GoPro Hero 3 Review: Black, White And Silver: Best Choice For You

GoPro Hero 3 Review 2022: Best Choice For You

The GoPro Hero 3 is a compact and lightweight camera that is perfect for capturing all of your outdoor adventures. This camera is easy to use and features a number of different recording modes, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking for an affordable and versatile camera. In this blog, we will discuss three GoPro 3 models ( Black, White, and Silver). Let’s explore with Lucidcam

GoPro Hero 3 Review

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition Review


  • A huge range of settings for movie quality
  • Useful 30fps max still image burst rate
  • Remote and app control
  • High-quality video and photo quality
  • A good selection of accessories
  • Versatile shooting modes.


  • Software supplied is limited
  • The microphone built-in is too directional

Design and Features

Design of GoPro Hero 3 Black

The Hero3 (Amazon: $179.99) is essentially a smaller Hero2 and weighs in at 1.6×2.3×0.8 inches (HWD) and 2.6 ounces, compared to 1.6×2.4×1.2 inches (HWD) and 3.3 ounces.

The silver cuboid design is the same, including two control buttons, a monochrome LCD, and a wide-angle zoom lens.

The Sony Action Cam ($179.99 on Amazon) and Drift Innovation HD Ghost ($179.99 on Amazon) have bullet-like designs that make them more suitable to side-mount on helmets or goggle straps.

The two main buttons located at the top and front of the device are the control points for all the functions. The power toggle and mode selector are located on the front of the device.

Tapping it will cycle through video recording, still capture and burst still photography, as well as the settings menu. The top button can be used to initiate recording, take a photo, or navigate through the menu system.

Although it can be cumbersome to navigate through menus and settings, this is not uncommon with all GoPro cameras. It’s easy to trigger recordings from helmets using the two-button setup.

The micro HDMI and mini USB ports are located along the left edge. There is also a microSD card slot that can hold cards up to 64GB. The Hero3 also has two LED indicators.

A red indicator indicates recording status, and a blue indicates WiFi status. The right edge houses a small WiFi On/Off button with three small holes for the microphone. The battery compartment is located at the back, along with a small red LED that indicates recording status.

The Hero3 has a wide range of accessories, including mounts and attachable BacPacs. These can be used to add features such as an LCD screen.

The Black Edition includes the camera, waterproof housing (submersible up to 197 feet), WiFi remote, and rechargeable battery. It also comes with a 3-way pivot arm, flat adhesive mount, flat adhesive mounting, and a USB charging cord.

Two indicator lights are located on the front panel. One is red to show that Hero is recording, and one is blue to show that WiFi has activated. You can also see the smaller indicator lights at the bottom, top and back panels.

The removable cover for the 1,050mAh Lithium-Ion battery is located on the back panel. If you intend to be out shooting for a long time, swappable batteries will work well. The proprietary BacPac connection is located next to the battery door. This is where accessory BacPacs such as the LCD or Battery BacPacs connect.

If you look at the unit from the front, the WiFi button activates or deactivates wireless connectivity using the GoPro app. It is also included with the Hero3 Black Edition. The Silver and White editions do not include the WiFi remote. We have previously described the WiFi remote’s workings in our GoPro WiFi BacPac review. The WiFi BacPac is no longer required for the new generation, but you might still use it if your Hero 2s are still around.

Although the WiFi remote is waterproof, it can be used to trigger wireless recording. However, we found it difficult to pair up and unnecessary for multi-camera shoots (the WiFi remote can control 50 GoPros).

The WiFi feature also proved to be a big draw for battery life during our testing. It is possible to set up an ad-hoc network between your Hero3 and a smartphone. You can use the iOS or Android app to control recording and viewfinder and to transfer files to the Web.

Video Quality

The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is easily the most versatile action camera available.  While most cameras can only do 1080p30 and 720p60, the Hero3 can handle 720p at 120 frames/second, 1080p60 at 60 frames/second, and 4K video at 15 frames/second. Sony’s Action Cam has recently been updated to 1080p60. The Drift HD Ghost can also do 1080p30 and 1080p60. However, neither supports 4K.

We sent the Hero3, Sony Action Cam, and Drift HD Ghost along with our photographer to test. The Hero3’s 1080p60 video quality was exceptional, with sharp details and true-to-life colors, as well as smooth frame rates.

The Hero3 was able to shoot video in challenging lighting conditions and with low image noise. However, the Sony Action Cam was not able to match the Hero3 in clarity and crispness. The video was noticeably grainier, and Hero3’s video had less sharp details.

The Drift HD Ghost’s video is somewhere in between, with sharp details, and pleasantly saturated colors, though not quite accurate. Protune firmware is also available for more demanding video enthusiasts. This allows for far greater control over color correction.

The Hero3’s 4K shooting modes were also tested. This mode is not available in other action cameras or consumer camcorders. Although the footage is only 15 frames per second which makes it a bit slow, you will not find this same level of detail on any other competitor.

The still image quality is excellent, provided you are able to live with the distortion caused by wide-angle lenses. The Hero3 is capable of shooting 12-, 7, or 5-megapixel stills and can also use a variety of burst and time-lapse photo modes.

Continuous shooting mode captures 3, 5, and 10 photos per second, while burst can capture 30 shots per second. Time-lapse mode allows for intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds between shots. 12MP images are sharp and rich in detail but not as sharp as a good point-and shooter with a zoom lens.

The GoPro HD Hero3 also has burst mode and time-lapse mode. Although it adds to the list of features, I don’t think it is necessary. It’s best to leave that for DSLRs. The Hero3’s camera mode is more useful than it is – says, if the Hero3 wanted to take a self-shot with a nice background during a trail ride. The Hero3 is a VIDEO camera. If you wish to take still digital photos with it, you can use a dedicated point-and-shoot or DSLR.

GoPro Hero 3 White Review

GoPro Hero 3 White Review


  • Sharp 1080p video quality.
  • Excellent value.


  • There is some purple fringing in the footage.
  • In 1080p setting, narrow field of view

Lighter and smaller with built-in WiFi.

The HERO3 White Edition has the same high-performance specs as its predecessor, the Original HD HERO. However, it is 30% lighter and 25% smaller than the original HD HERO. The HERO3 White Edition can be worn and mounted on gear, is waterproof to 197 feet (60m), and can capture 1080p 30 frames and 720p 60 frames video at the same time as 5MP photos at a speed of 3 photos per sec.

Smaller, Lighter…Better

The HERO3 White Edition weighs in at a mere 2.6 ounces and is 25% lighter than the Original HD HERO cam it replaces.

Video and Photos Quality

The HERO3 White Edition captures professional-quality video at 1080p-30 to 720p-60, 960p-30 to WVGA-60 frame rates and resolutions. The HERO3 White Edition has a 5MP resolution and can take burst photos at three frames per second. Automatic photo capture in time-lapse mode allows automatic photo capture at intervals of 0.5, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.

Less distortion

The HERO3 White Edition’s reduced distortion lens is combined with the completely redesigned HERO3 flat lenses waterproof housing to produce stunning image sharpness above and below water.

Redesigned Sound System

GoPro engineers completely redesigned HERO3 White Edition to capture the natural sounds of music and voice as well as the intense sounds of sport. GoPro’s well-known wind-noise reduction has been improved. This means you will hear more of what interests you, such as your engine or expletives and less wind when high-speed activities are taking place.

Built-in Wi-Fi

Built-in Wi-Fi

The HERO3 White Edition has built-in WiFi and is compatible both with the WiFi Remote (not supplied) and the GoPro App. The WiFi remote (not included) is a waterproof, portable remote control that can be used to control up to 50 WiFi-enabled GoPros simultaneously.

It has a range of 600 feet. Built-in WiFi allows the HERO3 White Edition to be controlled from iOS and Android smartphones or tablets that run the GoPro App. You can control your camera and view live scenes on any compatible iOS, Android, or Windows smartphone or tablet using the GoPro App.

All GoPro mounting accessories, older generation BacPacs, and the newer generation LCD Touch BacPac are compatible with the HERO3:White Edition. All HERO3 cameras are different in size and shape, so you will need HERO3-specific Wrist and Skeleton housings.

Low-Light Performance

The GoPro Hero White performed well at night. However, it was still plagued by issues during the day, such as soft edges, washed-out images, and pixel binning. The superior image quality of the GoPro Hero + Black was still a major reason why we preferred it.

It’s Easy To Use

It's Easy To Use

Two buttons are the basis of the GoPro design. One on the front and one at the top. These buttons can be difficult to press, hard to see if they are pressed, and difficult for users to use at first.

With some practice, they can be made easier, but it is still more difficult to press than the Sony Action Cams. This is especially true if your hands are cold and numb.

Although the buttons can be a little difficult to use, the menus are easy to understand and are based mostly on pictorial representations such as a trashcan or delete. It’s frustrating to miss one of the options since there is no back button.

The two main buttons do most of the functions. However, GoPro added a third button to the GoPro HERO series that turns on and off WiFi. Although this one was difficult to master, it’s easy to access the quick way to turn off the WiFi feature that consumes the battery.

GoPro offers an extensive smartphone app for Android and iPhone, which allows you to align your camera and modify settings that may be quite complex.

Mounting Options

The GoPro HERO+ Black has great mounting options, and the white is no exception. There are many mount options available because of the size and shape of this camera. You can find a counterweighted, counterweighted parallax mount that fits multiple cameras or even a helicopter mount for the GoPro line. This is unlike other competitors.


We had some issues with the White model out of several we tried. Some models have battery issues, losing charge after a few minutes, while others shut down mid-recording. The + Black proved to be more reliable. We also experienced pixel overloading, as described in the image quality section. Additionally, there were issues with flickering exposure when skiing in flat light.

The Best Applications

Motorsports, underwater recording, snow sports in cold, tight places


The GoPro Hero 3 White costs $199 and is a great choice for those who are tight on cash. However, we would recommend spending more for the Black. The White camera is a good choice, offering decent image quality in a small package. It also allows you to get creative with mounting options that are not available with other cameras.

GoPro Hero 3 Silver Review

GoPro Hero 3 Silver Review


  • Compact and small
  • Excellent video quality
  • Waterproof and sturdy case
  • Cameras that are more affordable than other cameras


  • Sticks awkwardly to helmet
  • Battery life is very short


Design GoPro Hero 3 Silver (1)

Click to EnlargeUnlike other action cameras, and the GoPro Hero3 has a square shape. It sits on top of the helmet instead of being flush with the sides. It is more awkward than other action cams like the Contour+2 or Drift Innovation Ghost. The Hero3 comes with a variety of mounting accessories that make it versatile, whether you are filming in a car, on a surfboard, or on a bike.

The Hero3’s lens is located on the Hero3’s front. Below it is a small monochrome LCD. The record button is located at the top, with a plastic cover protecting its micro USB and mini HDMI ports on the right.

Click to enlarge Hero3 is small at 2.25×1.6×1.2 inches and 2.7 ounces. To mount the camera, you will need its case. It makes it waterproof to up to 197 feet. This add-on makes it bulkier and heavier at 6.2 ounces.

The Contour+2 is a comparison. It measures 3.8×2.4×1.3 inches and weighs 5.8ozs. The Drift Innovation HD Ghost, which measures 4.1x2x1.3 inches and weighs 5.9 ounces, is even bulkier.


Click to Enlarge It was simple to use, and you can even remotely turn on or off cameras. You can also activate the “locate camera” feature to cause the camera’s alarm to sound intermittent when it is in range.

CineForm Studio is also available for free to GoPro users. It offers a variety of editing tools. The missing feature is a social network-friendly one-click uploader.


GoPro Hero 3 Performance

The GoPro Hero3 was our favorite camera. The colors were vivid and rich, the details were clear and crisp, and the contrast was great. The GoPro has a slight advantage over the Contour+2 and the Drift HD Ghost. The blues and reds of ski jackets looked the most real. However, the GoPro was more adept at picking up snowflakes as they fell.

The GoPros capture video at WVGA resolution and 30 frames per second continuously for 1 hour 30 minutes. This is two hours shorter than the Drift HD Ghost and one hour longer than the Contour+2. GoPro also sells a BacPac battery for $49, which should double its endurance.


Click to enlarge tried the Silver GoPro Hero3 ($299), which is the mid-range model. The camera can record 1080p video at 30 frames/second, can take 11-MP stills at ten frames/second, and has WiFi built-in. The Black Edition, which costs $399, can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second and 4K video at 15 frames per second.

The Black edition can also take 12-MP photos at 30 fps and is pro-low-light capable. The Black edition includes a WiFi remote, which is normally a $79 accessory. This small dongle allows you to wirelessly stop and begin recordings as well as check how much battery life remains.

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Review


  • Excellent color and white balance


  • Video quality is subpar for the price
  • Wi-Fi enabled can reduce battery life.


Design of GoPro Hero 3+ Silver review

GoPro claims the new HERO3+ models will be smaller and lighter, but you won’t notice it if the photos are taken. The dimensions of the camera control layout and small monochrome LCD all match the HERO3+ designation.

The size difference is immediately apparent when you place the HERO3+ silver edition within the waterproof housing. The waterproof housing is slim and doesn’t add much bulk to your device.

The HERO3+ silver edition is 20% smaller and 15% lighter than the HERO3 silver edition with the older housing. To protect your camera from harsh environments, you can leave it inside the housing. This does not compromise portability.

The housing can be used with accessories and mounts. Although the waterproofing capability is now limited to 40m depth, it’s still a great option. The “Diver Case”, the original housing, will be available for purchase as it is compatible with the HERO3+ silver edition. Its physical dimensions are identical to the older HERO3 model.

GoPro has not yet announced a successor for the HERO3 white edition. The HERO3+ silver edition will continue to be a recommendation if the vertical quick release buckle or 3-way pivot arm are important features.

The package also includes a flat or curved adhesive mount, along with the standard quick-release buckle and USB charging cables.

Navigating the menu system with its tiny LCD and two buttons can be difficult if you have never used a GoPro camera. This is the thing I dislike most about GoPro’s cameras. It’s not an issue if you don’t frequently change settings. I would rather have the ability to modify settings than not.

If you don’t have a preferred editing program, you can download the GoPro Studio2.0 software for Windows or Mac. You can drag-and-drop templates and many other features in the latest version.

You will find many features in the app and the software. Here are some videos explaining the app, and Studio.


Feature of Hero 3+ Silver

The GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition features video modes that include: 4K Cinema, 2.7K Cinema, 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100, 720p120 and more. Other professional-level features for the HERO3+ Silver Edition include Enhanced SuperView, WDR, and Loop Recording.

Although the HERO3+ silver edition may be the middle-range model in the HERO3 series, GoPro felt it was appropriate to make minor improvements so that this camera could compete with other $299 action cameras.

It is now possible to record a full 1080p video at 60 frames per second, so high-speed action doesn’t require you to switch to 720p. It supports 120 frames per second, which is still a compelling option.

These enhancements alone make the HERO3+ Silver Edition better than the original HERO3+ Black Edition.

The Silver Edition does not have the SuperView or Auto Low Light modes that were exclusive to the HERO3+ Black Edition. However, the HERO3+ Silver Edition is still strong and delivers sharp imagery and impressive low-light performance.

Although the camera can only take 10-megapixel photos, it is not as good as some other modes. However, still, shots are more enjoyable with these modes.

Burst allows for up to 10 frames per minute to be captured. If you want the camera to automatically take photos every 60 seconds or every 50 seconds, then Time Lapse is still a useful option.

The audio quality has also been improved. This is especially important if you record in windy conditions. Advanced wind-noise reduction technology helps to reduce the noises that are more subtle.

The battery timing has been extended, which is quite remarkable considering the physical dimensions of this camera haven’t changed. The GoPro HERO3+ silver edition will last 30% longer than the HERO3 models.

The HERO3+ silver edition has built-in WiFi, which allows the camera to pair up with smartphones or the WiFi remote accessory.

The Silver Edition does not include the WiFi remote, but the Black Edition does. This will make it easier for buyers to focus on the functionality of the mobile device. After downloading the GoPro app for Android Play or the iTunes App Store, pairing the camera and device is easy.

After pairing, you can open the mobile app to instantly turn your tablet or phone into a remote viewfinder. You can also adjust the settings or use the controls of the camera without having to go through the difficult menus on the small screen. You can also share images and videos via Facebook or Instagram.

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Review


  • The best video quality we have seen on an action camera.
  • Multi-purpose shooting modes
  • Capable to shoot 4K.
  • Improved image quality over original HERO3+


  • Expensive.
  • Wi-Fi enabled can quickly drain the battery.
  • Still poor quality photos
  • It is still difficult to navigate the menu.

Design and Features

Design and Feature of GoPro Hero 3+ Black Review

This is not the HERO4 because the core specification is the exact same. The Black Edition uses the 12Mpixel CMOS for its headline 4K recording resolution at 15, or 12.5 frames/second, and 4K Cinema (with an aspect resolution of 4,096×2,160 at 12 frames/second).

There are also 2.7K and 2.5K Cinema options, at 30 frames/second, 1440p at up to 48 frames/second, and 1080p up to 60 frames/second.

SuperView is a new option that is available for 1080p and 720p footage. This allows for a wider angle than the standard-setting and avoids fisheye distortion that you would have to correct using the software.

Comparing footage shot with HERO3 Black, the distortion in the middle is especially noticeable. This is achieved by recording the 4:3 portion of a sensor and then the 16:9 video.

GoPro promises 33% sharper lenses than the HERO3 Black. The lens is the same six-element aspherical glass unit as the HERO3 Black, with a fixed f/2.8 aperture. The minimum focus distance has been significantly reduced to 18cm instead of 1m. However, this has affected the sharpness of distant objects.

You can still take photos with the 5, 7, and 12Mpixel options. The burst mode allows you to take 30 photos at a time, and the continuous mode can be used for up to 10 photos per second.

You have time-lapse options that can be used at intervals of 0.5 to 60 seconds. It is possible to simultaneously capture still images as well as video. However, this can only be done with 1,440p or 1080p video and not with any other high-speed modes.

Battery life has been increased by 30%. The HERO3 can be used alone without WiFi for up to 2 hours. However, this time will decrease if you shoot at higher frame rates.

You can also decrease the shooting time if the WiFi is turned on for the bundled remote and the LCD screen. However, you should still get at least an hour of shooting, regardless of the configuration.

The device is slightly smaller than the HERO3 in terms of its housing, which was 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the HERO2. However, it weighs in at the same 74g. It has undergone a subtle change in its housing design, including a decrease in size and weight and cosmetic changes to its appearance.

You can fit your old HERO3 into the new housing. This will allow you to use peripherals with the new camera. The new housing can only be submerged to 40m, while the Dive Housing (now reworked) can go underwater to 60m.

The housing buttons are larger, and the mechanism to secure the door shut has been simplified. The door latch is now easier to close. However, we found no evidence that this would cause any problems in our testing. The catch is extremely firm and would break the housing more than accidentally opening it.

You’ll see a removable cover on the right that conceals the GoPro mini USB port. This cover can be used as both a microphone port and a direct connection with a TV. There are also mini HDMI ports and a port to accept a MicroSD Card.

Camera and Performance

The Hero3+ BE supports 4K video at WVGA and 4K resolutions. It is still our only test cam that can support 4K. You can record at 720p up to 120 frames per second, depending on the resolution. On the 2.7Kor 4K modes, you can also shoot in a 17 to9 aspect ratio.

The GoPro 3 Plus Black has multiple video modes that you can use to capture your adventures. You can choose from 4K, 2.7K, 1440p, 1080p, 960p, and 720p video resolutions. This camera also has a 12MP camera that can take stunning photos.

According to a spokesperson for GoPro, the 17:9 aspect ratio is a rare one that allows you to capture images with greater resolution. Frame rates for 4K and 2.7K modes will drop to 12 and 24 frames per second if you choose the 17:9 aspect ratio.

Protune is an option on the camera that records video at a faster data rate, uses less compression, and captures more neutral colors. It also makes it easier to convert fps (when working with 24fps source media). This makes it easier to edit footage in post-production using editing software.

It also allows you to adjust white balance, color, ISO limit, sharpness, and exposure directly from your camera. It won’t look good if you don’t watch the footage before editing. GoPro describes it as a blank slate for professional video editors. Protune is disabled when you record video. This allows the camera to add GoPro’s effects, making it look great without needing editing.

The GoPro Hero3+BE records the sharpest and most clear footage in 1080p60. Only the iON Air Pro 3 can match it. You’d expect 4K footage to be sharp. However, it is not designed for fast action shots because of the 15fps maximum frame rate.

It’s best for wide-angle shots that include slow-moving objects like clouds. Test footage in 1440p, 2K, and 4K was sharper on a 1080p screen, although with more noise as 4K footage must be downscaled.

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Vs Black

Video Quality

The GoPro HERO3+ Silver and Black editions are both great cameras, but there are some differences in video quality. The Silver edition has a maximum video resolution of 1080p30, while the Black Edition can shoot up to 4K15. The Black edition also has a higher frame rate for slow-motion shots, up to 120 fps.

Photo Modes

Both of the 3+ models added improvements in image quality over their predecessors.

The sensor in the Black is slightly larger. It produces 12MP images (4000×3000 px), compared to the Silver’s 10MP (35680×2760 px). Although the difference is not significant, the Black can produce better-quality images with more detail.

You can also set the camera for 5MP or 7MP photos if you have limited storage space. This is especially useful for time-lapse.

The Black can take up to 30 photos per second in burst mode. You can also choose from 3 photos per second, five photos per second, ten photographs in one second, ten images in 1 Second, ten photos within 2 seconds, and 30 photos within 2 seconds.

This allows you to capture still photos of fast-moving events, such as a skateboard ride or hitting a ball. In burst mode, the Silver can take up to 10 photos per second. Other modes include three photos per second and five photos per second.

Timelapse Modes

Both cameras can take Timelapse photos. You have the option of shooting at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds. The sequence of still images will be created by the camera. You will need to convert this sequence of photos into a time-lapse video by importing them into another software such as GoPro Studio. Both of them cannot shoot time-lapse videos. This is where the video is created on the spot in the camera. This feature was included in the HERO4 models.

Still Photos

Hero 3+ Silver Vs Hero 3+ Black- Still Photo

The GoPro Hero 3+ Black has a maximum resolution of 12 MP. While the Silver can only shoot still photos at 10 MP, as shown in the table, the GoPro® Hero 3+ Black has a maximum resolution of up to 10 MP.

The difference in resolution between the Silver and Black is not a problem (10 MP being sufficient for most purposes), but the Black does have some additional advantages. It has a burst mode that can record up to 30 shots in a matter of seconds.

This allows you to capture high-resolution images of fast action scenes such as a ski jump or park trick. The GoPro Black edition can also capture 4K video at 15fps continuously. This could, as we have discussed, be used to create 8 MP still frames. The quality of still photos captured in burst mode is better than those taken with the video frames, so they will be compressed less.

The second distinguishing feature of the Black over the Silver in relation to still photos is its ability to shoot still photos at the same time as recording video. There are several modes available for this purpose.

The resolution of the still image that is captured depends on the resolution of continuous video recording. The Black can capture a 12MP still image every 5 seconds at 1440p video at 24 frames per second (the highest resolution at which simultaneous photos are possible).

This still photo resolution drops down to 7 MP at 1080p (30 frames per second) and 5 MP at 60 frames per second at 720p. It is not clear if this mode will prove to be useful.

While the idea of combining high-resolution stills with continuous videos sounds attractive, it will result in a faster filling of memory cards with still photos that are only duplicates of video footage.


Both include mono microphones onboard. Both can be used with external microphones via the mini-USB port. Make sure to purchase a microphone adapter.


These work in almost all cases with the same accessories from batteries to memory cards to mounts to housings, to batteries to batteries.


Both the Black and Silver have identical audio specifications – mono at 48kHz using AAC compression and automatic gain control to adjust sound volume levels – there is no way to choose between them!

Battery Life

GoPro Hero 3+ - Battery

The battery life is a key difference between GoPro Hero 3+ Black & Silver. Both use the same battery pack, with a capacity of 4366mWh, but the results can be quite different.

It’s fair to compare the cameras when they shoot at the same resolution and frame rate. However, the table below shows that the Silver records at 1080p at 60fps and can record for up to 2 hours 15 minutes. The Black stops recording after 1 hour 30 minutes.

The Silver has a 50% longer battery life than the Black. The same thing at 1080p, 30 fps (Silver again 50% more battery life), while the Silver is ahead at 720p, 120 fps, and 22% less at 720p.

GoPro doesn’t give any explanations, but the Black needs a faster processor to handle 4K resolution footage. This processor draws more power than that of Silver, even at lower resolutions.

It is interesting to see that battery life is better at 4K than at 1080p. This is likely due to the slower frame rate at the highest resolution, rather than compensating for the larger frame sizes when it comes down to battery life.

Remember that these battery life figures are only valid for new batteries. The battery life in real life, especially under cold conditions, can be significantly lower. The battery’s capacity will decrease with repeated charges and discharges, as is the case for all lithium-ion batteries. It might be worth carrying a spare lithium-ion battery.

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The Hero 3 is not a perfect product, but it is the best action camera in its range and price. It will be excellent for beginners who are interested in capturing their adventures while diving, skiing, surfing, biking, or doing any other outdoor activities. If you want to take good-quality images or videos with an action camera, GoPro Hero 3 is the best option for you.

While the GoPro Hero3 Silver, White, and Black editions are solid contenders in the market for sports cameras, the more powerful Black Edition is the most popular.


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