There’s been hype about the new Go Pro for a while now. What will it have, how big will it be, how much will it cost? Well last night all those questions were answered, and my expectations were definitely superseded.
There will be 3 different types of Hero 3;
- The White Edition, being the basic model featuring built in Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5mp camera shooting at a 3fps burst, and giving you 1080p shooting at 30fps, and 720p at 60fps.
It also boast the new slimmer design with the new lens.
The white edition retails at $199, including all the stuff you need to get started with the exception of the new Micro SD Card.
- The Silver Edition is the middle of the range camera. It doesn’t better the White edition in terms of video performance, offering the same quality and frame rates, but it does excel on its stills mode. Offering you an 11mp image in a 10fps burst. This is more than most professional SLR cameras offer, so will be great for trying to capture the exact moment you’re looking for. This one retails 100 bucks more than the White at $299.
- Finally we have the Black Edition. This one is the top of the range model and really impresses me. For $399 you get many perks of a £10,000 RED Video Camera.
Let’s start with the video: The Black camera offers you 4K resolution (the same as your average Hollywood film is shot on) at 10FPS. Okay, so you can’t use this for shooting biking, but it’s great for timelapses, and shooting still establishing shots to your videos.
We then get 2.7k at 30FPS. So technically this is about 35-40% better than your average 1080p HD video. They’ve not just left it there, you get HD quality at 60FPS, which is annoyingly, better than my £4k Sony Pro-Cam.
Added to that long list, you get 720p at 120FPS. Yes, 120FPS. So now you can make your crash, or your mates backflip take 3 times as long in super-slow mo.
Not sold yet? Well it has the built in Wi-Fi connection, as well as the Wi-Fi remote included in the package. It has better stills than the other two, featuring a 30FPS burst mode of the 12megapixel camera.
They also say it has awesome low-light performance.
If you didn’t understand any of that mumbo-jumbo about the 4K, 2.7K and all that, here’s a diagram which should help you understand.
Quite frankly, this camera looks awesome. I’ll certainly be getting my hands on one, as well as a few other bits and pieces that you can add to it. For $399 you really cannot get anything anywhere near as good as this.
The official UK pricings are:
Black Edition – £359.99
Silver Edition – £279.99
White Edition - £199.99
You’ll have to wait a while though as the release date isn’t for a month or so.
But when they are available, head over to actioncameras.co.uk
If you want more info, it’s all over at GoPro.com