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GoPro Comparison Guide

Do you still use a GoPro2?

It's time to upgrade.

Or is it?

The "World’s Most Versatile Camera" introduced an upgrade last month with the release of the HERO3+, an upgrade to the HERO3 from 2012, which was an upgrade to the HERO2 from 2011, which was an upgrade to the HERO from 2010.

Technology will always be one step ahead of your buying decisions - just ask Apple iPhone owners - but unless you’re the type who invests in the latest and greatest, as-soon-as-it-comes-out gadget, you may be reluctant to invest in every single upgrade whether it’s a phone, computer or GoPro camera.

GoPro changed the way we view power and action sports forever with their high-definition personal cameras that capture stunning images that previously were either impossible or required expensive professional equipment. The GoPro2's impact to the sports world was unmatched as it provided an easy to use, rugged, and durable camera with 1080p video resolution, an 11 MP image sensor and improved low-light capability with recording speeds up to 120 frames per second.

The HERO3 arrived offering three versions in November 2012 and improved specs like a 12MP sensor capable of capturing 4k digital video at 15 fps and wifi built in, among other features. Last month the HERO3+ Black Edition grabbed headlines with even more improved specs (12 MP at up to 30fps) to the existing multiple video modes of 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120, increased resolution, increased field of view, dramatically low light performance and a lighter and smaller casing then last year's model.

To put in bluntly, the HERO3+ is in a league of its own and even the company’s past products are no match for the latest technology engineered into the HERO3+. The difference two years makes? The HERO2 isn't even available to purchase anymore. Comparing the HERO3+ to the HERO2 is like comparing the iPhone 2 to iPhone 5 - it's that big of a jump.

However, functionally speaking, iPhone 2 still works and offers advanced technology many users are happy with it. Therefore, if you own a HERO2 you may be settled with what it offers and if you are an occasional rider and find entertainment value in setting up your camera to capture moments on the track or trail to share with friends it may not be worth spending the money to upgrade.

Comparing the GoPro HERO3 Black vs. HERO3 Silver vs. HERO2

Check out this video comparing the HERO3 Black, HERO3 Silver and HERO2:


Comparing the GoPro HERO3 to the HERO3+ Black

This video compares the HERO3 to the HERO3+ Black:


In the case of GoPro - smaller is actually better! If your GoPro HERO2 is must-have gear on track day then it is time to upgrade to the HERO3 or HERO3+. Once you experience it's versatility, image sharpness, professional video and photo capability, and should we add, the extra battery life, you'll wonder why you didn't make the switch earlier. Think of it this way - you're replacing a Polaroid with a Canon EOS.

Except - you're getting a GoPro!

The current GoPro offerings include the HERO3 (White edition) and HERO3+ (Black and Silver editions). Compare all their specs below to help you decide on whether to upgrade from a HERO2 and if you decide on an upgrade - which GoPro camera best fits your budget and lifestyle. Then check out our GoPro cameras and accessories.


MSRP

HERO3+

Black Edition

$399.99

HERO3+

Silver Edition

$299.99

HERO3

White Edition

$199.99
Image Quality
     
Optics + Lens
Ultra-sharp ƒ/2.8 - 6 element aspherical glass lens, Ultra wide angle with reduced distortion
Ultra-sharp ƒ/2.8 - 6 element aspherical glass lens, Ultra wide angle with reduced distortion
Ultra-sharp ƒ/2.8 - 6 element lens, Ultra wide angle with reduced distortion
Low Light Performance
Professional Grade
Prosumer Grade
Consumer Grade
Photo Features
     
Megapixels
12MP
10MP
5MP
Modes
  • Photo
  • Burst Photo
  • Continuous Photo
  • Time Lapse
  • Simultaneous Video and Photo
  • Photo
  • Burst Photo
  • Time Lapse
  • Photo
  • Burst Photo
  • Time Lapse
Video Features + FOV
     
4K (16:9)
  • 15, 12.5 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • Protune Mode
N/A N/A
4K (17:9)
  • 12 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • Protune Mode
N/A N/A
2.7K (16:9)
  • 30, 25 fps
  • Ultra Wide, Medium FOV
  • Protune Mode
N/A N/A
2.7K (17:9)
  • 24 fps
  • Ultra Wide, Medium FOV
  • Protune Mode
N/A N/A
1440p (4:3)
  • 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • Protune Mode
N/A N/A
1080p (16:9)
  • 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
  • Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow FOV
  • Protune Mode
  • 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
  • Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow FOV
  • 30, 25 fps
  • Medium FOV
1080p SuperView (16:9)
  • 48, 30, 25, 24 fos
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • Protune Mode
N/A N/A
960p (4:3)
  • 100, 60, 50, 48 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • Protune Mode (not avail. with 48 fps)
  • 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • 30, 25 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
720p (16:9)
  • 120, 100, 60, 50 fps
  • Ultra Wide, Medium (only with 60 and 50 fps), Narrow FOV
  • Protune Mode
  • 120, 100, 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
720p SuperView (16:9)
  • 100, 60, 50, 48 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • Protune Mode (not avail. with 48 fps)
N/A N/A
WVGA (16:9)
  • 240 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • 120, 100, 60, 50 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
  • 60, 50 fps
  • Ultra Wide FOV
Photo Specs
     
Megapixels + FOV 12MP (Wide), 7MP (Wide + Medium), 5MP (Medium) 10MP (Wide), 7MP (Wide), 5MP (Medium) 5MP (Wide)
Time Lapse Intervals 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds
Burst Photo (Frames/sec) 30/1, 30/2, 30/3, 10/1, 10/2, 5/1, 3/1 3/1, 5/1, 10/1 3/1
Continuous Photo (Frames/sec) 3/1, 5/1, 10/1 N/A N/A
Advanced Features
     
Wi-Fi Built-in Yes Yes Yes
SuperView Yes No No
Auto Low Light Yes No No
Protune Mode Yes No No
Simultaneous Photo + Video Photo every 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds; Manual No No
White Balance Auto, 3000K, 5500K, 6500K Cam Raw (with Protune) No No
Looping Video Yes Yes Yes
High Video Bitrate Capture (H.264)
Mode dependent, highest bitrates supported in Protune
Up to 45/Mbs Up to 25/Mbs Up to 15/Mbs
Audio Specs
     
Mono Mic, AAC compression w/ AGC Yes Yes Yes
Usability
     
LED Indicators
  • Red: Front, rear, top, bottom
  • Blue (Wi-Fi): Front
  • Red: Front, rear, top, bottom
  • Blue (Wi-Fi): Front
  • Red: Front, rear, top, bottom
  • Blue (Wi-Fi): Front
Inputs Micro-HDMI port, mini USB, microSD, HERO Port, composite A/V (via adapter, optional accessory), 3.5mm stereo mic (via adapter, optional accessory) Micro-HDMI port, mini USB, microSD, HERO Port, composite A/V (via adapter, optional accessory), 3.5mm stereo mic (via adapter, optional accessory) Micro-HDMI port, mini USB, microSD, HERO Port, composite A/V (via adapter, optional accessory), 3.5mm stereo mic (via adapter, optional accessory)
Battery 1180mAH rechargeable lithium-ion 1180mAH rechargeable lithium-ion 1050mAh rechargeable lithium-ion
Storage (Memory) microSD Class 10 required; Up to 64GB capacity supported microSD Class 10 required; Up to 64GB capacity supported microSD Class 4 or higher recommended; Up to 64GB capacity supported (Class 10 required for Time Lapse photos @ 0.5 sec intervals)
Average Record Time Recording times will very based on resolution and frame rate settings Recording times will very based on resolution and frame rate settings Recording times will very based on resolution and frame rate settings
Operating System MacOS®X 10.5 and later, Microsoft Windows® Vista, 7 and later MacOS®X 10.5 and later, Microsoft Windows® Vista, 7 and later MacOS®X 10.5 and later, Microsoft Windows® Vista, 7 and later
What's Included
     
 
  • HERO3+ Black Edition Camera
  • 131'/40m Waterproof Housing
  • Higher Capacity Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • Vertical Quick Release Buckle
  • 1 Curved + 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • USB Charging Cable
HERO3+ Black Edition/Surf contains 1 Surfboard Mount and Tether, 1 Curved + Flat Adhesive Mount not included
  • HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera
  • 131'/40m Waterproof Housing
  • Higher Capacity Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • Vertical Quick Release Buckle
  • 1 Curved + 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • USB Charging Cable
  • HERO3: White Edition Camera
  • 131'/40m Waterproof Housing
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • 1 Curved + 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • USB Charging Cable

Written By: AndrewT

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