GoPro Hero 3 said that it was wifi compatible. Chris West mentioned in his GoPro Hero 3 review on Amazon “.]The wi-fi app works great with an iPhone”. Three years ago Reviewed.com scored the product 72 out of 100 and mentioned in their review “Features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity”. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Compared to the competition, such as the £100 ($150) cheaper Sony HDR-AS15, which already has Wi-Fi built in for live streaming, identical frame rates at 1080p” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3.

Good Technical Features

Several customers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Pcmag.com said in their review on expert review site PC Mag “The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition ($399.99 direct) is an impressive upgrade for an already excellent product, slimming down the dimensions and adding features like 4K (or Ultra”. Pcmag.com also wrote “The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else”. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review on Digital Versus “The new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition (the high-end edition with Wi-Fi) adds a slew of new features and improved performance” and gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars.

Nice Design

Several people who purchased it considered that it was a good design. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said “If you like GoPro's camera design and just want solid HD video, you might be able to save yourself $100”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking.

Good Battery Life

Three customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good battery life. J. Whitehead said last year “Only let down is the battery doesn't last a huge length of time.” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3. Martin wrote in his GoPro Hero 3 review two years ago “Only problem is the battery life” .

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Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Hero 3 which are not Full HD, the GoPro Hero 3 is Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the GoPro Hero 4[plb_2666283_price].

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2592 X 1944 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the GoPro Hero 3 is 2592 x 1944. That's over two times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

A 2592 x 1944 still image resolution is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Hero 3.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst supported still image resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most camcorders that are a comparable age to the Hero 3 do not have an image stabiliser. The GoPro Hero 3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have an HDMI port, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Hero 3 also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Hero 3 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Hero 3 have a built-in display, however the GoPro Hero 3 does not have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Hero 3, the GoPro Hero 3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Hero 3 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the Hero 3 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The GoPro Hero 3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Hero 3 are also not 3D compatible.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have movie megapixel counts of between 2MP and 16MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.1MP. With a movie megapixel count of only 5 megapixels, the GoPro Hero 3 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts amongst camcorders of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the GoPro Hero 3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder was released over four years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Memory Card
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Continuous Shooting Mode
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Other Features
Night Mode
Photo Mode
Interface
Dimensions
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Freeze-Resistant

14 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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13 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.In this ultra-modern age, where every mobile phone can record videos, the camcorders have been... Read more…

Sharp 1080p video quality
Excellent value
The GoPro Her 3 is smaller, lighter, and features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
The Black Edition offers a number of ultra-high-resolution capture modes and high frame rates for standard HD resolutions
Burst speeds for still photos has been greatly imp
Some purple fringing in footage
Narrow field of view in 1080p setting
GoPro's control scheme has a longer learning curve than the simpler slide-n-go setup of the Contour cameras
Only 15fps on 4K video renders this selling point mostly moot for action videography
Para poder sacarle provecho al 100 se tienen que comprar los accesorios y fundas por separado, lo que implica un gasto extra considerable
19 September 2014

GoPro's Hero3 White Edition takes over as our favorite action camera in the $200 price range, thanks to its sharp video quality and low price...

PC Mag

14 August 2014

We've seen a plethora of accessories for the GoPro Hero actioncam cropping up over the past few years, including everything from stabilizers to drones to helmet-mounted poles . Surprisingly,... Read more…

28 February 2014

If you like GoPro's camera design and just want solid HD video, you might be able to save yourself $100 and get this instead of the $400 Black Edition...

17 January 2014

GoPro's Hero3 Black Edition is the most capable action camera available today. It gives users higher resolution and higher frame rate options than the competition, but its battery life leaves much...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 20 December 2012 by Sandsprite
Sandsprite would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

Haven't used the camera yet as it will be a xmas gift for my husband, but it was bundled with an SD card that wasn't compatable with it. I did not notice this until I began looking into the... Read more…

Reviewed 5 December 2012 by StellarShips
StellarShips would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

I bought two of these as gifts. Both will be used to record extreme sports, snow boarding, baha truck racing, sailing, and large RC planes. The units are very compact, water proof, and can be... Read more…

Reviewed 15 June 2013 by Huhuhuh

Want one of these for some time and had the extra money so went for it. 2 months in the camera starting locking up, unreliable and totally intermitten when if wanted to work. (on line review tells... Read more…

Reviewed 26 March 2014 by Treefan
Treefan would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

This little camera and waterproof case is a surprisingly well made and easy to understand device. It exceeded my expectations in that the clear case is extra durable, the instructions are very... Read more…

Reviewed 1 January 2013 by ExpertRealtor
ExpertRealtor would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

The Camera is easy to use, has a very wide angle lens, and many other easy to use features. I really like the app for my smart phone that allows you to control the camera wirelessly...

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