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GoPro Hero3 annouced
28 Nov 2012 03:11
No, this is the Hero3 Black. I ordered it soon after it was announced (oops, there goes my Pond5 payout..) If I had waited I would have saved shipping, apparently....
I finally got a response from GoPro regarding my questions...they told me to charge the remote (duh) and issued a pat reply regarding the fact that ProTune is flat and unsharpened....yeah, dude, I know....geez. The resolution is great for what it is, but it's still got that "GoPro" look what with the distortion and such, and no, there does not seem to be any tally light on the remote (even though there IS a red LED that tells me it's on, but not that tells me it's recording...dumb omission, that!)
I think the quality is such that I will be fine for sticking the camera in places I would have to spend thousands to protect a better camera, and in some cases, the portability and ease of use are such that it gets the shot when others can't. But it's a long way from "Pro" as they would have you believe, and I wish they weren't so into bluster and BS.
@jason: I did use the SPot exposure mode....that works great if shooting out/through a window, but again, if the detected light changes, you have an exposure shift, which isn't pretty. They should have a way to lock the exposure.....ESPECIALLY gain/ISO.
28 Nov 2012 04:05
That is exactly the issue I have them. It is a great camera for fun, but I would not use it for stock unless it is something very unique and hazardous to a better camera.
28 Nov 2012 23:25
How about using it for what it really was designed for? Tie it to a snow board, or a set of skies, or a helmet, or anything else that moves really fast? Slow moving stuff such as your and in some cases your body may not cut it for sports shots. There is major trickery to using these little box shaped things, but if I were to tell you all those secrets I would have to kill you. ;)
29 Nov 2012 05:09
Use them like they are expendable ;). A couple weeks ago I blew one up having it too close to an exploding target inside a pumpkin and shooting it with a high powered rifle. I use it where a good camera will be damaged or destroyed, or when I need a small camera mounted like Vader said. Using it for normal stock is not a good product in most cases.
29 Nov 2012 19:25
Costco is selling the Hero 2 outdoor edition w/wifi backpac for 199.99.
29 Nov 2012 19:36
I saw that last week. Really a good deal with the wifi.
30 Nov 2012 02:41
Andy, you DID try to kill me - you have proof on video. Too bad you didn't finish me off.
Bu yeah, disposable, easy to carry as extra/spare, easy to mount, and occasionally capable of brilliant footage.
Too bad they still fall short of "pro" as in giving us a few things, most important being the ability to lock the exposure and a lens that doesn't make close up faces look like insane clowns! (Although that can be a good thing, I suppose, at times....)
Found a mic case recently that, repurposed, makes the coolest hardcase for all my GoPro gear - each component in its own foam slit, etc. Also, this case provided me with a great place to put a few of the 298 GoPro stickers they included, to make sure that thieves know exactly what they are getting without having to lose time opening the case to make sure it's not really an AKG microphone....
30 Nov 2012 02:48
I found a great place to put the hundreds of GoPro stickers I've received too ... trash can. Just can't bring myself to advertise for them for no return. AND if the sticker is visible many stock agencies won't accept the photo/footage due to copyright logo. Trash can is the best place for them ;)
Oh I just received the two replacement HD2 and dive housing that leaked and destroyed both cameras. GoPro was easy to work with and replaced them with little problem. After all the new dive housing is not supposed to leak in a swimming pool let alone scuba diving.
30 Nov 2012 02:53
Funny, but true...for me it's not so much advertising than a label, and covering blemishes (I found the mic case in the dump on the conveyor, along with a Mackie 24 channel mixer and Behringer V-verb (both work).....
Regarding the leak...being that I plan to stick this thing in the water (a lot), do you know what caused it? I already take their admonishments to inspect/clean the silicone seal prior to use, but I'd like to know how delicate they really are.
Because, for something "disposable" I'd still like to get my money out before drowning $400!
Changed 30 Nov 2012 02:53 by Mizamook "typo"
30 Nov 2012 03:05
The actual front dive housing leaked and not the normal case seal. They claim it is very unusual. It was brand new, bought it a few days before heading to Mexico on a scuba diving trip. Good thing I took three GoPros. I ended up using my oldest original HD and regular water proof housing. Quality was not as good as I was hoping for.
30 Nov 2012 03:28
Yikes. Is this "dive housing" essentially the same as the new flat Hero3 housing?
I've always been confused by that.
Also, regarding underwater, what thinkest thou of red filters? Have any experience with that? Are there colors/wavelengths/levels of clarity that would not be otherwise attainable? Is it depth-dependent?
I do understand the difference between using a physical filter on the lens and using "filter effects" in post, by the way, so that's now what I am asking.
30 Nov 2012 04:38
Ya the dive housing for the HD2 is the same as the new flat HD3 housing. I would test it overnight in the tub or a lake without the camera in it.
I've not tried a filter for diving, or post, it may indeed help with clarity. I'll give it a try.
1 Dec 2012 04:38
More bitching, and a good thing too:
So I'm making a little home movie for family, and using the GoPro is the easiest/most convenient (and fun) thing to use...
If in quiet environments, for instance, if showing persons walking down a packed snowy road in rural Alaska, the only sound being crunching footsteps and maybe a raven, the NOISE from the camera is simply hideous.
I'm not saying I expect HiFi, but jeez, my tiny stereo voice recorder sounds better...so now another complication...take the Zoom H4N so I can capture sounds - which is starting to eat into the convenient/fun aspect already....
I promised a good thing though.....I did a mask (black lines top and bottom) to simulate aspect ratio/cinematic look of anamorphic, and guess what? It actually looks pretty cool. It covers up some of the distortion in such a way as to make it not be distracting, and the overall "look" is pretty neat.
So that's fun. Can't do that for stock obviously, but I wonder if there is a way to render as anamorphic?
1 Dec 2012 07:57
Just for kicks:
Walking with GoPro in low mode
1 Dec 2012 17:06
I see the problem now that you are having Mizamook. The pace is all wrong when using the GoPro. Look in the GoPro manual for "Walking Pace Requirements for Alaska". I think you will find that you are supposed to hop, skip, jump, then walk like a duck, then repeat. This will result in perfect sound. :)
1 Dec 2012 19:26
He filmed at 30 fps and was walking 30 ppm (pace per minute). The harmonic of 30 causes the distortion and jello. Next time try walking at 29 ppm and I bet everything will look much better.
1 Dec 2012 21:10
Must have been 2nd order harmonics since I was shooting at 60fps....
2 Dec 2012 02:00
You were actually hitting the 3rd harmonic.. you must have had something in your pocket causing it to occur. Next time go without pants.
2 Dec 2012 02:11
dang Scott we already saw you like that ... once in a lifetime is more than enough ;)
Just remember to walk in increments of 29.59, 59.59 ppm etc and everything should work well.
2 Dec 2012 02:42
Love the sound of the harmonica.
Don't know what that and walking has to do with each other.
2 Dec 2012 03:09
First glance at some frothy sea waves into late afternoon sun shots just pissed me off pretty good. Everything looked really nice until the exposure changed (which it does in steps apparently). I would have preferred to do it with a real camera, but I don't have an enclosure for any of them that would allow me to stick them into salt water and sand...
I don't see why they can't give us that ability...but I'm about mad enough to make some noise publicly maybe direct actin on their page or something?- this is pretty gawdawful.
2 Dec 2012 03:48
Keep sending suggestions to GoPro, both Jake and I have. Maybe someday they will listen and give up manual exposure control.
2 Dec 2012 03:51
I'm hoping that they do it as an update, not "Wait a year and buy our next "Really Pro" camera"....
2 Dec 2012 09:21
Hero3 AutoExposure Nastiness
Embed help please?
2 Dec 2012 19:04
So let me get this straight. You want to have all the features of a far more expensive camera on an inexpensive camera for the same price? Think about it.
2 Dec 2012 21:07
I did. The bottom line is that I want usable footage.
Did I mention price?
2 Dec 2012 21:28
There are lots of point and shoot cameras with manual exposure at a price point of $399. Just one simple selection to lock exposure. Most of us who have been using the GoPro for years have thought about it. Nothing fancy, point at subject to get exposure then a lock selection that keeps it there until reset again. Don't need or want any dials, switches, or ability to custom set f/stop or time, just a simple "lock exposure" at current settings. Doesn't sound like anyone really wants 5D control capability as found on more expensive cameras. At $399 it's not cheap anymore.
2 Dec 2012 21:45
Indeed...as I mentioned, I would forgive all other faults in acknowledgement that the camera is a feat of engineering, a marvel of technology, and a veritable wonder - but this lack of user control takes the "pro" out.
A professional's time is valuable, no? So why would I waste my time shooting for an hour when I then have to import, watch, and edit for more than that hour, and come away with less than a couple usable 15 second clips when the system as Don described it would have easily boosted the footage gotten to at least 20? (There are other faults of course, but even GoPro is not responsible for camera shake, bad framing (you know how hard it is to frame when you can't monitor) and that bit of seaweed that stuck to the lens....)
3 Dec 2012 04:17
Maybe check out the Sony HDR-GW77V. It's a little pocket camcorder waterproof to 16 ft. It was mentioned by a couple of people as a possible alternative to the GoPro on the DVInfo boards. It's $700- at B&H. I personally understand you're frustration with the Go Pro but think you're asking too much of a camera this cheap. My approach to it has usually been to shoot two hours expecting in return maybe a minute of usable (with a bit of work in post) footage. The pretty pictures usually don't come free. You know... Saw a great shot of salmon in a local river taken a few weeks ago. What went into it? A 5D, an underwater housing, a dry suit, several hours in the water....
3 Dec 2012 07:01
I am so done buying camera stuff....chasing tech is not conducive to creativity (for me), so I get extra frustrated when stuff don't work good.
I should be out in the shop making a long boom pole stabilizer for a specific shot for this thing....even if it's only good for this one shot, if I can get it without that stupid flicker, it will be golden.
It's cold in that shop....12 degrees and falling....mebbe fire up the heater...
I sure hope they fix this one issue....I did say please. It's a software fix. Probably take a brain a day to code it, a camera op to test it, and a bit of spreading the word.
Then, they would be beloved on a whole new level since none of the other POV cams I researched have this feature. How could they lose?
6 Dec 2012 08:50
Just playing the Devil's advocate:
What is this
on the helmet?
The picture was grabbed from
7 Dec 2012 17:18
Looks like an Oregon Scientific camera.
7 Dec 2012 19:37
Thanks. It has G sensor and GPS. Otherwise don't see advantage.
16 Dec 2012 03:56
For those of you who care, I just discovered that the long-awaited GoPro App, which allows for control and preview via smartphone or tablet, is great...finally works with the new update for the Black.
Except for 2 little things, one of which I could live with (grudgingly), that being the delay. The latency is like 3 seconds. Frame rate very very low.
But what really sucks is that when you press the red button on your smartphone, guess what? "Preview not supported".
16 Dec 2012 05:10
I found the same. I believe the old Hero 2 has the preview while recording. At least on the HD3 it does show the preview up until hitting the shutter button. So much easier to change settings on a smart phone instead of the little menu button.
16 Dec 2012 05:15
Very true, dat.
Is it possible that the preview during record is due to phone processor limitations? Why would it differ from Hero2/WiFi BacPac and Hero3?
Is there a way to play back the files to the smartphone?
Got my headstrap today. Looks more like a jockstrap but whatever. Can't use the Battery BacPac with it without extensions, which is not good....battery life while shooting with the internal battery fully charged at 11 degrees is about 5 minutes, apparently. This is with the skeleton back door, though, might be longer if the camera was kept warm and using the solid backdoor to keep heat in.
16 Dec 2012 05:23
Can you set shutter speed and aperture via the app?
16 Dec 2012 05:26
Not that I can see.....
17 Dec 2012 23:48
I bought one of these hero 3 black edition the other day, and I must say it is outperforming my hero 1 by light years! I had the original gopro and wasn't very impressed. This gopro I feel outperforms my hv30 I at one time owned. Even in indoor settings with not tons of light.
The camera has its place, it isn't going to replace any of my real equipment, but it is a great toy to own and get some shots out of.
18 Dec 2012 00:09
I just got back from driving a 10,000 ft mountain road in the snow. I mounted the HD3 on the fender and hood. Started and stopped it with my Android Phone. Even though can't monitor real time during the recording was great for start and stop.
18 Dec 2012 00:10
I've been having trouble syncing to my iphone... gotta try it out again.
18 Dec 2012 00:12
Also, I am making and selling these if anyone is interested:
Lens and LCD Caps
Lens only cap
Changed 18 Dec 2012 00:12 by dapoopta ""
Changed 18 Dec 2012 00:12 by dapoopta ""
18 Dec 2012 02:17
Great idea, I seem to always leave mine laying around the desk or car seat always worrying about scratches. Yup interested indeed.
Have you thought about licensing it through GoPro?
Changed 18 Dec 2012 02:21 by RekindlePhoto ""
18 Dec 2012 02:51
They have a cap for sale on their site.. I was looking on ebay and they don't have many cheap alternatives.
2 Jan 2013 20:03
Fly your gopro with a quad copter for $675
Looks pretty interesting.
2 Jan 2013 20:51
Yes it does. Not that I've been really researching these things, but from what I've seen, especially for that price, that machine is remarkably stable. I like the homing feature.
The shots from about 12' off the ground with passers-by gawking minded me of Cyclopean giant or UFO POV shots. Very cool.
Wish I had some money.
2 Jan 2013 20:53
Yes, for the homing feature to be included I've priced some others at $1200 and up.
3 Jan 2013 01:05
No company address?
3 Jan 2013 01:49
Looks like a re-sale business with no real home base.
3 Jan 2013 04:44
That is impressive. I destroyed a quad copter just a couple of days ago. It was remarkably easy. I'm not crying because it was cheap. But it's good to remember that if one tiny thing is out of adjustment when you launch you may be kissing your $650- goodbye. Still, the technology is coming together. Very cool.
4 Jan 2013 16:19
Don't forget to go to my web site for links to GoPro and Adobe ;)
GoPro LINK for Review and Buy
5 Jan 2013 05:13
Word from GoPro High Command:
Must disable ProTune to have live preview via WiFi.
And disable most all other functions of your phone/pad, at least those involving WiFi and processor use(which makes sense)
Would have been nice to know about these little gotchas before they shipped, eh? I like honest companies that TELL you what the drawbacks are. In this case you have Special Thing #1 and Special Thing #2, but guess what? You have to pick which.
5 Jan 2013 08:34
True. I called them several times to request precise specs. When I got the camera I have found that the specs were different. No one to blame because there is nothing in writing.
26 Jan 2013 17:58
Finding another little problem as I am setting up the mounting points for the rear-facing Hero3 on my bus. For some reason, despite the fact that I tested the functionality of the App when it came in -yes I did! It is now changing the resolution to 960-48p and attempts to switch to 1080 30p are useless.
Power cycled both phone and camera, batteries are good, etc.
Getting on phone with them now.....funny I can't use this app with ProTune, or in higher resolutions?
I am SO not going to buy GoPro again....I will find another company to work with.
Kinda miffed. Hate to be a complainer (although I'm pretty good at it), I just want things to work as advertised.
26 Jan 2013 19:20
Talking to GoPro much more fun than emailing. They are aware of requests for:
Tally light on WiFi remote
Exposure lock (see note below)
He had never heard of the issue I was having. Although my phone and camera are both updated, he recommends reinstalling updates on both to make sure the software isn't corrupted.
Otherwise, I use the App for framing setup, then use the WiFi remote for control while driving (hence the need for the tally light!)
Apparently, the Hero3 Black DOES have one function in which exposure lock is in place, and it's a good thing. Skydivers would start their timelapses inside the plane, then jump, and the exposure would be botched. It is a little publicized, but not secret, feature, which I'm not really sure they knew about when they went into production, but in timelapse mode, the exposure is fixed, based on the first shot. Which is good, right? No flicker in timelapse. I'll try that soon.
Also, for installations like mine, on a vehicle, apparently the USB to Battery BacPac is throughput, while operating. The internal battery will die, he says, but the camera will continue to function for continuous operation.
This will be great, as long as it's not raining or for creek crossings, as the BacPac skeleton back door must be used.
I have a secret though: Get your sorry ass down to the hardware store, electrical section. Find a substance called Pug: Duct Seal. It is a non-hardening, watertight, pliable putty. I use it to seal cable ingress/egress points on my installs. Can be removed and reapplied. It doesn't withstand pressure, but stays in place resisting water, slush, dust, etc. Slight residue can be cleaned by rubbing with a finger. Just don't get it into your electrical ports.
28 Jan 2013 18:24
For your info: I just reinstalled the Hero3 Black update. Didn't fix the resolution change (random) when using the GoPro App, BUT the LED on the WiFi remote now blinks when in REC - an effective Tally light!
30 Jan 2013 09:09
I pulled out my gopro's 2 week ago for a trip to the jungle
I have about 6 batteries for it, and the extended battery, for 2 of these cameras.
none of them would recharge, no matter what method I used. last year the did not charge fully, now they are mostly non-functional, and they have sat unused for the past 9 months or so.
there are many competitors, I have found 5 or 6 at stores like walmart or online.
31 Jan 2013 04:54
any news on the exposure lock for Hero3?
8 Feb 2013 07:19
Very buggy product. Changes its settings randomly. Bad battery life. Sometimes does not function at all, often locking up when pulling the plug when charging. Cannot depend on it to function. Lovely image - when it works. Kick the company in the butt and make them get it right before releasing. Hard to like a product that functions fine for testing then actually fails in high pressure situations like fast-paced vehicle rally shots when the camera is not accessible for long periods (say over 20 minutes of lost footage in between shots gotten). WiFi functions buggy. Can't turn off camera and charge WiFi Remote. GoPro app totally useless...causes crashes, requiring removal of main battery. Normal battery life very bad, especially compared to older GoPros. Add Battery BacPac, and you still have less than half of the old. Needs exposure lock and/or smooth - slow ramping to make adjustments to exposure more natural instead of in steps, often overexposing blacks when you don't want all that noise.
But hey, did I mention it takes lovely pics in full sun?
When it works, that is.
8 Feb 2013 18:58
I've found some quirks with over-exposure on the GoPro2. Other than that, it is a fine unit for snorkel, shallow scuba, and aerial work. Got some good results.
8 Feb 2013 22:41
I have a half dozen GoPro HD , HD 2 and HD 3. I use them as if they are expendable or disposable when a good camera would or could be damaged. In the last year I have destroyed three of them. Two in diving and one destroyed putting it too close to an exploding rifle target. Any use of the GoPro for anything other than first person action or damaging possibilities is really asking too much from it. They do use deceptive advertising when each new camera is advertised as "twice as powerful". Not sure what that can mean in relation to a camera. GoPro is a good camera but is not broadcast or truly quality compared to a full capability video camera.
8 Feb 2013 22:49
$400 is too much for a camera that does not work when you need it to. If it worked, as in when I wanted it to, this would be a different story, quality/flaws, etc notwithstanding.
It even failed me when I started it recording, confirmed, then walked to the front, got in, drove away, thinking I was getting great shots. Later, I stopped, got out, walked to the back, and discovered that the camera had shut itself off.
8 Feb 2013 22:52
I agree, they have not fixed numerous flaws and bugs. It's done the same for me, not recorded when I had set it on. If within one year call them and they will send another one. Not sure if it will work any better. It is frustrating ... especially battery life.
10 Feb 2013 02:09
Why does Gopro commercial look so good? Never rolling shutter.
10 Feb 2013 03:56
Perhaps thousands of hours of outtakes? I keep running into rolling shutter from the slightest vibration....very depressing. I'm thinking of giving up and just saying to hell with it, and putting it up there for sale anyway, as I see several clips available with certain flaws that have sold....but it makes me feel all dirty inside....
Got intel from GoPro yesterday - I'll forward the response here - I tried it all, have even gamely done again what they said even though I was doing it right all along, and within moments experienced another lockup, random setting change, so I don't think it's me....I think the product sucks. Which, after spending around $600 for it and accessories, is pretty depressing.
They don't care....plenty of people who don't know or can't tell to foot the bills....
10 Feb 2013 04:05
Not sure what is happening to the forums here, but I already posted this - it reports the post, but there is no post! Weird.
Anyway.....they probably shot thousands of hours of outtakes. What the commercial is the result of is a lot of careful selection.
I'm seeing heinous rolling shutter/jello while it's on a relatively smooth car on asphalt! Certainly does not take much.
Many can't see it....or care to. These are the many that are already helping GoPro make their money while selling a half-ass product. I am looking for other solutions. Even if they are not as fancy....maybe they are also half as much dough, and probably work twice as well.
Can you tell I think GoPro stinks? They could have been so cool. They chose to take the low road, working for profit before quality. Big oops in my book.
14 Feb 2013 04:18
They could have used advanced mounting systems like this, too:
RC GoPro mount
for eliminating vibration.
7 Mar 2013 10:17
I fell for the thing after watching some of the YouTube videos. Not sure what they were using to shoot those videos, but it certainly is not the same box that I got! (GoPro3 Black). If I breathe while shooting or move in the slightest bit, the video becomes unusable. There is no way that they were using this to get some of the vibrating action shots in their ads. I will take it on my next shoot, in case I want a really wide shot of something, but it will have to be on a tripod on a calm day!
My take .... Its a crapcam... I want my $600 back!
7 Mar 2013 17:57
Interesting -- what settings are you using? Mine isn't THAT bad...I mean, besides a few already-stated difficulties. Had it on my head, car good, VW roof rack, underwater, etc. Got a few cool shots (and yes, a lot of crap - CrapCam(TM) -funny (but not))
After I complained of frequent crashes and charging FUBAR situation, like if the WiFi is on and you plug in to charge the battery BacPac, it crashes the camera) and stupid stuff like if the camera is charged, but idle, and you want to charge the WiFi remote, and it reaches full charge, it turns itself on, and therefore the camera, thus draining the battery in both, which, when you go to use it after a time, really makes you mad....anyway, they tried to tell me maybe I had a defective unit. HAH!
A little internet research reveals that MANY have consistent inconsistencies with their CrapCams, so WHY would I think that sending mine back to be repaired would do anything but waste more money - spent on shipping?
8 Mar 2013 08:57
I have tried most of the settings, and get the same results. As I look at more footage I think that I see what some are doing to avoid the shakes and stutters. I think that it is a combo of shooting at 2.7, pushing into the center of the shot, adding some stabilization in post. I am going to do more testing with it. I even bought a second battery for it today. I am off to Africa for six weeks, so will report back on what I find out. It may be that in well lit situations, on a tripod, or some other stable setting, that I might get enough nice wide shots to make it worth my investment.
On the lockup problem. I have stopped trying to use any wifi, I have done a manual upload of the latest firmware, and only offload the footage using a card reader. I have not had any more freeze ups since...
8 Mar 2013 09:15
Agreed. WiFi is buggy. I need it, like when driving, mostly due to the lousy battery life even with BacPac.
Note: Do NOT leave the charged BacPac connected to the charged camera....they drain each other overnight.
Also, regarding the WiFi - something that screwed me up time and time again today (sometimes it does this, other times not): Camera goes into record, then stops. Sometimes at 10 sec, others at about 30, sometimes at 59 or so. Other times? Well, it goes into record by itself too.
It's funny like that, but I was not laughing....and yes, my firmware is up to date.
Good luck in Africa!
8 Mar 2013 09:16
Also: As Jason recommends: Using Spot mode does seem to help a lot with the flicker/exposure stepping. Helps, but does not cure.
8 Mar 2013 10:12
My GoPro is stuck in customs, already 4 weeks. They want permit from the Ministry of Communications for the Wi-Fi and permit from the Institute of Standards for the power adapters (both car and wall). The bureaucratic does not make it easy for me.
10 Mar 2013 07:21
Just returned from a three week shoot in Kruger National Park, South Africa. We bought the GoPro Black specifically for this shoot and these are our observations:
Day One - Camera mounted onto a vehicle that we drove down a white sandy riverbed at 2pm with an outside temperature of 37degrees Celsius. The camera stopped rolling about 7-mins in and we could not get it to work for another hour. It was extremely hot and just would not switch on. An hour later we mounted it to the chesty and put it on a vet who was working on some sedated wild animals in the shade of the riverbed. By this time it was just after 3pm and the temp was still 37degrees. The camera would switch on but not record. Terribly disappointing as we were excited about getting this unique footage of vets hands-on with wild animals.
Day Two - Despite working the night before when we transferred footage, the camera would not switch on, no matter how many times I removed the charged battery pack and the separately charged extended battery pack.
Sometime in the next week we returned the camera back in Johannesburg, but the South African sellers were not happy about exchanging the camera.
Day Three - The new camera worked in cooler temperatures of 32degrees Celsius but would switch off at anywhere from 8-12min intervals. Sometimes it would not roll for longer than two minutes. And many times it would just not switch on until we removed the internal battery. We did not use the extended battery pack on this day. We had tested the camera extensively in Joburg (cooler temps of 22degrees Celsius) and it had worked fine.
Day Four and Five - Better behaved camera! It rolled for 12-minute increments and then would carry on rolling making new video files that look seamless (need to check in the edit suite). We used the extended battery pack on these two days and didn't have to take out the internal battery at all.
Not sure why the camera behaved as expected on the last shoot days, but it is a real pain to get working properly. A camera like this should be switched on and left to roll… we shouldn't have to baby it. We are thinking of taking it back and getting the Sony which is a real shame.
10 Mar 2013 09:27
God damn it! I am really disappointed. More and more people are finding flaws in this little "marvel" ranging from the things you just brought up to too much jelly movement and disgusting rolling shutter. I will think twice before i buy a small POV camera.
Sonys solution sounds nice.
10 Mar 2013 21:24
WOW, I've never had problems of not turning on or stopping. As with all cheaper or even many high cost cmos sensor, jello is bad especially when attached to a vibration such as a vehicle. When I've talked to GoPro they do a lot of processing and selection. They also capture at the highest frame rate then slow it down to help slow the movement. I've turned mine on in sub-freezing weather when snowmobiling and let it run for well over an hour with no problems. I treat mine pretty hard, cold water, dropping, shooting etc and so far ok.
14 Mar 2013 05:15
Just sold another GoPro HD 3 Black clip from a few weeks ago.
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Snowmobile climbing steep hill Point Of View HD 3001
20 Mar 2013 06:15
Believe it or not, I've got something nice to say. Despite the damn thing turning off randomly when it mattered, and other aforementioned issues, I'm actually enjoying going through some of my footage from my recent trip.
The camera was mounted on a custom mag-mount (CB antenna magnet epoxied to the flat plate mount the camera shipped on) and was located on the front hood for most of the shots, which was a little low, and only until the end did I start tilting it up far enough, and also on the roof just over the windshield, and finally, on the trunk facing rearwards.
I was shooting at 2.7k, 30fps, Spot mode, ProTune on, WB set to Camera RAW.
Then I got this lovely idea that I'd try a timelapse while driving...sunset driving t/l, straight desert roads, into the setting sun, dig? Well, it's kinda cool, and I thought that the exposure lock present in the timelapse function would do me good, but I had to drive too fast for it to really work. The 0.5 second interval yields shots that result in a "way too fast" effect...I shoulda just kept shooting in video mode.
Anyway, except for the washed-out shots into the sun, and the botched POrtland city timelapse driving that will be cool on a psychedelic level (check the Just Uploaded thread) I'm finding more usable footage than I expected.
Even the bumpier roads...I thought I'd lose more to the bumps, but maybe it's driving a Chevy Cruze instead of a 1960 VW bus....a little smoother, eh?
24 Mar 2013 00:10
24 Mar 2013 02:34
26 Mar 2013 06:20
I have been reading all your comments about the Hero Black. I was also very impressed with the quality of the adds. Watched the footage of the guys flying in the Alps. But from what I read now I will think twice. It could be useful when I do time lapse on construction sites, but will drive me mad when things go wrong. There is obviously a market for this type of camera in the professional field we are in, all my cameras are Sony's, so I think they should come up with the right cameras that works everytime and forever. I am watching this space. PS. I am new to this site, but find the comments usefull and constructive, thanks guys.
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22 Jun 2013 21:14
Here's a good note about the Hero 3 Black: Had good results with it on my trip, many Alaska driving shots turned out really stable and smooth, including this clip, which looks visually awesome full-screen! (Recorded 2.7K/ Wide/ 30fps/ ProTune/ WB Camera RAW)
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Aerial Turnagain Arm and Alaska Mountains with Airliner Wing 1
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22 Jun 2013 21:29
22 Jun 2013 21:40
incredible great work.
23 Jun 2013 00:13
Thanks, glad you guys agree. I think part of the reason it came out so good is (besides the light was awesome) the fact that there were no vertical lines to distort. This clip benefitted slightly from Warp Stabilizer (I had cam braced on window, but it still slipped) and one window dot cloned out.
I have found the 2.7K/30fps to work best in most situations. I don't know why. Least distortion, least jello. Even less than 720p which has lots of both. Doesn't make sense.
I'll render out a driving clip later today.
Question: Should I render and upload in 2.7K as well as HD?
25 Jun 2013 09:27
OK, granted I'm not getting much done around here, but I did manage to get a few clips out. Here's a Hero3 POV clip from Haines Highway. Got quite a few of these - but they require a bit of concentration, which I don't have right now since we are packing!
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Driving POV - Dezadeash Lake Haines Highway Yukon Mountains 1
25 Jun 2013 16:18
Thanks for the info Mizamook, I have yet to try 2.7k but now I cant wait to see if I like it more.
I have had 1 Go pro3 sale thus far, to bad it was an overcast day or this would look better.
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Side of sled view on snowmobile
However I'm not that impressed with the camera, I have had a hard time getting it to turn on and charge, sometimes instead of charging when plugged in it drains the battery completely!
The remote control is cool, but kinda weak.
I have just found that I end up deleting 90% of the clips I film on it :(
26 Jun 2013 19:49
Where do you snowmobile at?
Here's my latest GoPro HD3 clip;
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Doctor removing stitches after arm surgery HD 008
26 Jun 2013 21:23
Holy mother of God. I didn't want to see that.....
26 Jun 2013 22:49
Hey Jake, I don't need to set up a fake doctor office ... I just hurt myself ;) The surgeon wouldn't let the camera into the operation but allowed the small GoPro afterwards. No fake silicon or makeup here LOL.
26 Jun 2013 23:01
27 Jun 2013 03:03
What the heck is wrong with your arm? It looks like a chicken wing. why is it all white? you should get more sun!
That snowmobile clip was on the way up to Hoyts peak just out side of Oakley Ut. Thats usually where I go, or out by strawberry Res.
27 Jun 2013 04:44
Haven't rode sleds to Oakley but have in Strawberry area. I usually go to Skyline or Nebo, pretty close to me. I tore my bicep tendon off my arm. The surgeon had to drill hole through bone, attack a bolt, stretch it out and pull it into the hole in the bone. I have another scar like that on the back of my arm. I did the same a year ago and it ruptured again a few weeks ago. Been on pain killers for a couple weeks, finally coming back to earth ;)
27 Jun 2013 21:01
Dude that sounds painful, I usually pass out when I see blood, sorry I made a joke out it.
27 Jun 2013 23:49
I laugh too, it makes for some good video opportunities ;)
We'll have to do some sled riding this winter if there is enough snow.
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