October 1, 2013

GoPro Unveils the Hero3+

Hero3plusReady for a GoPro upgrade? Good, because GoPro announced today their newest family member, the Hero3+, which is smaller, sharper, and more powerful than before. With the more options at your disposal, like "SuperView" and low-light modes to help you maximize your image quality, as well as an array of handy accessories, the Hero3+ looks like an upgrade to an already great action camera. Continue on for all the details and a promo video to show you what it can do.

Like the GoPro Hero3, the Hero3+ comes in two models: the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition and GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition. Both are 20% smaller (2.6oz) than the HERO3, have 25% longer-lasting batteries, as well as upgraded Wi-Fi capabilities, making it 4x faster than the Hero3 (Black Edition comes with Wi-Fi remote.)

As far as the image capture, the Black Edition shoots up to 4K resolution at 15fps, as well as 2.7K at 30fps, but also supports 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 2.7Kp30. The Silver Edition shoots up to 1080p at 60fps, as well as 960p60 and 720p120.

With the Hero3+, there are a couple of shooting modes to choose from: "SuperView" and Auto Low Light. SuperView allows you to "capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot" with the ultra-wide-angle lens, while Auto Low Light enhances performance by changing frame rates based on lighting conditions. The Black Edition gives you both options, while the Silver offers olnly Auto Low Light.

GoPro Hero3plus b:s

A couple of other improvements on both Black and Silver Editions include a sharper lens, increasing image sharpness by 33% and a 2x reduction in imaging artifacts, better audio, and, like I mentioned earlier, 30% longer battery life, though, the Silver Edition boasts a 3x reduction in imaging artifacts, but without a specified percentage of increased image sharpness (though it is increased.)

The GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition costs $399.99, while the Silver Edition costs $299.99.

Check out the promo video for the new GoPro Hero3+ below:

What do you think of the GoPro Hero3+? What upgrades are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments below.

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[via Engadget]

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56 Comments

Damn! I just got a hero 3 black.... companies upgrade their hardware so often now, it's almost not even worth buying gear.... amazing looking video though!

October 1, 2013 at 5:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tyler

Their site says 30 days money back, if you bought that there..

October 1, 2013 at 7:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Johny007

I guess it was easier to release a new one, than address issues with the old one! Thanks GoPro... Can I trade my GoPro 3 Black in?!

October 1, 2013 at 5:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Martin

Don't forget "Burst Photo" 30 photos/1 second, 30 photos/2 seconds, 30 photos/3 seconds. That's 3 seconds at 30fps in 4K

October 1, 2013 at 5:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Johan

No thats the 10 fps 4K in 3 sec ;)

October 5, 2013 at 10:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nazdar

Insanely good quality now in such a small box! Some of those shots seems to have been shot on a stabiliser of some sort? Defy G2 perhaps? BTW, who else would have been running for their life at 3mins 52secs! Brave Bastard!

October 1, 2013 at 6:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Personally I think this is ridiculous, this is a .5 update and they have changed the shape of the camera which means new housings, new accessories etc. Why not keep it the same size, put a bigger battery in, and work on making a new camera even better.... this is just a method to boost sales. very annoying!!

October 1, 2013 at 7:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Ibrahim

they didn't change the camera just the housing ....you can see the comparison their site http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-black-edition

October 1, 2013 at 10:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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PB

They did change the housing (unfortunately). Look again at the website. Look especially hard at this picture: http://cbcdn1.qa1.gp-static.com/media_library/image/118/large_Smaller_ac...
It looks like a different housing to me.

October 1, 2013 at 11:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Brandon

So the housing changed - what's the problem? The mounting system is still the same.

October 1, 2013 at 11:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Christian Anderson

Video looks good but I was expecting more. Every time they announce a new version, the promotional video that comes with it is breathtaking. This one, not so much, maybe it was the music that killed it.

October 1, 2013 at 8:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Joe

Sarcasm?

October 1, 2013 at 11:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Christian Anderson

Yeah especially that whole wrestling with the lions thing... I mean talk about cheesy, anyone can do that. Anyway, I gotta go feed my lion... I'm out.

October 1, 2013 at 2:02PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Lance B

don't forget the affectionate hug while you bring them supper

October 1, 2013 at 9:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

I feel the same Joe, might be the music indeed. Nonetheless it's great if you don't compare it.

October 1, 2013 at 9:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It's a really poor decision on their part to slightly change the form factor instead of squeezing even more battery life into the old size. And there's still no option for manual exposure controls?

October 1, 2013 at 10:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Ed Z.

They will make millions from this camera.

October 1, 2013 at 9:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

Gee, kinda underwhelming. I was expecting an upgrade with usable 4K (at minimum, 24p and 30p). Oh, well.

October 1, 2013 at 10:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tzedekh

Manual controls is WHAT we need. Update the FIRMWARE in order to offer manual exposure to the Hero 3.

October 1, 2013 at 10:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Simon

+1

manual adjustments

October 1, 2013 at 12:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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JAYEEE

Looks neat and all but is it too much to wish for GoPro to provide a way of manually adjusting shutter rate, iso?

October 1, 2013 at 10:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Bryan

Glad I waited...4k will be fun to see..

October 1, 2013 at 11:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Automatically adjusts frame rates in low-light? That doesn't sound like a feature I'd ever actually want to use...

October 1, 2013 at 12:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hummer

I agree they probably should have tried to do an incremental upgrade that didn't affect the housing. I could be wrong but it seems like lots of accessories have been designed for the current housing, and won't work with the slightly different form factor. Maybe they should have waited and kept developing, then next year come out with a larger upgrade with a new housing and new features (4k 24p) that would blow everybody away.

October 1, 2013 at 12:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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David

GoPro is the most significant change in the moving image creation craft in 20 years.

The scariest shot in that video was the guy on the Royal Enfield ... IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!
Did they ever find him? How far from the bike?

October 1, 2013 at 12:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Bob

Boy, that's some hyperbole if I've ever heard it.

October 1, 2013 at 1:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hummer

^^^^^lol

October 1, 2013 at 4:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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JAYEEE

Yeah, an Enfield actually running. That is amazing!

October 1, 2013 at 2:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dave

Bahahaha! I was wondering about that. Shame such a sweet bike has such a terrible reputation.

October 1, 2013 at 10:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Kenneth

And you haven't seen yet the new Hero3++ !

October 1, 2013 at 2:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pierre

Its disgusting and wasteful how camera companies update their products so often, most of them just incremental and not very significant. Landfills of e-waste get larger and larger because people think their 6 month old device isnt good enough

October 1, 2013 at 4:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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john jeffries

Right. Because people who upgrade to newer electronic devices throw last year’s working models in the trash.

October 1, 2013 at 4:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Jorge

Yeah, seriously. STOP IMPROVING YOUR PRODUCTS, companies.

October 1, 2013 at 4:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hummer

Big LOL!!!

October 1, 2013 at 8:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

So you buy something you absolutely Love and later see there is a new one out. Not usually any big deal as far as changes go. You gotta have another one because someone else has Vers.5 beyond you ? Suddenly you fall out of Love with yours?
Is it even about the item or is every waking moment a Competition ? Good you can have it. You are King.

October 3, 2013 at 8:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dheep'

I want to see someone stick a GoPro on a salmon.

October 1, 2013 at 4:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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lol

October 1, 2013 at 8:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

The 20% size and weight are reduction in the housing, not the camera. And this new thinner housing is a compromise that lost 33% of the Hero 3’s housing water depth capability (not important for most people), and made the camera less resistant to drops by god knows how much (important to many people). Overall I think thinning the housing was a good decision. The misleading advertising regarding the new size was not. As for the other stuff; A wider view (only in 1080p and 720p), less WiFi lag, and longer battery life are all good, but extremely disappointing after a whole year of the Hero 3 being out. I wouldn’t even call this a .5 upgrade. I would simply call it a “mandatory-holiday-season cash-in”. The fact the top end 2013 GoPro released AFTER the top end iPhone and yet both share the 720p/120fps spec is very telling. GoPro’s mainstream era may be coming to a close. They may become the next Garmin. They’ll survive, but be only a fraction of what they used to be.

I agree with what has been said before: There are innumerable things that can be done to improve the GoPro that have nothing to do with increasing frame rates. But if I’m allowed to pick only one, that would be manual exposure controls, that is the most basic feature we need before we can start talking lenses and ports. It’s incredible how wrong GoPro’s approach to consumers and video professionals is. They try to please both segments and in the end alienate both. Their menus are way too complex for the average Joe and yet they hold back features that the pros need to extract the best performance from the camera. Their top level menu should only allow you to choose between “Video Pro” and “Athlete/Enthusiast”. Below “Video Pro” would be all the options we have plus the ones we are missing like exposure and ISO control. Below “Athlete/Enthusiast” you would be able to choose from a large list of activities, time of day (unless they put in a reliable light sensor), and whether the camera is being used as first person.

I think we can credit GoPro’s popularity and its huge amount of settings, even though they still hold some back, with bringing in a good chunk of people into cinematography. Many GoPro owners are overwhelmed at all the options and get frustrated with it. Others take the time to learn the ins and outs of the settings, outgrow the camera, and go onto the larger cinematography field that lies beyond making skate videos. As a heavy GoPro user I’m disappointed, GoPro can do better, and they must do better because IMHO today they took the first step down the path of irrelevancy.

October 1, 2013 at 5:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Jorge

Dollar for dollar this is the most fantastic camera in the world!!

October 1, 2013 at 8:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

From what I see, there has been some nice improvements without a price increase. The extended battery life is foremost. It's nice to see some vendors (ie: HumbleOutdoors) still offering free bundle upgrades.

October 2, 2013 at 9:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Ally Bedard

For me the Hero 3 Black is already small enough. I have average size fingers but the buttons are already as small as I would like them to be. I love the iPhone app/wifi controls, and easy ability to stick the camera on the outside of my car and on surfboards, but hate the low battery life, lack of aperature control and terrible reliability. Even after the software upgrade, the camera crashes too often. Maybe I got a lemon but others seem to have the same issues that I have. The most important upgrade would be better reliability so if the Hero3+ proves to be more reliable I will probably get one.

October 2, 2013 at 5:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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rob

Ok, so it's not just me. I have so many problems with it... It's so unreliable.

October 10, 2013 at 10:38PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Daniel Mimura

Does the auto low light adjust the frame rate or the shutter speed?

October 3, 2013 at 2:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sky

Yeah... changing framerate during capture, because that usually works well. Why hello footage that goes from noisy unuseable to super-low unuseable...

Why not just let us lock exposure? We could work with that. Even though we would all love fully manual controls over both shutter, fps and iso. Just a way to lock exposure would go sooooo long... I'd pay 100 dollars for that feature alone and it would feel like a completely new camera.

October 3, 2013 at 7:38AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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... it seems about time for the CHANGABLE LENS move ... recalling Blackmajic's motto: You can't make a big camera smaller, but you can make a small camera bigger (in this case by enabling AN AFFORDABLE M4/3rds lening option; or maybe what Bolex is doing with their fixed lens line from a trusted vendor) ... the point is that with affordable quality lensing (meaning f2.8 or lower and asperical elements) documentary and other small format video makers would have a real-choice in the all-uses micro-camera solution set ... everybody wins ... thanks for the chance to comment and be well everyone ... Randall in Salem, Oregon (30+ years in the docu making world) ... PS: the current high-cost rental-only proprietary movie mount lens option for GPH2/3 is probably a non-starter for newbie media makers who need that money for basic equipment just to get any work done ... thanks.....

October 3, 2013 at 4:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Randall B

but there is an issue with GoPro that's takes the changeable lens option out---they glue the lens in because the GoPro goes through so much jarring

October 4, 2013 at 11:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene

More like GoPro 3s... Someone's been taking notes from Apple. It really seems like the Hero 3 was just a stutter, and this is the camera they should have released a year ago. Here's the new Hero 3, er, we mean, here's the new Hero 3+...

Usable 4k, 1080p/120, manual exposure, white balance lock, exposure lock... Any of those things would have been a significant upgrade.

October 4, 2013 at 12:07AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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GeneralBenson

As soon as I see that horrid barrel distortion I stop watching. I cannot stand watching GoProCrapo footage. Very clever, very small, very light, very bloody wonderful and horrible to watch. WTF are they going to offer a non-sports version that is not designed to be stuck on the end of a surf board for Dude to take pictures of himself? When are they going to offer different lens options?

Apart from the 1% of professionals who understand where the current GoProCrapo can be used, it is employed almost universally by the great unwashed who, almost by definition, have absolutely no concept of what makes a pleasing image.

Like anything that is made available to the masses the notion of quality and class goes down the toilet.

October 4, 2013 at 2:28AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Stop moaning, there is already company who put different lenses on Gopros. You can even DIY. But be sure that it doesnt fit in waterproof case. Also call Viewfactor, they can rent you their pro version. ;)

October 5, 2013 at 10:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nazdar

October 5, 2013 at 10:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nazdar

October 6, 2013 at 12:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nazdar

October 9, 2013 at 11:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nazdar

What is next?

I saw mention of a few products, and I imagine there should be a full speed ultra HD camera.

October 4, 2013 at 4:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DIY

GoPro has obviously had a very big effect on video, but without manual controls and better lenses it will always be limited. I still love what it does, but wish it would "grow up" a little. Just a little.

October 4, 2013 at 10:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dave

I think a lot of people are forgetting that this was and is purely designed and marketed as a consumer product for outdoor sports enthusiasts. It just so happens to be an extremely handy tool in the professional field too which is extremely cheap, small and battery powered with a lot of various mounting options.........but..........the pros are not the target market and never were, there fore the simplicity of the product.

If you want all these extra fancy features then expect to pay a lot more for the privilege. The major improvements will come in time when they become more affordable so they don't risk impacting their main target (outdoor sports enthusiasts). They could throw a whole heap of features in to it if they wanted I'm sure but with a high price would they even sell that many??

October 4, 2013 at 10:58AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Nate

GoPro Hero3+ silver does not have Protune option anymore :(
They basically pushing you to buy expensive Black edition :(

November 6, 2013 at 7:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Yuri bond