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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4791 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the build quality and size. The image quality and portability also get good opinions. The memory and value for money get mixed views, while the control panel and viewfinder get negative opinions.

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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

usability, portability, battery, image quality, size

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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

usability, battery, value for money, portability, image quality

reliability, features, control panel

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


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)


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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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

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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition review


It sports a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture motion video well above the usual high-definition 1080p standard, although the latter is still an option when required.

After trying the GoPro for various activities, including mountain biking and ice skating, we could see why the GoPro name is almost synonymous with the action camera concept. We would like to see a helmet strap in the box as standard, but image quality...

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