GoPro's Rugged New Hero3 Shoots 4K Video

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Despite Contour offering some stiff competition of recent time, think of an action cam, and the name GoPro probably comes to mind. The company is trying to cement that reputation with the Hero3, which claims to be smaller, lighter and record better quality footage than its predecessor.


Announced in San Francisco last night, GoPro claims the the Hero 3 is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the old model. To top that off, the top-of-the-line Black Edition is capable of capturing video at up to 4K resolution—as long as you don't mind slowing recording down to 15 fps. Can't have it all.

That said, a faster processor in the camera allows it to capture lower-resolution footage at higher frame rates than in the past, and it offers 1080p60, 1440p48 and 720p120 modes for slow-mo situations. Lower-spec models are also none too shabby: the Silver packs an 11MP camera and can capture 1080p30 video, while the rather more humble White packs a simple 5MP camera. All three, though, do feature Wi-Fi.

Pre-orders have just kicked off, with prices standing at $400 for the Black Edition, $300 for the Silver and $200 for the White. That's keen pricing—and will probably help GoPro maintain its place at the top. [GoPro via Engadget]



I'm intrigued to know if they've made them any more usable for speed events. The old ones were impossible to use on motorbikes and in cars because you had to be looking at the display on the front to know (a) if it was one and (b) if it was recording. And if you hit the on/off button too many times it went into photo mode, or erase mode etc. This looks like it has the same issue with the LCD display on the front - just the physical design of the record and mode buttons has changed which means it's still not especially useful in these situations. The contour has all its controls and lights on the back so you can easily turn it on and see it's on when on a bike or in a car, and the huge sliding record switch leaves you in no doubt that you've started it.