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GoPro Action Camera-Camcorders * Reviews & Comparison 2015-2016

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GoPro Wearable and Mountable Camera-Camcorders: This is a roundup of a specialized group of GoPro cameras made for sharing your active lifestyle on video. These “action” camcorders can be worn on your person, or mounted to your bike, helmet, or even surfboard, depending on the accessories included. They are used by motorsports professionals and race teams. These camcorders are shockproof and water proof (to 60m), ready for rugged environments. GoPro Cameras have been used on TV shows (such as GoldRush, The Bachelor, Deadliest Catch), to film unique perspectives. The latest models have built-in WiFi. They all have wide angle lenses to get all of the action. See the top GoPro models below and compare by price, reviews, imager size, and features. A glossary of features (lower on the page) will explain the features listed.

GoPro Wearable/Mountable Camera-Camcorders 2015-2016
(Best rated with the best features and largest imagers)

GoPro Camera HD HERO4
Black Edition
GoPro Camera HD HERO4
Silver Edition

GoPro Camera HD HERO3+
Black Edition
GoPro Camera HD HERO3+ Black MotorSports Edition
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Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi
Records at 60 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 30 fps
2.7K Cinema @ 50 fps
1440p @ 80fps
1080p @ 120fps
960p @ 120fps
720p @ 240fps
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2014-2015 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
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Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi
Records at 45 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 15 fps
2.7K Cinema @ 30 fps
1440p @ 48fps
1080p @ 60fps
960p @ 100fps
720p @ 120fps
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Silver Edition
2014-2015 Model
Bluetooth Enabled
LCD Touch Display
Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi
Records at 45 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 15 fps
2.7K Cinema @ 30 fps
1440p @ 48fps
1080p @ 60fps
960p @ 100fps
720p @ 120fps
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black Edition
2014 Model
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Wide Angle 170°
MicroSD Cards
High Definition
1/2.3-inch Imager
12 megapixels
External Mic Jack
f/2.8 Lens
Built-in WiFi
Records at 45 Mbps
4K Cinema@ 15 fps
2.7K Cinema @ 30 fps
1440p @ 48fps
1080p @ 60fps
960p @ 100fps
720p @ 120fps
H.264,AAC,.mp4
Waterproof Housing
Mounting Hardware
Black MotorSports Edition
2014 Model
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Glossary of Terms

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition = The Black Edition is GoPro’s best camera. It has a better professional grade lens (2x sharper than other models), better sensor and processor than the White or Silver Editions. Low light performance has also been improved. The black edition comes with the WiFi remote control (the other models don’t). Can shoot photos at 30fps (only 10fps for silver, and 3fps for white edition). The Black Edition can shoot at higher frame rates and resolution for video. This model has been used on remote control quad copters to get fantastic video from the air.
MicroSD Card Slot = This refers to the way the camcorder records video. GoPro cameras record to MicroSD cards.
WiFi Compatible = GoPro cameras for 2013 have built-in WiFi capability to use with accessories. The WiFi remote is optional for all models except the Black Edition which it is included. The range of the remote is up to 600 feet. The camera can be controlled by iOS smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App*. The GoPro App enables full camera control and scene preview on any compatible iOS smartphone or tablet. An Android App is available at the Google Play store.
Imager Size = This refers to the Imager of the camcorder, where the light hits from the lens. This is like the retina of the eye. The larger the imager, the better the quality of the video and better low light performance. High end camcorders generally have a larger imager. Larger is better. A 1/2.6-inch imager is double the size of a 1/5.2-inch imager. GoPro uses a 1/2.3-inch Imager, which is excellent for low light.
H.264 Capture = The Black Edition GoPro Hero3 Camera supports a bit rate up to 45 Mbps high video bitrate capture (H.264 compression). The silver edition supports 30 Mbps, and the white edition only 15 Mbps. The higher the bitrate, the better the quality of video.
Wide Angle 170° = This refers to the field of view in degrees. The 170 means a 170 degree field of view which is extremely wide and will get most of the action in front of you recorded onto the video. This is accomplished with a wide angle lens. You can change the angle of view.
F2.8 Lens = Larger and faster lenses allow more light in for greater low light sensitivity. Lenses with low f stop specifications are considered fast lenses. The camcorders on this page all have fast low light lenses with an f stop of f2.8
Megapixels = This refers to the camera function in the camcorder. This is the amount of megapixels available to take a snapshot picture while using the camcorder.
4K, 2.7K, 1080p 720p 30fps 60fps video = camcorders can record video at various resolutions. Many can record at several different rates. 4K and 2.7K are resolutions higher than Full HD. 1080p is blu-ray quality and is Full HD. 720p has about half the resolution of 1080p. Also keep in mind the frame rate of the video. Normal video is shot at 30fps (frames per second). Some camcorders can shoot at 48fps, 60fps, and even 120fps which will make the movie action much smoother and later can be used for slow motion as well.
External Mic Jack = This means that this camcorder is equipped with an external microphone jack or terminal to input an external microphone. It bypasses the built in microphones.


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