Reviews GoPro Hero 3
7.9
RCT SCORE
RCT SCORE 7.9 / 10

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The world of "action cameras" has grown dramatically thanks in large part to the efforts of GoPro. If you're the outdoor adventure type - snowboarding, sky diving, mountain biking and generally tempting fate - this is the camera for you. The third edition of their Hero product - aptly named the Hero 3  (Black Edition) - builds on a strong tradition with HD video and a new image processor.

The Wi-Fi-enabled camera is capable of recording HD video at 48 frames per second (fps) and 1080p HD video at 30 fps. There are slow-motion modes as well as the ability to take 12-megapixel still photos in bursts of 30 photos per second. The fixed focal-length lens means there's no optical zooming (presumably your hands are going to be occupied with something more dangerous) but it offers a bright aperture and wide-angle for swallowing up the scene.

The rugged GoPro ships with a waterproof housing and various mounts for attaching it to handlebars and other outdoor gear. You'll pay $399.

Reviewers were beyond enthused with the latest Hero -- with almost all hailing it as the leading action camera in the category. The one drawback cited by most reviewers was the skimpy battery life -- a problem exacerbated when using the camera's Wi-Fi mode. However, if your photography needs involve putting your own life at risk, there doesn't seem to be a better camera for you, despite the meager battery.

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Going to the Next Level
GoPro's Hero3 Black Edition is, put simply, the most capable action camera on the market today.
Engadget.com
 
Yes, It's the Best
It is handily the best action camera we've ever used. The footage it takes is simply unparalleled. The biggest ding against it is battery life, which is important enough to cost it...
Gizmodo.com
 
Serious Piece of Kit
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...
TechRadar.com
 
Great Shooter Held Back By Very Poor Battery Life
Ticks in plenty of boxes, but there are some sizeable crosses to be aware of. We can accept the Hero3's less-than-friendly user interface - it's just like the Hero2's - as you won't...
Pocket-Lint.com
 
Hands-down the Best Sports Camera
The faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.
CNET.com
 
Packs a Punch
The tiny GoPro HERO3 packs a punch for beginners to professionals, one that is currently unrivaled at its price point by any other action camera.
Videomaker.com
 
A Small Wonder
We got great, extraordinary results for street video that came alive with the wild point of view and crisp video results for which the Hero is known.
USA Today.com
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