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The time to upgrade is now

There comes a time for everyone where it's time to trade up on your gear. Then again, since you're here right now, we don't really have to tell you that. Maybe you're looking for the sake of professionalism, or maybe it's just so that you won't get laughed off of the mountain, but if you're not running the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition, your edits simply won't be relevant. Faster, lighter, and loaded to the gills with every function that you've been pining for, the Hero3 Silver Edition has finally arrived.

Just looking at the external appearance of the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition, the difference in iterations couldn't be more night and day. The camera has been reduced in size by 30%, and the camera weight was reduced by 25%. In fact, the Hero3 tips the scales at an alarmingly low 2.6 ounces. The camera body has received a black backing treatment, and the front now boasts a more accessible and progressive user interface. And GoPro didn't simply stop redesigning at the camera body, the new external housing not only bolsters the durability of the body, but it's also fully-waterproof at depths up to 197' (60m).

Now, let's get into the guts of the Hero3. The lens makes use of a new flat design with a waterproof housing. It's 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. And in low-light conditions, specifically, you can expect twice the light performance in comparison to the Hero2. The new 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 can expect crystal clear resolution from sunrise to sunset. Possibly more important for your mounted shots, the lens has made huge gains in decreasing distortion, so you can say goodbye to frame-warble when the Earth is berating your rig.

And speaking of resolution, the Hero3 Silver Edition boasts ultra-high resolution video modes with a processor that twice as fast as the Hero2's. The frame rate is sharper than the Hero2, capturing at 1080p 60fps, and 720p 120fps. 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. For time lapse, GoPro also stepped up the Hero3's game by increasing the available intervals. You can select from seven lapse intervals ranging from 0.5 to 60 seconds. The still camera also lays waste to prior Hero iterations. For the Hero3, still mode shoots at 11 megapixels and up to 10 frames per second. You can select blasts of 3, 5, or 10 photos-per-second concurrently with any video mode. Also new to the Hero3, GoPro included advanced camera settings like looping video 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.

We hate to admit it, but we've been holding out on you. The Hero3 is Wi-Fi ready, and compatible for use with the Wi-Fi Remote -- can you tell that we recommend you getting one? 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 knitty gritty, the Hero3 has the following inputs: Micro-HDMI Port, Composite A/V Adapter, USB, Micro SD, 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.

Simply, the Hero3 Silver Edition is everything that you've been wanting and waiting for.

The GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition is available in one color and one size. Included in the package is the following: Hero3 Silver Edition Camera, 197'/60m waterproof housing, assorted mounting hardware, rechargeable Li-ion battery, 1 quick-release buckle, 1 J-Hook buckle, 1 curved and 1 flat adhesive mount, and a 3-way pivot arm. It does not include a memory card. 

Please note that the Hero3 Silver Edition requires a MicroSD Class 10 or higher memory card. It can also support up to a 64GB capacity.

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5 5

Wakesurfing, Climbing, and Scuba Diving

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

GoPro never upsets when it comes time to get and adventure. I love filming with this camera because of its high video quality and compact size. I will always use this camera.

5 5

Iv put this thing threw the ringer

iv used the heck out of this thing from snowboarding to scuba diving and it has never failed me in fact its only impressed me further. If you want to show your friends and family or even the world your adventures you need one of these.

1 5

Aaaaaarrrrrgh!

I have used both the original Hero and the Hero2 for many years and have shot hundreds of hours of video and many thousands of stills with those cameras. I held off on getting a Hero3 for a while to let GoPro work the very well-documented bugs out before getting one, but finally took the plunge about 2 months ago. After many hours of use of the Hero3, my synopsis: these things freaking SUCK!

I started with a Hero3 Black, but after shooting photo test targets, it became painfully clear that the optics of the Black were totally subpar, as was the white balance (compared to the Hero3 Silver, and the Hero2). That, and it spontaneously erased my memory card on multiple occasions. I am using the same memory cards GoPro sells on their website and keep my cameras up to date with firmware. Furthermore, the camera froze, requiring pulling the battery, and along with deleting all my images at random intervals the optics and white balance were terrible. Goodbye...

So I picked up a Hero3 Silver hoping for better days. Yet again, on three separate occasions, my Silver has deleted all the images and videos off my memory card with absolutely no input from me. Just POOF, gone. Can you think of a less desirable behavior from a camera?? The new Hero3 cameras have a strong red color cast to videos and stills, strongly underexpose many scenes (especially snow), and while not as egregious as the Black, the Silver has this issue too. This can be fixed in post, but why have to? The color fidelity of the Hero2 was inarguably better.

GoPro basically screwed the pooch with these units. Yes, WiFi is now built in, which is great. But anyone who actually shoots side-by-side scenes using both Hero2 and Hero3 cameras will conclude the Hero2 was a superior product in the main areas that count: sharpness, exposure, and color fidelity. It was also dead reliable. If you have a Hero2, keep it. The new 3's simply suck.

5 5

Freaking Sick

I got a camera this winter. I was able to get plenty of sick ice climbing shots and Rock climbing shots. The only thing I can say about it is that the battery can die fairly quickly in the winter. This can be solved if you keep it in your jacket. Besides that great piece of equipment don't leave home without it.

Does the Hero 3 fit all the older...

Does the Hero 3 fit all the older attachments?

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The case is different but the attachments like the suction cup, the pole mount, etc. will work.

GoPro HERO2 vs HERO3 Lens Water Shedding

I've noticed that lots of people have had concerns about whether to buy a HERO3 or to just stick with their HERO2. They are concerned about battery life, software issues, and water clinging more easily to the HERO3's flat lens as opposed to the HERO2's bubble lens. Here is a video showing what happens when the water contacts the flat lens to give you a nice visual of what happens to water on the flat lens.

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Great video: rain-x is a great call! I'll keep that idea tucked in my mind's back pocket for a rainy day, for sure.

5 5

GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition AWESOME

hey guys,

I just bought the GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition like 2 weeks ago, i did this online and everything went right!! the guys from Backcountry were very good explaining everything and answering every question i made.
About the product, the camera is just great, and o picked this onw beacause i don't think i need the black edition, I will never gonna watch a video on 4K.

It has a great resolution and the audio is great, at night works pretty good and you can barely hear the wind, when you are recording a video at full speed.

I do a lot of MountainBike and works great!.

have fun with it.

5 5

Love it!

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

Mine is mostly used for tank mounting on my motorcycle, but it is amazing. I've read numerous bad reviews on other sites about issues with the Hero3. I've had it for 24+ hours and used it for probably 15-18 hours of those 24 and had zero issues what-so-ever. Highly recommend this amazing little camera!

5 5

GoPro Hero 3 Silver

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Always been a big fan of the GoPro and this year I upgraded my Hero 2 to the 3. It produces better quality video in low light conditions. I also feel like it produces sharper quality video. All in all after you download the update for the software, you couldn't ask for a better camera.

5 5

I have the original

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my original, my only regret is that I do not know if it is on when I have my helmet cam. Therefore my birthday gift is going to be a 3

Typically how long will the battery last?...

Typically how long will the battery last?

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I usually get about an hour and a half out of mine when im out snowmobiling.

5 5

Awesome Camera

I freakin love this camera. Take it boarding all the time with me. Shoots good a$$ video. and great for mounting pretty much anywhere!

24" Pow in VT

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Dude, your vid is set to private, which prevents us from diggin' on your long trail powder! Can you update the privacy settings?

3 5

Amazing but released before it was ready

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

(NOTE: THIS WILL BE A 5 STAR PRODUCT ONCE GOPRO FIXES THE FIRMWARE AND SUPPORT)
The GoPro Hero 3 is overall great: amazing features, great video quality, and its pretty indestructible. With that said however, this product was CLEARLY pushed to the market before it was really ready. For example, the WiFi features of the HD3 were non-operational till a few days ago when a new firmware update was released, and even then it took me 5 times of going through the manual update process to get it working. (Note: the automatic update DOES NOT WORK) Now after using the camera for a couple days with the working WiFi features, my camera has completely stopped responding to being plugged into the computer. It has a full battery when I can manage to turn it on (only while connected on USB) but as soon as its unplugged it turns off. I basically had this for 3 weeks working sorta OK, and then after updating it there have been a whole other selection of problems including the screen glitching out, and saying "NO SD" (and yes, there is a card in it) and then I can press shoot and it starts recording fine. Mind you it will crash midshoot some times still.

To wrap this up: amazing camera, great features, great quality, unbeatable price, but it falls flat on its face as its buggy and was released WAY too soon, and GoPro's support has been very poor.