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84
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • High-quality, high-resolution video
  • Small size
  • Outstanding build quality
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • 4K video hamstrung by low frame rate
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Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

100
rickschwar
I bought the old GoPro and it was nice, but this blows it away. The only negative...read more
60
tcamilli99
I initially loved the camera despite poor battery life (which can be managed...read more
100
tilarium
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Sports mount
Media type
Memory card
Model
White Edition

General

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Sports mount

Video format

Native resolution
1920x1080, 1440x1080, 1280x720, Other
Framerates supported (max resolution)
30p
3D support
No

Still photography

Still image support
Yes (5 megapixels)

Flash

Flash
No

Other features

Tripod mount
Yes
Water resistant
Yes (Up to197 feet)

Media

Media type
Memory card (MicroSD)

Audio and microphone

Microphone type
Built in, External (3.5mm stereo)

Connections

USB
2.0 (USB charging)
FireWire / 1394
No

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Model
Black Edition

General

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Sports mount

Video format

Native resolution
1920x1080, 1440x1080, 1280x720, Other
Framerates supported (max resolution)
60p, 30p
Video codec support
H264, Mpeg4
3D support
No

Still photography

Still image support
Yes (12 megapixels)

Flash

Flash
No

Other features

Tripod mount
Yes

Media

Media type
Memory card (MicroSD)

Audio and microphone

Microphone type
Built in, External (3.5mm stereo)

Connections

USB
2.0 (USB charging)
FireWire / 1394
No

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Model
Silver Edition

General

Type
Consumer
Form factor
Sports mount

Video format

Native resolution
1920x1080, 1440x1080, 1280x720, Other
Framerates supported (max resolution)
30p
Video codec support
H264, Mpeg4
3D support
No

Still photography

Still image support
Yes (11 megapixels)

Flash

Flash
No

Other features

Tripod mount
Yes
Water resistant
Yes (Up to197 feet)

Media

Media type
Memory card (MicroSD)

Audio and microphone

Microphone type
Built in, External (3.5mm stereo)

Connections

USB
2.0 (USB charging)
FireWire / 1394
No

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)