In "concept" I really liked the GoPro Hero3 camera. The ordering process was simple and the equipment was well packaged and arrived on-time. In anticipation of using the GoPro, I downloaded the GoPro app for the iPhone. My intentions were to use the GoPro on an automotive/driving event with a group of classic Mini Cooper owners in the mountains of Virginia and Tennessee. There were no instructions on the use of the equipment included with the shipment. Like most folks, I ordered the camera just in time for my trip. I was able to find a short instructional video that covered the basics and downloaded the "Quick Start Guide" from GoPro online. I thought that would be sufficient for my "basic" use. I had an issue with the password (different than the standard GoPro default) and contacted BL by email. They gave me the correct password and suggested that I could have gotten it online from the BL website. Given the location of my event, Internet service was spotty so I was grateful for the reply. I ran some tests the night before the first event (took a photo and short video) using the iPhone Wi-Fi connection. I followed the QS Guide and shut everything down. The next morning, the camera would not turn back on. I went online and found a YouTube video on how to reset a dead camera and what the cause was. Basically it "looks" like everything shuts down . . .but the Wi-Fi is still running. I followed their instructions (remove battery AND memory card) to re-boot the camera and fully charged the battery. To make a long story short . . .. 1) The battery life was terrible when being run from my iPhone. I could literally watch the full charge indicator drain to nothing in a matter of minutes. 2) My high-speed 32gb memory card videos were fair due to the a periodic "miss" in the stream. I tried running them from the card and from my computer's hard drive . . . both had the same viewing experience. SUGGESTION(S): I would suggest renting a GoPro Hero3+ Black with an improved battery. I would STRONGLY suggest looking into having back-up batteries and a means to recharge them while you're mobile. Some people on my drive had a dual-charger (2 batteries) running from a automobile portable battery-jumper's socket.
GoPro HERO3: Black Edition Camera
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GoPro's HERO3: Black Edition Camera is an updated and upgraded version of its predecessor, the HD Hero2 wearable video and still camera. Compared to its predecessor, the HERO3 is smaller, lighter and even WiFI enabled. Professional 4k Cinema 12 fps / 2.7k cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture. For still images, the HERO3 supports 5, 7 and 12-megapixel photos with 30fps burst. Newly advanced camera settings include Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, and Protune Mode.
Built-in WiFi enables remote control via included WiFi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app, while still being compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more. In addition, the HERO3 is compatible with LCD Touch BacPac and second generation Battery BacPac.