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GoPro has just announced their new HERO3 action cameras, as well as several accessories including the LCD Touch BacPac, second-generation Battery BacPac, the HERO3 Frame Mount and a Wi-Fi Remote with an optional Attachment Keys + Rings set for connecting the Wi-Fi Remote to your car keys or zipper. Also announced is a 3.5mm Mic adapter.
The new GoPro HERO3 camera is available in two models - the HERO3: Silver Edition and the HERO3: Black Edition. The HERO3: Silver Edition is a Wi-Fi enabled action camera with an 11-megapixel image sensor and a wide angle aspherical lens. Like its predecessor, the HD HERO2, it also comes with a waterproof housing that can protect the camera to a depth rating of 197’ (60 m). It also captures up to Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps, and supports several other recording resolutions and frame rates.
The HERO3: Silver Edition is compatible with the LCD Touch BacPac, the Battery BacPac and the Wi-Fi Remote. It has a micro HDMI output, a microphone/composite video port, and a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB cards. The camera also features video looping, Protune capabilities, manual white balance, burst shooting at 10 fps and time-lapse recording. The built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via the Wi-Fi Remote (sold separately). It also supports live video preview and remote control from your smartphone or tablet with the free GoPro app. Besides the waterproof housing, the HERO3: Silver Edition ships with two adhesive mounts, a three-way pivot arm, two buckles, assorted mounting hardware and a USB charging cable.
The GoPro HERO3: Black Edition is the new top GoPro camera model. It is also Wi-Fi enabled, but it has a 12-megapixel image sensor with 2x better low-light performance. The camera also has the same 6-element wide angle aspherical lens as the HERO3: Silver Edition, but it can support up to 4Kp resolution video. It can also capture 2.7Kp, 1440p, 1080p, 960p, 720p and 480p video up to an impressive 240 fps for high-speed action and impressive slow motion playback. Unlike the Silver Edition, The HERO3: Black Edition includes the Wi-Fi Remote.
The ports and interfaces are the same on both camera models and the HERO3: Black Edition supports all the advanced shooting features that the HERO3: Silver Edition features. However, it also supports continuous photo shooting and burst photography at up to 30 fps. It features picture in video, which lets you simultaneously record video while shooting photos at 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals and it works with the GoPro app as well, which facilitates live video preview and remote camera control via a smartphone or tablet. Besides the Wi-Fi Remote, the HERO3: Black Edition includes the same accessories as the HERO3: Silver Edition. Both models are compatible with all current GoPro mounts and accessories.
A handful of new accessories have also been announced by GoPro, including the LCD Touch BacPac and the Battery BacPac. The LCD Touch BacPac is a removable LCD touch screen that seamlessly attaches to your GoPro HERO3 camera, as well as some older GoPro models (there is limited compatibility with the original HD HERO and HD HERO2). The touch screen LCD affords preview and instant playback of photos or video. It also facilitates visual control of the camera and camera settings. The LCD Touch BacPac is equipped with an integrated speaker, volume control button and a 3.5mm headphone jack for more accurate audio monitoring. The new Battery BacPac is compatible with all GoPro cameras as well. It attaches to the back of your camera and it doubles the camera’s standard battery life. It’s the ideal accessory if you shoot video over long durations, like time-lapse recording.
The GoPro Frame Mount is another new accessory. It is a low-profile frame that features specific engineering so your audio still sounds great – even at high speeds. The Frame Mount is compatible with the HERO3, as well as the LCD Touch BacPac and the Battery BacPac. It comes with a lens cap, one flat adhesive mount, one curved adhesive mount and assorted mounting hardware.
Other accessory announcements from GoPro include the Wi-Fi Remote and the Wi-Fi Remote Attachment Keys + Ring Set. The Wi-Fi Remote is compatible with the HERO3 camera. It features a shutter button, a power/mode/select button and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The Wi-Fi Remote is depth rated to 10’ (3 m) and it has a 600’ (180m) transmission range. One Wi-Fi Remote can control up to 50 GoPro cameras at a time. It provides access to all your GoPro camera settings and it includes one removable attachment key ring as well. For attaching the Wi-Fi Remote to several different articles of clothing and gear, GoPro also released the Wi-Fi Attachment Key + Ring Set, which makes it easy to attach the Wi-Fi Remote to your car keys, clothing and gear. The last new announcement is for a 3.5mm mic adapter which connects any external 3.5mm microphone to your HERO3 camera.
|HERO3 Silver Edition||HERO3 Black Edition|
|Image Sensor||11MP sensor||12MP sensor|
|Lens||Ultra wide angle aspherical lens||Ultra wide angle aspherical lens|
|Recording Media||microSD (supports up to 64GB cards)||microSD (supports up to 64GB cards)|
|Recording Time||64GB card at 1080/30p (15 Mbps): 9.6 hours
64GB card at 720/60p (15 Mbps): 9.6 hours
64GB card at 720/30p (15 Mbps): 9.6 hours
|Video Format||H.264 codec, .mp4 file format||H.264 codec, .mp4 file format|
|Audio Format||Mono, AAC compression with AGC||Mono, AAC compression with AGC|
|Supported Video Resolutions||1080p (30, 25, 24 fps)
960p (48, 30, 25 fps)
720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
WVGA 480p (120 fps)
|4K (12 fps)
2.7K (30, 25, 24 fps)
1440p (48, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1080p (60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps)
960p (100, 48 fps)
720p (120, 100, 60, 50 fps)
WVGA 480p (240 fps)
|Still Image Resolution||5MP, 8MP, 11MP||5MP, 7MP, 12MP|
|HERO Port||Yes (microphone input / composite output)||Yes (microphone input / composite output)|
|Waterproof Housing||To 197' (60 m)||To 197' (60 m)|
|Time-Lapse Recording||0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 sec||0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 sec|
|Burst Shooting (Photo/Sec)||3/1, 5/1, 10/1, 10/2||3/1, 5/1, 10/1, 10/2, 30/1, 30/2, 30/3|
|Continuous Shooting||N/A||Yes (3/1, 5/1, 10/1)|
|White Balance||Auto, Manual, 3000K, 5500K, 6500K, Cam Raw||Auto, Manual, 3000K, 5500K, 6500K, Cam Raw|
|Photo in Video||N/A||Photo every 5, 10, 30, 60 sec; Manual|
|Looping Record (Video)||Yes||Yes|
|High Bitrate Capture (H.264)||Up to 35 Mb/s||Up to 45 Mb/s|
|LED Lights||4 x recording (red); 1 x wireless (blue)||4 x recording (red); 1 x wireless (blue)|
|Wi-Fi Remote||Optional (sold separately)||Yes (included)|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable lithium-ion||Rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Battery Capacity||1050 mAh||1050 mAh|
|Windows||Windows Vista, Windows 7 & later||Windows Vista, Windows 7 & later|
|Mac||Mac OS X 10.5 & later||Mac OS X 10.5 & later|