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    GoPro HERO 3 announced

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    1080p@60 would be nice for slo-mo shots, lighter, and built in WiFi... but damn it feels like they just released the HD Hero2 and accessories for it.
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    Looks like it's time for me to buy a Hero 2.

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    Truth to that tgraham.

    The new Go Pro 3 Black looks pretty sweet though. I am stoked to see some previews of the 1080x60 p and 4x mode. I really like how sleek the camera is too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgraham1 View Post
    Looks like it's time for me to buy a Hero 2.


    I have a feeling they will release the HERO3 in time for the Las Vegas SEMA show in Nov. Hopefully, price drops on the HERO2 soon to follow. I currently have the orignal and still dont see any reason to upgrade for my limited use. I have to admit though, the smaller size sure sounds attractive.

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    There might be some sales in the US for the HD Hero 2 come Black Friday at some places that carry it or good online deals on the Monday after that. I've always wanted a GoPro and now It's about time to get one

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    Super sweet.
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    The fiance just bought me the Hero2 or I'd be all over the black edition. She's going to be bummed the price will drop come Christmas. Some of those test videos look amazing!

    4K is cool and all but at 12fps there's really nothing you could with it let alone have something you could view it on. I REALLY like that it looks like they incorporated the flat dive lens into the new waterproof case. Now if they would only polarize the damn lens!

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    To me, the only thing that's really special is 1080p in 60fps and 720p in 120fps. Since I mostly shoot in 720p at 60fps (smoother playback, better slow motion when necessary), 120 fps would look absolutely amazing.

    I agree with what cave12man said about 4k video. Neat from a "proof of concept" point of view, but pretty impractical for documenting mountain biking or any other fast-paced sport.

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    The Hero 3 Black looks pretty sweet and I am probably going to get (at least) one.

    That said, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little annoyed that GoPro is releasing a new camera 8 days after finally making the HDHero2 w/ WiFi BacPac fully functional. The iPhone App for the BacPac has been "Coming Soon" for months now. They released the App on October 8th and announced new cameras on the October 16th. I'm not really surprised just a little annoyed.

    Looks like it is time to box up my new HD2 w/ accessories and take it back to REI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PantslessWithWolves View Post
    To me, the only thing that's really special is 1080p in 60fps and 720p in 120fps. Since I mostly shoot in 720p at 60fps (smoother playback, better slow motion when necessary), 120 fps would look absolutely amazing.

    I agree with what cave12man said about 4k video. Neat from a "proof of concept" point of view, but pretty impractical for documenting mountain biking or any other fast-paced sport.
    +1 I only shoot in 720p and 120fps would be freaking sweet.
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    The 2.7k 30fps mode on the black sounds pretty sweet. Much nicer than 1080 res with a more useable frame rate than 4k mode. Between that and the 120fps 720 it would be a great combination of being able to shoot great very high res video and still do nice HD slowmo in such a tiny package.

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    I think the reason really for that 4k mode is to capture high res photos of fast moving events. 4K = 3840 x 2160 (8.3 megapixels) which pretty much means you are a 8 megapixel camera at 15FPS.

    Sure the photo mode can so 10 and "burst" at 30, but you have to turn it on for that and hit the trigger.

    Seems that in this 4K mode, I could strap the camera on, hit record, go do something awesome, and end up with some photos at 15FPS and cherry pick my photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    I think the reason really for that 4k mode is to capture high res photos of fast moving events. 4K = 3840 x 2160 (8.3 megapixels) which pretty much means you are a 8 megapixel camera at 15FPS.

    Sure the photo mode can so 10 and "burst" at 30, but you have to turn it on for that and hit the trigger.

    Seems that in this 4K mode, I could strap the camera on, hit record, go do something awesome, and end up with some photos at 15FPS and cherry pick my photo.

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    So I wonder if their announced 'ProTune 35mbps' firmware upgrade will still be coming out for GP2 owners. They only announced it in April this year saying summer release and still no sign of it.

    4K feature on GP3, cute but I can't help but ask the obvious question, what's the datarate of the camera at various resolutions/fps options?

    The website lists ProTune but doesn't specify what it is exactly and it seems to work only with the 4K resolutions so it might only be a flat recording mode for better colour correction down the road. Still no sign of the higher data rate

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    Protune is already out for the HD Hero2. It came out with the same firmware updates that you'll need to get the Wifi Bacpac to play nice with the new app. Update your camera firmware via Cineform Studio and it'll show up- you can access Protune under the Settings menu on your camera, and you'll know you're using it when a T appears next to whatever you're recording in (1080T, 720T, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PantslessWithWolves View Post
    Protune is already out for the HD Hero2. It came out with the same firmware updates that you'll need to get the Wifi Bacpac to play nice with the new app. Update your camera firmware via Cineform Studio and it'll show up- you can access Protune under the Settings menu on your camera, and you'll know you're using it when a T appears next to whatever you're recording in (1080T, 720T, etc.)
    When it came out I was under the impression from what I'd read it was only for the WiFi update. Have you looked at the datarate of files shot in these settings?

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    Not specifically, but I can tell you that the recording capacity on my 16gb card went from roughly 2:30 down to 60 minutes when using 720p in Protune. I feel like the quality is MUCH better, so I'm willing to make the trade.

    There were three updates- one for the camera, one for the wifi pac, and one for the remote. The camera update is the one that carries Protune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PantslessWithWolves View Post
    Not specifically, but I can tell you that the recording capacity on my 16gb card went from roughly 2:30 down to 60 minutes when using 720p in Protune. I feel like the quality is MUCH better, so I'm willing to make the trade.

    There were three updates- one for the camera, one for the wifi pac, and one for the remote. The camera update is the one that carries Protune.
    ah well that makes sense. I'll have to give it a go tonight to test it out. With that image quality a Blu Ray output would look just as good as the files. Now I have to decide if I sell the GP2 and get the newer GP3!!

    Thanks for the information, greatly appreciated!

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    cant wait to have the hero 3!!!!!!! gotta sell the hero 1 and hero 2 now.

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    It looks like the HERO3 Black carries a steep price tag...$399! Ouch! There are two lower models but I don't know how much better they would be over the HERO2 (White $199 and Silver $299).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireLikeIYA View Post
    It looks like the HERO3 Black carries a steep price tag...$399! Ouch! There are two lower models but I don't know how much better they would be over the HERO2 (White $199 and Silver $299).
    The silver is a smaller & ligher Hero2 with Wifi Bacpac.
    The white is a smaller & ligher Hero2 with Wifi Bacpac but reduced photo capabilities/quality.
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    I'm eager to learn more about the vertical FOV for the different modes. This is one crucial aspect to us mountain bikers. The Hero2 has to be used almost exclusively at 960p when head-mounted if you want to see both your handle bar and the horizon. It's really tricky to setup properly. Now the wifi + iPhone app should at least help with the setup, but I'll happily welcome every half-degree of additional vertical FOV they can give me.

    All the other features look awesome, even the animated gifs at 4K resolution are going to look gorgeous!

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    is the GoPro app going to be released for Android? Or is it iOS proprietary?

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    I got a GoPro HD Hero 2 with a bunch of extras for sale guys ! Hit me up or look me up on PB .

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    i think that alot of people are gonna have go pro 2's for sale in the near future......me included.

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    I'm taking my GP2 to BB today and pre-order the new GP3. I got it when it was on sale for $249 and I see now they have it for $199.

    It's good that I bought it in the last 60 days and have not even used it yet. Premier Silver members have extended return policy....niceeee.
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    New question here. Europe

    Hi,

    When will it be in shops this side of the world, anybody knows?

    Thanks

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    I'd sell my Hero HD before I would sell the Hero 2. I actually love the Hero 2....but I do say the black Hero 3 looks awefully delicious.
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    I am not sure if they will sell many silver editions... Black comes with way better hardware, plus their $80 remote.. Anyway i ordered a black a few minutes after they started taking orders, now it just need to show up already..

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    Been thinking about getting a gopro lately. I think I may get the Black Edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VICpt View Post
    Hi,

    When will it be in shops this side of the world, anybody knows?

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    can't speak to Europe, but available tomorrow (oct 21st) in North America

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    I do not have a gopro but I've been in the market. I'm leaning towards the white edition for as many times as I would use it

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow74 View Post
    is the GoPro app going to be released for Android? Or is it iOS proprietary?
    Yes the GoPro App also works on Androids.

    More information at GoPro's web site.
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    The price for the Black is good considering all the improvements and accessories now included (sharper lens, more speed, more resolution, better sound, high speed photos, less wind noise, smaller size, less weight, WiFi Remote, GoPro App, waterproof housing, many mounts,...). Glad I waited.

    Their example video on the link above is superb. (A real production!)
    I'd pay way more for any option including the whales and free dive girls...

    According to the above, it's shipping November 14, in time for my Xmas.
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    The 4K mode is basically a time-lapse setting. Extremely stoked on that feature. We are also stoked that GoPro used our LineCam System to shoot some of the promo video, used in the release of the HERO3. Awesome camera!
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    The specs on the Black edition look amazing. I'm probably going to have to buy one of these.

    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    I think the reason really for that 4k mode is to capture high res photos of fast moving events. 4K = 3840 x 2160 (8.3 megapixels) which pretty much means you are a 8 megapixel camera at 15FPS.

    Sure the photo mode can so 10 and "burst" at 30, but you have to turn it on for that and hit the trigger.

    Seems that in this 4K mode, I could strap the camera on, hit record, go do something awesome, and end up with some photos at 15FPS and cherry pick my photo.

    -Tom
    Not sure that's the case. It has a new Picture in Video mode that will take 12mp photos at a preset interval while simultaneously capturing video at your chosen resolution. Plus, pulling out a single frame from a video isn't the same as taking an actual still photo. Video frames (in moving action) are going to be blurry. You don't really notice the blur in a 30 fps video playback. Sometimes blur in a still is desirable, sometimes not. If this new mode will do video, plus sharp motion freezing still capture, that will be freakin' awesome.


    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil View Post
    The silver is a smaller & ligher Hero2 with Wifi Bacpac.
    The white is a smaller & ligher Hero2 with Wifi Bacpac but reduced photo capabilities/quality.
    None of the new cameras come with a WiFi Bacpac. They all have the WiFi functionality built in. So no added bulk!


    EDIT: Let me apologize for providing what I thought was useful, pertinent information about the new GoPro. I was obviously out of line here, and the negative rep has put me in my place. So thank you, anonymous person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NastyNick View Post
    The 4K mode is basically a time-lapse setting. Extremely stoked on that feature.!
    I guess so. I can't think of why else it's included. 15fps video playback won't be smooth unless you speed it up double time.

    Hey I know! That mode is for guys who like to speed up their riding footage to make themselves look faster and then they watch their fraudulent footage on a huge screen in all its cinematic 4k glory! They thought of everything.

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    We shot a quick Hero3 v Hero2 comparison video. We'll be creating more comparison videos, including ones with mountain biking action. In the mean time, check this out: GoPro HERO3: Black Edition vs HERO2 (Underwater Comparison) - YouTube


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    rhoward- WOW + REP for you my friend . Thats honestly a huge difference between the two, or at least i can tell . Great job on the editing as well !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhoward View Post
    We shot a quick Hero3 v Hero2 comparison video. We'll be creating more comparison videos, including ones with mountain biking action. In the mean time, check this out: GoPro HERO3: Black Edition vs HERO2 (Underwater Comparison) - YouTube
    Awesome. Night and day difference under water. Thanks for this. Looking forward to your next vids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhoward View Post
    We shot a quick Hero3 v Hero2 comparison video. We'll be creating more comparison videos, including ones with mountain biking action. In the mean time, check this out: GoPro HERO3: Black Edition vs HERO2 (Underwater Comparison) - YouTube

    Thanks for the side to side comparison, very cool to see the differences. Have you done any comparisons using the Protune settings on both? I just shot some mtb riding with the firmware upgrade on the HD2 and am pretty imdpressed so far with the image quality, significantly less compression artifacts.

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    Not sure if this is the best comparison as your not running the underwater case for the hero 2. It would be interesting to see how that clears up the image. It does however compare stock to stock cameras (but someone shooting underwater would have the specific underwater case). Also, have any input on battery life?

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    looks like I will have to wait a little bit longer....received an email from BB customer service this morning stating that my pre-order on GP Hero3 has been cancelled. No specific reason was given, but I'm guessing it was due to back-order.

    I will wait or maybe submit an order directly with GoPro.
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    I like the black, but 400 bucks it a bit steep. I'll wait a few months and see if the price drops any.

    What kind of battery life can be expected out of the black edition? It seems like all that fancy hardware and new capabilities would eat up battery life.

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    Price won't drop unless they take the remote out I would think.. You get the $80 remote + a better camera for 100 more than the silver... Ad I would still like to now about the battery life myself..

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    Hey,
    great news. Iam looking forward to get a used GoPro now.

    The 720p resolution is enough for my needs. Seems like a few of you have Hero 1 and 2 cameras at home. Do you reckon the 2 is much better? (50fps vs 60fps- as far as i see).
    I would only use it at daylight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by distro View Post
    Price won't drop unless they take the remote out I would think.. You get the $80 remote + a better camera for 100 more than the silver... Ad I would still like to now about the battery life myself..
    They were giving people a $100 discount at the SEMA show. I think you can find a good deal if you look around. It looks like Target has the base model in stock for $199 and it comes with a $25 Target giftcard. If Target can give a deal on a new model than I am sure you will see more to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek~29er View Post
    looks like I will have to wait a little bit longer....received an email from BB customer service this morning stating that my pre-order on GP Hero3 has been cancelled. No specific reason was given, but I'm guessing it was due to back-order.

    I will wait or maybe submit an order directly with GoPro.
    As an FYI, Black Edition preorders purchased directly from GoPro are shipping. I got a shipping notice yesterday and UPS shows an 11/14 delivery date.

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    Pre Order GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition - $340+shipping after %15 off @ Bikebling.com

    I saw this over on slickdeals.net and thought you guys might be interested.

    Pre Order GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition - $340+shipping after %15 off @ Bikebling.com - Slickdeals.net
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