As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes a digital camera for action video just isn’t the best choice for your photography environment. So you will still find a camcorder valuable. One such camcorder still high in demand is the GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition listing at $299.99, which can be found online for under $260.
GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition (Part 1)
The Silver appears identical to the Black Edition, GoPro’s professional version (a silver “3” on front is the only apparent difference) and is priced $100 less with part of that difference coming from the $80 Wi-Fi remote that accompanies the Black Edition but not the Silver. The Silver still has Wi-Fi, and the remote can be purchased separately.
The Silver Edition doesn’t have things like the Black’s Protune mode for high-bit-rate video, advanced color settings, and 24 frames per second recording for professional video production. Stuff that many consumers won’t use. However, the reason the Silver Edition can’t do these things is because it has a different sensor and processor than the Black Edition. So if you were expecting identical video quality between the two cameras, that’s simply not the case.
The Silver’s color and exposure are still very good, and the camera adjusts smoothly when lighting conditions change. At small screen sizes, clips look really good. But, there is definitely some detail loss as compared to the Black Edition. Artifacts are more noticeable too, especially when viewed at larger screen sizes. If these differences are important to you, go Black for $100 more.
Until next time, Happy Shuttering!