Action Cameras

Object of Desire: GoPro Hero3 Cameras

February 13, 2013

GoPro’s increasingly popular action cameras split into three new models last year, with White, Silver and Black Editions of the new Hero3. The color-coding is not for design purposes though—it’s to denote three levels of the camera. The top-of-the-line model is the Hero3 Black Edition, which can shoot 4K video, a first for a small, rugged, action camera.
While 4K is a cool video feature—it’s approximately four times the resolution of 1080p HD—the Black Edition camera can only record 4K at the relatively slow rate of 12 frames per second (fps). On the other hand, the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition also records 2.7K video at 30 fps; 1080p at 60 fps; and 720p at 120 fps, for slow-motion playback. With the help of its 12-megapixel sensor, the Black Edition can shoot still photos in 30 fps bursts.

If you don’t care about the novelty of 4K, the Silver Edition can shoot 1080p at 30 fps; 960p at 48 fps; and 720p at 60 fps. It has an 11-megapixel sensor and can shoot 10 fps still-image bursts. The White Edition has the same video specs as the Silver but uses a 5-megapixel sensor for 3 fps photo bursts.

While it’s hard to believe these action cameras can get much smaller or more mobile, the compact Hero3 camera line is approximately half the size of the previous model and includes built-in Wi-Fi for all three editions.

Prices: Black Edition, $399; Silver Edition, $299;
White Edition, $199