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Much better battery life, problems with the lens for some **Update 27/11**,
This review is from: GoPro HERO3+ BLACK Edition - Camcorder - (12MP, WiFi) (Electronics)
This is just a brief heads up for people looking to purchase this product. Product now 4 Stars with the new Update (see below)
I reviewed the GoPro 3 when it came out and complained about the battery life, I'm happy to say with the new battery and Wifi hardware in this camera you get a much better recording time. Up to about 110% longer in some modes (30% more in others). The biggest gain to be had is when you are using Wifi, with it recording 1080 50fps and Protune on you can now record for 1 Hr 13mins as opposed to 30mins on the previous camera.
However there is a big issue with the lens on some of the cameras, the one I had for testing was focused as about 2 feet (60cms) as a result anything further away looks a bit soft. GoPro are aware of this and are looking at the problem, however if you get a camera with 0913 in the serial number (digits 6-9) you will probably have this issue.
There does also seem to be buffering on the video output over wifi, the latency is better but this means that the output is not as smooth, which might be important for some. I'll report more once I get a camera without the focus problem.
My advice, hold off on buying one for the moment unless you can guarantee you'll get one without the focus problem (or you don't mind)
**Update, GoPro now have cameras with the fix available (27/11), I've had a look and they have improved things with regards to focus. Also to note the colour accuracy of the 3+ is better than the 3. If using Protune Mode please be aware that your pictures may look a little soft, this is deliberate as sharpness can be added later in post production if required. ProTune is designed to give the most accurate pictures with the most latitude for adjusting later. There is buffering on the Wifi Output which has the effect of making it look quite juddery, it seems to spit out 6 frames at a time, pause briefly and then do the next 6. Some people won't mind and it seems to be the price you pay for better battery life .**
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2013 16:47:53 BDT
Bob K says:
Hi did GoPro off any help or an exchange on this? or was it just a case of Tough! as it looks to make the product worse than useless.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2013 16:55:01 BDT
As I just have it for testing purposes... it's going back.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2013 23:47:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2013 23:48:17 GMT
could you confirm how and where you got your information regarding the serial number. I am interested in purchasing this item and want ensure I don't buy a duffer.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2013 08:02:35 GMT
It's on the GoPro forums
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2013 14:24:28 GMT
thanks for quick response
Posted on 19 Nov 2013 10:55:14 GMT
Ganesh Punniyamoorthy says:
Just bought one, unfortunately it is 0913.
I have asked my friend to buy one for me, as he went to US for holiday. He purchased day before yesterday, after that only i saw this review. He came in today and gave me the product and it is 0913 series :(
What can I do now? Please help me?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013 11:31:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2013 11:32:49 GMT
Bob K says:
I bought one from the UK a couple of weeks ago, I was assured by the supplier that it was the latest issue without the problem & received the day before from their wholesaler.
When it arrived it has an 0813 serial number. which from the US website forums also has the problem.
Mine is really sharp focus about 50cm from the lens gradually out of focus from there. No use to me as I bought it to use with a quadrocopter for aerial property photos.
Seems they have set it up for those who want to take arms length "Selfies" of their own face in various situations. I wonder what percentage of their customer base this represents.
There is also talk on the US forums of people "doing the Focus Mod" along with pic's of the lens cover being removed with a large pair of pliers - Drastic or what !
At the price they charge for this I don't think it is unreasonable to expect at least software autofocus !
IMHO GoPro have really shot themselves in the foot here.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013 22:01:45 GMT
I'd try contacting GoPro directly to see what they say, as it's a known problem they might just replace it.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 12:31:55 GMT
Ganesh Punniyamoorthy says:
Thank you. Waiting for your reply.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 15:54:07 GMT
Miss LORD-SALLENAVE says:
I also have a 0913, have you managed contacted GoPro yet?