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GoPro Hero 3 Camcorder

Dec 2012
Full HD Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Good display quality
Easy to carry around
577 Reviews + 11 Awards
alphr.com Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate

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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

This camcorder has received eleven awards from camcorder experts.

The authors at three expert review sites all thought that this video camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. This camcorder received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag, Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com.

This GoPro video camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites Trusted Reviews, Allround-pc.com and Alphr.com all of whom wrote that this camcorder was good.

This camcorder was given a "Gold" award by both review sites Toptenreviews.com and Insidehardware.it, both of which wrote that this GoPro camcorder was superb.

The expert at one more expert review site concluded that this GoPro camcorder was very good. Lydogbilde.no gave this video camera an "Especially Recommended" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-six experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Digital Versus have rated this camcorder on average 85 out of 100. That puts this video camera in the top 13% of all the video cameras of a similar age and type.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, Hero 3 owners rated this video camera 87 out of 100. 324 reviewers (85% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 91% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Brand

Based on 2,577 owner and expert reviews (including 110 verified purchases), GoPro has excellent ratings for its video cameras. GoPro also has excellent ratings specifically for its video cameras compared to other brands. 91% of those that bought a GoPro video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Good Display Quality

One hundred and thirty-six people said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 3 was good quality. Gizmodo.com said “Good display quality” although they only scored it 14 out of 100. Three years ago Engadget.com mentioned “Outstanding build quality” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 but despite that they only gave the product a rating of 19.04 out of 100. Digitaltrends.com mentioned four years ago “Topnotch video and photo quality” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Looking

Twenty-two people agreed that this camcorder was good looking. Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Sound quality is pretty good” although they only gave the product a score of 1 stars. Nicku gave it a score of 8 stars and said “But, using the WIFI feature to connect and configure the camera using the Android app makes it pretty easy”. Nicku also said “Most of the video I have taken has come out pretty awesome” in their review.

Four owners who purchased it reckoned that it was well designed. Gizmodo.com said in their review of this camcorder “Premium design” yet they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Treefan mentioned on Walmart.com “This is a very well designed action camera mounted in a very rugged clear plexi-plastic case”. Thepotterkid said on Bestbuy.com “I love the GoPro cameras flexible options and slick design”.

Three customers who purchased this camcorder concluded that it was smooth. Five years ago an anonymous author wrote on Bestbuy.com “I stuck it on my helmet and the video is smooth and breathtaking”. Four years ago Norfolk Lady mentioned “The colours are really true to life and very crisp, even on a bike being ridden quite hard on less than smooth surfaces (attached on a chest mount” and rated this camcorder 7 stars. Also four years ago S Broomhead mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 “The moving image was smooth and detailed” and scored it 7 stars.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. Norfolk Lady mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Would recommend to anyone who wants an action cam - picture quality excellent, price competitive, small and neat” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars.

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Handy Underwater Enclosure

Thirty-one owners who bought the GoPro Hero 3 agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Gizmodo.com wrote “New flatlens housing provides perfect focus above and under water, without the dome covering half the status LCD” in their review of this camcorder. Reviewed.com mentioned “Handy underwater enclosure” but even so they scored it 18.32 out of 100. Bestbuy.com wrote “Water resistant” in their review of this camcorder.

Twenty-seven customers who reviewed the product thought it was well made. Digitaltrends.com wrote “WiFi built in” in their review of this camcorder. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Rugged build with wide selection of mounts” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3. Toptenreviews.com gave it a rating of 6 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “Solid build and takes some of the best video”.

Twenty-two owners who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it was strong and durable. Digitaltrends.com wrote four years ago “Durable waterproof case can survive almost anything” in their review of this camcorder. Bestbuy.com wrote “Very durable with a great picture” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote “There has been an explosion of rugged camcorders over the last few years” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Two customers concluded that it was easy to damage or scratch. Ltmbwch wrote on Walmart.com five years ago “Also while he was at Honolua Bay he spoke to some others that said it broke after just a few days”. Zman610 said on Walmart.com three years ago “The mounting clip broke after a few uses”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was reliable. Abdulaziz Lamlum said “Very very reliable” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3.

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WiFi Remote Control

One hundred and two people who purchased the product wrote that it was easy to use. Digitaltrends.com said “WiFi remote control”. Digital Versus wrote “Accessories (housing, remote control” however despite that they only scored the product 18.8 out of 100. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Remote and app control” in their review.

Ten customers who bought it agreed that it was easy to setup. Bestbuy.com said in their GoPro Hero 3 review “Easy to set up and use”. Bestbuy.com also said “Clear video and easy to set up” in their review. Goprocamera2013 said on Bestbuy.com “Had no problems at all setting up”.

Six owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Huge range of movie quality settings” however despite that they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Eskam scored this camcorder 8 stars and wrote four years ago “The simple menu and the different buttons takes some getting used to”. Johnmcl7 gave the product a score of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 “The camera needs a quick memory card and with the higher resolution video settings quickly chewing through memory I'd recommend the Sandisk 32GB microSDHC Ultra class 10 card or something similar”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold. Gizmodo.com wrote “Comfortable to hold in hand”. Siliconvalley332 mentioned “Make sure you get correct devices to hold your device”.

One owner said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to assemble. Newegg.com said “I tried to assemble the same kit by ording things piece-meal here at newegg a” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they only scored the product 20 out of 100.

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Weight & Dimensions

Easy to Carry Around

Thirteen owners who bought it said that it was compact. Four years ago expert website Uk.hardware.info gave it a rating of 6 stars and mentioned “They're very compact so they're easy to bring with you on vacation”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “GoPro remains at the pinnacle of sports-oriented compact video cameras” . Five years ago Pastortoprincipal wrote on Bestbuy.com “It is very compact and seems to respond well when used on this project”.

Three people considered that the product was lightweight. Expert website Dxomark.com said “It is lightweight, highly specialized”. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com said “We highly recommend it for its lightweight and sturdy construction that takes high quality video”. Four years ago Daddyshome mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Small & lightweight” and gave the product a rating of 7 stars.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Four years ago Bestbuy.com mentioned “Compact and easy to carry on trips”. Theirishguy123 said on Bestbuy.com in the same month “Light and easy to use when you read the instructions, battery life is surprising long” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 and scored it 8 stars. S Broomhead gave it a rating of 8 stars and wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Very small and light, so easy to carry” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3.

One owner who bought it said that it was thin. Five years ago Gizmodo.com wrote “Thinner profile” in their GoPro Hero 3 review. One person wrote that it was a good size. Siliconvalley332 mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Good size to carry around”.

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was thick. Treefan gave the product a score of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The view in the ad of the camera is actually the clear thick plastic waterproof case”.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One customer thought this camcorder was good in terms of connectivity. An anonymous author rated the GoPro Hero 3 6 stars and she wrote on Bestbuy.com “Features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity”.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The GoPro Hero 3 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also are Full HD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Four owners who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was noisy. Digital Versus wrote “Relatively little electronic noise” but in spite of that they only scored it 1 stars. Layersmagazine.com said “Low-light noise” in their review of this camcorder although they only gave the product a score of 1 stars. Randyx007 said in their review of this camcorder “It had a horrible static noise that came from nothing that could be explained in the first 3 gopro silvers I had”.

Low-Light Noise

Four owners who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was noisy. Digital Versus wrote “Relatively little electronic noise” but in spite of that they only scored it 1 stars. Layersmagazine.com said “Low-light noise” in their review of this camcorder although they only gave the product a score of 1 stars.

Randyx007 said in their review of this camcorder “It had a horrible static noise that came from nothing that could be explained in the first 3 gopro silvers I had”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Twelve people who reviewed the GoPro Hero 3 thought it had good features. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder 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” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Pcmag.com also mentioned “The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else” in their review. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “The new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition (the high-end edition with Wi-Fi) adds a slew of new features and improved performance” in their GoPro Hero 3 review.


Power

Low Battery Life

Fifty-two people who reviewed the GoPro Hero 3 reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “No offcamera battery charger”. Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “Battery life is dismal” in their review. Pocket Lint wrote in their review of this camcorder “Wi-Fi is an added battery killer”.

Two people said in their reviews that the product was not quick to charge. Bestbuy.com wrote “No wasy to charge batteries without using the camera” in their GoPro Hero 3 review. Paul mentioned “If you've been doing any data transfer before leaving it to charge it doesn't always seem to work”.

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Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Twelve customers concluded that this camcorder did not have good technical guidance. Bestbuy.com mentioned “It is hard to sight with no reference point or guide”. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Online download manual only” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Doesn't come with small owners Manual” in their review.

One person wrote in their reviews that this camcorder did not have good customer support. Bestbuy.com said “And customer support”.

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Ohne Zubehr Nur Nur Sehr Kleines Monochromes Display Zur Konfiguration Vorhanden, Ber Dieses Display Knnen Keine Videos Oder Fotos

Nineteen people who reviewed it concluded that it did not have a good screen. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Ohne Zubehr nur nur sehr kleines monochromes Display zur Konfiguration vorhanden, ber dieses Display knnen keine Videos oder Fotos”. Four years ago Bestbuy.com said “I use the LCD screen which reduces the life”. Bestbuy.com also said “Led screen is too small” in their review.

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it did not have a good viewfinder. Bestbuy.com wrote four years ago “There's no view finder on it so you don't know what you have”. Martin Beecroft said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk also four years ago “The wide field of view means that the lack of viewfinder/monitor is not a real problem”.

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There Are No Zoom Options With This Action Camcorder

Four people who purchased this camcorder said that it did not have a good lens. Mr P J Mills wrote “Only thing i can flaw it on is that it has no lens cap provided if you want to use it out of the underwater case for audio”. Robert Macrae said “For kayaking spray on the lens is a big problem, try to keep the glass very clean”.

Three people who reviewed it said that it did not have a good zoom. Digitaltrends.com said in their review of this camcorder “There are no zoom options with this action camcorder” . Four years ago Bestbuy.com wrote “Their is no zoom in or out” in their review of this camcorder. Bestbuy.com also wrote “No screen to see what you are taking a picture of and no zoom” in their review.

One owner thought it did not have a good autofocus. Gizmodo.com mentioned “Video camera focus locks” .

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No Lens Focus or Aperture Settings Share EnjoyTweet Author

One customer who bought the GoPro Hero 3 considered that it did not have good aperture controls. Four years ago Layersmagazine.com wrote “No lens focus or aperture settings Share EnjoyTweet Author”. One person wrote in their reviews that it did not have good exposure controls. Kbc Photography mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Lack of an exposure control” in their review of this camcorder.

Product Identifiers

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