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GoProHERO3+ Black Edition Camera
 
4.7

(based on 257 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (201)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (138)
  • Durable (118)
  • Easy to use (112)
  • Versatile (93)
  • HD movies (18)

Cons

  • No LCD screen (6)
  • Must read manual (4)
  • No zoom (4)
  • Battery life (3)
  • Camera doesn’t float (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain bikes (31)
  • Travel (30)
  • Road bikes (28)
  • Long rides (25)
  • Commuting (20)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      88% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (70), Collegiate/pro (22), Tech savvy (14), Avid cyclist (10), Filmmaker (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (187), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product!

I bought a GOPRO 3+ Black for underwater photography. I built a pretty good set-up with tray, dual lights, touchscreen backpack, filters and underwater housing.
My first dive was to...Read complete review

I bought a GOPRO 3+ Black for underwater photography. I built a pretty good set-up with tray, dual lights, touchscreen backpack, filters and underwater housing.
My first dive was to 120" and the standard housing leaked a little but no damage to GOPRO. I used it because it was easier to open with the filter on.
Next couple of dive were uneventful. Fourth dive with the GOPRO there was a catastrophic flooding of the housing (full flooding)with sea water. Disastrous!!! I was ready to throw it in the trash. The touch screen backpack was full of water ... Just for kicks, I ran the backpack and camera under fresh water hoping to rinse out the salt water. I put the camera and backpack on the dash of the car for two days and put them back together with a fresh battery and it worked just like before.
I put the GOPRO in the dive housing and have logged over 25 dives with it and not a drop of water and no problems with the camera.
I also didn't to use the lights except for night dives. With the dive filters the colors to 120 feet are more vibrant in the pictures than in real life.
Great product. Couldn't be happier!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Amazing quality, not Protune

Let me first say that my brand new GoPro is being repaired because the HDMI output was messed up. I'll be without it for at least 2 weeks, which is longer than I've had...Read complete review

Let me first say that my brand new GoPro is being repaired because the HDMI output was messed up. I'll be without it for at least 2 weeks, which is longer than I've had it.

I'm sure you've heard about and seen the amazing video quality that is produced by the GoPro, so let me comment on some of the things that make it challenging to work with.

The best monitor is the smart phone or tablet, but you can't monitor while recording if you use Protune. Also, Protune requires a lot of processing before it looks as good as the non-protune video. If I had it to do over again, I'd get the Silver edition, because I gave up on Protune, and the WiFi remote isn't nearly as useful as the smart phone, for controlling and previewing the camera.

If you're thinking of using the HDMI output, consider that you cannot have the camera in it's case and have the HDMI cable plugged in at the same time. *AND* you can't mount the camera on anything if the camera isn't in it's case. I'm sure I'll find or make something to work around that problem, but I'm still not sure if I can monitor the video feed when Protune is turned on, so I'm not holding my breath on a good monitoring solution. Of course, these problems apply more to using the GoPro to carefully frame shots, rather than just a POV camera.

Another point that I think needs to be made is that, when you turn on the Wifi to use the remote, or your smart phone, the Wifi stays on, even when you power off the camera. The Wifi will drain the battery in a couple of hours and it is painful to turn it off and on. It requires several button presses on the camera.

I don't reqret finally purchasing a GoPro. For what it does, it is a great solution. I do regret buying the black, rather than the silver. I don't really need 4K at 15fps, at least partly because you can only shoot 4K in wide mode, which is, essentially a fish-eye view (although the 4k video looks very good).

In case I wasn't clear, earlier, Protune requires special software and processing. By the time I get the video into my editor, it's been recompressed 2 times from the original file. Even then, the quality isn't as good as the non Protune video, from what I saw in my simple tests. Also, when Protune is on, several features are unavailable, including preview while recording, and still capture while recording video. If you want to use Protune, download the manual and read the fine print.

In summary, for underwater video (shooting blind, because Wifi doesn't work underwater and you can't use the HDMI cable), for flying in a quadcoptor, or for other POV video, the GoPro is awesome. The warranty service is a bit slow, but friendly and competent. If you're like me, and you need to see what you're capturing for music videos and other professional assigments, it can be a source of some frustration. The silver edition is a better deal, in my opinion.

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5.0

Really amazing camera with sharp images

By Riccardo Chiades

from Ivrea Torino,Italy

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Install
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sport Image

    Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

    Perfect camera for sport video,easy to handle,strong and you could mount it everywhere!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    already thinking of buying a second one

    By tmtholen

    from everett ma

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Install
    • Good Power Output
    • Waterproof
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

        put it on the car and drove around the city. using footage for different community access shows we produce. It is amazing, had no idea what the footage would look like until we got back to the office...clear, sharp video....definitely considering getting a second one

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        • No

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        5.0

        amazing cam

        By chaino

        from nyc

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Easy To Adjust
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

            best sport cam you can get on the market, love the wide angle

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            • No

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            5.0

            I'm sorry i waited so long to purchase

            By bc12012

            from Boston,ma

            About Me Competitive Shooter

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Hockey Games

            Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

            What a camera!!! Excellent images and videos. I have the GoPro app on my iPad and taking videos couldn't be easier. I am sorry I waited so long to purchase it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            HERO3 MADE FOR LIVE ACTION

            By MOORE

            from Paintsville, KY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Difficult To Adjust

            Best Uses

            • Hunting
            • Tactical

            Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

            This product is great for on the go, live action events. It's made for hard core action that can can be easily recorded by the HERO3. I originally purchased it to use in my classroom to record my lessons. However, it has been more helpful to use it and record my students in action. It's also been useful for allowing my students to use it to help them complete video projects around the school. It's light weight, durable, contains a case to keep it from getting broke (which can happen with kids), and it's waterproof. The thing that isn't so great about it is, you have to use a mobile device, tablet, or laptop to control it and see what you have captured on the camera. You cannot view it while it's recording unless it's hooked to a device. I use it with the iPad because my iPhone didn't have enough space. Highly recommend for on the go and fast paced events. Would work really well with the helmet accessory too.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it!!!

            By Ashlee

            from Florida

            Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

            I absolutely love my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition!! I use it all of the time, whether I'm in the water or on dry land.

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            5.0

            Best of the best

            By mikart

            from Colombia

            About Me Occasional Shooter

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Construction

            Cons

            • Difficult To Adjust

            Best Uses

              Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

              The video quality of the camera is amazingly good. This includes in relatively low light conditions. Again, video quality is VERY impressive. The video files are in MP4 format.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great device

              By daa

              from Greenwood, IN

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Install
              • Waterproof
              • Weather Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                  I found this easy to set up and use. I like the quality of the images I have worked with.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nifty piece of tech

                  By Strad43

                  from Boston, MA

                  Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                  The GoPro has its time and place. Not going to replace pro photo or video anytime soon but a great addition to your inventory.

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By lpl

                  from Sao Paulo, SP, Brasil

                  About Me Advanced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lots Of Accessories
                  • Waterproof
                  • Wi-fi Connection

                  Cons

                  • Battery Could Last Longer
                  • Poor Image In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports
                  • Travel

                  Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                  Great camera to go. Easy to carry on, easy to use, fast and have great quality of photo image and video.
                  One great feature is the ability to film and photography at same time.
                  Wi-Fi works just fine and is, sometimes, excellent to compose the scene and/or to check the final result.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Durable and Hi-Def!

                  By Perched Lifestyle

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Good Power Output
                  • No Rattle
                  • Waterproof
                  • Weather Resistant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cars
                    • Partying

                    Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                    I use this GoPro for shooting aerial shots with my DJI Phantom and the results are spectacular. It's also a great camera for shooting action shots in environments where using a DSLR just isn't practical. The higher frame rates when capturing 1080p is probably the best feature on this camera. It allows for great slow-mo shots without sacrificing resolution. The only drawback is the absence of an LCD display for photo/movie previewing.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nothing but remarkable!

                    By Vicki LeBlanc

                    from Hempstead, TX

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Install
                    • Good Power Output
                    • No Rattle
                    • Steady
                    • Waterproof
                    • Weather Resistant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adventure
                      • Drone

                      Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                      I owned the first black edition and now the black +. Didn't think the capture could improve that much but it did! I am so thankful that GoPro didn't change the mounts and cases. All of my fittings work with the new. Wished other camera manufactures did the same.

                      Still amazed that so much technology fits into this little camera. So much easier to keep steady and the built in stabilizer is fantastic unlike my DSLR.

                      Thanks GoPro!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Amazing camera to take fotos and video

                      By RitaBdeB

                      from Portugal

                      Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                      My sons love it!!! They took it for all kinds of sports - kitesurf, surf, snowboard, everywhere:). Very good quality, portable and sith so many extras for all kind of sports

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                      5.0

                      Increíble cámara, fotos y vídeos

                      By Subc3r0

                      from Ibiza, Spain

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Incredible Quality
                      • Waterproof
                      • Weather Resistant

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Diving
                        • Driving
                        • Larger Boats
                        • Partying
                        • Relaxing
                        • Small Boats
                        • While Boarding

                        Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                        Una cámara excelente, funciona perfectamente con el WIFI con la aplicación de GoPro, puedes ver lo que estás grabando y hacer fotografías panorámicas increíbles. Muy muy buena calidad, tanto en vídeo como en fotos, mucho mejores que las de mi compacta Nikon.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Powerful sport cam!

                        By Meir

                        from Baltimore, md

                        Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                        A very good sport cam for any sport! Multi function and awesome with remote! I used it for my mt. Biking. Recommended!

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                        5.0

                        Great camera

                        By DJ

                        from Oklahoma City, OK

                        About Me Beginner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Install
                        • Waterproof

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • While Boarding

                          Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                          Works perfectly for flight on Isis drone.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Package

                          By Gladys

                          from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                          About Me Beginner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Waterproof
                          • Weather Resistant

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Partying

                            Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                            It is an excellent camera! Just it was difficult to unpack the Hero3 of its package.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            My second GoPro

                            By Lillnikke

                            from Stovkholm

                            Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                            This is My second GoPro and i love it. Its able to come with you every were and its easy enough to use.

                            The app to the phone makes it all ten times easier.

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                            5.0

                            Powerful Creature

                            By Kyle

                            from Chattanooga, TN

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Install
                            • Waterproof
                            • Weather Resistant

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports

                              Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                              Affordable camera for quality video! I bought this product just before the Hero 4 was announced. I am very satisfied with it's capabilities.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Simply Amazing!

                              By Ryan

                              from Midland Park, NJ

                              About Me Advanced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Install
                              • No Rattle
                              • Waterproof
                              • Weather Resistant

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Slow Motion

                                Comments about GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                                I have wanted a GoPro for some time now and after finally getting one, I can definitely say it has blown my expectations. The video quality is stunning and the GoPro's great stabilization helps make it smooth as well. I am especially impressed by the camera's ability to shoot at 240 frames. While the quality is normally pretty low, with the right lighting, it can shoot exceptional slow motion video with relatively good clarity. All in all, the GoPro black is astonishingly good at everything it does!

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