GoPro remains the camera to beat in action scenarios, which is why updates remain essential. The newly-announced GoPro Hero 3 delivers on that front, offering improved resolution in a camera that is 30 per cent smaller than its predecessor.
The 20mm thick Hero 3 featyres a platter of improved specs: 20 per cent lighter, able to shoot 4K resolutions at 15 frames per second, and offering frankly ludicrous 8.5MP resolution if you want to shoot stills at 15 frames per second. The new model, which has Wi-Fi built in rather than being an optional extra, ships from next Monday (October 22).
The Hero 3 black edition (that is, the new model) is $US399.99, while the lower-res silver edition costs $US299.99 and the basic white edition (offering a more basic 5MP resolution) is $US199.99. The Wi-Fi remote for the basic editions is $US79.99, which feels like yet another example of decoy pricing.
No local pricing yet, but we'll update as soon as we hear. I'll be doing something dangerous and embarrassing with the GroPro Hero 3 in an aquarium off San Francisco tomorrow, so stay tuned for the humiliation.
Disclosure: Angus Kidman travelled to San Francisco as a guest of GoPro.