Zach and Ish both picked up a GoPro Hero 3+ this season and there's only one thing to say about the new camera: It's AMAZING. Whether you are filming Point Of View angles or recording others, the new GoPro has such a realistic quality to it, there really isn't any camera that comes close.Needless to say, this purchase was a stretch for our budgets but looking back, this was the best purchase we made all season! Let's go over some of the awesome features of the GoPro Hero 3+ and see if we can inspire others to make the same decision we did.
A Few Things to Note before Your Purchase:
The GoPro is the worlds most versatile camera and whether you are looking to use it for snowboarding or recording any of life's precious moments, there isn't a camera on the market that is as high quality or durable as the GoPro. It dominates the market with over 85% of the action camera market. We obviously recommend getting the Black as it is the best one but any of the three models are great cameras and more than suitable for whatever you are looking to do with them. You can take our word for it or keep on doing your research. If you think you're ready to make your purchase, we would love it if you used our affiliate link below. If you’d rather not, that’s totally cool too – no worries!
The new GoPro allows you to choose any resolution setting from 720 to 4K. What's 4k you ask? It was explained to us as being 4 times the resolution of 1080p. Now, we must also point out that 4k is a higher quality than most people need and requires an extremely advanced computer and editing software to edit that level of resolution properly. However, this just goes to show that as our televisions and computers keep evolving, the GoPro will be ready to handle any range of resolutions you may come across in the future.
The GoPro Hero 3+ comes with a variety of ways to capture footage. You'll be able to... record a video, capture single pictures or take multiple pictures per second (10 pics/sec or 30 pics /sec) If you're on a long drive and want to do a time lapse of your travels, 1 picture every 5 seconds is a pretty good way to go. Others may have a different opinion regarding which setting to have it on for this but that's what we used in this video of our trip up to Sugar Loaf. (The quality of this video on the PC is much better but when uploaded to video sites like YouTube and Vimeo, the quality definitely went down. It may just be the fact that Ish didn't upload the best quality possible, but hopefully you'll get the picture)
The wide angle lens on the Hero is unreal! You can see from the video above that this lens captures almost a full 180 degrees in every direction. This lens is optimized for close quarters so don't be scared to get up in your friends' grill with this thing. It'll put an interesting twist on your photos for sure. If you don't want to have your hand on the camera all the time, set it to time lapse and it will take the pictures over a period of time. You can even take picture clips from videos that you record after putting them into the GoPro Editor Software. Here are some pictures we took at our local hill.
Did you know that GoPro has its own editing software now? And it's FREE! This software, which they could have charged big bucks for, isn't bad for the average editor. It will allow you to add, cut and clip footage as well as select single frames to create into pictures. Speed up and slow down clips just like the pros and even mess with tints and color schemes. It's not the most advanced software out there but it recognizes when you take time lapse photos so when you drag and drop all your photos it will put them together into a nice flip book-like video. You can even download the software whether or not you have a GoPro.
The GoPro Hero 3+ comes with built in Wi-Fi! What does this mean? It means you can easily sync the GoPro to your SmartPhone with the GoPro app, allowing you to see, in live time, everything you are recording with the GoPro. In addition, you can watch all the videos that you've recorded with the GoPro without having to upload them to a computer. If you were to go with the Black version, which Zach and Ish both went for, it comes with a WiFi Remote which allows you to do everything you could do if you had the camera in your hands without having to bother with taking the GoPro off the mount when its on your helmet or dashboard.
-Funny side note: Zach took his brand new GoPro out for its first trial run. He headed up to the local mountain and jumped into some tree runs. He had the camera mounted on his helmet and the remote in his hand. He was charging hard like he always does and came in too close to a low hanging branch, hitting the GoPro off his head and into 2 feet of fresh snow. He thought he had lost his GoPro forever until he realized he still had control of the camera with the remote in his hand. With some quick thinking, he was able to go into the settings and turn the sound effects on the camera to 100% volume. This caused the camera to make a loud beep sound every time he snapped a picture. By taking a picture repetitively he was able to play Marco-Polo with his GoPro until he found it. An $80 remote saved him from losing his $319 camera.-
Black, Silver and White: WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?!?!
GoPro has 3 models in the new version; Black, Silver and White. The colors each have $100 price difference. If you're looking for the best of the best, go with the Black version. Black comes with an $80 remote, so taking that off the top of the price, for $319 you're getting:
- A sharper lens for better quality footage
- The professional grade low light adjustment mode
- Higher resolution options
- 12 MP photos (versus 11 for Silver or 5 for White)
- More burst mode options
- Continuous burst mode
- Simultaneous video and pictures
ALL FOR $20 MORE THAN THE SILVER EDITION. The Silver edition doesn't come with the remote nor do all the tech stats listed above come standard with the Silver. However, the Silver is definitely better than the White. Silver comes with more burst options than White, 11 Megapixel photos vs 5 with the White, and more FPS in your videos.
All three models come with quick release buckles, curved and flat adhesive mounts and a 3 way pivot arm. There are countless other mounts that you can purchase separately that will create much more interesting video and images. Let's just cover the most popular mounts for snowboarders/skiers.
First off are the pole mounts. These allow you to attach the GoPro to any ski pole and create a 3rd person view without needing someone to follow you all the time. An interesting view and it doesn't cost much in terms of an additional investment. Our favorite is the GoScope. Here's a picture of the GoScope and where you can get your own.
Next is the Chesty mount, which usually does well for skiers but when snowboarders use the Chesty most of their footage is of the woods on the sides of the trail.
A ton of people use the Jaws: Flex Clamp. We like to call it the Unicorn mount but all it entails is taking off the clamp from the flexible extension and attaching just the extension to your helmet. This gives you a 3rd person view that stays stationary with your head while your body and the slope around you are moving. It's an interesting angle for a few moments. Here is a video of that and where you can find the Jaws: Flex Clamp.
If you are looking for some other ways to mount your GoPro, you may find this article helpful:
So What Are You Waiting For?!?!
Again, if you think you're ready to make your purchase, we would love it if you used our affiliate link below. If you’d rather not, that’s totally cool too – no worries!