Before the advent of the Gopro Hero4, the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition was producing some of the best — if not the best — video we’ve seen from an action cam. Its abundant resolution and frame rate options will satisfy beginners and experienced shooters.
The Black Edition has a host shooting options including a Protune mode for high-bit-rate video with neutral color and 24 frames per second recording for professional video production, the highest resolution capabilities up to 4K at 15fps, and includes a Wi-Fi remote. Yes, this is the only Gopro camera on the market which includes in the packet the so essential Gopro remote.
Hero4 Black or Hero3+ Black
As we discussed in our first review of the Gopro Hero 4 black, the added video capabilities at 4K are not for everyday use, and on the other hand the camera seriously lack stabilisation, and slow-motion option (i.e. 24fps at 720p).
On the other hand, at $499 the new Hero4 black is prohibitively expensive, while most features could be found on the Gopro Hero3+ black. With a remote! (the Hero4 series do not include a remote, it has to be purchased separately).
For a brief period after the release of the Hero4, the Gopro Hero3+ Black was to be found at a $50 discount, making it the clear must-buy choice at only$349.
It seems however to have disappeared suddenly from the market. It is not anymore featured on the Gopro website, and resellers seem to be out of stock. This is a bad omen, but stay put, we will update as things evolve.Check the Gopro Hero3+ Black on Amazon
Lacking any other option, we might have to fall back on the Hero3+ Silver edition…
Hero4 Silver or Hero3+ Silver
the Hero4 silver cannot be compared to the Hero3+, as it is directed to a different audience. The LCD touchscreen, while admittedly very useful is some circumstances, is not the main reason I would buy a Gopro camera. Battery life, shooting modes and image stability on the other hand, are key criteria.
The GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition combines excellent HD video with recording options up to 1080p at 60fps and the same design as the company’s other cameras so you have access to a large selection of accessories and mounts. However, The $100 savings from the Black Edition costs you many shooting options and some video quality, particularly in low light.
At $299 it is still a bargain for a feature-packed action camera, but we just feel we could get so much more for barely $50 more, this is frustrating.
Call for Uprising!
So this is my call: We want the Gopro Hero3+ black edition back. Join me in this petition to Gopro!
Either that, or I wouldn’t mind of course the price of the Gopro Hero4 Black to go down. Let’s hope for a miracle before X-mas…