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GoPro HERO3

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder


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GoPro HERO3
Drift Innovation HD Ghost
JVC GZ-EX515
JVC Everio GZ-VX815
Panasonic HC-X900M
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-VX815BUS HD Camcorder
Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
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Oct 2012
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Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
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High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
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Digital
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Digital
Digital
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Memory Still Resolution
12.0 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
8.3 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
Internal Flash Memory 256MB, microSD Up To 32GB
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Flash Media, High Definition
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Video
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Video, Photo Viewing
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  • The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.


  • If you're looking to upgrade from your HD Hero2, the Hero3: Black Edition should give you plenty to be excited about. The enhanced video performance means your videos will be sharper, have more detail in low light, and moving subjects will look smoother than anything you shot with the Hero2. In addition to being both smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Hero3's built-in WiFi functions make it an easier camcorder to us, especially if you have a smartphone.


  • The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else.


  • With Wi-Fi, an LCD, and a waterproof body, as well as some nice accessories, the Drift HD Ghost uses its features to beat back the action cam competition.


  • The Drift Innovation HD Ghost is a unique action camera with a rotating lens, but while video quality is good you can get better in this price range.


  • The HD Ghost is an excellent quality 1080p HD POV camcorder - with a handy remote control, to boot. It also also shoots high-quality JPEGs. The free iPhone application is also a nice bonus that's actually useful. Different types of mounts are included to make the HD Ghost package very complete, without the need to buy more accessories.

    If you can get over the tricky user interface - eventually you will - the HD Ghost delivers consistent, high-quality HD video and stills.


  • The JVC GZ-EX515BEK offers an impressive feature set at a surprisingly low price. Image quality is good, however it's the breadth of features that mark the GZ-EX515BEK out. It incorporates the latest version of JVC's Wi-Fi connectivity, a host of creative options, and even an accessory shoe and microphone input. The only missing features are independent shutter and iris control. Overall though, for less than £300 it's a capable and well-rounded camcorder.


  • If JVC stepped up its construction quality and particularly its user interface it might really have something with this mid-range Everio line, but as things stand the VX815 is a hard camcorder to recommend.


  • The JVC GZ-VX815 packs a hefty set of features - high-definition video capture, 12-megapixel photo capture, and just plain "fun" features - all in a small profile that will fit quite comfortably in your pants or shirt pocket. Think of it as the better way to capture video and still images than on your smartphone (if you got one of those, you can pair it to the camcorder for remote operation).


  • The VX815 is a worthwhile step up from a compact camera or smartphone, but its video quality is beaten by the Panasonic HC-V720 and even the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V compact camera.


  • Panasonic sure knows how to make a solid flagship camcorder with appeal to consumers and semi-pros alike, and, by all means, the new HC-X900M is exactly that-an excellent high-end camcorder. Unfortunately, the product still left us dissatisfied thanks to Panasonic's lack of updates and improvements over last year's HDC-TM900. We said the same thing last year when Panasonic failed to innovate, and this glaring trend of riding on the coattails of predecessors has us worried about Panasonic's future in the market.

    But we also can't really blame them.

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    With outstanding performance in two dimensions or three, the HC-X900M, by Panasonic, is well worth the attention of anyone seeking quality HD at an affordable price.


  • The last few generations of high-end camcorder from Panasonic have been hard to beat. The HDC-TM900 and HDC-TM700 offered powerful combinations of great image quality and comprehensive features. The HC-X900 continues that tradition, and just about edges our recommendation over Canon's excellent LEGRIA HF G10. The X900 is around £100 cheaper and offers a standard accessory shoe without the need for third-party adapters, plus a marginally easier control system. For these reasons the HC-X900 maintains Panasonic's position as our top premium camcorder recommendation.


Top 5 camcorder for home use:

  1. GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
  2. Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
  3. JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder
  4. JVC Everio GZ-VX815BUS HD Camcorder
  5. Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder