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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014

Editors' Choice 2014: GoPro Hero3+ black edition

Shoot with the most versatile POV camera on the market.

by: Backpacker Editors

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition (Andrew Bydlon)
GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition (Andrew Bydlon)
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Every rube with a camera fancies himself the next Warren Miller. Too bad enthusiasm alone doesn’t make for watchable video. Well, a little zeal goes a long way with this new camera. “Shooting with the GoPro is so easy,” says our staff photographer, “if you don’t come home with killer footage, it’s because you didn’t do anything cool.”

The Hero3+ is small and tough enough to bring on any trip, but with the features and image quality that serious—even pro—moviemakers need. This latest version is 20 percent smaller than earlier models, but has a better battery life (up to two hours of run time, a 30 percent increase over previous versions), which has long been GoPro’s Achilles heel. New bells and whistles include a wide-angle video mode that captures larger, more immersive images and an auto-adjust light mode that improves low-light performance.

With resolution options from 848x480 to 4K, you’ll bring home razor-sharp action, and it shoots up to 240 frames per second (depending on resolution), so you can wind that action down for dreamy slo-mo. But the sweetest part of all is GoPro’s unrivaled set of mounting options. Cool for backpackers: the VuVantage, an articulated, carbon-fiber arm (see page 112) we strapped to our packs for sweet over-the-shoulder shots in Jordan. See the footage yourself, online or on your iPad (below). $399; 5.3 oz. (with housing and bracket); gopro.com

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Adam
Jun 17, 2014

I've seen a lot of people out on the trail having problems with the gopro. I don't see why so many companies get behind them... there's lots of field reports and people's claims that they have issues with the batteries... dying, not being recognized by the camera, etc... plus while the camera is weather proof, it isn't flawless in function. Not that easy to control settings or do anything great with it on the fly. I suggest the newer sony. Much better, something like this... they have a few models in different price points that work well: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1022318&gclid=COWcv7Kcgb8CFYqXOgod934AdA&is=REG&Q=&A=details

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