October 1st 2013 3:00 am

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Your action videos never looked so good


With three Hero3+ cameras to choose from (Black, Silver and White), price shouldn't be much of an issue. Nor should quality. GoPro's taken a leaf out of Apple's book and released its "best ever" camera, even if it's just an incremental update over the Hero3. But considering it shoots better video, has more options, a better battery and a smaller case, not to mention more accessories, there isn't really anything to complain about. This really is the best GoPro ever, and with a 12-month product cycle evidently in place, if you're new to GoPro, the time to buy is now. Owners of last year's model have a tougher decision to make. For some, there's not enough new here to warrant the upgrade, but the "gotta-have-its" also won't be disappointed. Ski season is nearly upon us, after all.

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Engadget Oct 16, 2013

... considering it shoots better video, has more options, a better battery and a smaller case, not to mention more accessories, there isn't really anything to complain about.

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Gizmodo Oct 1, 2013

Overall, these little things add up to a pretty large improvement, though it's not a reinvention of the wheel.

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CNET Dec 13, 2013

Like the Hero3, the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition's strongest attributes are its excellent video quality and impressive list of shooting options. If that's what matters most to you, this is the action cam to get.

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CNET Feb 28, 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.

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CNET AU Oct 25, 2013

While the updates to the bestselling Hero camera may not seem like a lot, the Hero3+ is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. It's the small things that make a big difference — faster Wi-Fi, a longer-lasting battery and better white balance mean that the Hero3+ is still the action camera...

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Popular Photography Oct 9, 2013

... I do believe the upgrades are worth the extra money if you can justify it. Not only is it smaller and lighter, but the footage just looks and sounds better, which is the ultimate decider.

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Reviewed.com Camcorders Nov 7, 2013

If you’re still holding onto a Hero2-generation device, the Hero3+ is a substantial step up. It has the smaller, lighter chassis of the Hero3 Black Edition with enough of a boost in performance to make it definitely worth the wait.

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Pocket-Lint Dec 9, 2013

GoPro is the brand to pay attention to when it comes to action cameras and the Hero3+ is great if you want something small, light and versatile to capture those memorable moments.

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TrustedReviews Oct 28, 2013

GoPro has made the HERO3 Plus Black Edition even better than the HERO3, with improved image quality the most significant enhancement. It's not a game changer, but it's a very welcome upgrade.

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Digital Versus Feb 11, 2014

The GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition improves on several of its predecessor's major flaws—such as battery life—and brings other improvements, such as better sound quality and white balance in low light.

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TechRadar Oct 2, 2013

As a versatile action sports camera the GoPro has some stiff competition, and although it might not have the looks of some of the others, when it comes to ease of use and functionality it's simple to use and most importantly enables you to capture some incredible footage.

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AdamsCua AdamsCua

I used my go pro with the waterproof casing for snorkeling for the first time and noticed water leaking into the camera after 15 minutes of use. Camera is not working anymore. I made sure the rubber seal was clean and I closed the backdoor properly before use. I returned this to the...

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AzDrifter0000 AzDrifter0000

This is one of the most over rated and over priced cameras I have ever seen. I bought mine to record my predator hunts. I thought it would be perfect as I could place it remotely and control it via WiFi with my smart phone. That dream ended when I discovered, the camera battery would not last the...

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