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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.

13 Responses to “Gadget review: The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition”

October 02, 2014at5:27 am, Tom Sinn said:

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

October 01, 2014at11:30 pm, Robert Gleason said:

Got the go pro and really like it.

June 03, 2014at10:10 pm, Jim Diepenbruck said:

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

June 03, 2014at11:59 am, Kenneth Judd said:

Some friends use them on motorcycles to record rides too!

June 03, 2014at8:00 am, Patrick Pulliam said:

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!

September 19, 2013at8:37 am, Carmen said:

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

September 18, 2013at9:19 pm, Mike Wendland said:

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.

September 18, 2013at9:17 pm, Shelly said:

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?

September 18, 2013at7:33 pm, Bill Sprague said:

Hey Mike,

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



September 18, 2013at12:56 pm, Carmen said:

What tools do you take with you?

September 18, 2013at10:29 am, Maureen said:

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

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