Is the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition the edition to buy? Find out here!
GOPRO HERO3+ BLACK EDITION
There is literally no way that you could go about your own business and not know who (and what) GoPro is. The company became an overnight sensation, thanks to all the highoctane, adrenaline-pumping sports that all sportsmen have been gleefully showing on YouTube. From diving into a lake off from a mountain peak, to flying-foxing directly through a crevice in the mountains, the GoPro camera has done solidly well in recording these heart-stopping moments. This issue, we got a chance to test out the HERO3+ Black Edition.
If you’re a member of the GoPro Brotherhood (or an adrenaline junkie like one of our writers here), you won’t need us to explain to you just how simple the GoPro camera really is. It’s extremely light, weighing in at just 73g without the casing that GoPro provides with each device. On a side note, the casing itself is extremely reliable, being able to provide water protection when submerging the camera into a water level well past the one-meter mark.
Just to be clear, at present, there are three editions in the HERO3+ GoPro camera lineup: White, Black and Silver. The HERO3+ Black Edition is the model that we have for review this month, and what sets this model apart from its two brothers is its capability to record video in 4K. Now, before you start thinking that no one records in 4K resolution, we say “think again.” A lot of devices (TVs included) are already transitioning into the realm of UHD (Ultra HD), so it’s no surprise that GoPro would actually make a camera that caters for the future of entertainment.
Perhaps the most obvious addition to the HERO3+ Black Edition is its Wi-Fi Remote, which allows user to remotely activate the camera. This may seem like a minor detail, but in the grand scheme of (recording) things, the Wi-Fi Remote is a boon, especially when you remember that it’s a little difficult to activate the device when it’s strapped to your head or chest and you’re free-falling from the sky. On the subject of sports and outdoor activities, we did take the GoPro camera for some outdoor cycling, which we’ve posted on our YouTube channel, and available to stream in the digital edition of this issue.
On the subject of picture and video clarity, there’s no doubt about its quality. The HERO3+ Black Edition takes crisp, clear photos, even when you’re on the move. That being said, it’s understandable if you’re picky about how the picture might turn out, which is why GoPro has also made an app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store for you to use, just in case you want to check out how the picture looks when you’re out and about.