Gadget review: The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

 Gadget review: The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

The new GoPro Hero Black Edition is the top of the line GoPro camera, with higher resolution and all sorts of great new options. It comes with built in WiFi.

With the app for the iPhone or Android, you can control the camera and review the images you are capturing right on your smartphone. Brilliant.

I also picked up a $79 option, a video viewfinder that snaps on the back of the camera.

GoProWhat makes the GoPro Hero 3 so fun are the many different mounts  and cases available. I have a helmet mount for my bicycle. I also have a suction cup mount that I attach to my RV to take cool driving shots.

And, thanks to the gift of a reader from Canada who I met in the Brimley State Park in Michigan last summer,  I have a homemade  mount on a telescoping mono pad that lets me get up high shots or to use for walking stand ups.

The camera comes with a waterproof case that lets you get all sorts of cool underwater shots as well.

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Homemade mount on a tripod, given to me by a reader from Canada

The video and still quality of the GoPro is stunning. You can slow it down, speed it up and edit very professional videos, either with your own editing software or the free GoPro Studio editing program that is a free download.

I have a lot of cameras and have used a previous version of the GoPro. But this new new Black Ediition with Wi-Fi GoPro Hero 3 is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and twice as powerful as earlier models.Cost of all this: $329. I plan to use this a lot for my video, which you'll be able to see, right here. I'm Mike Wendland, Roadtreking across North America.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Cool!!!!! Thanks for the info Mike…I intend to check out this one.

  • What tools do you take with you?

  • Hey Mike,

    That’s one cool little camera and the price is not bad either! Will it take stills as well as video?



  • What a delightful review for us, Mike. Love hearing about roadtreking but also love reading about cool technology that enhances the experience. We love following you and Jennifer and wonder where you are headed next?

  • Funny you should ask, Shelly. We are packing the Roadtrek as I type… leaving in a few hours for a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for some fall color roadtreking photos.

  • Mike what is in a stocked tool box? Do you also take a digital camera with you?

  • You absolute need to buy the LCD Back Pac for $72 at BestBuy, this makes taking videos and pictures so much more easier, especially when you can see what you are taking pictures of!

  • Some friends use them on motorcycles to record rides too!

  • Love it..

  • OK, I’ll come clean…the sunset picture I submitted for Mike’s Roadtreking Across America project came from my GoPro.

  • Got the go pro and really like it.

  • We are using the sj4 00 copy for $83. Works great.

  • Sj4000

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