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GoProHERO3+ Black Edition Camera
 
4.7

(based on 203 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (157)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (127)
  • Easy to use (121)
  • Durable (96)
  • Versatile (94)
  • HD movies (19)

Cons

  • No LCD screen (6)
  • No zoom (5)
  • Must read manual (4)
  • Camera doesn’t float (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain bikes (31)
  • Road bikes (28)
  • Long rides (25)
  • Travel (24)
  • Commuting (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (57), Collegiate/pro (18), Filmmaker (10), Outdoor enthusiast (10), Videographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (150), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Little Giant !! Value for Money !!

One Great equipment that I have put my hands on to! Ultra wide coverage and sharp image quality. Yes, I would recommend it to a friend !

One Great equipment that I have put my hands on to! Ultra wide coverage and sharp image quality. Yes, I would recommend it to a friend !

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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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4.0

Surprising good picture quality.

By Ronnie

from Chicago

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No View Finder
  • Pricy

Best Uses

  • Shooting Outdoors
  • Travel

Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

Great pictures and video above and below the waterline. The menues take some getting used to but easily learned. Now it's up to me to figure out what's next. Get extra batteries the Battery BacPac.

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5.0

Nice

By BradZChef

from Stockbridge, GA

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

      I actually bought the Hero for wedding and music videos. I took it to the pool with my 2 year old grand daughter and was hooked. Really nice quality shots! Very different perspective. Downloading the free app to my iPhone made navigating the menus easy. This thing's going to be FUN!

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      • No

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      4.0

      skydive gopro

      By sk

      from oroville, Ca

      About Me Parent, Photo Video Skydiving

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Can Lock Up
      • Some Time Complicated

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera:

      If you need small this is good

      Easy to use

      Some times not so easy to adjust unless you really know the camera

      Froze on me a couple of times

      Update can be a pain

      studio 2....needs work.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great and Versatile Action Camera

      By spiermar

      from Sunnyvale, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight
      • Produces High Quality Film
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Color In Photos Not Great

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera:

      Great action camera! It's amazing how versatile it is. Going to a pool and want to take a few pictures? Great! Want to make a killer ski video? Check! The wide angle is great and video quality too. Images are crisp and clear. Sometimes I use it to take "regular" pictures too, but in these cases, I felt that the color contrast is not that great. But again, it's an action camera, not a point-and-shoot.

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      5.0

      Fun camera

      By submariner

      from Bronx

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight
      • Produces High Quality Film

      Cons

      • Can't Preview

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Shooting Indoors
      • Travel

      Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

      I can use it when scuba diving, kayaking, and zip lining. I also use it to film rc boats in action.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Little package with super performance

      By mk

      from DE

      About Me Outdoor enthusiast, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Produces High Quality Film

      Cons

      • price

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Shooting Outdoors

      Comments about HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera:

      I bought it for my friend's son as he just started riding a bike and I thought this toy would be a great motivation for him to practice riding. I had to test it myself so I took it out for shooting (action pistol shooting). I now want one for myself! I mounted on my cap using a tripod adaptor and a 1/4" screw and it stays on firmly. I do not feels its weight at all. The image is brilliant and I love its slow motion mode, made in Gopro studio software. I can analyze my shooting better than videos taken by someone else standing feet behind me. It is a little pricy but I can justify the price. It is a nice toy.

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      5.0

      YES! Love it!

      By Rick

      from Morristown, New Jersey

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Produces High Quality Film

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

          This little camera is like the sweetest thing ever. It has incredible picture and video quality and is extremely versatile. I would highly recommend for any application!.

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          5.0

          the best

          By Pipe Sanchez O. Photographer

          from Medellin, Colombia

          About Me Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight
          • Produces High Quality Film

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera:

            i love this camera.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            buy this, its the best

            By Pipe Sanchez O. Photographer

            from Medellin, Colombia

            About Me Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Produces High Quality Film

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera:

              i lovet

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              So far so good

              By Alan

              from East Meadow, NY

              About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Produces High Quality Film

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                Using the hero3+ in the water produced great video. Looking for as many ways to use it and will purchase another for my daughter.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great camera to get that shot!

                By Ant

                from Pensacola

                About Me Film Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Types Of Filmmakeing
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                  It is the best hands down all weather extreme action camera.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  awesome, but

                  By minh

                  from san jose, ca

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Wedding Film

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Lightweight
                  • Small

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Design
                  • Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                  why not 5 starts, it is because the go pro not really good at low light. However, it is really nice at daytime and soft light

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                  2.0

                  No 24p

                  By Traveling Productions

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera:

                      The previous generation of this product had 24p recording capability. But now you have to buy the "Black" version to get 24p. Fewer features at the same price.

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                      5.0

                      Much Better

                      By Ale Socci

                      from Sao Paulo

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                        The Best GoPro ever...
                        Fore those who like really good quality !!!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        An AMAZING little camera!

                        By Wruff Wryder

                        from Surprise, AZ

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Audio engineer, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Almost Indestructable
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Audio
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Produces High Quality Film

                        Cons

                        • Still Looking

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • Great In The Pool Ocean
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                        So far I am very impressed with the clarity, stability, and color of this tiny little camera!
                        Stunningly clear pictures/video above or below water.
                        Ideal for aerial photography/videography!
                        I've owned an original GoPro HERO for years now and finally had a chance to upgrade to this version.
                        This version has soooo many setting choices from basic SD all the way up to 4k with many FPS settings for each level!
                        You can also set the field of vision from narrow to Super View!
                        A VERY impressive camera...especially for the price!
                        Surprisingly good audio (especially compared to the older model)

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                        2.0

                        Not very good as a camera - NO zoom

                        By Scubatrish

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good For Travel

                        Cons

                        • Complicated Controls
                        • No Zoom Function

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                        Very disappointed. I bought this to use while scuba diving. Although the video aspect is great (and what it's famous for), the photo quality is lousy. I did not realise when I bought it that the camera has no zoom function - this is critical to getting close to the subject underwater.

                        I regret this purchase and wish I had spent the money on a regular still camera.

                        A note to "senior people": the camera is extremely small and fiddly and the guide that comes with it is so small that even a 20 year old would have difficultly reading it.

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By Flor

                        from Santiago Chile

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Rides
                          • Mountain Bikes
                          • Road Bikes

                          Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                          Great camera, easy to use, great videos, I love it.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Size Does Not Matter

                          By KC-ER

                          from Springfield, MA

                          About Me Collegiate/Pro

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Athletics
                          • Teaching Tool

                          Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                          We bought this camera for an athletic team on the NCAA Division III Team. Can not believe the quality and stability of such a small package. It is just an awesome camera.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Best purchase ever!

                          By Chefdiggs

                          from Enfield, CT

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everywhere
                            • Fishing
                            • Skateboarding
                            • Soccer

                            Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                            I use it when fishing to get a close up view of underwater life. My sons also love using it in the pool, while playing soccer, skateboarding and pretty much everywhere they go. The images are amazing as is both the picture and video qualities.

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                            5.0

                            So Much Fun!!

                            By jdwhited

                            from Chicago, IL

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Motorcycle
                              • Scuba Diving
                              • Skydiving

                              Comments about HERO3+ Black Edition Camera:

                              I am a professional filmmaker, but am very active in my personal life. I skydive, scuba dive, ride motorcycles, and climb. This camera can go anywhere with me! I used it on a wedding this weekend to film a boat while on a whale watching tour. The ability to hang it over the side of the boat and watch my image on my phone was awesome.

                              Obviously this isn't going to be a filmmakers main camera but it is perfect for going anywhere you don't want to stick your much more expensive camera.

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