There is no shortage of ‘action’ cameras on the market these days (GoPro, Contour, Sony to name a few). Contour has been in the game for a couple years now and Sony recently announced their Action Camera while GoPro seemed to be sitting idly by. Fret not GoPro fans as they have just unveiled their GoPro Hero 3 last night at midnight.
So what’s the story? Well, it’s faster, lighter and boasts much higher resolution and frame rate. How does 120 fps at 720 sound, or 60 fps at 1080p? They also have ultra-high resolution options with 2.7kp at 24 fps and 4kp at 12 fps (in their Protune video modes). For photo and timelapse they’ve increased the resolution to 12 MP with 30 frame per second capture along with better low light performance. Judging from their launch video, it doesn’t look like they’re exaggerating (the sharpness is pretty amazing compared to previous GoPro footage).
The Black Edition is the fully loaded Hero 3 which has built-in WiFi and can make use of the free iOS application that allows for remote monitoring and triggering (awesome). The Black Edition will run you $399.99, which is a the highest priced ‘action’ camera on the market but also has the best feature set by far. You can still pick up the Hero 3 versions at a fraction of the price of the Hero 3 Black Edition, although you sacrifice resolution and features. The White Edition (at $199.99) seems akin to the Hero 1 and the Silver to the Hero 2 ($299.99). You can check out all 3 versions along with all the bells and whistles over at GoPro.com.
I love my GoPro to death but I think the novelty of being able to film everything has worn off. The largely improved specs along with the WiFi and iPhone control options are still pretty tempting though, so I could see myself impulse buying the Black Edition down the road. Anyone sold on the higher res or frame rates?