Sports Camera Gopro Hero 3 – Test Corner

The high-end product among the Sports cameras

More and more amateur, amateur and professional athletes decide to hold their training activities with a camera. It does not matter whether cyclists, motor -, or extreme athlete, a high-quality camera delivers spectacular images especially in the outdoor area. The most popular action cameras include the GoPro products, successfully offered currently in the third generation without question. The GoPro Hero 3 there just three times. Available options are white -, black – and Silver-Edition. Because the price differences are however quite large, potential buyers with the selection are likely to struggle first something.

The Smartphone as a digital viewfinder

Also with the third generation, the manufacturer does not waive the classical form of the GoPro. However it has been but a whole corner small. Almost remained the same is also the operation: there are two buttons, a small monochrome display. Who has never had a GoPro in use, will have of course its problems at the beginning, to fight your way through the menu. Who has no great desire to it, can draw now but also on an alternative. Operation via Smartphone should be significantly more ergonomic and iOS with all – and Android devices will be possible. Live images are transferred to the display then so the GoPro can be aligned considerably better. The settings can be made via the app. It works via an integrated WLAN module and not something about the much slower Bluetooth.

Full HD resolution with small differences

All three versions of the GoPro 3 advertise in the full HD video capture format in 1080 p. Who however closer look will find clear differences in terms of image quality. The recordings of all three models are superimposed, the white Edition will bring the image closer, and it therefore unfortunately comes at a lower angle soon becomes clear. Who still not want to waive a panoramic picture, can be mapped with 720 p resolution the white GoPro. In black and Silver Edition 170° angles available are already in full HD mode. Also as regards the actual image quality, convinced the Black Edition all along the line. Colors and sharpness but also on the sister models is not disappointing. Here should never to forget that it is action cams that must meet many other requirements except an ordinary image quality. Another highlight of the black version is the frame rate. Up to 120 frames per second, which is an important prerequisite for smooth slow motion, are recorded here.

No problem taking pictures

Go pro cameras are of extreme athletes almost exclusively used to produce the most exciting videos. As a substitute for a classic compact camera the GoPro were never really like to used models, especially since the operation is significantly more complicated. The current generation but shows that even images are recorded in a proper quality. The Silver Edition throws with 12 megapixel with the white Edition is expected rather more rarely be unpacked with its 5-megapixel sensor for snapshots. All three models have an automatic white balance, which can be corrected manually for the two more expensive models.

The facilities

Of course, the manufacturer also on the GoPro 3 has caused that it survives almost every fall. Supplied casing that keeps dust and water from the inner life is mainly responsible for it. Even the back is completely closed, to produce images up to 60 meters deep in the water. However, this has the disadvantage that the microphone is hidden and the sound sounds pretty dull. This little “problem” caused GoPro with an extra back. It has two small holes and can be changed if necessary in a few seconds. Here should be that the sound come through, the camera no longer 100 percent is protected against water and dust noted then. Two adhesive pads for a flexible mounting of the GoPro with most accessories must be purchased separately are included on all models. Only when the 440 Wuro expensive Black Edition a practical wireless provided with remote control, which individually would cost 120 euros in specialist shops.

The endurance – grounds for criticism?

Actually, one might think that a relatively expensive sport camera without colour display at least some day with a full battery could hold out. Here, however, the new GoPro Hero 3 shows one of its greatest weaknesses. Empty literally sucked the battery at an active Wi-Fi will. Also cold limited battery life significantly. Investment in replacement or additional batteries are therefore almost essential.

Conclusion to the GoPro Hero 3

Really serious weaknesses did not show the GoPro Hero 3 in the test and therefore still applies as the measure of all things in the segment of action cameras. Especially the Black Edition boasts outstanding performance and features such as ultra HD and 4 k resolution, 170° angles and included Wi-Fi remote control included. But also SIlver – white Edition is not a bad solution, particularly as these are sold for 140 – or 200 euros of less.

Advantages and disadvantages

+ produces extremely crisp images
+ up to 120 fps. at 720 p
+ great selection of optional available accessories
+ Smartphone control via Wi-Fi
-weak battery performance

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