- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have shot hundreds of hours of vid and taken thousands of stills with my old Gopro Hero2. Awesome camera! WiFi worked great, good battery life, RELIABLE.
The new Hero3 Black is total junk by comparison. It spontaneously has erased my memory card, deleting all my day's images with no input from me. It occasionally locks up and requires a hard restart by pulling the battery. The battery sometimes gets really hot as it discharges in an uncontrolled way. This is with all the newest firmware installed (as of mid-February, 2013).
The worst part is that the image quality is abhorrent. Strong color shift accentuating reds and greens in certain situations makes color correction a total pain. I spend way more time trying to fix the images I shoot with my Hero3 Black compared to my old Hero2. I also got a Hero3 Silver for comparison and it takes much better pics than the Black model. The Black shows a red hue color cast and very soft image quality in my examples attached. The Silver is more neutral in hue and MUCH sharper.
I have no idea what GoPro was thinking with the new Black, but it sucks big time. Get a Silver, or even better, keep your Hero2.