I bought my ‘white’ edition in walmart in the states ($200 not £200), just before learning to scuba dive and going zip-lining. With little experience i found it worked as advertised straight out of the box, without fault and without any problems whatsoever. I did later upgrade the firmware, via the manual method, but this didn’t stop me using it straight away. Pros;- the original skeleton housing, suction cup and time lapse frame rates of 0. 5 or 1 second gave me some superb videos of driving up mt haleakla on maui, and the hana coast. Used underwater in the waterproof housing down to 90ft, provided no problem either (though i did find the red front colour correction filter trapped minute bubbles which needed to be cleared semi-regularly). Due to the extreme wide angle nature of the lens, what i though might be jerky video from a car bonnet seamed to be ironed out with no effort on my part at all. Sound quality was pretty good in the skeleton housing, and was even fairly good in the waterproof housing at depth too. Battery life was pretty good, well in excess of an hour and a half, using 1s timelapse photos, and you could easily get an average afternoons stop start video from it if turned off in between events.
Nice gadget, but with some drawbacks. It is a nice gadget which comes with many accesoires. I used it to film my daughter. Because of the head strap i couldmfollow her easily. Also i tried it on a bike trip of 1,5 hours. 40 minutes due to an empty battery. This is too fast if you want to record any interesting trip. I found out the battery lasts longer if you switch off wifi. Also i found the unboxing and setting up not very intuitive.
GoPro Hero 3 Edition Camcorder – Silver (11MP)
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Great camera for surfing and diving. I like this camera a lot it came on time and it’s wonderful. Just make sure you get the right micro sd card to work with it if you want good quality videos and pictures.
This is not the sort of thing that i really need. But heck, it’s nearly christmas, so when it came up in the black friday sale, i put it into my basket. Then took it out, as it was still more expensive than i had hoped. The item then showed as all sold. Then went back a bit later, and saw that a few other people had obviously done the same, as it there were now only 98% sold. So i decided it was fate, and clicked on buy again. I now have it, and it is very much as expected, takes very high quality video up to 4k and stills up to 12mp. When the rest of the bits that i ordered arrive, it will go on my bike, and maybe a quadcopter is on the horizon as well.
I previously reviewed this camera ‘as awful’. After all the known problems with this camera well documented. I wrote a scathing review due to the lack of customer service. Now after an email from a gopro tech, listing several things to correct my issues, the camera and accessories are working faultlessly. Before you throw yours out the window if yours freezes won’t charge, stops recording or any of the many other issues reported; make sure the firmware is updated properly. I thought mine had however it hadn’t. Manually download the update don’t install java. Follow the instructions on the web site. Save it to your desktop and open the zip file. Drag the unzipped files to the sd card. Wait it takes about 10 minutes to update it should display the percentage.
GoPro Hero 3 Edition Camcorder – Silver (11MP) : Ahhrrrr so fantastic, so much fun with this on holiday, in the sea, the pool, makes holiday videos more interesting.