GoPro 3 Has Arrived !




Key Benefits

  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Immersive, wide angle capture of your favorite activities
  • Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app.
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197’/60M and captures sharp images above and below water
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac™ and second generation Battery BacPac™
  • Backwards compatible with older generation BacPacs™
  • New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more.

Key Specs

    • Professional 4K Cinema 15 fps / 2.7K cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture
    • 12MP photo capture with 30 fps burst
    • Wi-Fi Built-In
    • Wi-Fi Remote Compatible (included)
    • GoPro App Compatible (FREE)
    • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
    • Assorted mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear and more
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  • Video test of the current Hero Competition.

  • I think us CMOS haters are older than you, and when we transitioned from video tape to digital, CMOS sucked and I mean really sucked bad. Worse, much worse than video tape. CMOS was forever associated with cheap crap bad video for so long, I don't know if I'll ever feel good about using it. To old to change I guess. CCD on the other hand, was always the gold standard. Google "Astrophotography". All the Astronomy camera's are CCD to this day for their superior light sensitivity and lower noise level. CMOS isn't even on the map. Also CCD was doing ISO 10,000 5 years ago. Like Scott said; it's money thing. CMOS is cheaper, so it's being pushed by marketing people to make more profits. It's might only be a nickle cheaper, but when you're selling 5 million phones per model, then that's alot of nickels and they'll say what ever they got to say to justify it.
  • Crasher, we're kind of getting off topic since this post was about the GoPro. If you want we can continue the discussion after this we can do it in private messages?

    In my experience CCD cameras don't do good in low light situations. They get hot (because they use a lot of power relatively speaking) which means more noise and they have problems with blooming (vertical lines coming from bright areas like street lamps). A direct comparison now would be difficult because I'm not aware of any modern CCD cameras to even compare with. Here's a modern CMOS example with no discernible noise at ISO 10,000. If you're not into photography that's a pretty impressive feat. I've never seen a CCD come even close to anything like that.

    Obviously that's not a GoPro. It still illustrates the point though. I don't get all the CMOS haters out there. I'd take rolling shutter over all the crap that comes with a CCD in a heartbeat. So would a lot of other folks. In fact if you've seen a movie in the last five years it was probably shot on a CMOS sensor, that's just one cinema camera and there are a lot of CMOS cinema cameras out there. If I could have all the advantages of a CMOS sensor and a global shutter that would be awesome but given one or the other the decision is easy. I guess we can't have the cake and eat it too.

    Bill, back to the topic of the GoPro. If you're really adamant about a CCD camera like the HERO series then ask GoPro about it. They might tell you they've already looked into it or they might make one if enough people ask about it. You never know.

  • @Luke - While those facts can certainly be proven in a test environment, the bread and butter of an "Action Cam" is enduring high vibration in broad daylight, whether it's strapped to a bike, motorcycle, skateboard, dog or kayak. And at $400, the fact that you are going to get jello video out of it, regardless of it's technology, is inexcusable. We can tune it (vibration) out of our aircraft pretty easy. Not so easy for Motorcycles and Skateboards. Anyways, I think we agree (for different reasons) that $400 is waaay to much.
  • I worked on camera stuff in the late 90s and the main reason companies pushed into CMOS instead of CCD was actually cost more than anything else. CMOS can be manufactured using the same sorts of techniques as any other sort of IC, but CCD requires a very different set of tools and processes. Now that CMOS has been the focus for years, the quality is way up there, but when the switch first started happening, it was very much NOT about quality.

  • @Luke low light comparison?
  • Bill, there's a reason why all modern cameras use CMOS sensors. They outperform CCD sensors in virtually every regard (noise, power consumption, dynamic range, frame rate, resolution). When setup properly the only discernible rolling shutter artifact will be the props but anyone that seriously concerned about the quality of the video wouldn't have the props in the frame anyway. Long story short the rolling shutter doesn't really matter. My only complaint about the new camera from GoPro is the price, $400 without any kind of mount or harness is too much in my opinion.

  • My Sanyo HD700 has one. 

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    Bill, I think you will find that no consumer camera including $$$$ models have global shutter.

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