You've seen them everywhere, used in just about every application you can find. Big time commercials, small time in-home movies, you name it... it's been there.
The GoPro HERO 3 has made a name for itself, the biggest bang for the smallest package. Sporting 1080p video capabilities, along with some of the smoothest processing power in the consumer market, GoPro really outdid themselves with the Hero 3 series of cameras.
The GoPro Hero 3 comes in 3 model types, each with its own unique features. The stock 'White Edition' gives you the powerful Hero 3 camcorder, a waterproof housing with assorted rigging, and the peripheral parts (USB cable and etc). Witnessing the videos made with the GoPro set on it's highest settings is amazing. In fact, recently television mecha Discovery LLC used GoPro camcorders during the filming of several POV shots in their Travel Channel series Insane Coaster Wars.
The Hero 3 is also available in 'Silver' and 'Black' editions, each adding some bells and whistles into the stock package. Essentially, these cameras are great for the digital guru who wishes to get High Def video for a low price tag, the most expensive package will run you about 400.00 US Dollars after tax and shipping costs, which is considerably cheaper then other devices in its class.
Some critics will complain that the GoPro company really messed up on the application end of the camera. While some High Def filmmakers are used to big, bulky cameras with fancy UIs, the GoPro can kind of pass accidentally for a cheap digital camera since the display is a small digital screen. Critics will also complain stating that the utilization of the Record/Mode button on the device is alot to be desired.
To curve the complaints however, GoPro does have an optional WiFi controller with built-in display, which really makes the system much easier to control. What also helps set the Hero 3 apart from most HD camcorders is the rigging devices. You can rig the device on a head mount, on a car, in an airplane, or even a surfboard (utilizing the surfboard mount in the Black-Surf Edition).
The only other pitfall that critics complain about the Hero 3 is it's audio. Because the microphone for the camcorder is onboard, if you record the audio with the waterproof housing, the audio does lose quality quickly... but in the end, most individuals who use the GoPro do so strictly for POV reasons, so most on-board stock audio is edited out in Post Production.
In the end, GoPro is a really smart company in the forever challenge of getting the most out of a small device. The Hero 3 is available online at GoPro's website (link will be enclosed below) or wherever major electronics are sold.
Website for GoPro: http://gopro.com/