Tested: GoPro 3 Black Edition

The not-so-minor details


GoPro 3 Black Edition


Lusty Industries




Perfect picture quality, simple operation.


Premium quality comes at a price.


In the hotly contested and highly competitive field of wearable camcorders, there has long been a standout performer for very good reason; the GoPro. We’ve put the latest GoPro 3 Black Edition to the test, and were more than impressed.

Smaller, lighter, clearer better, better and even better.
Smaller, lighter, clearer, better, better and even better. The flat screen helps boost picture quality when sunlight hits the lens early or late in the day.

What GoPro have succeeded in doing is similar in a way to what separates a great set of night riding lights from the myriad of other options out there; you could be the brightest in light output, but that’s only part of the equation. With cameras, like lights, it is their usability, mounts, and method of integrating them into mountain bikes and our bodies that is paramount. GoPro have nailed it, especially due to the array of mounting options, with the chest harness being our favourite for capturing the feel of the ride.

Slimmer, but still boxy.
Slimmer, but still boxy.

Picture quality aside, the big improvements noticeable to us from our well used GoPro 2 is the size and weight of the unit, and simpler menu navigation. It’s still a boxy squarey thing though and will never look too natural sticking on top of your helmet, but it’s now quite slim and light. The menu is much easier to read and decipher, even cycling through functions with gloves on is easy and doesn’t require too much studying of the instruction manual to figure out what does what.

Our original GoPro 2 on the left, with the slimmer and lighter bodied GoPro 3 on the right.
Our original GoPro 2 on the left, with the slimmer and lighter bodied GoPro 3 on the right.

Battery life is still one thing we find frustrating though, punching the sky in frustration when the battery fades faster than you wished. A spare battery is a worthy option.

GoPro without the robust and waterproof housing.

If you have a creative urge, you can do so much with just one GoPro and a little imagination. Being such a handy size, and protected in a robust and waterproof casing, placing it anywhere and capturing all the action is a snack. Even still photos are worth leaving your camera at home, for cool wide angled images to accompany the crisp footage.

Making use of the footage is the next step, but with simple video editing software very simple to drive these days it’s no wonder there is so much footage of every section of trail in the world nowadays.

You simply cannot go past the GoPro, especially now with more options and price points.


The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.

The HERO3: Black Edition is compatible with all GoPro mounting accessories and older generation BacPacs™ along with the newer generation LCD Touch BacPac and 2nd generation Battery BacPac. However, as all HERO3 cameras have a new size and shape and are not compatible with HERO2 housings.

What’s Included

  • HERO3: Black Edition Camera
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
  • Wi-Fi Remote + Key Ring
  • Remote Charging Cable
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • QR Buckle
  • J-Hook Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • 1 Curved Adhesive Mount
  • 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Assorted Mounts and Hardware
  • USB Charging Cable

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