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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NEW GoPro Camera Is Out ! Hero3

Didn't I just post about the Hero2 being New ? Well here we go again. I think this pretty much sums it up below what the key good new things are.

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So its very cool to have all these improvements but.... all new accessories too. Not sure what to say because I literally have an entire case filled with GoPro bits and peices. I expect the mounts and the arms are the same, but the cases are different. Of major importance is the flat outside lens on the cases for good underwater performance. The most expensive black model also claims to have better low light performance, guess I'll have to get one and find out. Its great they have a new camera, but its a bit odd to bring out 3 models. Clearly its mostly the same camera with a different chip in it. I guess they wanted to hit different price points but it also adds a bit of a confusion now to their product line and the inevitable mix ups in models.... real pros will fork out for the top of the line model of course.

The other question is how well GoPro will continue to support the Hero 1 : seems like not much or at all since the last Hero 2 firmware update didn't see its most important new feature, 24fps show up in the Hero 1. I've done the Hero2 firmware update but haven't had time to mess with it yet. Next production job I will ! So we'll see how GoPro does with supporting their not so much older product.


Some interesting details on the Black model

Simultaneous Photo + Video:
12MP + 1440p24 fps
8MP + 1080p30 fps 8
8MP + 720p60 fps

Got that ? you can shoot TL stills while shooting video. No more double rigs to do this ! very very cool.

2.7K 24fps 35mbit/sec 'cinema' mode... thank you !

Storage Media : MicroSD class 10 or higher required  


Not so thrilled about that. SD cards are small enough, but the micro ones are just too small. Not my choice when working in cold conditions, rain, wind, boats, ect. I guess making it smaller required this. Plan your media changes more carefully, thats for sure.