“Features video resolutions up to 4K, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light modes. Waterproof [up] to 40m.”
I recently purchased the Go Pro Hero3+ (Black Edition) HD camera to record our ride to Monaco, and to record our rides in the uk. I almost went for a cheaper alternative because the price for this tiny little camera is insane, maxing out at a massive £359.99!
I studied the reviews of this camera and it’s rivals, and the GoPro stood out like a light in the dark, and emerged victorious. So I bit the bullet and paid the money. Post day came sharpish and I was excited to play with my new toy, however, the box was small and inside there wasn’t much in the way of mounts, especially mounts for road bike helmets, so I had to shell out another £14.99 to get one. No drama. I charged it up and mounted it to my lid and went out on a test ride, the camera stood fast to my helmet and felt very, very secure, however halfway through the ride the battery died (at about 1hr 30 mins of continuous filming) and considering GoPro boast that this camera has “30% longer battery life” means the previous editions must have been shocking, this also meant I now have to shell out yet more money on replacement batteries, and, or the GoPro extra life battery pack.
All of this aside, the camera is capable of filming in 4K, and takes incredibly good HD stills, so considering the recording strength of this little beast, the battery life can be forgiven(ish).
Also, this camera has built in Wi-Fi which means the lack of rear display is no longer a problem because you can download an app for your smart phone and watch what you film on that, providing the battery doesn’t run flat in the mean time! It comes with a neat little Wi-Fi remote for filming or taking photos from a distance, which is pretty cool.
Go Pro have a cool editing programme which you can download to make editing your videos almost effortless!
The footage is really clear and detailed, and even the sound quality is great, considering it is mounted out in the wind, there is very little disturbance and you can even hear conversations between riders whilst rolling along!
All in all, this camera is incredible for its size, and in it’s housing and mounted correctly it is almost indestructible. It’s great for recording any manner of sport you intend on doing but the price and battery life are almost off putting, however if you can see past these discrepancies you will love this camera and have some wicked footage to show all your mates to prove how hard you really ride! Go ahead, treat yourself, buy a GoPro.