Sneak Peek: GoPro HERO3 camera unveiled

The latest GoPro camera, the HERO3, unveiled today, is a “lighter, faster, higher-res” camera with built-in WiFi. It is just 20mm thick, or about 30 percent smaller than the existing GoPro camera.

The HERO3 comes in three versions, including a top-end Black Edition capable of capturing video at resolutions usually reserved for larger, cinematic cameras. (Video can be captured at 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps, and 720p 120 fps.)

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GoPro HERO3 camera

It can take still 12-megapixel photos at a rate of 30 photos per second. Built-in WiFi lets you stream footage to a phone or tablet for preview as well as control camera functions on an app.

Notes the company, “Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3. . . [for its] 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 video modes.”

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LCD screen an optional add-on

A new lens promises “improved sharpness and less distortion” with user-selectable ultra-wide, medium and narrow field-of-views.

The audio features were redesigned, with better pickup for “capturing the subtle, natural sounds of voice and music,” the company notes.

Video shot with the new GoPro HERO3 camera

The Black Edition HERO3 will cost $399. There will be two other editions with varying video resolutions, including an entry-level White Edition that costs $199 and a Silver Edition at $299.

You can order the cameras now on

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HERO3 Black Edition

Posted by Tim - 10/17/2012 12:06 PM

We’re still waiting for the android app (iOS was finally just released the other day) to be released for the wifi pack on the gopro hd 2 which was scheduled for release in February, then April, then August, then still not released. Some of us foolishly paid extra for this functionality based on the expected release of this app. Now the wifi functionality is going to be included for a lower combined price than the HD2 and the wifi pac. This range of models sounds a lot more like the way contour has had theirs set up for quite some time except they have gps built in as well. If I’d bought one of those I’d have these phone control features already. Maybe this is a trend of making only odd numbered gopros the ones to buy?

Posted by NWmtnBiker - 10/18/2012 02:29 AM

I have a Contour GPS and the GoPro2. The smarphone app on the Contour isn’t all that great. The GoPro is worth the wait. I can’t wait to add the Black. The wifi is the best add on BY FAR for the GoPro. I love being able to hit the button and turn them on and start recording. I have three, but even if I had one the wifi remote is worth every penny!

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