Recently I became one of the millions of consumers to purchase a GoPro action camera. I have been waiting for the last 3 or so years for things to get worked out and it seems that a million happy films makers couldn’t be wrong. I chose to go with the Hero 3+ Black Edition for multiple reasons but the main one being the ability to shoot in 120fps at 720p. I like the thought of being able to slow my images way down in post production. The GoPro 3+ also has the ability to shoot in 240 fps in wvga mode. Wow, thats pretty slow. Anyway, I have been toying around with this micro camera for the past month and here is what I have come to like and dislike about the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.
Size- great compact size and the field of view (FOV) is very wide so you can capture everything you are pointing the camera at. This is important to remember when using this camera. If you have it set on wide or ultra wide your FOV is giant at nearly 170 degrees. But it also means that you have to be very close to the camera to capture quality close up shots.
Ease of Use – Turn it on and hit start. The camera will beep and start recording. When the record button is pressed again the camera beeps 2x letting you know it is not recording.
Waterproof Housing – tight and form fitting design makes the housing secure and safe. It is also extremely clear allowing for quality underwater shots. I like to keep a micro cloth with me when using the housing to keep spots off the lens section.
Software – The free software that is on the gopro.com site is simple to use and converts all your files quickly. The software also allows you to edit portions of your clips prior to converting and exporting to .mov files.
Battery Life – So far so good. Although I have heard otherwise from other users. It is charged by usb off your computer and charges quickly. I have heard that if you attach a viewing screen the battery really goes quickly. I have not tried this yet but I assume that the viewing screen takes a lot of juice to run.
The only problem I have had with this camera is it will not record occasionally. Last weekend I set up what I thought was going to be a great shot of a truck driving underwater and it did not record for whatever reason. Well, it did record but the file was unusable and everything was black on the screen. Seemed odd. This has happened several times and I cannot figure out why. And since I have no viewing screen I cannot playback and see if it was recorded.
So far it has been a positive experience with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, I will continue to test it in all types of environments and see where it excels the best.