Go­Pro Hero 3+ Black Edi­tion

Australian T3 - - RATED - $529, GO­PRO.COM

The mar­ket leader ups the stakes with DIY block­busters in 4K

Go­Pro’s Black Edi­tion is one of the small­est cam­eras on test, a tiny, unas­sum­ing box with a whole lot of po­ten­tial. There’s a rea­son why Go­Pro has be­come syn­ony­mous with ac­tion and that’s be­cause footage from this cam­era leaves the other de­vices on test for dust – you don’t even need to shoot in 4K to see that.

Im­ages are crys­tal clear in 1080p (and 4K, obvs) with lit­tle noise in­tro­duced even when shoot­ing in the dead of night – we all now re­alise how rare that is. The sen­sor copes ad­mirably with rapid tran­si­tions, un­fazed when faced with daz­zling head­lights or plunged sud­denly into dark­ness. Even when at speed, im­ages re­main crisp, with de­tail re­tained.

The Go­Pro’s lack of im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion should be a prob­lem, and im­ages are oc­ca­sion­ally wob­bly, but the ver­sa­tile range means that you can al­ways shoot in 1440p and then crop down, us­ing the ex­tra pix­els for im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion in the edit. Frankly, though, even rid­ing over bumpy mud and roots at speed, the wob­ble isn’t as much of a se­ri­ous is­sue as we’d ex­pected.

Fur­ther ver­sa­til­ity is added with the Go­Pro App that lets you ad­just set­tings, edit and upload on the fly, plus a huge range of mounts, from chest har­nesses and hel­met straps to selfie-friendly poles, Steadicams (see left) and more. They aren’t cheap, but they are re­li­ably sturdy.

Of course, sound is also im­por­tant and the Go­Pro excels there, too. The non-wa­ter­proof case’s vented back pro­tects the mi­cro­phone from the wind noise ap­par­ent on other de­vices. Warn­ing: if you swear or squeal, ev­ery­one will be able to hear you.

Com­plaints? Well, there’s the shorter-than-aver­age bat­tery life and lack of im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, but they’re hardly deal break­ers. Truth is, when the go­ing gets tough, there’s no cam we’d rather have at our side.

Love All-round video per­for­mance best on test. Top sound qual­ity. Huge range of com­pat­i­ble mounts Hate No im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. Shorter bat­tery life than some ri­vals. Costly ex­tras and add-ons T3 Says De­liv­ers the most re­li­ably A-grade video in any and all con­di­tions. A true ac­tion hero

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