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GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review: taking action cam quality to the next level

Summary

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.

from $233+
Pros
  • High-quality, high-resolution video
  • Small size
  • Outstanding build quality
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • 4K video hamstrung by low frame rate
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review: taking action cam quality to the next level
More Info

GoPro's new Hero3 is lighter, faster, higher res and has WiFi, comes in three flavors starting at $199

GoPro Hero3 action camera hands-on

GoPro lets all Hero3 owners in on iOS, Android fun with updated app, firmware

GoPro's lineup of mount-anywhere cameras has been dazzling extreme sports enthusiasts for years. The original HD Hero first delivered stills and wide-angle HD video in 2009, and those capabilities improved with a higher-res sensor, faster burst mode and a wider field of view in the Hero2. Now, GoPro has rolled out the Hero3, which packs even greater performance (up to 4K video!) in a cube that's almost a full centimeter thinner than its predecessors.

What kind of powerful imaging gear did the company boffins shove in that diminutive package? Just how pro do videos from the new GoPro look? To find out, we took a Hero3 up in a jet, strapped it to the roof of a car and recorded a base jump out of a hot air balloon (from the safety of the basket, of course). Join us after the break to see the results and find out how we got along filming with the Hero3.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Portability
8.9
Battery life
5.5
Video recording quality
8.9
Recording capacity
8.0
Design and form factor
7.7
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Specs

Hero3

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Sports mount
Media type
Memory card
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Specs

Hero3

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Sports mount
Media type
Memory card
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