GoPro HERO3 for Drones Review

Updated: March 19, 2014

Hands down, the best, most versatile outdoors digital camera I’ve ever seen.GoPro 3 HD for Drones

There, that’s my GoPro HERO3 review in a nutshell.

I’ve been a big fan of GoPro since the first generation of their camera with the waterproof housing for my surfing adventures, and I have to say the GoPro just keeps getting better.

So what makes the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition so special?

Its wide-angle lens produces HD quality video and, get this, 12 megapixel photos!

That means your shots are going to be less grainy and better quality, which is why you often see them mounted on drones –because the quality of the photography has caught up, and, in some cases, even surpassed the traditional point-and-shoot cameras on the market.

Here’s a user-submitted demo from YouTube on the GoPro Hero 3 mounted on a DJI Phantom Drone: 

This camera also offers the following new features, including looping video, continuous photo, manual white balance, protune mode, and the ability to snap photos while recording videos.

In terms of the specs of the images and video, it shoots 4K Cinema 15 fps / 2.7K cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps, not to mention the 12MP photo capture with 30 fps bursts.

Another featured drone fans will love is the wi-fi control.

Somehow this tiny camera has built-in wi-fi features, which allows you to control the camera via remote control or a mobile or tablet app.

I never needed this while using GoPros while surfing or mountain biking, but for my aerial photography it’s great to be able to control your camera remotely if need be.

Say you’re sitting your drone on a ledge, waiting for wildlife to move or something before burning drone battery life. Why not save the energy on your camera too, and only power it when it’s needed?

Along with improved photo quality and the wi-fi features, the new generation of GoPro comes with an improved housing that is waterproof to 197 feet so that you can capture amazing photos above and below the surface.

Additionally, GoPro has an updated line of mounts, for just about every application imaginable. I got mine with the expansion mount because it could be mounted on just about everything.


With improved photo quality (12 megapixel images), and the ability to take photos while recording video, this is a huge upgrade in my eyes.

Throw in the mobile app and wi-fi control features, and this camera is something straight out of Mission Impossible.

The number of uses for the GoPro HERO3 are limitless, so this camera gets 5 of 5 stars. (If I could give it 6 I would, but we’ll save that for the GoPro HERO4, because you know they’ll blow our minds with that one too!

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