Excerpt: Since I got my GoPro Hero in 2010, Nick Woodman, the founder of GoPro became a billionaire and the camera has had a few mild updates to keep it in tune with modern film requirements (most noticeably, 4K recording in some models). Yet recently I got to play around with the GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition (US$299), I even recorded a video of my expeditions. The GoPro is designed to make you the hero of your own action movie.
Conclusion: If you're happily shooting Protune footage with your existing Hero3, you may want to sit tight as the 3+ adds little in the way of (visible) picture improvement—though SuperView mode plus exposure compensation are valuable additions. Full-auto shooters will easily notice the Hero3+'s improved in-camera processing, making it a modest but perhaps more compelling upgrade.
GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Review: The Best Action Cam You Can Buy
6 March 2014
Excerpt: GoPro’s go anywhere, do anything action camera is better than ever The GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition is the company’s most advanced action camera yet. Bursting at the seams with features that would impress even industry professionals, the Hero3+ Black Edition is perfect for both amateur and professional videographers.
GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition gets you GoPro design, solid HD video quality
28 February 2014
Summary: If you like GoPro's camera design and just want solid HD video, you might be able to save yourself $100 and get this instead of the $400 Black Edition.
Pros: The GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition combines excellent HD video with recording options up to 1080p at 60fps and the same design as the company's other cameras so you have access to a large selection of accessories and mounts.
Cons: The $100 savings from the Black Edition costs you many shooting options and some video quality, particularly in low light. Battery life can be brief depending on the features you're using. Plan to buy accessories, including a microSD card.
Conclusion: GoPro’s ‘industry standard’ status has been well earned, and the Hero3+ Black Edition is a cracking good camera. However, in 2014 a Dhs2,000+ camera with no screen and a three-button interface doesn’t quite stack up. We’d like to see a major redesign for GoPro’s next flagship, taking some cues from new rivals such as the Garmin VIRB Elite ( which you can win for free, right here ).
Summary: The plastic housing is also smaller and lighter than that of past versions, yet Paul Davies of The Telegraph describes it as "nigh on indestructible." The same applies to the mounts; TheWirecutter.com's Brent Rose says they're "notoriously tough," standing up to giant waves and even surviving car crashes. The Hero3+ is waterproof up to 131 feet deep.
Pros: Superior video quality, Lots of shooting options, Wide variety of mounts, Sturdy build
Cons: So-so battery life, May produce blurry distance shots
Conclusion: Other Versions and Accessories Our testers are hard at work seeing what the new Hero 4 Silver and Hero 4 Black can bring to the table. The Hero 4 Silver retails for $400 and offers 1080p60 and 720p120 video, as well as 12MP photos with up to 30 frames per second (with the time intervals ranging from your choice of 0.5 to 60 seconds).
Review: Using the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera with Apple's iPhone
12 February 2014
Excerpt: The world's most versatile camera and the world's most popular smartphone lineup join forces thanks to the official GoPro app for iOS. Built-in wireless connectivity, stunning picture quality and a stellar lineup of accessories make the GoPro Hero3+ camera an easy recommendation — one made only better by connecting it to an iPhone.
Summary: If you’re an outdoors kind of person, then the GoPro Hero 3+ is a must as a part your arsenal. It’s almost as essential as your Swiss army knife. Whether it’s surfing, sky diving, bungee jumping, biking and racing, the GoPro has got you covered. You can bring it to places and occasions you’d normally think your usual cameras would not survive.
Summary: Like the Hero3, the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition's strongest attributes are its excellent video quality and impressive list of shooting options. If that's what matters most to you, this is the action cam to get.
Pros: The GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition produces some of the best -- if not the best -- video we've seen from an action cam. Its abundant resolution and frame rate options will satisfy beginners and experienced shooters.
Cons: Navigating the on-camera settings menus still isn't the best experience. Battery life can be brief depending on the features you're using. Plan to buy accessories including a microSD card.