GoPro Digital HERO 3 Sports Wrist Camera review: GoPro Digital HERO 3 Sports Wrist Camera

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2.5 stars OK
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The Good Handy underwater enclosure; low distortion; good white balance.

The Bad Sluggish; takes very soft images.

The Bottom Line The GoPro Digital Hero 3 is a cool idea that could be fun if you're swimming, but it's not useful for much else.

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Coolness is a funny thing, because it sometimes doesn't have anything to do with whether or not something is actually good. Base jumping is cool, but it's not necessarily a good idea. The Die Hard movies were cool, but they didn't win any Academy Awards. The GoPro Digital Hero 3 is a cool camera, but it's not a good one.

The tiny, 3-megapixel Digital Hero 3 fits inside a waterproof enclosure mounted on a wristband. It's purportedly a wrist-mounted camera for extreme sports such as snowboarding.

Barely larger than a pair of AA batteries, the camera body consists of a tiny, gray box. It has just two buttons and a monochrome status display, making it one of the simplest cameras we've seen in years. The only way to frame a shot is through the tiny viewfinder, which becomes completely obscured when you put the camera inside its waterproof enclosure. The clear plastic case is quite well made and hooks onto a foam-rubber-and-velcro wristband. Tight seals make sure the box stays waterproof so the camera inside doesn't drown, while two buttons connect to cameras' buttons.

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GoPro Digital HERO 3 Sports Wrist Camera

Part Number: GDH30
Low Price: $359.99 See all prices

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  • Effective Sensor Resolution 3 megapixels
  • Width 2.6 in
  • Depth 1.3 in
  • Height 1.7 in
  • Weight 4.5 oz