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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4792 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the durability and size. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Reviews about the memory and price are mixed, while some have doubts about the control panel 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 analysed 194 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 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro Hero 3 Camcorder - White EditionGoPro Hero 3 Edition Camcorder - Black (12 MP)GoPro Hero3 Snap-on Red Filter Cube Filter 3

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


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1874 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

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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.


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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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GoPro Hero3: Black Edition


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

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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.

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GoPro HD Hero3 Black edition review


Think "GoPro" and images of exuberant bikers, 'boarders, insane wingsuit fliers and speeding race cars tend to spring to mind. The company's promotional video for the HD Hero3 Black edition - shown below to showcase what this miniature yet tough and...

Quality results in variety of conditions, crop-in options for different angles of view (up to 1080p only), small size, Pro Tune recording options, Wi-Fi enabled

Battery life too short per charge, user interface none too friendly, 4K frame rate too low for use, needs extra accessories to make the most out of it, Wi-Fi is an added battery killer

The GoPro HD Hero3 is an improvement over its predecessor in almost every possible way. Although we don't care for the 4K capture, the 120fps 720p option is excellent, quality is great and there are plenty of pro options too. The one hugely irksome...

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Hands on: GoPro HERO 3: Black Edition review


We go hands-on with GoPro's latest action cam, the HERO 3: Black Edition.

4k video quality ; Smaller and lighter ; Easy to use ; Versatile ; Myriad mounting options

Audio quality not the best

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GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review


Excellent image quality and great apps make this a superb action camera, but we'd go for one of the cheaper models in the GoPro range

Product Specifications

Bayonet Compatibility:Not Applicable


3 Chip Technic: No
Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Smartphone Remote Control: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / Unknown


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

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Format:Memory Card
Product Type:Action camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3'' / Unknown


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: No
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No