The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is an all-new, flagship camera from GoPro. It's 25 percent lighter and 30 percent smaller than the previous generation.
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New protective case

The new waterproof case features a flat lens cover that is similar to that of the recently released dive housing that offers improved video quality for underwater recording.
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Wi-Fi connectivity

The all GoPro Hero3 models feature built-in Wi-Fi and compatibility with the GoPro app and the Wi-Fi remote. The top-tier Black Edition actually includes a Wi-Fi remote in the box.
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Rear door lock

The new waterproof housing features a lock for its rear door's lock. Yes, it is a lock on top of a lock. I feel that this is a bit unnecessarily complex when the old locking mechanism always seemed secure enough for my needs.
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The Hero3 camera

The Hero3 features the same upgraded LCD interface that made the Hero2 so much easier to use than any previous GoPro model. The buttons for power/mode select and shutter release are larger and easier to hit when the camera is used outside of the case.
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Rear panel

The back panel is where you'll find the removable lithium ion rechargeable battery and the data connection for the BacPac accessories.
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The Hero3's battery is also more compact than the cell that powers the Hero2. Like the previous generation, it is removable and swappable.
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Inputs and connections

Beneath a plastic door on the side of the unit, you'll find the Hero3's collection of ports and inputs. Micro-HDMI outputs digital video and audio. Meanwhile, Mini-USB is used for charging, syncing, and -- with the help of optional accessories -- a microphone input or analog video output. The smaller Hero3 no longer has space for a full-size SD card, so it steps down to microSD.
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Wi-Fi connection

The Hero3 features dual internal microphones for improved audio quality. On this side of the device, you can see the button to activate and deactivate the Wi-Fi connectivity.
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What's in the box?

The $399.99 GoPro Hero3 Black Edition includes the Hero3 camera and its case, a nonwaterproof skeleton replacement door for that case, a few adhesive mounts, the Wi-Fi remote, some GoPro stickers, and USB charging cables for the camera and its remote.
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GoPro family

The first-generation GoPro Hero poses alongside the previous generation Hero2 and the all-new Hero3.
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Smallest GoPro camera yet

The Hero3 is the smallest GoPro camera yet, edging out the first-gen Hero with its lower-profile lens and better integrated battery pack.
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