Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition

I had been wanting to pick up a GoPro for a while now. Problem was, I wasn't necessarily good enough at anything that would be exciting to watch. Sure I could strap the camera to my forehead and slam down 18 hot wings, but no one really wants to watch that.


I finally decided to take the plunge and pick up the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition. I had one thing in mind: record as many activities possible in 2013. Make it the 'Year of the GoPro'. I have now recorded myself rally racing, snowboarding, longboarding, playing video games, driving around town, cycling, and drinking with a few buddies.

The first GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition that I purchased was faulty. The battery wouldn't hold longer than thirty minutes. It would also turn itself off if I were to plug the camera into the computer while the camera itself was still on. The WiFi also didn't work, constantly causing the damn thing to crash.

I tried as many fixes as possible until the GoPro flat out died, never to be turned on again.

I headed down to the local Best Buy and exchanged the fault product. It's been an absolute blast since then. The battery life lasts all day so long as I am careful with it. Such as only recording when I absolutely want to and turning it off when it won't be used (heading up the chairlift for example).

The videos and pictures it records are top notch, trumping some of the better cameras I typically use. When I am snowboarding or longboarding I typically attach the GoPro to my helmet via the sticky pad. If for some reason I don't feel like using the helmet I can put the camera on with the head strap, which goes around beanies and hats like its going out of style. So far I haven't had any issues with my GoPro coming off, and I have been less than kind to it when in use.

As for placing it on my car, I purchased the GoPro suction cup. It's a massive contraption roughly the size of my car itself, but when its placed correctly there is no way it's coming off. This seems to be the case with placing it on both the windows and the car body itself. I've reached 138 mph with the GoPro attached and it stayed tightly on.

Uploading your videos and images couldn't be any more simple. All you have to do is plug the camera into your computer and upload. Wham, bam, thank you cam (see what I did there?).

Both the Silver and Black Editions have WiFi capability, which is now compatible with the smartphone app. This allows you to control everything on your GoPro from your phone or the separately sold remote (included in Black Edition). It's a great feature that works very well, but having WiFi seems to drain the battery quickly. It's also fun to plug the camera in and be surprised with what you were able to capture.

The GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition comes with the camera, waterproof housing up to 60m (197 feet), assorted mounting hardware, and the ability to record in full-hd. It's an absolute beast and well worth the extra $100 over the White Edition. If you're a casual user looking to make some sick vids, the Silver Edition is perfect. If you are more of a professional recorder looking to make a serious impression, you might want to look into the Black Edition, which offers 4K recording.

I couldn't be happier with the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition. If you are looking for a camera to record those badass moments in your life then this is the one for you. If you have one, tell me what you think!

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