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GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Review

If you want a camera that gives you not great but excellent image and sound quality and have superb apps, the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is the right choice. Want to learn more? Stay with us through this review.

The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition was released some time ago and now on the market is the better GoPro Hero 4, which give you the option to shoot 4K video. But if you don’t need an action camera for 4K and just want to have 1080p videos, you can get the Hero 3 Black Edition.

Features of the Hero3 Black Edition camera from GoPro

Have in mind that because it is an older model, you might have some difficulties finding it on the market, but with some advanced search you will get one.

But if you want to get a Hero 3 Black Edition just for the price, because you might think that as an older model, it is cheaper, that is not entirely right. The price range gap for the older and the newer GoPro cameras isn’t that big, so if you can’t find a Hero 3 Black Edition, you might think about Hero 4 or the newer Hero 5.

  • Records video in 1440p ar 48 frames per second, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps
  • Photo burst of up to 30 photos in 1 second
  • 12MP Camera
  • 1x Optical Zoom
  • 1050mnAh rechargeable lithium-ion Battery
  • Lighter and Smaller than previous models
  • Built in Wi-Fi

Pros and Cons

Let’s get back on the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. It is one of the three different models of the Hero 3 series and it has the best sensor of them – 1/2.3in which means it can perform better at low lightning. This camera can also take 12-megapixel photographs which is great.

The Hero 3 Black Edition can record up to 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second – great thing for people that want to upload their videos on YouTube. The other video modes are 1080p with 30 frames per second, 720p with 100 frames per second if you want to make some slow motion footage in the video editor on your personal computer. The camera support even 4K video but with only 12 frames per second which is pretty low.

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition can take pictures with burst mode with up to 30 frames per second. The camera can even capture some really great time-lapses and photos from them on various intervals.

The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition camera have really good design and as all of them – is very easy to use. When you are recording there is a red light that indicates that. Actually the red diods are placed on the bottom, the top and the front of the camera to see them easily. It has Mini USB slot, microSD card slot and Micro HDMI slot, all of them covered with plastic covering, which means that the camera is not waterproof or weather resistant, so you might think about buying a case.

As you might already think, the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is not so tough, so you will have to use toughened cover or case. There are plenty of accessories to buy from the official GoPro shop or from third-party manufacturers.

The Hero 3 Black Edition can be controlled easily from a smartphone or tablet via special app. You connect the devices through Wi-Fi and are good to go. With the app you can see what the camera is shooting, you can start or stop the recording and make photos.

And about the most important thing – the video quality of the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. It is no doubt one of the best we had seen so far. The videos have the right color and are with high detail level, which is great. The video bit rate is very high – 20Mbit/s. The image is steady and overall excellent.

So, for final – if you need a well-priced mini action camera with great design and the best image quality, the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is an option for you to think about purchasing.

The GoPro HERO3 Black edition is an action camera that offers a lot of video and quality options versatility. Lightweight and small made to last, definitely a good pick that is worth every cent.