GoPro HERO3

by Brian Mullin on October 17, 2012

GoPro
has been on a roll lately. They just released their long awaited Wi-Fi
app for iOS, and now they announced a whole new line of the HERO
cameras, dubbed the HERO3. The HERO3 comes in three incarnations, the
top of the line Black Edition, the middle of the road Silver Editor and
the entry level White Edition, retailing for $399.99, $299.99 and
$199.99 respectively. Each of the cameras has built in Wi-Fi, so there
is no need for an additional BacPac, and they’re 3o% smaller and 25%
lighter (2.6 oz) than their predecessors. The Black Edition gets all the
bells and whistles, and comes with a slew of new resolutions, including
a whopping 4K video 15fps, plus 2.7K 30fps, 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps
and 720p 120 fps. Some of these higher resolutions are meant for professional videographers, as these settings allow more leeway in post production that will eventually be down rezzed.

The
Black gets an updated 12MP sensor, an upgraded  lens, better low light
performance, and is 2X more powerful (resolution, frame rate and low
light) then the HERO2, and includes a remote. The cameras will be
available in mid November, and can be pre-ordered now. They also have
some new accessories, including the LCD Touch BacPac and the Frame. The
Frame lets you run the HERO3 naked, sans the plastic housing!

 
BLACK EDITION

<======= HERO3 Black – Product Description =======>

Smaller, lighter and 2X more powerful, again.
The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro,
ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro
that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous
models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable
of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video
and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black
Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App
compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99
accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.

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

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-24 and 4kp-12 (Protune only) video modes

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
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
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 (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 or Android smartphones
and tablets running the GoPro App. The GoPro App enables full camera
control and live scene preview on any compatible iOS or Android
smartphone or tablet.

The
HERO3: Black Edition is compatible with all GoPro mounting accessories
and older generation BacPacs™ along with the newer generation LCD Touch
BacPac and 2nd generation Battery BacPac. However, as all HERO3 cameras
have a new size and shape they require HERO3-specific Wrist, Skeleton
and 3D housings so be sure to check for HERO3 compatibility when
purchasing any new housing accessories.


What’s Included

  • HERO3: Black Edition Camera
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
  • Wi-Fi Remote + Key Ring
  • Remote Charging Cable
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • QR Buckle
  • J-Hook Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot
  • 1 Curved Adhesive Mount
  • 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Assorted Mounts and Hardware
  • USB Charging Cable

<======= HERO3 – New Accessories =======>

The Frame
The Frame mount is the smallest, lightest way to mount your HERO3
camera. For use with the HERO 3 cameras only. Retails for $39.99.

  • Sleek frame design for low profile, compact mounting
  • Lens cap protects camera lens
  • Engineered for optimal sound at speed
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac™ and second generation Battery BacPac™

Note:
The Frame mount is NOT waterproof and not optimized for use in extreme
conditions where dirt and sharp objects can damage the camera lens.

What’s Included:

  • Standard Frame
  • BacPac Frame
  • Lens Cover
  • Assorted Mounting Hardware
  • 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 1 Curved Adhesive Mount

LCD Touch BacPac
The LCD Touch BacPac is a removable LCD touch screen for GoPro
cameras*. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps your camera as
small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD
screen when attached. Retails for $79.99.

  • Seamlessly attaches to the back of GoPro cameras
  • LCD touch screen allows for easy visual control of camera (frame your perfect shot) and settings
  • Preview + playback photos and videos including instant slow motion playback
  • Integrated speaker with volume control
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

*Limited compatibility with original HD HERO and HD HERO2 cameras, requires firmware update.

What’s Included:

  • LCD Touch BacPac™
  • Touch backdoor
  • Standard backdoor
  • Skeleton backdoor
  • Protective Case

<======= HERO3 Black – Features =======>

Key Benefits
  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Immersive, wide angle capture of your favorite activities
  • Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos
  • Built-in
    Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video
    preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free
    GoPro app.
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197’/60M and captures sharp images above and below water
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac™ and second generation Battery BacPac™
  • Backwards compatible with older generation BacPacs™
  • New
    advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White
    Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording
    video and more.

Key Specs

  • Professional 4k Cinema 12 fps / 2.7k cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture
  • 12MP photo capture with 30 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built-In
  • Wi-Fi Remote Compatible (included)
  • GoPro App Compatible (FREE)
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
  • Assorted mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear and more
 

<======= HERO3 Black – Specs ======>

Optics

  • Ultra sharp ƒ/2.8 6-element aspherical glass lens
  • Ultra wide angle / reduced distortion
  • 2X Better low-light performance*

Video (NTSC/PAL)

Video Resolution NTSC fps PAL fps STD Mode Protune Mode Field of View (FOV) Screen Resolution/ Aspect Ratio
4K 15 fps 12.5 fps NO ONLY in Protune Ultra Wide 3840×2160 16:9
4K Cin 12 fps 12 fps NO ONLY in Protune Ultra Wide 4096×2160 17:9
2.7K 30 fps 25 fps YES* YES Ultra Wide 2716×1524 16:9
2.7K Cin 24 fps 24 fps YES* YES Ultra Wide 2716×1440 17:9
1080p 60, 48, 30, 24 fps 50, 48, 25, 24 fps YES YES Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow 1920×1080 16:9
1440p 48, 30, 24 fps 48, 25, 24 fps YES YES Ultra Wide 1920×1440 4:3
960p 100, 48 fps 100, 48 fps YES YES Ultra Wide 1280×960 4:3
720p 120, 60 fps 100, 50 fps YES YES Ultra Wide, Narrow* 1280×720 16:9
WVGA 240 fps 240 fps YES NO Ultra Wide 848×480 16:9

Note: *May require a firmware update on camera

  • Video format: H.264 codec, .mp4 file format
  • White Balance: auto and manual

 Photo Modes

  • 12, 7, 5MP resolutions
  • Burst: 30 photos per second
  • Continuous Photo: 3 photos per second, 5 photos per second, 10 photos per second
  • Time-lapse: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals
  • Simultaneous Photo + Video:
    • 12MP + 1440p24 fps
    • 8MP + 1080p30 fps 8
    • 8MP + 720p60 fps

Battery & Charging

  • 1050mAh rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Charge via USB

Audio

  • Mono, 48kHz, AAC compression w/ AGC
  • Supports optional 3.5mm stereo mic adapter **

Storage

  • Memory:
    • MicroSD class 10 or higher required
    • Up to 64GB capacity supported
  • Record times will vary with resolutions and frame rates

Included Cables

  • USB charging cable

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows® Vista, 7 and later

*Compared to HD HERO2 and HERO3 White and Silver Edition Cameras
**Optional accessories sold separately.

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