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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2917 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the resolution and design are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are negative about the viewfinder and color.

usability, image quality, portability, design, resolution

battery, reliability, features, color, viewfinder

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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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 Info GoPro's new Hero3 is lighter, faster, higher res and has WiFi, comes in three flavors starting at $199 GoPro 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)


Lighter, smaller, sharper The GoPro Hero3 is 25 percent lighter than the previous-generation Hero 2's camera. It's also 30 percent smaller. However, all of that reduction manifests in reduced thickness with a new depth of only 20mm. The height and...

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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"I'm exponentially disgusted with my Hero3."


I got the Hero3 for Christmas and it has been perpetual heartache since. First the SD card couldn't be read and I reformated it. Then it worked. Then after doing some recording it stopped reading the SD card again. I refomatted, all was well. I spent a...

It's light and easy to use.

It's impossible to retrieve videos. I can see them on my iPhone by none of my computers can read the blasted SD card.

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"Very disappointed. Returned for my money back."


On my 1st day using the camera, I had difficulty getting the battery to charge. After some struggle (during which I became convinced they had designed the battery to charge extremely slow unless you bought additional charging equipment, it finally,...

The specs on the camera look really, really good. If you can get them to work, it would probably be a great camera. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the camera to work.

I wasn't able to get the camera to work. Battery was difficult to charge and quickly went dead. Also had difficulty using the features, it seemed to be stuck in some kind of software glitch.

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"Used for skydiving, great in 2.7 k"


after used for 8 months I think it would be hard to find a bettery poc camera. I use sony vegas pro for editing

Nice resolution, smooth video, great mounts

Battery life , but amazon has 2 batteries and charger for $20

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"Doesn't live up to expectations."


Problems right out of the box. Released too soon, needs a firmware update before it can even be used.

Specs look great on paper.

Needs a firmware update before it can even be used.

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"Count this one as a miss from GoPro"


Having just returned from a 6 day kayaking trip, I can say I am not impressed with the performance of the Hero 3: black edition. Don't get me wrong, it shoots beautiful video and takes great pics but the battery life is horrible and forget trying to...

Stunning video/pics, waterproof housing, numerous mounting options

Battery life, wifi connection

Product Specifications

Bayonet Compatibility:Not Applicable


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / Unknown


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
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