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GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4023 reviews of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the connectivity, and there are some less positive comments about the finish and zoom.

usability, price, portability, image quality, size

reliability, battery, viewfinder, zoom, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Audley Jarvis (

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition


GoPro's flagship extreme sports camcorder is highly impressive.

Huge range of movie quality settings ; Useful 30fps max still image burst rate ; Remote and app control ; Top-notch video and photo quality ; Good range of accessories

Supplied software a little limited ; Built-in microphone is overly directional

Supplied is a range of mounts, fasteners and adhesive pads. Our's came with the ‘Adventure Kit’ intended for use on dry land. Go for the Surf Edition if you're in and around water a lot.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

GoPro HD Hero3 Black edition


Think "GoPro" and images of exuberant bikers, 'boarders, insane wingsuit fliers and speeding race cars tend to spring to mind. The company's promotional video for the HD Hero3 Black edition - shown below to showcase what this miniature yet tough and...

Quality results in variety of conditions, crop-in options for different angles of view (up to 1080p only), small size, Pro Tune recording options, Wi-Fi enabled

Battery life too short per charge, user interface none too friendly, 4K frame rate too low for use, needs extra accessories to make the most out of it, Wi-Fi is an added battery killer

There's no doubt that the GoPro HD Hero3 Black edition improves upon its predecessor, often by big margins.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Anthony Grimley (

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition review


Go anywhere, attach anyhow, shoot anything

Versatile shooting modes for pros ; More detail in brightly-lit areas ; Wi-Fi built in ; Lighter and smaller ; Reduced fogging in the housing

Detail lost in dark areas ; Colour balance can be off ; Menu is still time consuming to navigate

An amazing and robust camera that can go all the places you can, and some places you can't. Better, faster, and now with higher-end video modes more suited to the pro market, it's a serious little piece of kit.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Finnamore (

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review


Excellent image quality and great apps make this a superb action camera, but we'd go for one of the cheaper models in the GoPro range

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : James Morris (

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition review


It sports a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture motion video well above the usual high-definition 1080p standard, although the latter is still an option when required.

After trying the GoPro for various activities, including mountain biking and ice skating, we could see why the GoPro name is almost synonymous with the action camera concept. We would like to see a helmet strap in the box as standard, but image quality...

May, 2013

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Expert review by : EISA (



The GoPro HERO3 Black Edition is the most sophisticated action cam around. Robust, lightweight and compact, it's an ideal partner for outdoor enthusiasts, from surfers and cyclists to deep-sea divers. Acting as both a camcorder and a stills camera, the...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : (



La GoPro HERO3 Black Edition è la più sofisticata action cam in circolazione. Robusta, leggera e compatta, è la partner ideale per gli appassionati di attività all'aperto, dal surfista, al ciclista, fino al sub accanito. Funzionando sia come...

May, 2013

Expert review by : Lee Crane (

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition review


The GoPro Hero3 is a small camera that's designed to shoot high-resolution videos and be easy to use, however, for users new to GoPro, it's not exactly as simple as Felix Baumgartner jumping back to Earth.

Nearly all of the issues we had with the GoPro Hero3 were the result of us being complete rookies with the camera. Guilty. Yes, we should have known that we would need additional accessories if we wanted to attach the camera to a bike. We should have...

Nov, 2013

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GoPro Hero3+ review (Black Edition): your action videos never looked so good


Although it's more revision than revolution, the Hero3+ maintains GoPro's position at the top of the action cam market.

Even better HD video footage ; More compact ; Expanded recording options

This form factor isn't for everyone ; Certain accessories can be expensive

With three Hero3+ cameras to choose from (Black, Silver and White), price shouldn't be much of an issue. Nor should quality. GoPro's taken a leaf out of Apple's book and released its "best ever" camera, even if it's just an incremental update over the...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : (

Review: Minikamera GoPro Hero3 Black Edition (Videos)


Unsere Kollegen in den USA sind endlich dazu gekommen, die GoPro Hero3 Black Edition auszuprobieren und haben sich dafür ordentlich ins Zeug gelegt: Sie dokumentierten einen Jet-Flug und den Aufstieg eines Heißluftballons mit anschließendem Base-Jump...

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes


Battery Capacity:1.05 / 1.050 / 1.18 / 1.180 / 1180
Battery capacity (Watt hours):4.366 / 43.6
Battery life (max):1.41 / 3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.7


Built-in Display:Y / Yes


Audio recording formats:AAC
Colour of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Storage Media:Memory Card
Wide angle lens system:Y
Wind filter:Y

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):N / No

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.8
Total MegaPixels:12


LED indicators: Yes

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):0 - 2.8
Focal length range (f-f):2.8 - 2.8
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Type:Wide-angle

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Manual


Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Operational conditions

Protection features:Water Resistant / Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:40

Packaging Content

Cables included:AV, HDMI, USB / USB
Flat surface mount: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Underwater case: Yes
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:mini-USB


Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:112 x 132 x 18 / 127 x 95 x 51 / Yes

Still image

Continuous shooting mode:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:Raw
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Still image resolution(s):3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920 / 4000 x 3000\n3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage Media:Memory Card

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:AAC
Colour of product:Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver
F-number (relative aperture):2.8
Touchscreen: No
Wide angle lens system: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL / NTSC,PAL
Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9, 17:9
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:45
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:240
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
Supported video modes:1080p, 1440p, 720p / 1080p, 1440p, 720p, 960p / 1080p, 720p, 960p / 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p, 1520p, 2160p / 720p,960p,1080p,1440p
Video formats supported:H.264, MP4 / H.264, MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4 / MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080 / 2704 x 1524,848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 800 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1524,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1524,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 / 848 x 720,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:547 / 74

White balance

White Balance:Auto / Auto, Manual / Fluorescent, Incandescent