GoPro Hero3 camcorder offers three versions, at a price of $ 199 you can get Hero3: White Edition which is basically a camcorder HD Hero with the new packaging. Hero3: Silver Edition is available at a price of $ 299, and Hero3: Black Edition, the model being reviewed today is a camcorder that really new with all new features and specifications. Price $ 399 it is the highest price of the group, but if you want to upgrade hero2, then it is quite feasible.
Hero3 hero2 looks like being on a diet. Smaller is better, right? At least that's the idea with the GoPro Hero3, where the camcorder is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than its predecessor. Because of the reduced size make new camcorder becomes thinner, you will not notice the difference if you look from the front Hero3. When looking down from above, you will see the GoPro Hero3 transform into a slender rectangle by removing a lot of space on the back. At least the smaller size should be accompanied by a new battery design in Hero3, which requires much less space than a battery that is long and thin in hero2.
Case waterproof in Hero3 also undergone some design changes, are smaller and have a locking mechanism that is enhanced and provides a flat lens space. By switching to a flat instead of a convex lens design as the hero2, Hero3 capable of producing sharper video and underwater distortion is reduced. This case also has an input button three pieces instead of two, to accommodate additional control buttons on Hero3 WiFi.
Although the new locking mechanism on the case resulted in tighter seal, it also makes it difficult to open the case. A new key has a release switch that must be pushed at once drawn to the locking clamp, this is key to minimize the possibility of inadvertently open, but at the same time it makes you much harder to open a case. If the trouble is affecting improved resistance to water, the new design GoPro course is a good thing.
The whole adventure camera improved this year, but the best the camera GoPro Hero3 Black Edition compared to other cameras. Hero3: Black Edition video recording with sharp, smooth motion and show its performance in low light conditions very well - three things that had been fought by hero2. This camcorder also continue to keep the noise level low enough and the colors are displayed accurately, although some people may prefer the color accuracy on Contour +2.
Movement and sharpness are hallmarks Hero3: Black Edition. Thanks to some frame rate options, Hero3 able to capture a variety of different objects. There is a good 60p mode for shooting fast-moving objects and there are even 24p mode which gives you a more cinematic look. High resolution recording mode, four thousand and 2.7 thousand is quite impressive, but this mode does not capture images with a sharper or more detailed than full HD 1080p. Video in high resolution mode is larger but does not allow users to cut unwanted parts, where it is still possible to full HD recording.
In the recording in bright light conditions, using automatic white balance system, Hero3 successfully minimize color error of 4.25 and the saturation level of 109%. These figures are better than hero2 produced last year, but the Contour + 2 more strongly in this test. However, this is still a good result.
Frankly, a bit absurd at the number on the frame rate option Hero3: Black Edition. GoPro managed to fit more frame rate compared to a small camcorder that is owned by another flagship camcorder, and this is a crazy thing. Do Hero3 want to go beyond the existing normality, or other camcorders far behind? Whatever that means Hero3 can record video with a spectacular show motion? You want a video that can be played back later? Record using mode 120 fps or 240 fps which is owned by Hero3: Black Edition. Want to shoot video that looks like a movie? This camcorder has several modes that allow you to record with cinematic 24fps frame rate. You need to see smooth motion detail sequence of movements? You can record full HD video at 60fps with the Hero3.
In general, Hero3 produce a video that is very smooth, especially when shooting with a frame rate of 60p. Several high-resolution recording mode such as setting 4K, does not offer the luxury of a higher frame rate so that your video will look quite choppy in this mode. However, if you remain in motion at 1080p video modes consistently look good. There are artifacts but it is not a problem in most of the pictures, the video looks fine, and remained stable in the trailing minimum conditions. Hero3 occasionally make mistakes, produce video that looks bruised and sometimes even the entire video slant to blue. This is all possible because of a processing failure when changing the recording mode, you must restart the camcorder to resolve this issue.
Resolution and Frame Rate
There is so much on the recording mode Hero3, maybe too much for some users. In addition to HD video recording 720p 1080p standard, Hero3: Black Edition has the option to record 4K Ultra HD and video 2.7k. This produces a video with a much higher resolution than regular HD video, but there are a lot of warnings related to that mode. First, most people do not have televisions or monitors are capable of displaying video at a higher resolution of 1920Ã ?? â ???? 1080. This makes the results of shooting 4K footage is less useful because there are many ways to exploit the full potential of this arrangement.
Hero3 also limit the frame rate to record 4K 15fps or 12fps which, depending on the mode used. The frame rate is too low to produce a smooth movement which means you will not want to use this setting to capture detailed action sequences that have a high speed. 2.7k setting that allows a friendly frame rate is 24fps and 30fps. Pade 1080p HD mode, Hero3 have the option of recording 60, 48, 30, or 24 fps gives you more flexibility when recording video. One thing to note, the recording of 4K and 2.7k option is only available on the Black Edition. Silver and White Edition are both only have a maximum of 1080p HD recording.
If you want to upgrade the HD hero2, Hero3: Black Edition will make you be more excited. Enhanced video performance means your video will be sharper, more detail in low light and subject movement will look smoother than when you record with hero2. In addition to being smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the WiFi function on Hero3 make a camcorder that is easier for us, especially if you have a smartphone.
Unfortunately, Hero3 smaller size also means GoPro should get rid of some of the connectivity options. There is no mic jack on Hero3, and also had to use a microSD Hero3 than regular SD memory card. However, the superior performance in Hero3: Black Edition is definitely enough to cover for the absence of public disappointment mic jack. Additionally, you can always get a USB-microphone conversion cable from GoPro that can work with this camcorder.
Even with the specifications of the world that owned this camcorder (4K recording, a variety of frame rates, 12MP photos), Hero3: Black Edition has some stiff competition from Contour. GoPro Hero3 Black Edition has an undeniable advantage when talking about the video quality, especially in low light, and the performance is so good it makes Hero3 become the latest video camera adventure series the best so far.