Action Sports Cameras

GoPro 3 Silver Edition B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: In many ways this camera foreshadows the future of filmmaking. While the 5DMKII and other HDDLSRs have democratized filmmaking – this camera is the ultimate equalizer as it’s incredible ease-of-use, weight, size and waterproof housing (not to mention incredible array of suction-cup mounts, velcro mounts, helmet mounts etc etc) makes this the camera you can take ANYWHERE. 

PROS: The small size, waterproof housing, incredible low price, and ability to mount this thing anywhere with as little as velcro – will allow you to make films from incredibly original (never before-done) POVs (Points of views / angles.) If you can think it – try it! You can’t mount a 5D MKII on an motorcycle helmet without taking a lot of financial risk and tiring their neck muscles…

CONS: There is no way to lock exposure at this time. Also – there is no built in (physical) aperture – therefore you cannot control depth of field (and again exposure.) The compression quality is sometimes incredible – at others times a little less so. Nonetheless – I’ll never go onto a production without one or two of these.

Description (from B&H): 15% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the HERO3. It also features faster built-in Wi-Fi than the HERO3. The HERO3+ is designed for recording a variety of adventure sports and it comes with a rugged housing that is waterproof down to a depth of 131′ (40m). The camera captures Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 60 fps, as well as 1280 x 720p at 120 fps. It supports both NTSC and PAL video systems as well. For still images, the HERO3+ supports up to 10MP photos with a burst rate of up to 10 fps.

GoPro 3 Black Edition B&H Mfr. Site

Comments:  This is the more professionally upgraded version of the GoPro 3 Silver.  It allows you to shoot in expanded resolutions of up to 2.7K at up to 30fps in the camera’s ProTune mode (45MB/s).  Frame rates are also expanded in this version with the ability to shoot up to 120 fps at 720 fps.  Hardware upgrades includes a lens that is 2x sharp and a 12MP sensor that performs better in low-light.

Description (from B&H): Smaller and lighter than its predecessor. It’s also Wi-Fi enabled. The HERO3 is designed for recording action sports and it comes with a rugged housing that is waterproof down to a depth of 197′ (60 m). The camera captures 4K Cinema, 2.7K Cinema, 1440p and Full HD 1920 x 1080p video. It also captures 960p, 720p and 480p video as well. Plus, it supports NTSC and PAL, and it can record up to 240 fps. For still images, the HERO3 supports 5, 7 and 12-megapixel photos.