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First Look: GoPro HD Hero 3 - Half the Size, More Than Twice the Power

It's a great time to be in the market for a new camera. First Contour drops the ROAM2, then GoPro unveils an all-new HD Hero 3 lineupFirst Look: GoPro HD Hero 3 - Half the Size, More Than Twice the Power.

First Look: GoPro HD Hero 3 - Half the Size, More Than Twice the Power

From what we can tell, the top of the line HD Hero 3 camera is leaps and bounds better than the HD Hero 2. All three new models are about half the size of the previous version, include an improved housing, and the specs are well... very impressive.

Model by model, this is how the specifications break down:

GoPro HD Hero 3 White Edition

The White Edition looks to be an upgraded HD Hero 1 Camera that includes WiFi, a new flat underwater dive lens and the new, thinner profile. Available 10/21/12.

  • $199 MSRP
  • Up to 1080p/30fps, 960p/30fps, 720p/60fps
  • Up to 5MP photos
  • Up to 3 shots per second in photo burst mode
  • WiFi built in
  • Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

GoPro HD Hero 3 Silver Edition

The Silver Edition is basically an updated HD Hero 2 camera with WiFi built in, the thinner size and and improved housing. Available 10/21/12.

  • $299 MSRP
  • Up to 1080p/30fps, 960p/48fps, 720p/60fps
  • Up to 11MP photos
  • Up to 10 shots per second in photo burst mode
  • WiFi built in
  • Protune and White Balance
  • Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition

This is where things get really interesting. The Black Edition uses brand new technology and boasts some incredible settings, including 60 frames per second at 1080p and 120fps at 720p. Available mid to late November.

  • $399 MSRP
  • Up to 4K/15fps, 2.7K/30fps, 1440p/48fps, 1080p/60fps, 960p/100fps, 720p/120fps
  • Up to 12MP photos
  • New photo burst modes with up to 30 shots per second
  • WiFi built in
  • Remote Control Included ($79.95 otherwise)
  • Protune, White Balance, Continuous Photo, and Picture in Video capabilities
  • Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

While most of your current GoPro accessories will still work with the new cams, note that the cameras now use Micro SD cards due to size restrictions.

Watching the promo video, below, we've got to admit that the footage from this thing looks good. Really good.

You can order a new HD Hero3 model at GoPro.com

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