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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4243 reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the battery. Many are negative about the zoom and viewfinder.

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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 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition


alaTest has collected and analyzed 260 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The portability and price also get good comments, whereas the viewfinder and memory get less positive reviews.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition Action CameraGoPro Hero 3 Camcorder - White EditionGoPro Hero3 Snap-on Red Filter Cube Filter 3

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2253 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the battery. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and zoom.

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reliability, memory, zoom, viewfinder

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro Hero3: White Edition (New Housing)GoPro HD HERO3: Black EditionGoPro HERO3 Caps and Doors

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (

GoPro Hero3+ ( Black Edition)


Depending on whom you ask, GoPro's action cameras are the best available or they're all marketing.

The GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition 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.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Digitaltrends (

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review


Small size, Crisp images in nearly all lighting conditions, Durable waterproof case can survive almost anything, Wi-Fi remote control, Smartphone app, Protune mode for cinema-style images

Battery life is dismal, No off-camera battery charger, Lots of small pieces that are easy to lose, Getting started isn’t straightforward for newbies, Included mounts won’t cover all activities

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...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Eugene Kim (

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

With the HD Hero2, GoPro established itself as the go-to name for action cameras. 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...

May, 2013

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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...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Michael Gorman (

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


More InfoGoPro's new Hero3 is lighter, faster, higher res and has WiFi, comes in three flavors starting at $199GoPro Hero3 action camera

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 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.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Antuan Goodwin (

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition ( 12MP)


Editors' note: The GoPro Hero3 product line, released in 2012, was replaced by the GoPro Hero3+ line as of October 2013. See our reviews of the $399 Hero3+ Black Edition and the $299 Hero3+ Silver Edition . The $199 Hero3+ White Edition is also available.

The GoPro Hero3 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...

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.

Oct, 2012

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GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition


The plastic housing is also smaller and lighter than that of past versions, yet Paul Davies of The Telegraph describes it as "nigh on indestructible." The same applies to the mounts;'s Brent Rose says they're "notoriously tough,"...

Superior video quality, Lots of shooting options, Wide variety of mounts, Sturdy build

So-so battery life, May produce blurry distance shots

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Erik Vlietinck (

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition


The HERO3 is GoPro's newest action camera. I tested the most capable version, the Black Edition, with the new optional LCD Touch BacPac and the new minimal-design housing, The Frame. The optional LCD Touch BacPac allows you to frame your shots properly...

High resolution; frame rates; picture quality; low-light noise

No lens focus or aperture settings

Finally, the HERO3 features simultaneous video and photo shooting, and looping video. Looping allows you to capture video for a preset time or until the card is full, after which the previous recording starts to be progressively overwritten.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

GoPro Hero3: Black Edition


GoPro's new top-of-the-line wearable camcorder has a slew of new features.

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Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Anthony Grimley (

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition review


Go anywhere, attach anyhow, shoot anything

Versatile shooting modes for pros ; More detail in brightly-lit areas ; Wi-Fi built in ; Lighter and smaller ; Reduced fogging in the housing

Detail lost in dark areas ; Colour balance can be off ; Menu is still time consuming to navigate

An amazing and robust camera that can go all the places you can, and some places you can't. Better, faster, and now with higher-end video modes more suited to the pro market, it's a serious little piece of kit.

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser: No
Smartphone Remote Control: No


Near Field Communication: No
USB:Not Applicable
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Product Type:Action camera


Face Detection Mode: No