EOSHD Takes a look at the new GoPro Hero3 and it’s functionality with the GoPro iPhone App.
From EOSHD: I recently picked up the Hero 3 Black Edition. It’s a great overall point-of-view camera not just a favourite of sports shooters. The size of a matchbox and it does 2.7K and 4K video all at a pretty high bitrate of around 45Mbit.
Since a couple of days ago (Dec 14th) it has a new firmware update and iPhone app which gives you smooth wireless 24fps monitoring on the iPhone so I thought I’d give it a try.
The Hero 3 doesn’t have an LCD itself (it’s available as an $89 optional extra) so the iPhone App is particularly useful. Since the Hero 3 has built in WiFi, you can monitor multiple vehicle mounted POV
cameras from your iPhone and/or iPad, to get the framing set up perfectly. All the controls available in the camera menus will be displayed on the iPhone, so you can change the resolution, frame rate, recording mode, and all other options with the swipe of a finger.
Image quality of the Hero 3 Black Edition in good light is absolutely first rate in 2.7K mode, and of course 4K mode is exceptionally detailed.
For such a small camera, it is much improved in low light compared to the previous Hero, but of course it’s still very noisy in dim interior light compared to a DSLR.
I hope GoPro have some intention on making a cinema camera, they clearly have the codec expertise (CineForm) and processing chips to do one. In fact with an interchangeable lens mount the existing Hero 3 Black Edition would make a superb 16mm cinema camera. As it stands, the fish eye lens is a bit limiting but perfect for POV stuff. You can crop into the sensor for narrower fields of view but this increases noise and isn’t available at all resolutions and frame rates.
Video above showing how to get the app configures is from Amanda Woolsey, who also created the bonus video below, in which she builds a wonderful little DIY Video Stabilizer for your GoPro Hero3 and iPhone.
DIY Stabilizer for GoPro Hero3 and iPhone:
Rubbermaid Fast Track Hose Hook
GoPro Tripod Mount Adapter
Woxom Slingshot Smartphone Video Stabilizer
Metal Loom Clamp Assortment
Also needed: 1/4″ 20 thread bolt, a flat washer, a 1/4″ lock washer and a 1/4″ nut.