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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4021 reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and zoom.

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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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 292 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. People really like the battery and portability. The image quality and price also get good comments. There are some critical views about the reliability.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition Action CameraGoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition Action Camera

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1816 user reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and image quality are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical views about the finish and connectivity. There are some mixed comments about the viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

reliability, battery, zoom, connectivity, finish

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HD HERO3: Black EditionGoPro HD HERO3: Black Edition

Dec, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Antonio Villas-Boas (pcmag.com)

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

 

GoPro's Hero3+ Black Edition shoots the best 1080p footage we've seen from an action camera.

Best video quality we've seen on an action camera. Versatile shooting modes. Capable of shooting 4K.

Expensive. Battery drains quickly with Wi-Fi enabled. Poor still photo quality. Menu is still frustrating to navigate.

Included is a handy remote that lets you control recording if the camera is mounted on, say, a helmet. The remote also changes modes, and it has large buttons to make it easier to use with gloves. It's a nice extra.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition review

 

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: Lee Crane (digitaltrends.com)

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review

 

The GoPro Hero3 is a small camera that's designed to shoot high-resolution videos and be easy to use, however, for users new to GoPro, it's not exactly as simple as Felix Baumgartner jumping back to Earth.

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: (engadget.com)

GoPro Hero3+ review (Black Edition): your action videos never looked so good

 

Although it's more revision than revolution, the Hero3+ maintains GoPro's position at the top of the action cam market.

Even better HD video footage ; More compact ; Expanded recording options

This form factor isn't for everyone ; Certain accessories can be expensive

With three Hero3+ cameras to choose from (Black, Silver and White), price shouldn't be much of an issue. Nor should quality. GoPro's taken a leaf out of Apple's book and released its "best ever" camera, even if it's just an incremental update over the...

Oct, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Eugene Kim (pcmag.com)

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.

Video Quality and Conclusions The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is easily the most versatile action camera available. Where most cameras can do 720p60 and 1080p30, the Hero3 can also do 720p at 120 frames per second, 1080p60, and even 4K video at 15 frames...

May, 2013

Expert review by: de.engadget.com (engadget.com)

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: (engadget.com)

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

 

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.

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, put simply, the most capable action camera on the market today. It delivers unparalleled resolution from a camera of its size and does so without sacrificing frame rate or field of view. Despite its meager battery life...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Erik Vlietinck (layersmagazine.com)

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 (reviewed.com)

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 (techradar.com)

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.

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1.05 / 1.050 / 1.18 / 1.180 / 1180
Battery capacity (Watt hours):4.366 / 43.6
Battery life (max):1.41 / 3
Battery performance:1050 / 1180
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.7

Display

Built-in display:Y / Yes
Display:LCD

Features

Audio recording formats:AAC
Color of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Storage media:Memory Card
Touchscreen:N
Wide angle lens system:Y
Wind filter:Y

GPS Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.8
Total megapixels:12

Indication

LED Indicators: Yes

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):0 - 2.8
Focal length range (f-f):0.11 - 0.11
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens Type:Wide-angle

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Manual

Networking

Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Operational Conditions

Protection features:Water Resistant / Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:1574.8

Packaging Content

Cables included:AV, HDMI, USB / USB
Flat surface mount:Y
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Underwater case: Yes
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Still Image

Continuous shooting mode:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:RAW
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Still image resolution(s):3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920 / 4000 x 3000\n3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage media:Memory Card

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:AAC
Color of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Touch screen: No
Wind filter: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL / NTSC,PAL
Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9, 17:9
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:45
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:240
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
Supported video modes:1080p, 1440p, 720p / 1080p, 1440p, 720p, 960p / 1080p, 720p, 960p / 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p, 1520p, 2160p / 720p,960p,1080p,1440p
Video compression format:H.264, MP4 / H.264, MPEG4 / MP4
Video formats supported:H.264,MP4 / H.264,MPEG4 / MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080 / 2704 x 1524,848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 800 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1524,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1524,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 848 x 720,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:19.3 / 2.61

White Balance

White Balance:Auto / Auto, Manual / Fluorescent, Incandescent