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GoPro Hero 3 Edition Camcorder - Black (12 MP)

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  • Professional Grade Low Light Performance
  • 4K Video Resolution
  • 12MP Camera

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Product details

Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5.8 x 4.1 cm ; 549 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: CHDHX-301
  • ASIN: B009TCD8V8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Dec 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,734 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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Product Description

Born from a passion to capture your adventures from your perspective, the completely redesigned HERO3: Editions line of cameras are the most advanced GoPro cameras, ever.

Versatility

Unprecedented Durability

Shockproof and waterproof to 197' (60m), and proven in heavy surf from Tahiti to Northern California and everywhere in between, GoPro cameras can handle it thanks their highly engineered polycarbonate exoskeletal housing. Ready for action—from scuba diving to dirt track racing, and tough enough to take a spin across the asphalt or launch into space, GoPros are built to take a beating and keep filming. Replacement lens kits and housings are available, so there’s little worry while going for glory—even while diving with sharks.

Wear it. Mount it. Love it.™

GoPro mounts enable you to capture a fully immersive experience of your most exciting moments while ensuring your camera is securely attached and with you for the ride. Helmets, poles, boards, vehicles—and even yourself—whatever you’re into, there’s a GoPro camera mount that will help you get the perfect angle and POV for your most epic adventures. The HERO3 comes with a few basic mounts to get you started.

HERO3: The Most Advanced GoPro, Ever.

Camera Features
Camera Features
Smaller, lighter, better.
Smaller, Lighter...Better

Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Black Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than previous models.

Smaller, lighter, better.
2X Faster Video Performance

The HERO3: Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution and 2X the frame-rate of previous models while delivering 2X better low light performance. Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3: Black Edition's 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 video modes while those desiring a cinematic look will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 2.7KP-30 fps and 4KP-15 fps (Protune only) video modes.

3X Faster Photo Performance.
3X Faster Photo Performance

The HERO3: Black Edition's photo performance is 3X improved, now boasting 12MP burst capture at a staggering 30 frames per second with 2X better low light performance compared to previous models. Still Photo and Time-lapse Photo modes remain the same but are now joined by a new Continuous Photo mode that captures continuous 12MP stills at a steady 3, 5, or 10 photo-per-second rate, up to 30 photos at a time.

Improved Sharpness, Less Distortion
Improved Sharpness, Less Distortion

The HERO3's reduced-distortion, 6-element aspherical lens combines with user-selectable Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than ever before. Add the totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing that delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water and you've got one of the most powerful and durable image capture solutions on the planet.

Redesigned Audio System
Redesigned Audio System

Understanding that sound quality is as important as image quality, GoPro engineers completely redesigned the HERO3 to be as adept at capturing the subtle, natural sounds of voice and music as it is at capturing the immersive sounds of sport. Also improved is GoPro's already famous wind-noise reduction, ensuring that you'll hear more of your passion, be it your engine or expletives, and less of the wind during high speed activities.

Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi

Built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi Remote Included)The HERO3 Black Edition features built-in Wi-Fi and includes GoPro's Wi-Fi Remote accessory. The Wi-Fi Remote is normally available as a $79.99 accessory but is included with the HERO3: Black Edition. The Wi-Fi Remote is waterproof, wearable and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPros at a time from a range of 600'. The HERO3's built in Wi-Fi means it can also be controlled by iOS smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App.

Protune™—Powerful Control for Professionals
Protune™—Powerful Control for Professionals

A new video mode that unlocks the camera’s full potential, Protune yields stunning image quality and cinema-caliber video for professional productions. Available on the Silver and Black Editions.

  • 35Mbps Data Rate: Provides an improved, less compressed image.
  • Neutral Colour Profile: Allows for greater latitude through the colour correction process.
  • Log Curve Encoding: Provides more detail in shadows and highlights.
  • Reduced Sharpening and Noise Reduction: Improves flexibility in professional workflows.
  • 24fps Frame Rates: Easily intercut GoPro content with other sources without fps conversion.
Connect. View. Control. The GoPro App
Connect. View. Control. The GoPro App

The GoPro App lets you control your GoPro camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. Features include full control of all camera settings, live video preview to your smartphone or tablet for easy shot framing and more—Available for free on the Apple App Store™ and Google Play.

GoPro App Camera Features
Software Updates

Get new feature updates, product enhancements and more for your HERO3 through camera software updates. Available at gopro.com/support.

HERO3 Camera Comparision

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White Edition

Silver Edition

Black Edition
VIDEO 1080p30/ 960p30/ 720p60 fps 1080p30/ 960p30/ 720p60 fps 4Kp fps, 2.7 kp 30 fps, 1440p48/ 1080p60/ 720p120 fps
PHOTO 5MP / 3 fps Burst 11MP/ 10 fps Burst 12MP/ 30 fps Burst
WI-FI Built-in Built-in Built-in
WI-FI REMOTE Compatible (sold seperately) Compatible (sold seperately) Included
GOPRO APP Compatible Compatible Compatible
PRO LOW-LIGHT Pro Low-Light   High Performance
Battery & Charging
  • 1050mnAh rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Charge via USB
HERO3:
Black Edition
HERO3:
Black Edition with LCD Touch BacPac™
HERO3:
Black Edition using with Wi-Fi Remote
HERO3:
Black Edition using GoPro App
RES/FPS Estimated Time Estimated Time Estimated Time Estimated Time
720/60 1:25 1:10 1:20 1:10
1080/30 1:30 1:15 1:25 1:15
1080/60 1:15 1:00 1:05 1:00
1440/48 1:25 1:05 1:15 n/a
4k/15 1:30 1:10 1:20 n/a
2.7k/30 1:20 1:05 1:10 n/a
Notes
  • Extreme cold temperatures may decrease battery life. For use in these conditions it is suggested to keep camera in a warm place prior to use.
  • To maximize HERO3 battery life when shooting longer duration activities, it’s is best to use camera with LCD Touch BacPac turned off or unattached altogether. Turning off Wi-Fi will also help conserve power.
  • Using protune mode will increase power consumption. May vary per mode and camera edition.
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    GoPro Hero 3 Edition Camcorder - Black (12 MP)

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    290 of 304 people found the following review helpful By Johnmcl7 on 31 May 2013
    Colour Name: Black
    The GoPro Hero 3 Black is my first GoPro product which I was drawn for its high resolution video capabilities and as I was getting into mountain biking I quite fancied trying to record some of the trails. The Gopro cameras have a great reputation for this sort of use and the professional reviews of the camera were extremely positive at the time of launch so I was pleased to get the camera shortly after.

    Quick edit - there's a fairly serious bug with the timelapse option at the moment, if you use the 0.5 or 1 second interval then auto-exposure doesn't work which makes it completely unusable, I found this out when checking footage I'd taken and many shots were almost completely black due to severe underexposure. GoPro confirmed this is a bug in the current firmware and advise using intervals of two seconds or more until it's fixed, I've put this up at the top in the off chance others might avoid this bug before it ruins their footage.

    The contents of the box are a bit disappointing as there's no quick start guide giving you a hand to get started, there's no full manual either but I don't mind not having a hard copy as it's easy enough to download and browse when needed. There's no charger either which I can partially understand as many people now have USB chargers although strangely the Gopro's USB connection is the older mini USB type (possibly because it stays in better) so standard micro USB chargers are no good (ones that won't split apart) plus it's recommended to use a higher current adapter which rules out standard USB chargers and normal USB ports.
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    296 of 316 people found the following review helpful By David Ford on 16 Mar 2013
    Colour Name: Black
    After all the known problems with this camera well documented! I wrote a scathing review due to the lack of customer service.

    Now after an email from a Gopro tech, listing several things to correct my issues, the camera and accessories are working faultlessly. Before you throw yours out the window if yours freezes won't charge, stops recording or any of the many other issues reported; make sure the firmware is updated properly. I thought mine had however it hadn't.

    1. Manually download the update don't install java! Follow the instructions on the web site.
    2. Save it to your desktop and open the zip file.
    3. Drag the unzipped files to the sd card.
    4. Wait it takes about 10 minutes to update it should display the percentage.
    5. Enjoy your fully functioning Hero 3!!!!

    The battery Bac Pac has to be connected to the camera the 1st time you charge it. If you don't it will look like the battery is faulty. Once charged it will charge on its own.

    32gb are the best as formatted to fat 32 if you use a 64gb shxc cards they are formatted to ex fat and will not upload to an ipad. Camera will see them and they can be updated to a PC.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Scales on 29 July 2014
    Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
    Loads of my friends have these. Mine was defective on receipt. The device would not recognise the SD card. Amazon refunded my money no quibble. Brilliant!
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    Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
    I have been using this little camera for a while now and I am becoming more and more impressed with the things I can do with it! I don't use it is a B camera or as my main camera but as something to get those quirky shots that really give a video a little bit of life. I have chucked it in the canal and thrown it off of bridges and got some weird shots that my DSLR would never get!

    It is well built and the water proof casing has not yet broken meaning my camera is still all good!

    The one downside is that you may need a little bit of video editing and colour grading knowledge in order to get as good a picture as you see in the GoPro adverts. As their videos have been graded and processed to look the way that they do. Maybe just a little bit or testing before official use can get you on the right track to getting good looking footage. I am sure there are YouTube tutorials one can watch to get ahead of all of this!
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kallistan on 6 Dec 2013
    Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
    This is not the sort of thing that I really need. But heck, it's nearly Christmas, so when it came up in the Black Friday sale, I put it into my basket. Then took it out, as it was still more expensive than I had hoped. The item then showed as all sold. Then went back a bit later, and saw that a few other people had obviously done the same, as it there were now only 98% sold. So I decided it was fate, and clicked on buy again. I now have it, and it is very much as expected, takes very high quality video up to 4k and stills up to 12mp. It is incredibly small. When the rest of the bits that I ordered arrive, it will go on my bike, and maybe a quadcopter is on the horizon as well. For the time being, it is going everywhere with me, just for fun.

    For anyone reading some of the negative reviews, it seems very well built, simple to operate, and I have had no problem with a Samsung 64GB microSDXC card
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manika Singh on 25 Mar 2014
    Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
    For what I paid for it - i would expect it to work! i had to contact the GoPro team and it seems its a known problem that the GoPro does not always turn on after first charge. Mine was totally faulty so sent it back. Will not be buying it.
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