Is the GoPro Hero 3 the Perfect Portable Video Camera?
If you’ve been searching for a way to record professional-quality videos without lugging around a large, expensive video camera, the GoPro Hero may just be exactly what you need.
GoPro designed its high-definition camera line, the Hero 3, as a portable, light weight alternative to bulky professional video cameras. Weighing in at less than three ounces, the Hero provides high quality video—and high-resolution still images--in a package small enough to carry anywhere.
All GoPro Hero models can record video in full high definition at resolutions of 720p, 960p and 1080p with speeds up to 60 frames per second. At lower resolutions, all models of the Hero can support either medium filed of view or ultra-wide field of view; some models can also support narrow and medium fileds of view.
The highest quality GoPro Hero, the Black Edition, takes high-definition to a new level. This camera can record high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440p with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Even at this impressive size, the Hero Black Edition can still record at speeds up to 48 frames per second. In addition to standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) aspect ratios, the Hero Black Edition can also support true cinema-quality video with an ultra-wide field of view and a 17:9 aspect ratio.
Of course, the GoPro Hero is designed to allow you to record your favorite moments no matter where they may occur. All models of the GoPro Hero come with a waterproof case, making this camera perfect for capturing videos as you dive, snorkel, surf or just play in your backyard pool. An assortment of other accessories make the Hero perfect for recording video during driving, biking, boating, skiing, skating, snowmobiling, wakeboarding, rock climbing, flying and more. You can even purchase an optional head strap that positions the camera just above your eyes, letting you capture events exactly as you see them.
Once you record your amazing videos, you can use the included software to edit them for free. Whether you have a Mac or a PC, the CineForm Studio software allows you to add special effects, reset colors, white balance, adjust frame rate, create time-lapse videos and much more. You can export your Hero videos to a variety of formats, including MP4 and MOV files perfect for web sharing. The free GoPro App, available for Apple iOS and Android, even lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control capable of adjusting camera settings, previewing videos, framing shots and more.
How much does it cost?
Prices for the GoPro Hero 3 line start at $199.99 for the White Edition and go up to $399.99 for the Black Edition. The GoPro software is free, but a wide array of other accessories like extra battery packs and bigger memory cards, range in price from less than $15 to more than $75.
Where do you get it?The GoPro Hero 3 is available from online retailers like retailers like Amazon or directly from the GoPro website.