By Ben Bowers
on 10.17.12
Photo by GoPro

While other major camera manufacturers play catch up in the action cam game, GoPro is breaking new ground with the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition ($399). It’s 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the already tiny GoPro HD Hero 2, measuring a mere 20mm thick when removed from its compatible plastic armor, which was also tweaked with a new flat lens, a special double lock, and an overall smaller form factor. Other improvements include integrated wi-fi and a revised lens that provides two times the sharpness and low-light performance, all while “reducing distortion”. If you think that last part implies the trademark fisheye look of GoPro footage is gone, you’d be wrong — it’s still there and annoying the hell out of our staff.

The Hero 3 Black Edition’s capture chops have also been improved to include 4k video at up to 15fps, 2.7k at up to 30fps, and the usual suspects, like 1080p at up to 60fps, 720 at up to 120fps and good ole’ WVGA 480p at a whopping 240fps. There’s also 12MP still snapping capabilities at up to 30fps bursts and time-lapse interval settings from 0.5 seconds to a full minute. All of that (sorry, it was a lot) spells good news for amateur and pro filmmakers alike. Don’t believe us? The demo video after the break should change your mind.

Buy Now: $399 (Available Nov. 14th)

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