Freezes up (if you get a bad one)
Summary I received the Hero3 White edition for a Christmas present. It works without any problems. So, I decided to buy another one. This time, I bought the Hero3 Silver edition to have a higher quality still photos. I got home and downloaded the firmware update. The camera would not work after that. The camera would turn on, and then completely lock up. You could not do anything. I had to pull the battery out to turn it off. After playing with the ting for several hours, with no luck, I gave up, and exchanged it. The second one is working fine. I have read other reviews and it would seem that GoPro has a few bug to work out with the Hero3. Buying any of the Hero3's is a crap shoot as to weather or not they will work. If you get a good one, they are great. But if you get a bad one, it will lead to frustration.
I have used the iPhone app with the cameras. It would appear that you can only use the app to control one camera at a time. If you can control more than one, I cannot find out how to do it. I hope that this will be fixed in the future. I would really not want to spend an extra $80 for the remote, when the app is supposed to do the same thing.
Some people complain about GoPro not including a paper version of the instruction manual. I don't know why this is such a problem. I think that most items will go the same way in the future. It saves paper, and most people who buy these are tech savvy enough to download a pdf from a website. And here's an idea... if you want a manual in paper form, you can print it yourself.
"Fantastic!"on by duckwithnukes_2
Pros Easy to use
Lots of applications (uses, not programs)
Good image quality
Cons 'Port door' is not attached, so it might be easy to lose track of.
Summary A great camera that is well worth the price. Image quality was very good (even 60 feet underwater). The free companion app is very useful; you can adjust all of the camera's settings, take photos with a live preview, etc.
The controls can be a bit tricky when it comes to navigating the menus, but they're adequate.
We used the tripod adaptor and connected the GoPro to a handheld pistol grip-style tripod, which I would definitely recommend.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the GoPro and would probably buy the next version if and when it is released.
Pros Returning it to the store for a full refund
Cons Read below
Summary I received a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition for Christmas, it had been on my wish list since I first started seeing the dozens of misleading YouTube videos that showed professional grade, high quality ACTION movies of people in high-risk sports. First problem: NO CHARGING BASE (must use USB to computer to charge). This is garbage. Do an online search for GoPro charging problems and tell me how many people your company has disappointed. All of the reviews point to FAIL. "Do Not Charge Your GoPro On Any Computer." is the consensus, even though the manuel tells you to. Second problem: NO INSTRUCTION MANUEL. This is garbage. Why do I have to go to a computer to read the horribly unorganized manuel that was put together by a third-world country? Oh, I know the answer- $$! Third problem: 1980's black and green watch face technology. Who can read the menus and submenus on that little display? THIS TOO, is GARBAGE! Fourth problem: If you're lucky to have a charge in the battery, you might try to give this very misleading camera company a 2nd chance, and dump another $80 for a "touch-screen" back pack display. Why? So you can see what is going on. ANOTHER FAIL. All touch screens are measured against one company: APPLE. Your touch screen "back pack" is junk. It has a lag that is extremely annoying, and forget having fingers bigger than a two year-olds, you're gonna press the wrong menu. This display says that your battery meter is at 2 bars (after plugging into Apple's charging/usb outlet, since a computer doesn't work) but the 1980 watch display says ONE BAR, after 8 hours charging. THIS IS TOTAL GARBAGE! What LED light is telling me that the camera is even charging? There is a faint red LED on the back, that sometimes comes on while charging, then there is two bright red LED's on the front that sometimes blink while charging. Which is it? The 1980 watch display shows the old animated battery level moving too- so I am to think it is charging. NOT! It should just be a cook meter, because it's gonna be hot after a while on the wall. What am I up to? Oh, sixth problem: What is with the Micro SD Card? What in the heck is with your product line? Did you pay an 8 y/o in a sweat shop to build the crap-box you call a Hero camera? This is an ENEMY PRODUCT LINE! Do an online search for GoPro SD problems. Count how many more people you have pissed off. Why is it not specified which brand name(s), size cap's and speed specs are required to make your princess of a crapamera work? F your product and all the bugs you failed to address prior to launch. Your firmware update didn't do spit, other than confirm the non-ease of use in your worthless camera. I can't believe for one second that you have ANY true sportsman/beach bum figuring out how to put together any of the videos you have online. They are all either doctored, or are made using some other product, because your Hero line is absolute junk. I'm taking everything back to BEST BUY and getting a full refund. But before I go, your packaging is also nonsense. What a waste of plastic, paper, silicone, and metal. I think you made the packaging difficult to open, thinking your customers will just throw the destroyed "boxes" out and not be able to refund or return your product! Well, I got news for you, I'm throwing everything in a trash bag and dumping it on the return counter!!!!!! $1,000 in GoPro camera and accessory cash, back in my pocket you waste of time and energy!!!!