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Every time that GoPro launches a new generation of cameras, we're left confronting the age-old adage, how do you improve on perfection? Well, how about reducing housing size and weight by 20%, reducing distortion by 33%, speeding up Wi-Fi, a SuperView mode, and increasing battery life by 25%? We thought that would get your attention.

For the HERO3+ Black Edition - Adventure, GoPro reduced in size and weight of the camera by 20% in comparison to the old HERO3, and the camera weight was reduced by 25%. In fact, the HERO3+ tips the scales around 2.08 ounces. The camera body has retained the black backing treatment and the progressive user interface at the front. Additionally, the lighter housing boasts an impressive waterproofing, 131ft/40m.

As with the HERO3, the HERO3+ continues the use of what GoPro calls a six-element aspherical lens. What does this mean? Simply put, the lens has been designed to operate evenly across more light conditions than ever before. For the camera nerds: it's an f/2.8-6.0 lens. So, you'll experience sharper image quality whether it's blisteringly bright or the sun has nearly disappeared. The lens also allows Ultra-wide, Medium, and Narrow field of view modes, and you can operate the White Balance in either auto or manual modes (3000k, 5500k, 6500k, Cam Raw). Now, you're able to expect crystal clear resolution from sunrise to sunset. Possibly more important for your mounted shots, the lens has made huge gains in decreasing distortion. In fact, GoPro asserts that the new iteration of the HERO3 improves reduces distortion by 33%. And as an added perk, image sharpness has been enhanced by 33%, as well.

And speaking of resolution, the HERO3+ Black Edition boasts ultra-high resolution video modes of 4Kp15, 2.7Kp30, 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 fps. Basically, if you love slow-motion shots, the HERO3+ is a godsend. And did we mention that all of these rates can be run from Ultra-Wide mode? Awesome. And new to this model, GoPro has added its SuperView video mode to capture video with a more vivid wide angle perspective. Further along the lines of improvement, the HERO3+'s new Auto Low Light feature automatically adjusts the frame rate for an enhanced quality in low-light conditions.

For time lapse, the Hero3+ features seven lapse intervals ranging from 0.5 to 60 seconds. And like the HERO3, this model still mode shoots at 12 megapixels and up to 30 photos per second. You're able to select blasts of 3, 5, or 10 photos-per-second concurrently with any video mode. You also retain camera settings like looping video, continuous photo, and Protune Mode.

Not to be one sided in the improvement department, the HERO3+ also made dramatic gains in sound quality. By engineering a new wind-noise reduction system, the redesigned sound recording will capture all of the subtleties and profanities of your gnar. And now, you also have the option of recording your sound in Mono, 48kHz, and AAC compression w/AGC media formats. This means you don't have to eat up your cards' storage if ambient sound is only going to make a cameo in your edit.

The HERO3+ is not only Wi-Fi ready, but GoPro has gone to great lengths to increase its operations speed.but included for this package, at a $79.99 value, is the Wi-Fi Remote. Waterproof, wearable, and capable of controlling up to 50 HERO3+ cameras from a range of 600 feet, the Wi-Fi Remote will turn your entire filming strategy on its head. Not impressed? How about finally gaining access to the GoPro Application for your iOS or Android smartphone and tablet? With the remote and GoPro App in tow, you can both fully control any camera in your Wi-Fi range and view live scene previews.

As for the nitty gritty, the HERO3+ has the following inputs: Micro-HDMI Port, Composite A/V Adapter, USB, Micro SD, HERO Port, and a 3.5mm Stereo Mic Adapater. It's also compatible with newest Mac OS versions down to Mac OSX 10.5 and the latest Microsoft Windows version down to Vista 7.

The GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition - Adventure is available in one color and one size. Included in the package is the following: HERO3+ Black Edition Camera, 131ft/40m waterproof housing, a USB charging cable, Wi-Fi Remote, a rechargeable Li-ion battery, 1 vertical quick-release buckle, 1 quick-release buckle, 1 curved and 1 flat adhesive mount, and a three-way pivot arm. It does not include a memory card.

Please note that the HERO3+ Black Edition requires a MicroSD Class 10 or higher memory card. It can also support up to a 64GB capacity.

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GoPro: Across the English Channel

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GoPro HD Hero 3+ Black Edition. Trip to Paris, London, Versailles, Normandy and more

Pretty cool snorkel/freedive shot

Pretty cool snorkel/freedive shot

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A bike mounted underwater at Crashboat beach in Aguadilla, PR.

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I heard that's how Lance trained for the Leadville 100.

2 5

go-pro = NO-GO (bad investment)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The BAD: does not consistently record, power on, or stay on; battery life is bad, even with battery backpack; glitchey (as buggy as an anthill); unreliable; does not handle extreme hot or cold very well at all (battery will be completely drained after a night of below freezing); still shots are mediocre quality; does not handle low / high light situations very well; tends to cause problems with class X memory cards (overheating?); case is easily scratched and does not handle sand well (all hardware threads / holes get packed with sand and are very difficult to clean); audio with waterproof case is terrible (anything brushing / touching the case is extremely loud); expensive accessories. Identical problems on two hero 3 black cameras with latest software updates.

The GOOD: Records great video under ideal lighting and mounting (smooth mounts / recording essential). The time lapse feature is fantastic, and probably the only reason I will keep this camera. Case has maintained waterproof qualities despite some hefty abuse on ski slopes and in slot canyons. High potential for creative mounts / angles (w/ the right accessories).

SUMMARY: just one go-pro is a NO-GO because of reliability issues / platform constraints. For the $, you're much better off investing in another camera platform w/ waterproof housing that will perform well across the board, IMO. But, if you have $ to throw away, a go-pro might be for you. Just expect it to perform like the cheap, "disposable" camera it was seemingly designed to be. You'll need a few of them if you really want to get the footage, because once it starts getting real, the NO-GOs will start dropping like flies.

go-pro = NO-GO (bad investment)
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I'm a bit older in my ways of using the old model "GoPro" and updating to what you have commented on is what I'm considering. I will never be in freezing temps trying to record unless it happened unintentional plus I would not be out in the rain or if so , I'll be inside my Razor xp. So I'm wondering if the functions of this camera would satisfy me with the remote and mounting on a windshield having the ability to stop and start with ease plus review what has been recorded.

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I haven't used the remote too much, but it seems to work fine for quick recording start / stops. As far as mounting, the adhesive mounts actually seem pretty solid, you just have to follow the instructions (clean area, allow 24 hours to "cure," proper ambient temp for mounting). I have a clamp-style mount that I find useful for mounting the go pro on my motorcycle; you can put it about anywhere and don't have to rely on an adhesive mount. My main complaint w/ the go pro is the two I've handled have glitches where they don't turn on and randomly stop recording. They just don't seem to be very well made.

Also, I don't think you'll be able to review what has been recorded with ease while in the field with a go pro. There's no screen on the go-pro. They do make apps that allow the go pro to communicate with a smart phone (or tablet?) via wi-fi; the one I use on my iphone allows me to view what the camera is "seeing" prior to recording but as far as I know, if I actually want to review what I've recorded, I have to do that from downloading the memory card or connecting the go pro to a computer. Also, the wi-fi connection to the smart phone requires several setting changes in both the phone and the camera, so there's some steps you have to go through and it is rarely a quick-and-easy process to establish connectivity between the devices.

I would think that if you want to take video AND photos, AND review what you've recorded in the field, you might want to consider a high-end point-and-shoot digital camera with 1080p video recording. I just got a canon powershot g15. It shoots awesome video and pictures, and you have the option of getting a waterproof housing for it. It wouldn't be easy to mount to a vehicle, but for overall documenting your adventures, I wish I would've just got the canon rather than the go pro.

4 5

Best screen shots ever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this camera this entire ski season. While I was switching from a Contour to this, it took me a little bit to get used to, but now, it's like second nature and super easy to use. The image quality on the GoPro compared to any other helmet camera I have personally seen is incredible. The app makes things easy to line up and make sure that you have the shot dialed before dropping in. I suggest getting a few extra batteries that are charged up and ready to replace the old when you run out in the mountains. Personally, I use the slim black case that is a lot smaller than the plastic case, but isn't water proof. For skiing, it seems to work just fine and the sound is better when you use the slim black case too. Photos with the Gopro are awesome, but I've been really digging the screen shots. Just pause the video and take a screen shot. Boom! Action packed.

5 5

Awesome cam.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Outstanding video quality and extremely wide angle of view if set.
Possibility up to 240 fps which gives really sweet slo-mo in post processing.
The GoPro App. is simply amazing - full access to all settings including turning the cam on and off, preview memory card status, battery status, viewing recorded files (if your wi-fi device supports that high quality files).
Very satisfied so far.

5 5

Incredibly User Friendly

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This was my first time using a GoPro, or any camera or video editing software. I was amazed at how easy it was to learn, film with, and edit. I put this video together in about 2 1/2 days and probably spent about 2-3 hours editing.
You can get started with the camera almost right away, you just need to charge it and get an SD card. (Make sure to get a "Class 10" SD card, the GoPro user manual explains what you need so that it is very easy to find) The "quick-start guide" has everything you need to understand the basics and get out taking some great shots.
The ability to connect to the wifi remote or my iPhone, so that I could control stop and start and watch immediate video playback, blew my mind. It is easy and quick to set up. This is an incredible feature when not near a computer because you can instantly see if your shots are turning out the way you want. Plus you can set the camera up and start recording with a touch of your phone, which is a great convenience for when you are not right near the camera or need both of your hands.
I just used the free software that is offered on the GoPro website and, again, was surprised out how short the learning curve is. Snipping video, adding music and text, creating scene transitions and fades could not have been easier. Figuring out how to use slow motion or speed the scene up was a little more work but still super simple.
All-in-all this is an incredible little device. It was very easy and fun to use, and it makes everything you do look about 100 times cooler. I am not, by any means, a technology type of guy and was able to get a video up online in just a weekend. GoPro can and should be used by anyone that does anything worth filming.

Is the 3+ black edition worth the extra...

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Is the 3+ black edition worth the extra $100 over the 3+ silver? It that the biggest draw is the wifi remote, but I'll mostly be using it for mtb and snowboarding (i.e. no wifi), so it seems like a waste. Any help is much appreciated.

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don't waist that extra 100 dollars the silver is still just as dope!!! Just saying!!!

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That answer is going to purely depend upon your personal preference and what you plan to do/accomplish with your Go-Pro footage! If you're just showing it to mom and grandma, you probably don't need to upgrade to the black.

BUT...if you want to look radical and impress your friends (and the youtubers) you best be investing in the black edition for that sweet sweet crispness, and dramatically enhanced sound quality among other things.

It's up to you, bro!

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Too add onto what's been said. I think the Black edition is worth it.
Why? Super View! (silver edition does not have super view)
If you'll be using it for mountain biking and snowboarding, you'll be able to see more of your bike and snowboard in the shot while still having the camera mainly pointed forward. It gives a little more perspective to the video.
I have used the 3+ in both Black and Silver and definitely noticed the difference between the two.

Hope this helps your decision a lil more.

Lives up to the hype

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I'll start this by saying I own the Hero 3, and have always wondered, how much better can the 3+ really be?
I got a chance to test it out this weekend up at Snowbird and it lived up to the hype. I don't know how they do it, but GoPro just keeps making these things better.

Stand out new features:

1) Super View mode: Wider view and it doesn't look boxy or distorted. You can mount it on your helmet and still see your skis without angling it down too much.
2) Low Light mode: This is awesome. Noticeably better picture in off or changing light conditions when compared to the Hero 3.
3) Battery Life: I lent my friend Ryan my Hero 3 while I used the 3+. After our shred, he had one bar of battery left and I had two. I'll chalk that up to a 25% increase like they say.

In the video:
HERO 3 --> Ryan DeVine: Red pants and Rossi skis
HERO 3+ --> Me: Black pants and Armada skis
Both in 1080p 30fps modes
You should be able to see some differences in the two cameras.

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Double like for no music!

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not a skier fan, but that was dope as FUuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

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How'd it go? Terrible. Haha... Sick video dooood!

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Most excellent!!

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I'd like more dubstep next time (just kidding).

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Dubstep Firdays Lexi?

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Man, serious shreds here :) Lovely vid Bro :)

4 5

teletubby device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love making videos, I hate wearing cameras. Worst of all the teletubby multimedia device, "the gopro". That being said for the price they have the best quality in the game. Footage from last year on the hero3 black. plug and play not much fiddling with the settings. imovie and my macbook can only handle so much so the highest resolution and recording size gets crunched down a lot. Still the camera is easy to use and the footage looks great. However the battery life sucks.

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Sick footy, Dan!
You rule!

GoPro footy

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Not the gopro 3 but gives you the idea of what it's capable of . This is all from one weekends worth of footage shredding at Brighton resort in Utah.

1 5

Worst customer service ever (Gopro)

When I encountered problems with my camera (color cast issues, hue shifting, etc) I was tossed around from customer service person to customer service person, starting from scratch each time, with no interest in helping me. After making a big enough stink for someone to actually reply, they, in so many words, told me to "deal with it" and offered no help what so ever. I have had such good experiences with customer service elsewhere in the outdoor industry, so this was a huge disappointment. (Edit) To be clear, I have had no problems with Backcountry's customer service, this is just Gopro customer service.

5 5

Best Hero yet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So to start I'm upgrading from the Hero 2 which I used professionally for skydiving/base jumping. For the Hero 3+ I love that they made the buttons on this case larger/lower profile. they are much easier to press than the smaller old style. The quality of the video is worlds above the older versions of the Heros. this is a great camera, that is absolutely top of the line for POV cameras

Is it on?

Is it on?

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The footage of my buddy repeatedly trying to clip into his bindings in deep powder was probably fairly boring (amusing for snowboarders though!), but the overhead face shots on the way down - a different matter entirely!

other than the vent strap, is there a...

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other than the vent strap, is there a preferred helmet mount for skiing? Either side or top? Will the adhesive mount hold on through a crash?

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Adhesive mount on the top of the helmet is the preferred setup for skiing. The adhesive is very robust, provided you apply it at room temperature and give it 24 hours to set, per GoPro's instructions. If you put the adhesive mount on in the resort parking lot or on the lift, you'll probably be buying another camera.

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As Mike said, using a curved adhesive mount on the top of the helmet is a great option. I actually prefer to use the helmet front mount though, as it is easier to line up the shot and it gives you better flexibility for the shot you want. They key to a helmet mount is to have the lens lined up exactly with your line of vision, and I find it easier to do this with it mounted on the front. It also makes it easier to turn it on and off. As for durability, I will be honest, I have had a few sticky mounts break off before. This is very rare though. Sometimes when they get incredibly cold, they lose some adhesiveness. Just make sure that you do as Mike said and clean the area, apply at room temperature, and let it set for at least a day. If you're really worried about it coming off, you could tether it to your helmet strap.
Also, great tip for lining up the right shot when using something like a helmet mount is to use your GoPro app on your phone with live preview to make sure that the camera is at the precise angle you want it.

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