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Taking action cam quality to the next level

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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 to be desired.

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Critic reviews

8.2
11 reviews
  • Video recording quality
    8.8
  • Audio recording quality
    8.2
  • Recording capacity
    8.0
  • Battery life
    4.9
  • Durability
    9.5
  • Portability
    8.8
  • Ease of use
    6.9
  • Design and form factor
    7.9

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User reviews

8.3
12 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jan 4, 2013

Despite its meager battery life and less-than-ergonomic shape, the Hero3 provides imaging performance superior to all of its competitors at a price that won't break the bank.

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9.0
CNET Oct 24, 2012

The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.

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8.0
PC Mag May 23, 2013

The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 9, 2012

It's already the best action camera we've used, but there are too many software glitches right now to give it our highest rating. If those get fixed, this will be a must-buy. But even if they don't, you should still seriously consider it.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 4, 2012

For what it does the HD Hero3 is a mini knockout, just like its predecessors were at the time of their respective releases. It's smaller, it's lighter, the optional touchscreen BacPac improves the user experience and the usual waterproof, rugged housing is an essential. All round it's just better.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Apr 19, 2013

If you’re into extreme sports and are looking for a camcorder/still image camera that you can strap to your person to capture the action with, irrespective of whether it’s in the water or on dry land, then the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is currently best option on the market.

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8.0
TechRadar Nov 13, 2012

An amazing and robust camera that can go all the places you can, and some places you can't. Better, faster, and now with higher-end video modes more suited to the pro market, it's a serious little piece of kit.

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8.0
ConnectedReviews Feb 28, 2013

If you're hell-bent on capturing video of yourself catching a perfect wave when you're surfing or parachuting out of an airplane, though, the Hero 3 may be well worth the price.

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10
Expert Reviews Apr 11, 2014

Excellent image quality and great apps make this a superb action camera, but we'd go for one of the cheaper models in the GoPro range.

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9.0
USA Today Oct 31, 2012

While we didn't bring the Hero3 to the eye of the storm, or the usual action sports the camera is associated with, we got great, extraordinary results for street video that came alive with the wild point of view and crisp video results for which the Hero is known.

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9.0
Stuff Oct 19, 2012

It's expensive with the essential extras but genuinely offers a professional grade setup to make your antics YouTube gold. One for the real wannabe directors – casual video makers should look at the cut price Silver and White editions.

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6.0
tcamilli99 tcamilli99

I initially loved the camera despite poor battery life (which can be managed with care). However, after three weeks of very light use the camera hangs/locks-up to the point of being unusable. I'm not sure whether it's a software issue or if vibration has cracked a solder joint or some other...

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8.0
DantheMan DantheMan

I only have used this scuba diving. Overall I love this thing and it has been wonderful to share my time underwater with family and friends. California has murky, dark water and I was worried the camera wouldn't be able to cope with low light levels, but it has performed admirably. It sometimes...

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7.0
frankspin frankspin

My use case with the GoPro was more of an insurance policy while riding my bike over looking to record for sharing videos, so my review may vary a bit. With that out of the way: I think the GoPro Hero3 is a very good camera that delivers pretty impressive image quality for something so small....

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10
rickschwar rickschwar

I bought the old GoPro and it was nice, but this blows it away. The only negative so far is the fact I cant use all of the new features until they push a new firmware update to this unit on 12/14.

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