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GoPro Hero 3 Camcorder

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Dec 2012
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Capture life on the edge with the compact, lightweight and WiFi enabled GoPro Hero 3 Action Camcorder. Be a hero Remarkably smaller and lighter than previous models, the Hero 3 is compatible with... More
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15 Reasons For

Fourteen Industry Awards

Amongst camcorders of a comparable age and type, this video camera is one of the most highly awarded.

The reviewers at Trusted Reviews, Pctidningen.se, Allround-pc.com, Lydogbillede.dk and Alphr.com all recommend this GoPro video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at three other expert review sites all concluded that this video camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. This GoPro video camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag, Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com.

The editors of two more expert review sites both said that this camcorder was brilliant and gave it one of their highest awards. This video camera received a "Gold" award from both Toptenreviews.com and Insidehardware.it.

An other two expert review sites both endorsed this video camera. This GoPro camcorder received an "Especially Recommended" award from Lydogbilde.no, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Original Design" award from Ixbt.com who concluded it was carefully designed.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on fourty-two expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar this GoPro video camera has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

This GoPro video camera has an average user rating of 89 out of 100 based on 689 user reviews.

GoPro Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Video cameras produced by GoPro have excellent reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just video cameras) and found that GoPro also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

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Reasonably Priced

Three people who reviewed the GoPro Hero 3 agreed that it was good value for money. Deb wrote in her GoPro Hero 3 review on Amazon “Brilliant gadget - good value for money” and gave it a very good review score. Expert review site Gizmodo.com wrote “The biggest ding against it is battery life, which is important enough to cost it half a star”. Nothingwired.com mentioned in their GoPro Hero 3 review last year “Excellent value”.

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was a bargain for the price. Blair Rennie gave it an excellent rating and he wrote in his review on Amazon “Excellent deal - cheapest I've seen!”. Last year Drlip gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 “Most importantly to me, all avaliable in a small package with countless cheap aftermarket mounts to have fun with”.

A number of people thought this camcorder was cheap. Two years ago Pcmag.com scored it 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on PC Mag “GoPro's Hero3 White Edition is a solid, inexpensive action camera that shoots very sharp video for the price”. Pcmag.com also mentioned “It shares some of the Kodak PixPro SP1's attributes that previously made that one our go-to choice for inexpensive action cameras in th”.

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Good Product Quality

Several GoPro Hero 3 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Beatrice said in her GoPro Hero 3 review on Amazon “Amazing product, good quality videos!”. Blair Rennie said “The product is easy to set up, is of top quality and everything that I had hoped for” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. C. Hawkes said in their review on Amazon “I have been very impressed by the quality” and rated the product 5 stars.

Robust

Some GoPro Hero 3 reviewers concluded that this camcorder was well made. Toptenreviews.com said in their review “Solid build and takes some of the best video”. Camcorderinfo.com wrote “A solid upgrade The Hero3+ Black Edition builds on the strengths of its predecessors” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Cnet.com said “The GoPro Digital Hero 3 is a cool idea that could be fun if youre swimming.” but in spite of that they rated it 50 out of 100. Reviewed.com mentioned three years ago “Handy underwater enclosure” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 72 out of 100.

Several GoPro Hero 3 owners who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Expert website Toptenreviews.com mentioned “We highly recommend it for its lightweight and sturdy construction that takes high quality video” in their GoPro Hero 3 review. Techradar.com mentioned on expert review site Techradar four years ago “An amazing and robust camera that can go all the places you can”. Pcadvisor.co.uk said “There has been an explosion of rugged camcorders over the last few years”.

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Easy to Use

Some people who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Drlip wrote in their review on Amazon last year “Easy to use, decent images without the faff”. Mere mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 on Amazon “Even for an electronic novice like me this was extremely easy to use”. Last year Plumber rated it as excellent and said in their review “Been out getting the hang of it & its so easy to use”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to setup. One GoPro Hero 3 owner wrote that the product was easy to use the menus.

One GoPro Hero 3 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 3 had a good interface. Reviewed.com said “Battery life too short per charge, user interface none too friendly” in their GoPro Hero 3 review.

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Good Size

Some GoPro Hero 3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was compact. C. Hawkes scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “In short - I'm excited by the potential of this compact miracle”. Techradar.com said in their review of this camcorder on Techradar “GoPro remains at the pinnacle of sports-oriented compact video cameras”. Expert website Uk.hardware.info said “They're very compact so they're easy to bring with you on vacation” in their review of this camcorder.

Several GoPro Hero 3 owners who purchased it considered that it was lightweight. Expert website Dxomark.com wrote “It is lightweight, highly specialized”.

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Good Connectivity

A few GoPro Hero 3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was wifi compatible. Chris West rated it 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of the GoPro Hero 3 two years ago “.]The wi-fi app works great with an iPhone”. Three years ago Reviewed.com said “Features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Compared to the competition, such as the £100 ($150) cheaper Sony HDR-AS15, which already has Wi-Fi built in for live streaming, identical frame rates at 1080p” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

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

Nice Design

Two GoPro Hero 3 owners said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 3 was a good design. Laptopmag.com mentioned “With its top-notch video quality, compact design and waterproof case” and rated it 4 stars. Cnet.co.uk said on expert website CNET.co.uk “If you like GoPro's camera design and just want solid HD video, you might be able to save yourself $100” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 and scored the GoPro Hero 3 4 stars.

One customer thought the product was good looking.

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Good Battery Life

Some GoPro Hero 3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. J. Whitehead gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Only let down is the battery doesn't last a huge length of time.”. Martin gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review “Only problem is the battery life”.

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Full HD

The GoPro Hero 3 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago are not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the GoPro Hero 4[plb_2666283_price].

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2592 X 1944 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the GoPro Hero 3 is 2592 x 1944. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution of 1920 x 1080.

A 2592 x 1944 still image resolution is actually the best supported still image resolution across all video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 640 x 480.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most camcorders of a similar type and age to the Hero 3 do not have an HDMI port. The GoPro Hero 3 is no exception to this as it too does not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Hero 3 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Hero 3.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the GoPro Hero 3 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The GoPro Hero 3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Hero 3 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the GoPro Hero 3 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The GoPro Hero 3 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts (only 5 megapixels) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Hero 3 is 2MP, the highest is 16MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.1MP.

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1 Other reason to consider the GoPro Hero 3

Released Over Four Years Ago

This GoPro video camera has been on the market for over four years.

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14 Awards

insidehardware.it Gold ixbt.com Original Design pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice toptenreviews.com Gold alphr.com Recommended camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice allround-pc.com Recommended Product Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended pctidningen.se Recommended lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate

Expert Reviews

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13 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.In this ultra-modern age, where every mobile phone can record videos, the camcorders have been... Read more…

Sharp 1080p video quality
Excellent value
The GoPro Her 3 is smaller, lighter, and features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
The Black Edition offers a number of ultra-high-resolution capture modes and high frame rates for standard HD resolutions
Burst speeds for still photos has been greatly imp
Some purple fringing in footage
Narrow field of view in 1080p setting
GoPro's control scheme has a longer learning curve than the simpler slide-n-go setup of the Contour cameras
Only 15fps on 4K video renders this selling point mostly moot for action videography
Para poder sacarle provecho al 100 se tienen que comprar los accesorios y fundas por separado, lo que implica un gasto extra considerable
19 September 2014

GoPro's Hero3 White Edition takes over as our favorite action camera in the $200 price range, thanks to its sharp video quality and low price...

PC Mag

14 August 2014

We've seen a plethora of accessories for the GoPro Hero actioncam cropping up over the past few years, including everything from stabilizers to drones to helmet-mounted poles . Surprisingly,... Read more…

28 February 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...

17 January 2014

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...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 20 December 2012 by Sandsprite
Sandsprite would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

Haven't used the camera yet as it will be a xmas gift for my husband, but it was bundled with an SD card that wasn't compatable with it. I did not notice this until I began looking into the... Read more…

Reviewed 5 December 2012 by StellarShips
StellarShips would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

I bought two of these as gifts. Both will be used to record extreme sports, snow boarding, baha truck racing, sailing, and large RC planes. The units are very compact, water proof, and can be... Read more…

Reviewed 15 June 2013 by Huhuhuh

Want one of these for some time and had the extra money so went for it. 2 months in the camera starting locking up, unreliable and totally intermitten when if wanted to work. (on line review tells... Read more…

Reviewed 26 March 2014 by Treefan
Treefan would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

This little camera and waterproof case is a surprisingly well made and easy to understand device. It exceeded my expectations in that the clear case is extra durable, the instructions are very... Read more…

Reviewed 1 January 2013 by ExpertRealtor
ExpertRealtor would recommend the GoPro Hero3 White Edition (Verified Purchase)

The Camera is easy to use, has a very wide angle lens, and many other easy to use features. I really like the app for my smart phone that allows you to control the camera wirelessly...

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