Every time that GoPro launches a new generation of cameras, we’re left confronting the age-old adage, how do you improve on perfection?
Well, how about reducing housing size and weight by 20%, reducing distortion by 33%, speeding up Wi-Fi, a SuperView mode, and increasing battery life by 25%? We thought that would get your attention.
For the HERO3+ Black Edition – Adventure, GoPro reduced in size and weight of the camera by 20% in comparison to the old HERO3, and the camera weight was reduced by 25%. In fact, the HERO3+ tips the scales around 2.08 ounces. The camera body has retained the black backing treatment and the progressive user interface at the front.
Additionally, the lighter housing boasts an impressive waterproofing, 131ft/40m. As with the HERO3, the HERO3+ continues the use of what GoPro calls a six-element aspherical lens.
What does this mean? Simply put, the lens has been designed to operate evenly across more light conditions than ever before. For the camera nerds: it’s an f/2.8-6.0 lens.
So, you’ll experience sharper image quality whether it’s blisteringly bright or the sun has nearly disappeared. The lens also allows Ultra-wide, Medium, and Narrow field of view modes, and you can operate the White Balance in either auto or manual modes (3000k, 5500k, 6500k, Cam Raw).
Now, you’re able to expect crystal clear resolution from sunrise to sunset. Possibly more important for your mounted shots, the lens has made huge gains in decreasing distortion. In fact, GoPro asserts that the new iteration of the HERO3 improves reduces distortion by 33%. And as an added perk, image sharpness has been enhanced by 33%, as well. And speaking of resolution, the HERO3+ Black Edition boasts ultra-high resolution video modes of 4Kp15, 2.7Kp30, 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 fps.
Basically, if you love slow-motion shots, the HERO3+ is a godsend. And did we mention that all of these rates can be run from Ultra-Wide mode? Awesome.