Looks like we were right with the estimated release date for the new GoPro because they just announced the GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition:
Basically it looks like the Hero 3+ Black edition is a lighter, smaller re-do of last year’s Hero3, with some upgraded software and features.
Here’s a breakdown of Hero 3+ upgrades/new features:
20% Lighter & Smaller (although it’s actually due to having a tighter fitting case while the actual unit looks to be the same size):
SuperView mode (give you 16:9 aspect ratio instead of 4:3):
New low light mode:
30% more battery life (this is very nice!):
33% sharper images with less distortion (at least that’s what they say):
4 times faster wi-fi preview/sharing:
Besides this they also added more mounts:
And the GoPro 3+ silver edition is now able to record 1080p resolution at 60 fps and 720p at 120 fps just like it’s older brother.
How much will it cost?
It’ll cost $399 US for the GoPro HD Hero3+ Black edition and $299 for the silver edition. The previous generation Hero3 is now selling for $329 (black edition) and $249 (silver edition).
When is it available?
It’s available right now from the GoPro website. Just be aware that this is literally a brand new announcement, so in some countries it may show the new GoPro 3+ as not in stock yet and I assume that will be updated shortly.
This is very much like Apple, in that they are updating the internals while keeping the outside the same (although they managed to make the waterproof case smaller and as a result make the 3+ smaller/lighter).
Overall it’s a nice bump in features and upgrades and the longer battery life is much needed. I just hope the software isn’t buggy like last year when they released the Hero 3 Black and it had all sorts of issues with freezing and frame rate dropping for no reason.
I’ll definitely be picking one up when I’m back in Whistler 🙂