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    Go Pro Hero 3 Black, worth the price or a better alternative?

    Not sure if this is entirely the correct place to post this, but Im looking at investing in one of these new, small, compact and durable cameras.

    I like the look of the Go Pro Hero 3 Black edition, HERO3 Black Edition | Wi-Fi enabled | Most Advanced HD GoPro Ever which would be good for snowboarding, scuba diving and skydiving.

    But before I go pay $399+ for one of these, is there an alternative which is just as good, or better?

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    Get the surf edition for a 60m water resistant housing as well.

    Ben

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    yeah looks like although even the standard one says its waterproof it has a * next to it, and then the Surf one has a ** next to where it says its waterproof

    cant find what those * and ** mean
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    Just bought one. I hate that I'm so impulsive haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    can't find what those * and ** mean
    The difference between the HERO3: Black Edition and the HERO3: Black Edition - Surf is that the latter comes with the surfboard mount. The curved & flat adhesive mounts that are supplied with the standard Black Edition aren't included either.

    If you are not surfing, then the surf edition is completely pointless. Both are waterproof to 60 metres with the waterproof backdoor.



    Btw, don't forget to install the latest firmware when you get it.
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    If you are diving with it, get yourself one of these Backscatter Flip3 Underwater Color Correction Filter for GoPro Hero3 Housing to attach to the front.

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    wow the colour difference is great, Ill def add that to the accessories to buy. Im gonna get the wrist mount for skydiving, what would be the best one for underwater / snowboarding?

    I bought the surf edition anyway, at least I can attach it to my board and film me falling over.

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    Is the housing lens glass or plastic?

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    A head mount would be good for scuba they do a helmet mount which could be used for snowboarding or even cave diving if that's your bag

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    Any sort of head/helmet mount will be no good for scuba, I've tried it! You'll find the bubbles from the reg get in the way and ruin the footage, plus you'll have much more control over what you're shooting if you hold it

    I now use a Go Pole when diving (Grenade Grip - GoPro® Hand Grip by GoPole)

    I would imagine for snowboarding, the head/helmet mount is a better option

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    It wouldn't if you were diving a rebreather but otherwise yes good point.

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    I've brought one recently for use on my quadcopter (damn you @JAB1a !!! ) - I am completely blown away by the quality of it; I've got the Hero3 Black. Remote is handy, but I'm really impressed by the GoPro App which enables you to preview and control all functions on a mobile device.

    My only issue now is that my home computer is not man enough to deal with the 60fps video it can produce so having to stick to 30fps but still really impressed with it.

    The following (APM 2.5 Quadcopter First Flight with GoPro Hero3 Black - YouTube) is pure video from the GoPro directly uploaded to YouTube, no editing involved.

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    I guess Im gonna need to teach myself Adobe Premier to make some nice video edits as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    But before I go pay $399+ for one of these, is there an alternative which is just as good, or better?
    Argos have a Vivitar GoPro-like camera for £99 - a quick Google for reviews gets the usual variable results, but the general consensus seems to be that it's not bad for the price.

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    I recommend the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition, its an amazing bit of kit and has had a recent update which make the android app excellent to use.

    The ** on the different backs are something to do with wind speeds etc, if under 100mph wind then use the skeleton back and visa versa over 100mph winds I think.

    The quality of the raw video is amazing and I have not even tried ProTune yet (I don't want to get into the hassel of post colour correction).

    This camera gives me the confidence that it will capture what ever I put it though....including high speed crashes and over 24hrs in an underwater adventure
    @FragglePete you were already on the edge I am sure, I just gave you a little push I hope you are having fun. Keep up the progress vids

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