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GoPro Goes 4K, HERO3 Camera with 1080p 60FPS Shipping Soon

10.17.12 @ 12:27AM Tags : , , ,

[Update: GoPro has announced three camera models, full details here] We knew it was coming sooner or later, but I don’t think many suspected that the new camera from GoPro would be quite this powerful. Industry pros and others were invited to a GoPro event in the Bay area tonight where the brand new 4K capable HERO3 Black Edition camera was introduced. Sony and JVC have been trying to get in on the action with their own POV cams, but when it comes down to specs, this new pocket cam from GoPro might be in a whole other league — and it’s even going to be compatible with the new Protune firmware upgrade that was just released. Click through for everything we know so far about the camera.

Here are the specs so far (thanks to Stu Maschwitz for the info):

  • 4K: 15fps
  • 2.7K: 30/25/24 fps
  • 1440p: 48/30/25/24 fps
  • 1080p: 60/50/48/30/25/24 fps
  • 960p: 100/48
  • 720p: 120/100/60/50 fps
  • WVGA: 240fps
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Availability: November
  • Price: $400


The styling of the device is only a slight departure from previous models, but the more aggressive lines are definitely representative of the high-performance contained within. The rumors hadn’t been quite clear, but it was becoming more and more apparent that the company was going to bring out a new high-end model before the end of the year. 1080p 60fps had been a frequent request by GoPro users, and the company has delivered that and more.

We will update as we learn more information about the camera and get the rest of the details about the impending pre-order.

Link: GoPro HERO3 Pre-order — Website

[via GoPro Twitter & Stu Maschwitz]

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  • It’s not 4K @ 15fps…it’s 4K @ 12fps. This is right from GoPro’s site. Am I missing something?

    However, having said that….being able to capture 2.7K at 24fps/30fps will mean their footage will cut in quite nicely with other material shot on other cameras. In my opinion, that was always a weak point of GoPro footage before, it took a lot of “massaging” to integrate.

    Truthfully, I’m most excited about the new lens they’re using!

    This is the perfect B camera for tight spots, risky locations and guerrilla shooting!

  • Ohhhhhh fuck yeah!!!!! Now, are the optics non-sucky?

  • Sample video from this camera (overcompressed by youtube, as usual)

    Below is a link the same clip with much better quality. This clip has average bitrage over 10mbps.

  • I wish there was a way 2 cameras can share the same focal view, by use of prisms and semi-transparent mirrors….then triggered 1 frame apart…I think it could be worked out…What do you think Ryan?

    • There is a way. It is called a beam-splitter but they are quite expensive plus you would still have to figure out how to get an exact trigger or else it’s all for nothing.

  • what is the video compression and codec?

  • I use the gopro HD Hero heaps… my bigger concern is how it is going to perform in low light situations – at the moment it sucks. Also I am more interested in the ability to adjust the field of view, as currently it is too wide for my liking and the footage loses all sense of the horizon.

    What annoys me is the promo footage, where they have clearly used helicopters and rigs that the majority of users would never put a gopro on, rigs that if you could afford, you wouldn’t be filming with a gopro.

    Other practicalities are, how long does the battery last in stand-by, you can only get 3 or 4 hours – which is useless for us guys on motorbikes that spend 10 hours a day on the bike.

    Love the wireless remote – this will be awesome for us guys on bikes, being able to tell if we are recording or not when we have the thing planted on our helmet.

  • Guys – the 4K thing is a marketing ploy akin to those consumer point and shoots that advertise “16 MP!”. You’re still dealing with a tiny-ish sensor and an average lens.

    That being said, the real glory here is the 120fps at 720P and the 60fps at 1080P. For only $400 – you’d be nuts not to want one of these. And wireless video monitoring on your iOS device? That’s just awesome.

  • GoPro is my new favorite company, they were right up there before, this tipped the scales hard. I was going to buy a T3i, but that’s going on the backburner for now.

  • What I’d like to know is will my accessories such as the housing for my Hero 2 be no use to the Hero 3 if it is smaller? And can the LCD Back Pack attach onto the newer Hero 3?

  • Daniel Mimura on 10.24.12 @ 4:36AM

    Wow…people actually seem to have expectations of this as some how a “DSLR killer”.

    That’s rich. It’s a GoPro! A sportscam. It’s going to have terrible latitude and terrible low light ability and a decent amount of compression.

    Personally, I think I would prefer to have it top out at 720p or something if that’s what it would take to get a global shutter. This is what cameras designed to be small and mounted to things needs more than more resolution. I have a first gen Hero and the rolling shutter is really bad. Mounted to my bike is so jello-y I can’t stand looking at it (I do have a one thumper, so vibrations are definitely high, but it’s shaky on the street—let alone the trail)…and it’s the same for mountain bike footage. Snowboarding and surfing can be smoother by the nature of it, but so many things these cameras are designed for suck b/c of the rolling shutter.

    I guess shooting 2.7k might give you enough overscan to do more aggressive post stabilization, so that might help the shakiness, but that’s not gonna take away from the Jello™.

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