GoPro has just announced their new and improved HERO3+ action cameras, as well as several accessories including the new LCD Touch BacPac, new Battery BacPac, a variety of new mounts and more. The new HERO3+ cameras are smaller and lighter. Plus, they feature faster Wi-Fi, improved image quality, new and exciting shooting modes, a longer-lasting battery, and more.
Like the HERO3 models, the new HERO3+ cameras are available in two models: the HERO3+ Black Edition Camera and the HERO3+ Silver Edition. Both models are 20% smaller than the original HERO3. They also have batteries that last 25% longer. The GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera is the higher-end GoPro camera model. Like its predecessor, the new HERO3+ is Wi-Fi enabled. However, the Wi-Fi is faster for better wireless performance when sending footage to your mobile device. The camera also has an ultra-wide-angle glass lens and it can support up to 4Kp resolution video at an improved 15 fps. It can also capture 2.7Kp at 30 fps, 1440p at 48 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 960p at 100 fps, and 720p at 120 fps for high-speed action and impressive slow-motion playback.
The HERO3+ Black Edition Camera includes the Wi-Fi Remote and it supports advanced shooting modes including SuperView video mode and Auto Low Light mode. SuperView video mode allows you to capture immersive wide-angle shots, while Auto Low Light mode will adjust the camera’s frame rate intelligently for improved low-light performance. This model also supports 12-megapixel burst photography at up to 30 fps. The camera’s other advanced capture settings include Looping Video, Continuous Photo, White Balance, and Protune mode. It works with the GoPro app as well, which facilitates live video preview and remote camera control via a smartphone or tablet. Besides the Wi-Fi Remote, the HERO3+ Black Edition Camera comes with a waterproof housing that can protect the camera down to a depth of 131’ (40 m).
The HERO3+ Silver Edition also features faster Wi-Fi wireless performance and an ultra-wide-angle glass lens. It can capture Full HD 1080p video at an improved frame rate of 60 fps. It also supports several other recording resolutions and frame rates including 906p at 60 fps and 720p at 120 fps. Like the HERO3+ Black Edition Camera, the HERO3+ Silver Edition is compatible with the new LCD Touch BacPac, the new Battery BacPac, and the Wi-Fi Remote (not included with Silver model). The HERO3+ Silver Edition supports 10-megapixel burst shooting at 10 fps as well. It also supports live video preview and remote control from your smartphone or tablet with the free GoPro app. Both new HERO3+ models can also be used with the enhanced GoPro Studio 2.0 and they are both compatible with all new and old GoPro mounts and accessories.
A selection of new and updated accessories has also been announced by GoPro this week, including the newLCD Touch BacPac and the new Battery BacPac. The LCD Touch BacPac is a removable LCD touch screen that seamlessly attaches to your GoPro HERO3+ camera, as well as some older GoPro models, including the HERO3. There is also limited compatibility with the original HD HERO and HD HERO2. The touchscreen LCD affords shot preview and instant playback of photos or video. It also facilitates visual control of the camera and camera settings. The LCD Touch BacPac is equipped with an integrated speaker, volume control button, and headphone jack for more accurate audio monitoring. The new Battery BacPac features the same camera compatibility as LCD Touch BacPac. It attaches to the back of your camera and it lengthens the camera’s standard battery life. It’s the ideal accessory if you shoot video over long durations, like time-lapse recording.
There is also a handful of new innovative and inspired mounting accessories including the Jaws Clamp Mount, the Junior Chesty, the Sportsman Mount, the Suction Cup Mount, the Tripod Mounts, and the Head Strap + QuickClip. All of these new mounts work with all GoPro camera models. The new mounts also feature quick-release attachments for faster camera connection and removal from the mounts.
The Jaws Clamp Mount will attach to objects ranging in size from 0.25 to 2 inches in diameter. Plus, the mount features quick-release camera attachment points at both the base of the clamp and at the top of the neck. This ensures that you'll be able to achieve a variety of shooting angles. The Junior Chesty is a chest-mount harness for children and pets. It is designed for kids ages three and up and allows you to capture hands-free POV footage of your children playing sports or just playing around the yard. You can also you use it to capture footage from your dog or other pet's point of view.
The GoPro Sportsman Mount is designed so that you can mount one or two GoPro cameras to a variety of outdoor equipment including gun barrels, fishing rods, and bow components that are 0.4 to 1 inch in diameter. The mount is compatible with most shotguns, rifles, revolvers, airsoft guns, paintball guns, and more. You can mount one camera front facing and one camera rear facing. This setup will allow you to capture immersive footage from a variety of angles and perspectives. Plus, the mount's non-reflective, matte-black finish ensures low visibility in the field.
The new GoPro Suction Cup Mount is similar to the older model except that it includes both a standard base and a quick-release base for moving conveniently between shots and locations with your GoPro camera. It allows you to attach any GoPro camera to cars, boats, motorcycles and more. The mount includes adjustable arms, which allow for ultra-compact mounting. The suction cup has even been proven to hold by the testers at GoPro at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour.
The new GoPro Tripod Mounts have also been revamped. They now include the standard Tripod Mount adapter for the GoPro housing and a Quick Release Tripod Mount so you can easily move between shots, camera mounts, and locations. The new Head Strap + QuickClip mount includes a head strap that works with the GoPro QuickClip. Together, they support a variety of head-mounting options, and the strap is fully adjustable to fit all sizes. The Head Strap can be worn over a helmet—or directly on your head—to capture footage from a headlamp-like perspective. The QuickClip enables compact, low-profile mounting, and it can even be used to attach your GoPro to a backwards baseball cap or any other object that is 0.12 to 0.4 inches thick.
Other accessory announcements from GoPro include a new Standard Housing, a Standard Housing Lens Replacement Kit, and a new Dive Housing BacPac Backdoor Kit. The new GoPro Standard Housing is a spare/replacement housing for your GoPro HERO3 or HERO3+ camera. A flat glass lens affords maximum image clarity above and below water. Plus, it's waterproof down to a depth of 131 feet (40 m) and it features large buttons for easy camera control—even when you're wearing gloves or mittens. The housing comes with a Standard Backdoor and a Skeleton Backdoor.
You can also purchase the new Dive Housing BacPac Backdoor Kit, which enables the GoPro Dive Housing to fit a GoPro camera with an optional LCD Touch BacPac or Battery BacPac attached. The kit includes a Standard BacPac Backdoor, a Skeleton BacPac Backdoor and a Touch BacPac Backdoor. Also available for the HERO3 and HERO3+ cameras is the Standard Housing Lens Replacement Kit, which contains everything you need to replace the glass lens on the new Standard Housing. The kit includes two replacement lenses and seals, screws, and a screwdriver for fast, easy-to-manage repairs.
The last of the newly announced GoPro camera accessories for the HERO3 and HERO3+ camera models include a 2-pack of protective lenses, a Protective Lens + Covers Kit, and a new Floaty Backdoor that enables your GoPro camera to float in water when it's encased in its waterproof housing.