Those ruggedized cases that turn your iPhone into a handy sports-cam? They can go suck it. GoPro has popped out a new sequel in its Hero lineup and it shoots 4K video whilst also being way smaller and lighter than its predecessor.
Smaller (30%), lighter (25%) and faster (2x) than the Hero2, the Hero 3 Black Edition also has built in Wi-Fi so you can connect it to and control it from your iPhone using the new GoPro app. It’s also bounce-able and beer-proof, but the real draw is in those fast and high video modes. Here’s the breakdown:
- 4K at 12fps
- 2.7K at 30/25/24fps
- 1440p at 48/30/35/24fps
- 1080p at 60/50/48/30/25/24fps
- 960p at 100/48fps
- 720p at 120/100fps
- 854x480p at 240fps
As you can see, shooting at 4K will give you a lame, jerk-tastic 12 frames-per-second. But 2.7K at 24p sounds fantastic to us, and 720p at 120fps will give you some pretty awesome hi-def, slo-mo action.
Sure, the iPhone is camera enough for most situations, but not all. And the clever designers not only make cameras which cater to these niches, but let their camera talk to the iPhone, too. I plan to get one of these to document my bungee-jumping season next year. Where by “bungee” I mean “armchair,” and by “jumping” I mean “reading comic books on my iPad and drinking delicious iced coffee.”
Available now, for $400, including Wi-Fi remote.