GoPro has been on a roll lately. They just released their long awaited Wi-Fi app for iOS, and now they announced a whole new line of the HERO cameras, dubbed the HERO3. The HERO3 comes in three incarnations, the top of the line Black Edition, the middle of the road Silver Editor and the entry level White Edition, retailing for $399.99, $299.99 and $199.99 respectively. Each of the cameras has built in Wi-Fi, so there is no need for an additional BacPac, and they're 3o% smaller and 25% lighter (2.6 oz) than their predecessors. The Black Edition gets all the bells and whistles, and comes with a slew of new resolutions, including a whopping 4K video 15fps, plus 2.7K 30fps, 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps. The Black gets an updated 12MP sensor, an upgraded lens, better low light performance, and is 2X more powerful (resolution, frame rate and low light) then the HERO2, and includes a remote. The cameras will be available in mid November, and can be pre-ordered now.
Smaller, lighter and 2X more powerful, again.
The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world's most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.
Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Black Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than previous models.
2X Faster Video Performance
The HERO3: Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution and 2X the frame-rate of previous models while delivering 2X better low light performance. Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3: Black Edition's 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 video modes while those desiring a cinematic look will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 2.7kp-24 and 4kp-12 (Protune only) video modes
3X Faster Photo Performance
The HERO3: Black Edition's photo performance is 3X improved, now boasting 12MP burst capture at a staggering 30 frames per second with 2X better low light performance compared to previous models. Still Photo and Time-lapse Photo modes remain the same but are now joined by a new Continuous Photo mode that captures continuous 12MP stills at a steady 3, 5, or 10 photo-per-second rate, up to 30 photos at a time.
Improved Sharpness, Less Distortion
The HERO3's reduced-distortion, 6-element aspherical lens combines with user-selectable Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than ever before. Add the totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing that delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water and you've got one of the most powerful and durable image capture solutions on the planet.
Redesigned Audio System
Built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi Remote Included)
The HERO3 Black Edition features built-in Wi-Fi and includes GoPro's Wi-Fi Remote accessory. The Wi-Fi Remote is normally available as a $79.99 accessory but is included with the HERO3: Black Edition. The Wi-Fi Remote is waterproof, wearable and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPros at a time from a range of 600'. The HERO3's built in Wi-Fi means it can also be controlled by iOS or Android smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App. The GoPro App enables full camera control and live scene preview on any compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
The HERO3: Black Edition is compatible with all GoPro mounting accessories and older generation BacPacs™ along with the newer generation LCD Touch BacPac and 2nd generation Battery BacPac. However, as all HERO3 cameras have a new size and shape they require HERO3-specific Wrist, Skeleton and 3D housings so be sure to check for HERO3 compatibility when purchasing any new housing accessories.
Video ResolutionNTSC fpsPAL fpsSTD ModeProtune ModeField of View (FOV)Screen Resolution/ Aspect Ratio4K15 fps12.5 fpsNOONLY in ProtuneUltra Wide3840x2160 16:94K Cin12 fps12 fpsNOONLY in ProtuneUltra Wide4096x2160 17:92.7K30 fps25 fpsYES*YESUltra Wide2716x1524 16:92.7K Cin24 fps24 fpsYES*YESUltra Wide2716x1440 17:91080p60, 48, 30, 24 fps50, 48, 25, 24 fpsYESYESUltra Wide, Medium, Narrow1920x1080 16:91440p48, 30, 24 fps48, 25, 24 fpsYESYESUltra Wide1920x1440 4:3960p100, 48 fps100, 48 fpsYESYESUltra Wide1280x960 4:3720p120, 60 fps100, 50 fpsYESYESUltra Wide, Narrow*1280x720 16:9WVGA240 fps240 fpsYESNOUltra Wide848x480 16:9
Note: *May require a firmware update on camera
**Optional accessories sold separately.
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