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With Upgraded Firmware, the GoPro Hero 3 Still Shines

The Go-Anywhere GoPro Hero 3 Silver

* Durable and compact GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition
* New software for pro-quality editing
* The quintessential action camera 

The GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition represents not only an iconic product that launched the action camera craze, but a great overall value as well. Known as the camera of choice for skydiving, race car driving, mountaineering, snowboarding and skating, the GoPro has made a name for itself in the extreme sports world for good reason.

It’s affordable, waterproof down to 60 meters and takes excellent quality footage, with the GoPro Hero 3 shooting full HD at 30 fps, 960p at 48 fps for slow motion editing and WVGA 24 fps, too. This makes the GoPro very versatile and a handy addition to a professional or semi-pro video production set up.

One of the great, often-overlooked features of GoPros is their ability to take stills; you can access this function through the camera’s menu and the GoPro Hero 3 takes 11 MP stills and can even shoot bursts at up to 10 frames per second. The GoPro’s famously wide-angle lens allows you to capture panoramic scenes and provides a large, nearly 180-degree field of view.

New for this model is increased lens aberration correction in the camera’s image processor, meaning you’ll get a much reduced “fish-eye” effect. The GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition, like its Black and White Edition siblings, has built-in WiFi and comes with mounting hardware as well. The WiFi, a new feature on the GoPro Hero 3, enables remote shooting with a WiFi remote. It also facilitates easy uploading and image viewing. Another noteworthy upgrade is the available Protune software. Aimed at making GoPro footage intercut seamlessly into multi-camera video projects, it unlocks enhanced image quality and allows for a 35 Mpbs data rate, log curve encoding and a neutral color profile for more streamlined manual color correction.

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