Pros Sound quality has been very good.
Image quality is simply amazing.
Very impressed when it was cloudy, in low light and even at night.
Cons Software issues and bugs.
Summary Maybe I'm one of the "lucky" ones, but I have had great success with this camera. I got it for Christmas and after an admittedly bad day and a half of trying to upgrade the software (which was the fault of the hosting site not GoPro itself). Once I did that, this camera has been amazing! So far I have used it to shoot multiple snowmobiling videos, with many other projects planned.
Because of snowdrifts and such, I have been using the waterproof standard back door, but even with that the sound quality has been very good. The image quality is simply amazing! I have used it in the sun, when it was cloudy, in low light and even at night. I was very impressed with all of the films I shot, and they all turned out very professional looking right out of the camera. I downloaded GoPro's CineForm editing software, and even though I have never done any sort of editing in my life I was able to make my films even better with just a little bit of adjusting.
I understand that many people have had issues, but don't think that all cameras are like that. If you are very concerned I would maybe recommend waiting a few weeks to see if things start to level out.
Now I would like to address one of the biggest complaints I have seen: Lack of a bigger screen.
I have heard so many people bash the tiny screen that doesn't provide any preview or anything like that. That was a conscious choice by GoPro designers. They were looking to make the camera as small and as portable as possible. A screen would have not only added size, but also weight. Considering that many people mount these on helmets and such, that weight would have a massive effect. I have found that it is barely noticeable and certainly doesn't change how i hold my head or add any strain. A bigger camera would be more cumbersome and difficult to work with.
Also, for those users who have a smartphone, GoPro has released an app that includes a preview mode. Even though you need a smartphone to use it, the app is much more useful than a bigger screen anyway. I don't care if they put a screen the size of a small table on the camera. If I have it mounted on the side of my helmet that's not going to do me much good anyway.
Obviously, the software issues and bugs that people had are inexcusable. With that said, however, I have heard much more positivity about the camera following the latest firmware update. I have personally found this camera to be wonderful, and I would recommend it to anyone!
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Pros Sleek design, light weight cool look, seemed to be easy to set up and use (at first!)
Cons Battery life SUCKS! Had to download updates before initial use, got stuck in modes would not clear had to reboot. Had to buy a extended life battery which added wind noise with the new back and also negated the "sleek design" Pro that I listed above!
Summary So have had the GoPro 1 and 2 loved them both mostly, waited for the 3 saved money and got gift cards for Christmas to specifically buy this.
The WiFi and GoPro app were kinda cool but I can not tell when I would ever use them. Originally pairing the remote was a pain but I finally got it. My 1st day out using it, I had it fully charged and set up on 1 button mode, it kept going into other modes with me only hitting the 1 button that is supposed to be used, it took pictures while I thought it was in video mode, got stuck in some unknown mode (I could not find the symbol on the owners manual PDF) had to pull the battery to "reset" it. Then after messing around with it for less than an hour the battery went dead on me.
So I purchased the $70 add on extended battery, tried that out for a short ride, the new back caused allot of wind noise but seemed to "solve" the fast eroding power issue......so I thought.
I took it to a 2 day ride at the sand dunes and had some of the same issues as the 1st day, a little annoying but I dealt with resetting it by removing the battery several times....by the second day it got stuck in a mode that I could not reset, pulled the battery and charged it, put it back in only to have the same result. Returned it to REI and got a refund, LUCKILY I didn't buy it on the GoPro.com site since it states that it will only refund for the 30days!!
Bottom line is it sounds really cool and does allot of cool stuff but what good is it without battery life and continual functionality issues?? At nearly $400 I would expect a much more professional product and at the minimum some testing and fixes!
Pros Specs look great on paper.
Wifi integration a big improvement.
Redesigned flat front of casing helps prevent scratches on lens cover.
Cons Needs a firmware update before it can even be used.
Battery life abysmal.
Consistently freezes, requiring user to pull the battery to reset it.
Often loses connection with wifi remote.
Summary Problems right out of the box. Released too soon, needs a firmware update before it can even be used.
Battery life abysmal. With wifi on, don't expect more than half an hour from a fully charged battery.
Consistently freezes, requiring user to pull the battery to reset it, which isn't easy. Making it hard to get the battery door off wouldn't be a big deal except that I have to do it all the time because that's the only way to get the camera unfrozen. The camera is frozen a lot. It won't turn on half the time. The computer doesn't recognize it half the time. Very inconsistent performance.
In summary, I had high expectations when I got this, but I've been very disappointed. GoPro obviously released this prematurely and in the process has lost many loyal fans. If I can make a suggestion: make sure your product works, then sell it. What's that? Microsoft doesn't do that, so why should GoPro?
Pros Small. Pretty good but not outstanding video and photo quality. Take a few shots and videos, zoom in on the results and you'll see what I mean. I have a Canon S110 point and shoot that blows this device away.
Cons User manual illogical, so cheaply made that pages started falling out as soon as I started to try to use; poor battery life; tiny dinosauric LCD display; stupid menu logic sequence; videos choppy even w/ VLC; overpriced espec. accessories; freezes.
Summary I really, really wanted to like this product and was quite excited to bring it hom. My first experience just getting into the box was over-the-top frustrating - believe it our not there is even a Youtube video on how to unpackage this little monster! Then when I opened the groovy-sized user manual pages started falling out right away! That was the least of my worries... the manual is so illogically organized you have to get well into it to figure out what to do first. Right... charge the battery... do you think that opening the battery door is straightforward? NOT!!! Took me 15 minutes to get the door to open and - you guessed it - the manual was useless so I had to look up on Youtube how the heck to get the door open and closed. And I could go on and on... but won't.
The thing I can't understand is why GoPro would release a product that requires a FIRMWARE UPDATE just to get it working properly! If their QC is that bad it makes me wonder what else will break on this overpriced product.
My advice to all of you: KEEP YOUR RECEIPT!!!!! I'm now looking at alternatives like a mini ruggedized waterproof point and shoot. Buyer beware!
Pros It's light and easy to use.
Cons It's impossible to retrieve videos. I can see them on my iPhone by none of my computers can read the blasted SD card.
Summary I got the Hero3 for Christmas and it has been perpetual heartache since. First the SD card couldn't be read and I reformated it. Then it worked. Then after doing some recording it stopped reading the SD card again. I refomatted, all was well. I spent a week in NYC doing vidoes. And now I can't read the SD card. I'm putting this thing in a drawer in the basement and trying my best to forget it exists.
I tried to conatct GoPro to no avail. Their website doesn't funtion any better than their cameras.
The words GoPro make me ill.
It looks like some people love their camera. But it also looks like many people must contiually download software. I think youger people are used to stuff not working and having to be reloaded. I'm old school and expect equipment to work.
I'm totally disgusted. This thing has wasted hours of my life. That ends tonight.