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GoPro Hero 3 Action Camera Will Give You 4K for $400

GoPro just announced a rather enticing addition to its action camera series. The Hero 3 Black Edition is the new flagship model and boasts 4K (4096x2160) recording capability at 12 fps - for $400.

Sure, it is just a helmet camera, but if you are currently looking for a 4K video camera, you are typically looking for a professional camera at a price tag of $5,000 and up. The Black Edition camera can also record at 2.7K, 1440p/48 fps, 1080p/60 fps, 720p/120 fps, and 848x480/240 fps - and run in simultaneous video/photo mode with a 12 MP still camera. It comes with integrated Wi-Fi, support for microSD cards up to 64 GB, as well as a remote.

If you don't need the 4K capability, GoPro also offers a 1080p/30 fps camera with a 11 MP still camera for $300, as well as a 1080p/30 fps model with a 5 MP still camera.

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  • Hupiscratch
    May my wallet have it's soul forgiven!
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  • EDVINASM
    I will sell my wallet's soul and place my one on deposit. Pity it is coming only now, I am heading for holidays within a month :-( It seems like a really good buy though. Me just hopes GoPro Hero HD2 will go down in price, might snatch that one 8-)
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  • latosha poindexter
    If you don't need the 4K capability, GoPro also offers a 1080p/30 fps camera with a 11 MP still camera for $300, as well as a 1080p/30 fps model with a 5 MP still camera.



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  • memadmax
    My wife is gonna be angry with me....
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  • kensingtron
    1080p at 6fps is fine. But 12fps for the 4k... Can someone please tell me why this is ok?
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  • EDVINASM
    Kensingtron1080p at 6fps is fine. But 12fps for the 4k... Can someone please tell me why this is ok?
    4k at anything over 10fps is ok because the camera is the size of matches box and has no decent cooling, with 4k at 25/30fps it would give some serious issues even if it could produce that. So 10+ fps is very decent. Obviously depending on bitrates it produces. If you look even at DSLR or M43 camera 1080p @ 60fps would cost you well over $/€ 1000 and would be too big to wear it in any form. Plus, you can take this badboy under water and it has WiFi as standard!
    I am personally going for White edition since it still has WiFi ant 720p @ 60fps for half the price.
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  • That is one nuts Camera. If only I had the expendable income right now, but I spent it all on a Sony A77 and a few lenses :(. Well Xmas is coming :)
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  • Achoo22
    I think that most of the blame for calling this a "4k" device falls not on the seller, but on Tom's. I have nothing against this camera line - many of my motorcycling buddies use them regularly - but, calling stuff like this "4k" is going to water down the term until it is no more meaningful than "4g." There are plenty of camera manufacturers out there already making cheap 8MP cameras, and they are all going to jump on the bandwagon if this product is successfully positioned as a 4k device. The net result is going to be a lot of fragmentation and dissatisfaction when "real" 4k devices start shipping in a couple of years.
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  • officeguy
    Most people cant watch 4k since the TV's aren't cheap or widely available. There is no point getting this camera yet (except for the lower resolution). Maybe in a year or two from now it would be more useful.
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  • santiagoanders
    Yeah really. Not a single 4k display for under 10 grand, so why wouldn't you put out more for higher fps on the camera?
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