Anyone that knows anything about video cameras knows that GoPro is the company that defines action footage. And their GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition is among their very best offerings. The evolutionary action cam is one of the most versatile products on the market with video resolutions beyond 1080p (up to 4K) all available in a lighter, more durable package. Simply put, GoPro has created a snowboarder’s (or whatever action sport you’re most into) wet dream.
Faster and more powerful than the GoPro Hero 3 Silver and White Editions, the Hero3+ Black Edition is in a league all of its own. Though other companies have gotten into the action cam market over the years, GoPro still retains the title of the best of the best. You really need to have the Hero 3+ Black in your own hands to truly appreciate all of its functions but my take on the camera below should give you a good idea of its finer points.
And now onto the GoPro Hero3+ review from the Tetons :
I got on board a little late with the Hero 3+ Black Edition and only started using the camera about six months ago, near the tail end of snowboarding season up here in the Pacific Northwest. Luckily, good old Mt. Baker still has decent pow into spring and I was able to give the action cam a rigorous couple of weeks in the snow.
Since then, I have used the Hero 3+ Black here and there. I’ve taken it mountain biking and hiking on multiple occasions and also took it with on a weeklong surfing trip to Baja this summer.
Now that you have a better idea of where my review of this camera is coming from, let’s jump right in. One of the things I found most amazing about the Hero 3+ Black Edition is its versatility. Let’s just say that your filming and editing options with this bad boy are nearly limitless.
To start with, the camera features all of the versatile mounting options of GoPro’s other offerings. It is easy to attach to just about anything – from helmets to boards to vehicles – for a great shot. The Hero 3+ comes with a few basic mounts to get you started (although you can easily buy more).
Numerous shooting modes make getting the exact clip you want all the easier. In addition to a number of video quality options (ranging from 720p120 to 1440p48 and 2.7Kp30 to 4Kp15), the Hero 3+ features a new SuperView shooting mode and a Low Light shooting mode. The SuperView allows you to capture a wide-angle perspective while the Low Light enables you to get clear shots in low-light situations.
I’m no camera geek by any means, but the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition went above and beyond my expectations in the versatility department. I’m fairly straightforward when it comes to an action cam: just mount and go. I was more than happy with the camera’s versatility and options.
One of my biggest concerns with the Hero 3+ before using it was its durability. I’m one of those dudes that tend to slam often and hard. Fortunately, my worries were quelled early on when I took a gnarly beating from a cliff drop with the camera scraping and banging down the entire face. The camera was fine and luckily I was too.
The Hero 3+ has held up to everything I’ve thrown at it after that. Though it’s thinner and smaller than other GoPro’s, the Hero 3+ sacrifices nothing in the way of durability. This rough and tumble little camera is completely waterproof (I took it surfing) with three easy-to-use waterproof buttons.
The removable back panel and door are easy to open although they feature a new two-stage lock. The lock definitely increases security (the back door isn’t going to open while in action) but can be a bit tricky to open up when needed. While this kind of irritated me because I mainly used the camera snowboarding, I’m guessing that those using this underwater (surfing, scuba diving, swimming, whatever) will be thankful for the feature.
The GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition is also shockproof and tough enough to take a tumble across asphalt. I was using this thing on a skateboard just the other day and it fell out of my hand when I hit a pebble (damn pebbles!) and skittered twenty or so feet. It worked just fine after.
GoPro Hero3+ Review Black Edition Performance
The GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition has received a lot of hype since its release. And most of the hype has been centered on its quality of performance.
As mentioned above, the camera features multiple levels of professional video quality. Seriously though, you can’t get better performance than this camera. It offers up ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture for those that demand only the very best. Seriously though, the Hero 3+ captures at an incredible 30 frames per second. I’m a big fan of slow motion playback and I’ve never seen a camera capture so well for slow-mo.
When first using this camera, I was really interested in its audio quality. It doesn’t really seem like such a little camera could have solid audio. Well, I thought wrong. The Hero 3+ Black Edition features a redesigned audio system that improves sound quality instrumentally. In fact, the camera is particularly famous for its wind-noise reduction. This reduces the sound of wind during high-speed activities and focuses in on the sounds that count.
I was also impressed with GoPro’s built-in Wi-Fi. The Hero 3+ Black Edition also comes with a Wi-Fi remote. The remote is waterproof which means you can take it out with you into the field (as I did snowboarding). The neat thing about the GoPro’s Wi-Fi compatibility is that you can sync it up to GoPro’s mobile app available on both iOS and Android smartphones.
There is a reason that the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition is the most sought after action camera. And that reason is that it kicks ass. I had no problems with the camera and was greatly impressed with its versatility, durability, and performance. This is one of the highest quality action cameras through and through. If you are a fan of adrenaline or adventure, you’d do well to start a piggybank dedicated solely to the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. I wish everyone could have one.