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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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16 Reasons For

Fourteen Industry Awards

Experts really like this video camera and have given it fourteen awards.

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

The writers at three additional expert review sites all said that this camcorder was superb and gave it their highest award. This video camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag, Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both wrote that this GoPro video camera was outstanding 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 video camera received a Lydogbilde.no "Especially Recommended" award and it received an "Original Design" award from Ixbt.com who thought it was well designed.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fourty-one expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar this video camera has an average expert rating of 84%.

Good User Reviews

Based on 591 user reviews the average user rating of this camcorder is 89%.

Excellent Brand

Based on 2,530 user and expert reviews, GoPro has excellent reviews for its video cameras. GoPro also has excellent reviews specifically for its camcorders compared to other manufacturers.

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Reasonably Priced

Three people reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Biff0r mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Also NVG mount for my fast helmet, I was using a cheap” and rated it 5 stars. Blair Rennie mentioned “Excellent deal - cheapest I've seen!”. Drlip wrote “Most importantly to me, all avaliable in a small package with countless cheap aftermarket mounts to have fun with” .

Three GoPro Hero 3 reviewers concluded that the GoPro Hero 3 was good value for money. Deb mentioned on Amazon “Brilliant gadget - good value for money”. Gizmodo.com said “The biggest ding against it is battery life, which is important enough to cost it half a star” in their review of this camcorder. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review two years ago “Excellent value”.

A number of GoPro Hero 3 owners who purchased the GoPro Hero 3 thought it was cheap. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “GoPro's Hero3 White Edition is a solid, inexpensive action camera that shoots very sharp video for the price” in their review. Pcmag.com also said “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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Easy to Use

A few customers said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 3 was easy to use. Drlip mentioned “Easy to use, decent images without the faff”. Mere gave it an excellent review score and said on Amazon “Even for an electronic novice like me this was extremely easy to use”. Two years ago Plumber said on Amazon “Been out getting the hang of it & its so easy to use” in their review.

One GoPro Hero 3 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to setup. Blair Rennie mentioned “The product is easy to set up, is of top quality” and gave the GoPro Hero 3 a very good review score.

One GoPro Hero 3 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 3 had a good interface. Reviewed.com rated the GoPro Hero 3 4 stars and wrote four years ago “Battery life too short per charge, user interface none too friendly” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

A few people who bought the GoPro Hero 3 agreed that it was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote “Excellent video quality and I am happy with my purchase” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Beatrice mentioned “Amazing product, good quality videos!”. Matthew mentioned in his GoPro Hero 3 review two years ago “So far it has been exelent with good quality sound and picture”.

Good Size

A number of GoPro Hero 3 reviewers who bought it said that it was compact. Expert website Laptopmag.com wrote “With its top-notch video quality, compact design and waterproof case” in their GoPro Hero 3 review. Five years ago Techradar.com wrote in their GoPro Hero 3 review on expert review site Techradar “GoPro remains at the pinnacle of sports-oriented compact video cameras”. Expert review site Uk.hardware.info wrote “They're very compact so they're easy to bring with you on vacation”.

A number of people reckoned that it was lightweight. Toptenreviews.com wrote in their GoPro Hero 3 review “We highly recommend it for its lightweight and sturdy construction that takes high quality video”. Expert review site Dxomark.com wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 “It is lightweight, highly specialized”.

One GoPro Hero 3 owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to carry around. Viliyan D. mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in January last year “Is also light and easy to use”.

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Robust

Some customers said that it was well made. Expert website Toptenreviews.com wrote “Solid build and takes some of the best video” in their GoPro Hero 3 review.

Some customers who purchased the product wrote that it was good at resisting water ingress. Ten years ago Cnet.com mentioned “The GoPro Digital Hero 3 is a cool idea that could be fun if youre swimming.”. Reviewed.com scored it 72 out of 100 and said “Handy underwater enclosure” in their review.

A number of customers who bought it agreed that it was strong and durable. Techradar.com said in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 on Techradar “An amazing and robust camera that can go all the places you can”. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 on PC Advisor.co.uk “There has been an explosion of rugged camcorders over the last few years”.

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Good Technical Features

Several GoPro Hero 3 reviewers who purchased the GoPro Hero 3 reckoned that it had good features. Pcmag.com said “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” and rated this camcorder 4 stars. Pcmag.com also mentioned “The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else”. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert review site Digital Versus “The new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition (the high-end edition with Wi-Fi) adds a slew of new features and improved performance” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3.

Good Connectivity

A number of GoPro Hero 3 reviewers who bought the GoPro Hero 3 considered that it was wifi compatible. Reviewed.com wrote “Features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity”. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ wrote “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”.

Good Support

One GoPro Hero 3 reviewer wrote that this camcorder had good customer support. Amazon Customer scored it 4 stars and said “The customer support was exceptional they helped me sort out the problem”.

Good Battery Life

Two customers thought the product had a good battery life. J. Whitehead said on Amazon “Only let down is the battery doesn't last a huge length of time.” in their review of the GoPro Hero 3 and scored this camcorder 4 stars.

Nice Design

One customer concluded that it was a good design.

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Full HD

The GoPro Hero 3 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think the GoPro Hero 4[plb_2666283_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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2592 X 1944 Still Image Resolution(s)

The GoPro Hero 3 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2592 x 1944. That's over two times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders that came out around the same time as the Hero 3.

This camcorder's still image resolution (2592 x 1944) is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of camcorder is 640 x 480.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

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

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Does Not Have an HDMI

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

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Hero 3, the GoPro Hero 3 does 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 camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Hero 3 which have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders that were released around the same time as the Hero 3 are not waterproof. The GoPro Hero 3 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are not 3D. The GoPro Hero 3 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The GoPro Hero 3 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Hero 3 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

At only 5 megapixels, the GoPro Hero 3 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years. Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 2MP to 16MP.

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1 Other reason to consider the GoPro Hero 3

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this camcorder was released.

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14 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(81)
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…

17 April 2014

You can't just do something dangerous and insane these days without filming it for posterity. And while action cameras let us relieve these life-highlights over and over, they aren't all created... Read more…

25 March 2014

The Hero3+ is a unique kind of product. Marketed as an action camera, it is in fact a whole new type of personal device as it enables a different set of possibilities in terms of the relationship... Read more…

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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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