• GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review
  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

    GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

    GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

  • GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

    GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

GoPro cameras have been our go-to action cams since we were knee-high to a snowboard, so we're pretty stoked about the arrival of the Hero3+ Black Edition.

This radical little box of tricks promises a better lens, longer battery life and faster wireless operation than the previous Hero3, while still packing such epic treats as 4K video and 30fps stills.

There's also a cheaper Silver Edition (£280), which misses out on the 4K and has a slightly smaller sensor, but it's the Black Edition that we're totally amped about*.

*We've overdone the extreme sports lingo, haven't we? We'll stop now.

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GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

Yes, the GoPro will do 4K footage, but at 15fps and through these optics, there’s little point.

There's better news when it comes to full HD footage though. While not quite DSLR or high-end camcorder quality, it captures bags of detail and copes better with shadows and highlights than rivals such as the Garmin VIRB Elite. And, if you're interested in slow-mo, the fact that the GoPro can shoot 120fps at 720p and even 240fps at WVGA quality is a massive bonus.

But for all the talk of video quality and fancy features, much of GoPro’s success is down to the fact that you can stick them on to almost anything. The 3+ remains the king when it comes to mounts, with options to attach it to virtually anything. Well, there's no pig mount yet, but it can be only a matter of time. 

Verdict

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review

GoPro's ‘industry standard’ status has been well earned, and the Hero3+ Black Edition is a cracking good camera.

However, in 2014 a £350+ camera with no screen and a three-button interface doesn’t quite stack up. We’d like to see a major redesign for GoPro’s next flagship, taking some cues from new rivals such as the Garmin VIRB Elite.

That said, the GoPro's tiny form factor, 4K mode, extra mounts, and advanced slow-mo options are all advantages, and that's why it's still a fixture in our Top 10 camcorders list.

And if £360 is too much for you, there's also the Hero3+ Silver Edition, yours for about £240 if you shop around.

READ MORE: The 10 best camcorders in the world right now

Stuff says... 

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition review

Another fine action cam from GoPro that'll please plenty of exteme enthusiasts
GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition action cam review
£360
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Excellent video quality
Huge range of mounts
4K and slow-mo modes
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Lacks a proper screen
4K mode only 15fps
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