CNET First Look
GoPro's latest packs more pixels than you'll ever need.The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition, GoPro's smallest camera yet, features built-in WiFi and captures video at a very ambitious 4K resolution.
-What??s up guys? This is Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com and we??re taking a First Look at the all new freshly announced GoPro Hero 3. Now, we??ve got in front of us here the black edition, which is the top of the line model. The Hero 3 is about 30% smaller than the previous generation. It is also 25% lighter. When you pop the camera out of its case, it??s only 20 mm thick. Of course, the case makes it a little bit thicker, but you kinda want that on there for the water-proof and shock resistance that GoPro cameras are known for, that sort of rugged ability to pretty much toss it on a surfboard or slap it on the side of a dirt bike and not have to worry about your camera or the footage getting destroyed. Now, inside, it??s actually got a 2 times faster video processor. Now, what that does is it actually allows it to crunch more pixels. So, with the black edition here, you can actually capture up to 4K video, that??s that ultra high cinema quality HD video at up to 15 frames per second. There??s also a slightly lower, but still extremely high resolution 2.7K resolution that you can capture at up to 30 frames per second. Now, down the standard high-definition resolutions, you also get bumps in your frame rates as well. You can capture 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, 720 at about a 120 frames per second. And if you wanna jump down to SD video, you can jump all the way up to a blistering 240 frames per second for some super slo-mo capturing there. Now, the camera comes with a new case that??s got a new locking mechanism on the top. There??s also a new flat lens that covers the glass. Now, that??s actually gonna give you less of that sort of like barrel fisheye distortion, but there??s a little bit of the left in because it??s GoPro signature look because you??ve got this ultra wide-angle lens that captures about a 170 field of view. Now, the previous generation of GoPro cameras, you could buy a WiFi backpack to add wireless connectivity to this WiFi remote, so you could control up to about 50 cameras with just one little key fob from anywhere within WiFi range. This current generation has WiFi built-in to in. You can actually pair the camera up with the remote and you get a duplicate of the display. It??s kind of cool if you??ve got the camera on the front bumper of your car and you decide that you don??t wanna trigger it until you actually get out pit lane. We??ve also got a couple of new inputs. The HDMI connection is shrunk down to a micro HDMI connection here to save space. Your full-sized SD card slot from the previous generation is a micro SD card and you??ve also got a mini USB port that??s used for charging and syncing. The new GoPro Hero black edition retails for 349 and comes with the case, the WiFi remote, and a couple of accessories to kind of get you going on mounting this on whatever you choose to mount it on. There??s also a silver edition and a white edition kit that has a slightly slower video processor that loses the 4K and 2.7K video capability and offers slightly lower frame rate caps on your HD and SD video for 299 and 199 respectively. Well, I??ve been Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com and we??ve been taking a First Look at the GoPro Hero 3 black edition.