October 17, 2012

Go Pro Hero 3 Released

Go Pro Release Update to Their Range of POV Cameras

Go Pro Hero 3

Go Pro have really upped the Ante with this new release which isn't just one new camera but three! The Go Pro Hero 3 comes in three editions, white, silver and black giving customers on a budget a wider choice of camera. 

I already own the Go Pro Hero, HD Hero 2 and accessories like the Wi-Fi BacPac, iPhone app etc. Why? Because I love this camera and all that is possible with it!

Here are the specs for the 3 Go Pro Hero 3 cameras:

White Edition

  • Video Resolution: 1080p 30fps, 960p 30fps and 720p 60fps
  • Camera Stills: 5mp/3fps Burst
  • Wi-Fi: Built In
  • Wi-Fi Remote and App Compatible

 Silver Edition

  • Video Resolution: 1080p 30fps, 960p 48fps and 720p 60fps
  • Camera Stills: 11mp/10fps Burst
  • Wi-Fi: Built In
  • Wi-Fi Remote and App Compatible

Black Edition

  • Video: 4kp 12fps, 2.7kp 30fps
  • Video Resolution: 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60fps and 720p 120fps
  • Camera Stills: 12mp/30fps Burst
  • Wi-Fi: Built In
  • Wi-Fi Remote Included and App Compatible
  • Better Low Light Performance

What's New?

The Go Pro Hero 3 is stated as being 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than its predecessor. Still waterproof to 60m but with seriously ramped up specs. Even the Canon EOS 5D Mark III doesn't produce 60fps at 1080p video resolution!

Key Benefits

  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Immersive, wide angle capture of your favorite activities
  • Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app.
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197’/60M and captures sharp images above and below water
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac™ and second generation Battery BacPac™
  • Backwards compatible with older generation BacPacs™
  • New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more.

Key Specs

  • Professional 4k Cinema 12 fps / 2.7k cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture
  • 12MP photo capture with 30 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built-In
  • Wi-Fi Remote Compatible (included)
  • GoPro App Compatible (FREE)
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
  • Assorted mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear and more
Go Pro Hero 3

I have read a lot of posts already on the Go Pro Facebook page. People are complaining that they have just bought the Hero 2 and now they release this. Can they have their money back to buy this? Unfortunately, this is just life!

I bought the original Hero just 2 days (!!!!) before the HD Hero 2 was released. Biting my lip, I got the second camera and have used both on many occasions for A and B roll cameras. I will no doubt buy the Black Edition above too for an extra angle.

What people need to realise is that there is no way around this problem. Go Pro and other manufacturers cannot say when a new product is on the cards. They can't remove the old product from the shelves as sales would plummet which is retail suicide.

People need to be patient

If you decide you want a new camera, look to see when the previous one was released. Check out the release dates and trends for previous models too. Until the point where a new model is released, and if you simply need a camera in the meantime, rent one!

I have learned my lesson the hard way and it can be a tough (and expensive) pill to swallow. However, at least you end up with two cool cameras.

I have also read people complaining that Go Pro are just in it for profits and compare them to Apple. Of course they are! Any decent business with a good product is always looking to expand and improve. What else can or should they do?

I am a huge Go Pro fan and in my opinion, this new upgrade is massive. What with the built in Wi-Fi and 1080p with 60 frames per second and 720p at 120...superb! Plus:

  • Micro SD replacing SD cards
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Better image quality
  • Faster processor

...this camera just gets better and better.

Edit: Well, I bought one, played with it A LOT and you can now read my full extensive review here:

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