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GoPro Hero 3
Chris Palermo, Student/Intern, Photographer
Keene | NH | United States | Posted: 6:06 PM on 03.28.13
->> What has been everyone's experience with the Hero 3? Have you ran into any problems? I've been hesitant to purchase one because of all the negative reviews regarding freezing and such. I'll only be using it for video, so any problems with that would be my main concern. Any input?
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 9:00 PM on 03.28.13
->> Never had a problem with freezing/lockups/etc. Just make sure you get a really fast card (Class 10 or UHS).

Low light is gorgeous in 2.4KCin mode...here are some timelapses I did using the Hero3 Black Edition:
https://vimeo.com/52774995
https://vimeo.com/52688003

I've really enjoyed the Hero3 Black Edition. Nice upgrade from the Hero2...
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 11:10 PM on 03.28.13
->> Hey what are the still photos looking like in the sports/action area. I know that the 2 had a little softness / slow shutter.
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Garrett Cortese, Photographer, Photo Editor
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 11:37 AM on 03.29.13
->> We've had great success with files from the GoPro 3, both for video and photos. This February we became one of the first magazines to use a GoPro 3 still photo for a cover image. I wrote a little write-up about getting the cover shot here:
http://www.alliancewake.com/wake/2013-gear-guide-cover/

Personally I've never experienced any freezing issues, but David makes a great point in that you're going to want a fast card. The Black Edition of the 3 is really a great little camera, considering all it can do and how versatile it is. It is a big upgrade from the 2. The dynamic range is much improved and the files are great to work with.
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Mike Morelock, Photographer
Greenwood | AR | USA | Posted: 2:20 PM on 03.29.13
->> I have the Black Hero 3 and have had problems. I'm using 32gb Sandisk Ultra memory cards so they should be fast enough. The 64gb ultras are not to be used, the Hero 3's have been bricking them. As in burned out, send to Sandisk for replacement.

Shooting 60p 1080 and 2.7k 30p video have both given me troubles. The camera will work fine several times then the next time you turn it on it hangs with the video indicator showing. The only way to fix it is pull the battery and start over. This is a pain in the ass to say the least when you're using it in the underwater case.

I've even set the camera to one button mode, where all you have to do is push the power button and the video starts. No it doesn't, it locks up, well sometimes it does, which is almost more frustrating than all the time.

When it does work the video looks really great. It's also nice to be able to control it from the Ipad, though using the wifi chews a little more battery.

Reading forums it seems like everyone is just waiting for a firmware update to fix the problems.
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David Heasley, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | Oh | U.S.A | Posted: 5:04 PM on 03.29.13
->> I've had some of the same issues as Mike. It killed a card, it locks up from time to time, I question the battery at times (but it's STILL better than the Hero2) and there are a few other small things I worry about.
When it's working, it's really good. A big step up from the Hero2. The good thing is when I have issues, thye generally are when I first turn it on. I haven't really had many issues while it was recording.
I feel like they are really close to a must have type of product with the Hero3 and it'll be interesting to see if new firmware would fix it or if the Hero4(assuming they don't start getting fancy with names) would be the one to have.
I really, really like it, but maybe not love it.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 5:49 PM on 03.29.13
->> @Garrett - Great photos but what about still photo action where the camera was not mounted on the board say on the ground and a motorcycle coming by.
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Anthony Vasser, Photographer, Assistant
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 12:16 AM on 03.30.13
->> battery life is meh. Even with the extended battery I have some disappointing and inconsistent run times when leaving it somewhere recording at 1080/60, anywhere between 45min-120min. Charge time is also bizarre. I resolved this nconnecting it to a cellphone battery backup unit.

I've had it crash a few times on startup where I have to remove the batteries to reset. I had a few crashes on battery death while recording video where it doesn't close the final video file, rendering that portion useless (but sometimes it doesn't do this).

I've had it crash the card or randomly lock it in read-only. But it has never lost data.

Despite these hiccups I got a second, and will eventually get more. They are just that cool and flexible.
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Scott Foley, Photographer
Yorktown | VA | USA | Posted: 5:39 AM on 03.30.13
->> I have both the GoPro3 Silver and Black here in Afghanistan, working great with no issues...slow motion features with the Black is very cool...
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David Harpe, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 11:30 PM on 03.31.13
->> Slow motion

Agreed the slow motion function is cool! This is something I shot with it this weekend...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO4cs0Ck2CU
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:45 PM on 03.31.13
->> that's cool.
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John Howley, Photographer
Circleville | OH | USA | Posted: 9:41 AM on 04.02.13
->> I've only used mine for some time lapse projects so far.

The battery life isn't great and the case doesn't allow you to plug it in and use the case at the same time which limits your mounting options. (There's probably another case you can buy that would let you use it plugged in but I've already bought enough accessories so I'll hold off looking for that.)

The main problem I've run into is transferring the files is really slow after doing a long time lapse. But I discovered that turning the camera off for a moment brings the transfer speed back to normal.
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Chris Palermo, Student/Intern, Photographer
Keene | NH | United States | Posted: 6:51 PM on 04.06.13
->> Thanks for your input. Went ahead and bought the black edition.

Seems to be alright thus far. Aside from the lens being dirty right out of the box, I haven't had any issues yet.
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Ken Shelton, Photographer
Wyckoff / Sarasota | NJ / FL | USA | Posted: 4:43 PM on 04.08.13
->> I've been doing some small teaser videos with the Hero 3 and had no issues with freezing or with a 64Gb SanDisk Ultra card.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9diD9Yz_-w

Testing it for stills at 1/2 second interval it did about 6200 frames in an hour. It should have been 7200 so its dropping frames.

Set @ 1 per second it did 3,600 in an hour, just as it should.
It ran until the battery gave out at 2:14 taking 8056 images.

5MP files are consistently around 3.3Mb on a sunny-16 scene.

Externally powered it took 20,304 ~3MB images over the course of 5:39, filling a 64GB card (59GB usable).
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Tuomo Tenhunen, Photographer
Lohja | - | Finland | Posted: 2:26 PM on 04.09.13
->> New Firmware for Hero 3 Black

http://www.goproforums.com/15-gopro-hd-hero3/2217-new-firmware-hero-3-black...
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Garrett Cortese, Photographer, Photo Editor
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 2:35 PM on 07.11.13
->> Thought I'd bring this thread back in case anybody wanted more info and examples on the GoPro Hero 3 Black camera. We recently did a story on how to shoot cool wake (boarding/skating/surfing) photos with GoPros because they have become so popular in our industry, both with fans/participants and pro riders, photographers, filmers. The Black Edition is a pretty amazing camera given its size.

The only problem I regularly encountered when shooting for this piece was the camera and WiFi remote losing connection over the water. Sometimes it meant resetting the remote/camera connection to get them to re-connect, which was a hassle, but trying to transmit any WiFi or radio signal is always going to be tough over water.

You can see some of the pictures from our feature on my member page.
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=801
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 11:01 AM on 07.13.13
->> Garett, do you have a link to the article in Alliance Wakeboard? I went to the site and couldn't find it. Thanks.
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Garrett Cortese, Photographer, Photo Editor
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 11:24 AM on 07.13.13
->> Dennis, the article is in the issue currently on stands, so it is not available online. I will post a link when it becomes available (probably in the next week or two).
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 12:09 PM on 07.13.13
->> Thanks, Garrett, I'll check to see if the local newsstand has that publication and look forward to you posting the link if I can't find it.
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Michael Troutman, Photographer
Carmel | CA | USA | Posted: 1:02 AM on 07.14.13
->> Working great here with the current firmware. Using a BacPac has doubled battery life as well.

Surprisingly great quality...it's exceptional.
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Mike Morelock, Photographer
Greenwood | AR | USA | Posted: 8:48 AM on 07.14.13
->> After the firmware update I've had zero problems with lockup using the exact same media. 32gb Sandisk Ultras.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 9:31 AM on 08.30.13
->> I thought I'd bring this thread back to life. Does anyone know how to get the fastest shutter speed possible with the GP Hero 3 Black? I understand you can't independently control SS, however I am finding that, in 30/3 burst mode and direct sunlight, I am still getting substantial motion blur (looks to be about 1/100s or so SS). Assuming I'm shooting stills in bright sunlight (as in a soccer goal cam), what precisely are the best settings for maximizing shutter speed? I like the 30/3 burst but will go with the 30/1 if this gets faster SS's. Thanks in advance.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 3:32 PM on 08.31.13
->> Come on, guys, nobody has any suggestions?
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Jason Zindroski, Photographer, Assistant
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 3:43 PM on 09.03.13
->> Also FYI there has been a price drop as of September 1st, the black which was $399 is now $329. Speculation is that they are getting ready to announce a new version.
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