Is the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edi­tion the edi­tion to buy? Find out here!


HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - by John Law

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.

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