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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4029 reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are generally positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. The finish and zoom get negative views. Views are divided on the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 292 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the battery and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the reliability.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition Action CameraGoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition Action Camera

2018-09

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1811 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the finish and connectivity. Opinions are divided on the viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

reliability, battery, zoom, connectivity, finish

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HD HERO3: Black EditionGoPro HD HERO3: Black Edition

2018-09

Expert review by : Brent Rose and Michael Hession-, Gawker Media (gizmodo.in)

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition Review: Yes, It's the Best (Updated)

 

Yes, it's action cam season. Sony's entered the market, Contour has updated its line with the Contour+2. But what about the latest from the brand that's come to define the category—the Kleenex of action cams, if you will?

Yes. It is handily the best action camera we've ever used. The footage it takes is simply unparalleled. The biggest ding against it is battery life, which is important enough to cost it half a star. If you're not doing long shoots (or if you don't mind...

2012-11

Expert review by : Lee Crane (digitaltrends.com)

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review

 

The GoPro Hero3 is a small camera that's designed to shoot high-resolution videos and be easy to use, however, for users new to GoPro, it's not exactly as simple as Felix Baumgartner jumping back to Earth.

Nearly all of the issues we had with the GoPro Hero3 were the result of us being complete rookies with the camera. Guilty. Yes, we should have known that we would need additional accessories if we wanted to attach the camera to a bike. We should have...

2013-11

Expert review by (engadget.com)

GoPro Hero3+ review (Black Edition): your action videos never looked so good

 

Although it's more revision than revolution, the Hero3+ maintains GoPro's position at the top of the action cam market.

Even better HD video footage ; More compact ; Expanded recording options

This form factor isn't for everyone ; Certain accessories can be expensive

With three Hero3+ cameras to choose from (Black, Silver and White), price shouldn't be much of an issue. Nor should quality. GoPro's taken a leaf out of Apple's book and released its "best ever" camera, even if it's just an incremental update over the...

2013-10

Recommended!

Expert review by : Audley Jarvis (trustedreviews.com)

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

 

GoPro's flagship extreme sports camcorder is highly impressive.

Huge range of movie quality settings ; Useful 30fps max still image burst rate ; Remote and app control ; Top-notch video and photo quality ; Good range of accessories

Supplied software a little limited ; Built-in microphone is overly directional

Supplied is a range of mounts, fasteners and adhesive pads. Our's came with the ‘Adventure Kit’ intended for use on dry land. Go for the Surf Edition if you're in and around water a lot.

2013-04

Expert review by : de.engadget.com (engadget.com)

Review: Minikamera GoPro Hero3 Black Edition (Videos)

 

Unsere Kollegen in den USA sind endlich dazu gekommen, die GoPro Hero3 Black Edition auszuprobieren und haben sich dafür ordentlich ins Zeug gelegt: Sie dokumentierten einen Jet-Flug und den Aufstieg eines Heißluftballons mit anschließendem Base-Jump...

2013-01

Expert review by (engadget.com)

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

 

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.

High-quality, high-resolution video ; Small size ; Outstanding build quality

Short battery life ; 4K video hamstrung by low frame rate

GoPro's Hero3 Black Edition is, put simply, the most capable action camera on the market today. It delivers unparalleled resolution from a camera of its size and does so without sacrificing frame rate or field of view. Despite its meager battery life...

2013-01

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Antonio Villas-Boas (pcmag.com)

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

 

GoPro's Hero3+ Black Edition shoots the best 1080p footage we've seen from an action camera.

Best video quality we've seen on an action camera. Versatile shooting modes. Capable of shooting 4K.

Expensive. Battery drains quickly with Wi-Fi enabled. Poor still photo quality. Menu is still frustrating to navigate.

Included is a handy remote that lets you control recording if the camera is mounted on, say, a helmet. The remote also changes modes, and it has large buttons to make it easier to use with gloves. It's a nice extra.

2014-09

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition pumps impressive video

 

The incremental update brings better Wi-Fi and battery life, a new lens, and a couple added shooting features, and keeps its predecessor's great video performance.

The ; produces some of the best -- if not the best -- video we've seen from an action cam. Its abundant resolution and frame rate options will satisfy beginners and experienced shooters.

Navigating the on-camera settings menus still isn't the best experience. Battery life can be brief depending on the features you're using. Plan to buy accessories including a microSD card.

Like the Hero3, the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition's strongest attributes are its excellent video quality and impressive list of shooting options. If that's what matters most to you, this is the action cam to get.

2013-12

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (pcmag.com)

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

 

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

Excellent video quality. Versatile shooting modes. Rugged build with wide selection of mounts. Easy to use. Capable of 4K.

Some issues with Wi-Fi. Pricey.

Video Quality and Conclusions The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is easily the most versatile action camera available. Where most cameras can do 720p60 and 1080p30, the Hero3 can also do 720p at 120 frames per second, 1080p60, and even 4K video at 15 frames...

2013-05

Expert review by : Antuan Goodwin (cnet.com)

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition: The best darn sports camera

 

GoPro's latest generation of sports cameras is its best yet, offering tremendous flexibility, proven durability, and some of the highest available resolutions and frame rates in the business.

The ; 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 improved.

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.

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.

2012-10

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1.05 / 1.050 / 1.18 / 1.180 / 1180
Battery capacity (Watt hours):4.366 / 43.6
Battery life (max):1.41 / 3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.7

Display

Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display:LCD
Touchscreen:N

Features

Audio recording formats:AAC
Colour of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Storage Media:Memory Card
Touchscreen:N
Wide angle lens system:Y
Wind filter:Y

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):N / No

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.8
Total MegaPixels:12

Indication

LED indicators: Yes

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):0 - 2.8
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 2.8
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Type:Wide-angle

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Manual

Networking

Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Operational conditions

Protection features:Water Resistant / Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:40

Packaging Content

Cables included:AV, HDMI, USB / USB
Flat surface mount: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Underwater case: Yes
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:mini-USB

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:112 x 132 x 18 / 127 x 95 x 51 / Yes

Still image

Continuous shooting mode:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:Raw
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Still image resolution(s):3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920 / 4000 x 3000\n3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage Media:Memory Card

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:AAC
Colour of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Touchscreen: No
Wide angle lens system: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL / NTSC,PAL
Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9, 17:9
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:45
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:240
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
Supported video modes:1080p, 1440p, 720p / 1080p, 1440p, 720p, 960p / 1080p, 720p, 960p / 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p, 1520p, 2160p / 720p,960p,1080p,1440p
Video formats supported:H.264, MP4 / H.264, MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4 / MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080 / 2704 x 1524,848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 800 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1524,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1524,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 848 x 720,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:547 / 74

White balance

White Balance:Auto / Auto, Manual / Fluorescent, Incandescent