What are the Differences Between the GoPro Hero 3 Cameras?

Which GoPro Hero 3 Should I Buy?

The GoPro HERO3 is continuing it's dominance in the action camera realm. If you haven't read our GoPro guide post, be sure to check it out before you drop some serious cash on a camera. We've also done some posts on which accessories to buy depending on the type of activity you use your camera for. This depends on the mounts and accessories you need, be it snowboard and skiing, surfing, or cycling.

This time around, GoPro has introduced three editions of the camera: the White, Silver, and Black edition. The White is the cheapest (current retail is $199 - the same price of the GoPro HERO2), next is the Silver Edition at $229 (3+ is $299), and the Black Edition at $399. The new GoPro Hero 3+ cameras are 30% smaller in size.

GoPro Camera
Megapixels
Maximum Video Resolution
Wi-Fi built in?
Weight (bare)
Price
Purchase

Hero 3+ Black Edition
Hero 3+ Black
12MP4K \ 15 fpsYes (comes with remote)2.6 ounces$399Buy this GoPro camera on Amazon

Hero 3+ Silver Edition
Hero 3+ Silver
10MP1080p \ 60 fpsYes2.6 ounces$299Buy this GoPro camera on Amazon

Hero 3 Silver
Hero 3 Silver
10 MP1080p \ 60 fpsYes3.5 ounces$229Buy this GoPro camera on Amazon

Hero 3 White Edition
Hero 3 White
5MP1080p \ 30 fpsYes3.5 ounces$224Buy this GoPro camera on Amazon

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Similarities of All GoPro HERO 3 Cameras:

  • All GoPro HERO3's are 1080p
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Have at least a 5 megapixel camera
  • Enhanced audio performance
  • Ultra wide angled aspherical lens
  • Ports on camera: 3.5mm stereo mic adapter & composite A/V adapter (you'll need some accessories for these, unfortunately)
  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac and their second generation Battery BacPac
  • Backwards compatible with their older generation BacPac

Differences of the GoPro Hero 3+ Cameras

  • 20% smaller and lighter than the regular Hero 3's
  • The 3+ Black Edition includes SuperView and Protune
  • Auto Low Light mode capabilities
  • 30% longer battery
  • 4x faster Wi-fi
  • Sharper lens
  • Compatible with all accessories

Differences between the GoPro HERO 3 Cameras:

White Edition (MSRP $209)

  • 1080p / 30 fps, 960p / 30 fps, or 720p / 60 fps video capture
  • 5 Megapixel camera
  • 3 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built In
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi remote and smart phone app
  • Iincluded mounts and accessories: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery, QR buckle, one flat and curved adhesive mount, quick release mounts, and USB charging cable.
 
  • 1080p / 30 fps, 960p / 48 fps, or 720p / 60 fps video capture
  • 10 Megapixel camera
  • 10 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built In
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi remote and smart phone app
  • Included mounts and accessories: 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing, Rechargeable Li-Ion battery, QR buckle, J-Hook buckle, one flat and curved adhesive mount, "assorted mounts", and USB charging cable.
  • 2,700p / 30fps, 1440p / 48fps, 1080p / 60 fps, 960p / 120 fps, or 720p / 60 fps video capture
  • 12 Megapixel camera
  • 30 fps burst
  • Wi-Fi Built In
  • Wi-Fi remote included
  • Pro Low-Light performance
  • The GoPro App is free
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi remote and smart phone app
  • Included mounts and accessories: Wi-Fi Remote and Key Ring, Rechargeable Li-Ion battery, QR buckle, J-Hook buckle, 3-Way Pivot, one flat and curved adhesive mount, quick release mounts, and USB charging cable*
  • Also available in the Black Surf Edition: Includes a surfboard mount instead of the adhesive mounts

I would personally go with the Silver Edition. It honestly depends on your budget; however, if I were even thinking about dropping some money on a GoPro camera I would spend the extra 100 bucks for the Silver. $399 seems a bit steep for a point of view camera, but hey, if you've got the dough -- grab it! Hope you enjoyed the review and stay tuned for more. I'll leave you guys with a cool video GoPro made for the HERO3 below. As always, be sure to check our site if you're interested in any of the new GoPro cameras or accessories!

Sean Mouradian

Marketing Director at ActiveLifeStore.com
Sean is the Marketing Director and Executive Writer of ActiveLifeStore.com's blog.

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