Research, study the info, and be careful. Features may not justify price.
2 weeks ago
Summary: I have used my GoPro Hero2 camera for a couple of years now with outstanding results. I wanted another one and decided to upgrade to the GoPro 3+ Black edition. I am impressed with the size and included WiFi, but that's about all. The sound pickup in the waterproof case is non existent beyond a few feet, and there is no jack for an external microphone. If you want one, you have to buy a $20 adapter for the mini USB port, right after you buy the $50 skeleton housing.
Summary: I used this new cam on a recent trip to the Caribbean. Pictures are great, but periodically I had to pull the battery because the unit had become unresponsive. I also felt like the battery life was not great. Having a second battery handy is advisable... it would have helped me on vacation tremendously. All other features are great.
Summary: I'm pretty happy with my purchase I've had the camera for 2 weeks now and I haven't had a problem with it. The only thing I'm a little disappointed in is the screen display. It doesn't have a back light so in the dark it is extremely difficult to see what mode you are recording in.
Great camera with two deal-breaking issues (for me)
Relentless "skepticalbeliever", Amazon
19 December 2013
Summary: GPH3+ Silver Edition (1.09 firmware): I'm writing this review in a rather disappointed mood. I bought this camera for both action shoots and time-lapse no-scope astro-photography. Some Observations: * The camera is tiny: much smaller and lighter than the pictures would let you believe. It comfortably sits on the palm of your hand. * Wi-Fi is a battery vampire. In my tests, it will cut published battery life in about half.
Summary: Great video recorder. Happy with product. I got this to take pictures of squirrels at my squirrel feeder. The video works great if you use it manually. Set it next to the feeder, set to movie, push the button and walk away. But, then you how a few hours of video tape of an empty feeder that has to be edited. I have tried several video editing software programs and they are all very complicated.
GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Helmet Cam - Adventure Package
29 October 2013
Summary: This is my second GoPro, so don't think this review means I hate it. P) Some things to know: There is no focus mechanism--it's a fixed-focus wide angle lens. There is no zoom function--it's a fixed focus wide angle lens. Neither close-up shots of things like flowers nor distance shots of scenery come out well. Because its a wide angle lens, everything not in the center of the view is distorted (fish bows effect). There is no view finder.
Summary: Be aware when purchasing that there are some aspects to the new "improved" lens that may not be for everyone. This week it has been fairly well documented (and confirmed by GoPro) that while the new lens produces much sharper images under 4', they are blurrier at distances greater than 4'. It does NOT focus at infinity. For reasons not fully explained, they moved the focal point of the lens in close and sacrificed distance clarity. Update at bottom.