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GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

The GoPro HERO3: Black Edition is the most versatile camera on the planet. Built to go wherever you do, the HERO3 can be mounted on almost every piece gear you own, whether it’s clothing or equipment. Showing vast technical advancements from the HERO2, the HERO3 offers built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and an included Wi-Fi Remote, the HERO3 is easier then ever to use!GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

Upgrades found in the HERO3:

Smaller, lighter and 2x more powerful. The GoPro HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro ever and still the gold standard of high definition, portable action cameras.

Smaller, Lighter…Better – The HERO3: Black Edition comes in at a mere 2.6 ounces making is 25 % lighter and 30% smaller than previous models.

2x Faster Video Performance – Compared to previous models the HERO3: Black takes professional, cinema-quality video at 2x the resolution, 2x the frame-rate, and 2x better low light performance.

3x Faster Photo Performance – While the still photo and time-lapse photo modes are the same the HERO3: Black can take 12MP burst capture at 30 frames per second.

Improved Sharpness, Less Distortion – The HERO3 can be used in ultra-wide, medium, and narrow field-of-views with its 6-element aspherical lens. The waterproof housing has also been updated with a flat-lens to give fantastic shots above and below the water.

Redesigned Audio System – Wind-noise has been reduced and the capture quality of subtle things such as voice and music has been improved.

Built-in Wi-Fi – With built-in Wi-Fi the GoPro HERO3: Black can be controlled using iOS smartphones and tablets unsing the GoPro App. The Black Edition also comes with a Wi-Fi Remote that is waterproof and wearable.

What's in the Box?:GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

  • HERO3 Camera
  • 60m (197 ft) Waterproof Housing
  • Wi-Fi Remote with Key Ring
  • Remote Charging Cables
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • QR Buckle
  • J-Hook Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • 1 Curved Adhesive Mount
  • 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Assorted Mounts and Hardare
  • USB Charging Cable

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Camera

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition Specs


  • Ultra sharp ƒ/2.8 6-element aspherical glass lens
  • Ultra wide angle / reduced distortion
  • 2X Better low-light performance*
  • Video format: H.264 codec, .mp4 file format
  • White Balance: auto and manual

Photo Modes

  • 12, 7, 5MP resolutions
  • Burst: 30 photos per second
  • Continuous Photo: 3 photos per second, 5 photos per second, 10 photos per second
  • Time-lapse: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals
  • Simultaneous Photo + Video:
    • 12MP + 1440p24 fps
    • 8MP + 1080p30 fps 8
    • 8MP + 720p60 fps


  • Mono, 48kHz, AAC compression w/ AGC
  • Supports optional 3.5mm stereo mic adapter **


  • Memory:
    • MicroSD class 10 or higher required
    • Up to 64GB capacity supported
  • Record times will vary with resolutions and frame rates

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and later
  • Mac OS X 10.5 and later

Included Cables

  • USB charging cable

Battery & Charging

  HERO3: Black HERO3: Black w/ LCD Touch BacPac HERO3: Black using Wi-Fi Remote HERO3: Black using GoPro App
RES/FPS Est. Time Est. Time Est. Time Est. Time

For Best Playback Experience on Mac and PC:

  • Minimum System Requirements:
    • An Intel Core i5 or Intel Core-2 Quad system with discrete NVidia or ATI cards
    • 4GB RAM
    • Updated/Latest version of default video player from Microsoft*** or Apple

*Compared to HD HERO2 and HERO3 White and Silver Edition Cameras
**Optional accessories sold separately.
***Windows Media Player may require the installation of 3rd Party codec packs.

Video (NTSC/PAL)

Video Resolution NTSC fps PAL fps STD Mode Protune Mode Field of View (FOV) Screen Resolution/Aspect Ratio
1080p 60, 48, 30, 24 fps 50, 48, 25, 24 fps yes yes Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow 1920x1080 16:9
720p 120, 60 fps 100, 50 fps yes yes Ultra Wide, Narrow* 1280x720 16:9
1440p 48, 30, 24 fps 48, 25, 24 fps yes yes Ultra Wide 1920x1440 4:3
4K 15 fps 12.5 fps no ONLY in Protune Ultra Wide 3840x2160 16:9
4K Cin 12 fps 12 fps no ONLY in Protune Ultra Wide 4096x2160 17:9
2.7K 30 fps 25 fps yes* yes Ultra Wide 2704x1524 16:9
2.7K Cin 24 fps 24 fps yes* yes Ultra Wide 2704x1440 17:9
960p 100, 48 fps 100, 48 fps yes yes Ultra Wide 1280x960 4:3
WVGA 240 fps 240 fps yes no Ultra Wide 848x480 16:9
      Note: *May require a firmware update on camera