02 Апр. 2015 г.|
Обзор gopro 3
It's like the old model, except the lens window is flat and square (for reduced image distortion) instead of domed and round, while the latch that holds it closed is a dual-hinge articulating design that's more secure than the previous model.
However, all of that reduction manifests in reduced thickness with a new depth of only 20mm.
Naturally, the case is also thinner to accommodate the svelte profile of the Hero3, though it has the same interchangeable backplate design as its precursors. The original HD Hero first delivered stills and wide-angle HD video in 2009, and those capabilities improved with a higher-res sensor, faster burst mode and a wider field of view in the Hero2. Its diminutive 1,050mAh cell lasted us half a day during intermittent use (fiddling with settings, shooting pictures and video, and repeated power cycling). Both top out at 1080p recording at 30fps, with lesser frame rate recording at lower resolutions than the Black.
The only feature it lacks, a rather glaring omission in this editor's opinion, is the ability to review photos and videos. The camera performed similarly well when shooting stills, providing bright, vibrant wide-angle shots.
These lower-priced models don't come with the WiFi remote, which costs $80 on its own, and also have downgraded lenses and sensors. That said, it's straightforward to use, and we were thankful for it during our testing -- like using the LCD BacPac, it's far less time consuming and easier to change settings in the app than it is cycling through and selecting options using the hardware buttons on the camera or WiFi Remote. With that accomplished it's simply a matter of turning on the Hero3's WiFi and connecting a handset to that network. Like the previous generation, the camera comes with a swappable Skeleton back panel for its clear plastic case that can be used to further improve audio quality at speeds below 100 mph at the expense of waterproofing. 2.7K is the maximum resolution for capturing quality video -- recording in 4K is really just a novelty.
The beeps emanating from there tell you when the Hero3 is powered up and inform you when you've started eating up space on your memory card with photos or video recordings.
The Bottom Line The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today. However, the Sony can't match the Hero3's resolution, frame rates or general imaging performance.
The Frame mount is similarly superfluous, as it leaves the Hero3 susceptible to the destructive powers of the great outdoors in exchange for a thinner and lighter profile than the bombproof case the camera comes with. The Black Edition offers a number of ultra-high-resolution capture modes and high frame rates for standard HD resolutions; burst speeds for still photos has been greatly improved. GoPro claims that the Black Edition's lens is twice as sharp as previous GoPros, and the upgraded sensor provides improved low-light performance. While the 5V Wall Charger's a nice luxury for world travelers with its selection of international plug attachments and dual USB output, it's hardly necessary given that the majority of us already own a USB charger or two. Aside from being thinner than its predecessors, however, the Hero3 is no longer clad in all silver.
GoPro hasn't changed the look of its cameras much since the introduction of the original HD Hero. Stills are also limited to a max of 11 megapixels in the Silver Edition and 5 megapixels in the White Edition. We also did our shooting using GoPro's standard settings, though recording using the ProTune format is also an option. Its main purpose is to create 3D videos should users have two older Heroes and a 3D Hero System housing. We highly recommend carrying around an extra battery or two ($20 bucks each) or grabbing the battery BacPac for $50 if you plan on doing all-day shoots.
There's a Micro-HDMI output, shrunken down from the Mini-HDMI of the previous generation, and a microSD card slot, shrunken down from a full-size SD card slot for space savings. What's more, the WiFi, power and record buttons all have a nice, deep travel and engage with a satisfying snick. Finally, there's a Mini-USB port, which makes a return appearance, that is used for charging and syncing.
Despite its meager battery life and less-than-ergonomic shape, the Hero3 provides imaging performance superior to all of its competitors at a price that won't break the bank.
Expect to spend a bit of time on your first outing just looping through the menus and getting used to where the options are. Should the $400 price tag of the premier Hero3 model prove too much, silver ($300) and white ($200) editions are also available. Plus, it enables users to immediately review images, video and even audio using its tiny built-in speaker or 3.5mm headphone jack. GoPro's lineup of mount-anywhere cameras has been dazzling extreme sports enthusiasts for years.
On the left resides a small WiFi key, the microphone and a trio of pinholes that serve as an outlet for audio alerts. Now, GoPro has rolled out the Hero3, which packs even greater performance (up to 4K video!) in a cube that's almost a full centimeter thinner than its predecessors. That means you can start and stop recording, switch between shooting modes, change resolution and frame rate, delete pictures and clips, and even check the camera's battery status and remaining SD card space. Doing so showcases the new sensor's improved low-light performance, as the Hero3 reveals more detail in shadowy and dark spaces, though that was at the expense of blowing out some other portions of shots in mixed lighting.
On the right side of the unit (when viewed from the front), you'll find the Wi-Fi button that activates and deactivates the wireless connectivity with the GoPro app for smartphones or the Wi-Fi remote (which is included with the Hero3 Black Edition, but not the Silver or White editions).
The Hero3 provides higher frame rates at all resolutions, records usable video at up to 2.7k resolution with a 170-degree FOV, while the Contour maxes out at 720p to deliver the same FOV. GoPro has also released a free, self-titled app for iOS and Android that turns your handset into a remote control for the Hero3. However, the lack of fine-tuned controls prevent it from becoming a camera replacement, and without the GoPro app or the LCD BacPac showing you what the camera sees, it can be difficult to frame photos.
In addition to the standard Black Edition kit, we also got to use GoPro's $40 wall charger, $40 Frame mount and $80 LCD touchscreen BacPac.
The front panel is also home to two indicator lights: one red to indicate that the Hero is recording and one blue that blinks to indicate that Wi-Fi is active.
I also found the LCD to be a bit difficult to read in direct sunlight.View full gallery (1 Photos)The Hero3 (right) is the smallest GoPro camera ever, edging out the previous Hero 2 (middle) and the old-school Digital Hero 5 (left).
Instead, it's coated in smooth soft-touch black plastic on the back and a textured version of the stuff on its sides.
The LCD BacPac is quite the useful add-on, however, as it lets you change camera settings more easily than using the cam's buttons. On either side of the Hero3, you'll find a small pinhole microphone for audio recording alongside your video. GoPro's Hero3 Black Edition is, put simply, the most capable action camera on the market today.
It delivers unparalleled resolution from a camera of its size and does so without sacrificing frame rate or field of view. While the results produced by the GoPro were some of the best we've seen from an action camera, its battery life leaves something to be desired.
Once connected, the app provides both a real-time preview (on about a 1.5-second delay) of the camera's field of view and a full suite of controls for the Hero3. The rear is where you'll find the battery door, which, should you manage to pry it open with your fingernails or a business card, reveals a 1,050mAh rechargeable cell. First, users should upgrade the camera's firmware through the GoPro website, during which you name the WiFi network and set the password for the ad-hoc network the camera creates. To find out, we took a Hero3 up in a jet, strapped it to the roof of a car and recorded a base jump out of a hot air balloon (from the safety of the basket, of course). Antuan Goodwin gained most of his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets.
Well, recording using ProTune is really for filmmakers, as it encodes video at a much higher data rate (45 Mbps) and uses a special, wider-gamut color profile developed by Technicolor to provide more editing flexibility in post-production.
The Hero3 also provides more accurate, if sometimes warmer, color reproduction than the original Hero as well. Swapping backplates isn't terribly difficult once you get the hang of it, but the amount of torque required to pop them in and out is somewhat disconcerting -- it's foreseeable that one could snap off a plastic mounting clip in the process.
Audio recorded by the Hero3's mic is decently clear and free of distortion, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that wind noise wasn't a problem during our testing, whether the camera was in its waterproof case or not. GoPro provides rudimentary editing software, called Cineform Studio, as a free download on its website. The program provides basic tools to trim clip length, rotate clip orientation, adjust white balance, contrast, sharpness, exposure and saturation. Prior Heroes are silver boxes with stubby fisheye lenses jutting out next to a 2-centimeter monochrome LCD display on the front. GoPro says the remote works up to 600 feet away in "optimal conditions" but in our clearly less-than-optimal neighborhood, range was limited to about 120 feet.
However, the characteristic fish-eye look of the video and photos captured by the Hero3 hasn't been totally removed, as it's sort of a hallmark of the action-camera style, adding a bit of drama to scenery as it speeds by.The Hero3 uses the same improved LCD of the Hero 2, with its monochromatic dot-matrix display.
Not only does this make the camera easier to hold, but it also provides a nice visual contrast -- not to mention it's a finish that'll hold up better to the rough and tumble lifestyle most Hero3's will lead. Naturally, should you wish to use an external mic, GoPro offers a 3.5mm to mini-USB adapter sold separately for 20 bucks.
Drift and ION are other options that provide 1080p recording in barrel-shaped shooters for $370 and $350, respectively, but they lack the Hero3's higher-resolution and high-frame rate capabilities.
So, no matter how you like to get your video gnar -- via super-hi-res or super-slow-mo footage -- the Hero3 Black Edition can give it to you.
However, this built-in Wi-Fi functionality renders the WiFi BacPac itself obsolete for this new generation -- although you'll still need it if you have a few older Hero 2s kicking around.On the left side, behind a removable plastic panel, you'll find the Hero3's greatly simplified bank of connections.
Upon the advice of GoPro's boffins, we set up our camera at 1440p48 for shooting the flight portions, while the road test was shot in 960p48 -- all of our videos were shot in a wide 170-degree field of view.
Before getting started, we charged up our Hero3 in a little over two hours and popped in a microSD card (not included). Next to the door is the company's proprietary 30-pin Hero port for connecting the camera to either of the aforementioned BacPacs. Additionally, we didn't find the battery meter to be particularly useful, as the three bars provide only a vague impression of the amount of juice left.
However, 2.7K is the maximum resolution for capturing quality video -- recording in 4K is really just a novelty.
However, the +2 is a much larger camera, and provides lesser recording capabilities than the newest GoPro. In order to see how far GoPro hardware has come, we did a side-by-side comparison shoot with the original HD Hero and the Hero3. Our only complaints with the design are the size of the WiFi key (gloved or ham-handed users may find it difficult to press) and the lack of some sort of tab, notch or spring to help open the battery door. Other options include Sony's Action Cam, a $200 option that significantly undercuts the Hero3 on price while packing 1080p recording and WiFi in a similarly small device. It gives users higher resolution and higher frame rate options than the competition, but its battery life leaves much to be desired.
The Bad GoPro's control scheme has a longer learning curve than the simpler slide-n-go setup of the Contour cameras.
While those expanded options are sure to be appreciated by film pros, such capabilities weren't needed for this review.
We didn't have the dual shooters needed to create a 3D video, but we did find the software quite easy to use for trimming and adjusting our clips.
There are also smaller red indicator lights on the top, back, and bottom panels that are visible from most angles.On the back panel, you'll find the removable cover for the 1,050mAh lithium ion battery.
Because the Hero3 Black Edition is an action camera, and GoPro's halo device at that, we used it to shoot some proper action, including filming from a hot air balloon, in a fighter jet and taking it for a drive through the Marin headlands just north of San Francisco. Such solid construction imbues a sense of confidence that it can take the abuse it'll doubtlessly receive when in the field. The latter issue is particularly vexing as the camera's meager battery life had us swapping cells during lengthy shoots, a shortcoming discussed in more detail below. Editors' note: The GoPro Hero3 product line, released in 2012, was replaced by the GoPro Hero3+ line as of October 2013.
During testing, the Hero3 performed well, as captured footage was bright and clear at all resolutions.
View full gallery (1 Photos)The Hero3 consolidates the previous generation's inputs and outputs down to two ports and a card slot. I like to see GoPro doing more with less space here, but this connection scheme pretty much locks you into only using GoPro's first-party adapters, which may not be too big a deal for some users. From drivetrain tech and performance to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable. And using WiFi and the LCD BacPac resulted in dramatically worse battery life -- the well ran dry in under an hour. However, with the aid of optional adapter cables, this Mini-USB port can also double as a 3.5 mm microphone input or an analog video output. The $199 Hero3+ White Edition is also available.Lighter, smaller, sharper The GoPro Hero3 is 25 percent lighter than the previous-generation Hero 2's camera. The action camera market has seen a spate of new entrants in the past year, most notably the Contour+2, which matches the Hero3's $400 price.