GoPro reveals smaller, lighter, sharper HERO3+

GoPro Hero3+
Smaller, lighter: The GoPro Hero3+. Picture: GoPro.

GoPro has announced a new, updated version of its HERO3 Black and Silver edition action cameras. The new units – the Hero3+ Black and the HERO3+ Silver — are, it says, an “evolution” from the previous Hero3 cameras.

The new Heroes, which are already on sale, are also the same price as the older models.

The HERO3+ Black is 20 per cent smaller and lighter, according to GoPro, when it is in its waterproof housing. The new camera has a 30 per cent better battery life, faster WiFi, and a new “immersive” SuperView video mode. For broadcasters, though, the most important improvement is a new lens, which GoPro says is sharper than on older units. Audio quality is also improved.

The more budget-minded Silver edition now gains the faster WiFi, a faster image processor, and a 15 per cent smaller and lighter housing. The camera can now also record 1080p60 and 720p120 video.

At IBC this year, GoPro also announced its Studio 2 software, which allows basic editing of GoPro footage, as well as providing tools such as wide-angle lens distortion correction, making GoPro footage more suitable for interviews and other non-action videography.

The software is free of charge and can also edit constant bit rate video footage from Canon and Nikon cameras.