Comparison of GoPro Hero 3 v GoPro Hero 3+

If you’ve already got a GoPro Hero 3 camera, is there a benefit in upgrading to the latest 3+ range?

Both of the GoPro HERO3+ and GoPro HERO3 are above average cameras with lots of bells and whistles. There’s a lot to appreciate with both GoPro HERO models, the company just seems to do a lot of things right when it comes to camera quality. Even so, if you’re wondering whether to splash out on a new HERO3+ model, the following comparison of the two state of the art cameras will help you make an informed decision.

1. The HERO3+ basically looks like an upgrade to an already fantastic action camera, which basically is what it is. Much like the GoPro HERO3, the HERO3+ is available in two models, the Black and Silver Edition. Both versions are 20% smaller than the HERO3, have batteries that last 30% longer and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities, making it 4x faster than the older version.

2.  Besides being smaller, the HERO3+ is more powerful than the HERO3 and includes additional modifications such as the underwater housing is thinner and smaller, making it possible to dive deeper. In addition, the camera’s buttons are more responsive than the ones on the older version’s housing.

3. The HERO3+ also comes with upgrades that include the Auto Low Light and SuperView modes that help user’s maximize the image quality. The SuperView mode is one of the best options, with the ultra-wide angle lens, making it possible for you to capture more of yourself as well as your surroundings in the shot. The Auto Low Light setting improves overall performance by adjusting frame rates, which are influenced by the lighting conditions. The HERO3+ Black Edition offers both options; the Silver version only comes with Auto Low Light.

4. When it comes to image capture, the HERO3+ Black Edition shoots anywhere up to 4K resolution at 15fps and 2.7K at 30fps. The Black Edition also supports 720p120 2.7Kp30, 960p100, 1080p60, and 1440p48. The Silver Edition shoots as high as 1080p at 60fps and 720p120 and 960p60.

5. A couple of additional enhancements on both the HERO3+ Black and Silver Editions include better audio, a sharper lens, boosting image sharpness by a hefty 33% as well as a 2x decrease in imaging artifacts. The Silver Edition actually delivers a 3x reduction in imaging artifacts however, without having a stipulated percentage of expanded image sharpness. In addition, the HERO3+ version comes with an assortment of nifty accessories. The GoPro HERO3+ Silver runs around $299 while the Black version cost $100 more.


We’d have to say just about everybody that owns GoPro’s HERO3 is extremely happy with the image quality and features, but the company did manage to deliver worthy improvements with their HERO3+ that makes the camera worth considering if you don’t mind paying the extra bucks. The audio in the HERO3+ was greatly improved and some of the added or improved features mentioned above might be a good enough reason for some to upgrade to the newer version. That being said, if you already own the HERO3, you’ll have to ask yourself if improved audio, image quality, longer battery life and camera size are enough of a reason to upgrade?

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