While on a business trip to San Diego CAlifornia, I was able to get my hands on a GoPro Hero 3 Black edition. I had been wanting one of these for some time. Plus while being stateside, I figured I could save a few dollars and pick up one there. The Go Pro Hero 3 Black edition comes with some impressive features that I had mentioned in a previous post here.

Immediately I was surprised at how small the GoPro is compared to my point a shoot Canon. It really makes the Canon seem huge by comparison. The Gopro Hero 3 is outer casing feels very durable and could withstand most conditions its thrown into to.

 

The wifi adapter makes the GoPro really shine here. Being able to remotely access the camera while mounted on top of a car or safely away in the distance is fantastic for getting those really difficult shots that would normally destroy other larger cameras, or risk your safety. GoPro Has also released an app for your tablet or smartphone that also gives you the ability to control and change settings on the camera, and even preview your image, all from the comfort of the directors chair. Plus it’s free !

the menu system has been criticized as a little confusing. I personally did not find this, as the  icons pretty much explain everything. Maybe they could be  organized slightly better, but I did not find this to be a hinderous feature. Plus I forgot all about this when I saw what were the recording formats

Key Specs

  • Professional 4K Cinema 15 fps / 2.7K cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture
  • 12MP photo capture with 30 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built-In
  • Wi-Fi Remote Compatible (included)
  • GoPro App Compatible (FREE)
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*

My first impressions of this camera are very good. I can’t believe the power and the ability of such a small little camera. It’s ease of use, and compact size really means you can go anywhere with this little darling. I shot some test footage when I had the chance during my trip, but the real test will be once we get some snow and I can mount it to other devices.  Check out my test footage below. This was not color graded, just raw footage from the camera.

San Diego GO Pro from Tej Babra on Vimeo.

 

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