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Exclusive: GoPro announce the Hero3 (behind the scenes photos)

Posted by Caleb Smith on Wednesday October 17 2012

Contrary to popular belief I just want to point out that I can keep a secret. Especially when I’ve signed an epic NDA (non-disclosure agreement) that would have put me in serious hot water had I talked (or posted) too soon. So a month or so back I headed down to Queenstown to shoot stills on GoPro’s epic five minute video below that showcases exactly what the new Hero3 is capable of. GoPro had flown in a bunch of athletes from around the world and for the MTB segment they choose GoPro rider Aaron Chase and his good buddy Kelly McMassive.

A large section of the MTB parts were filmed on the Fern Hill Loop. Aaron Chase and Kelly push back up for the 13th time. Photo Caleb Smith

Serious Business! Yup that’s a remote operated cable cam that can do 20km and hour! Photo Caleb Smith

Apart from the diving and the surfing (which was shot in Tonga) and the kayaking (which was shot in the Central North Island, there’s even some Tree Trunk Gorge in there) the whole video was shot in Queenstown. Kelly and Aaron were in town for a week but filmed for all of three days. We have a feature story on the whole thing in the December issue.

Kelly takes a test run down Dream Track while the crew set up. Photo Caleb Smith

Aaron narrowly avoids the 150m long cable cam that diagonally crossed Hammy’s track during filming! Photo Caleb Smith

So the whole massive shoot was in aid of the new GoPro Hero3. Now as I said earlier today this thing is a game changer. It’s half the size of the Hero2 but it will still fit all your old mounts, but it’s what’s going on inside that’s crazy on the top model the camera films at 2.7k resolution at 30fps, that’s twice the resolution of 1080p. But here’s the best bet. At 60fps it films at 1080p so you’re getting HD slow-mo, then at 720p it films at 120fps and if you drop the res down even further you can get 240fps. CRAZY! As well as all that it shoots 12mp stills and has a burst mode where it shoots up to 30 shots in a second. And as I mentioned this morning in the new half the size shape it has the WiFi and remote features built in. But you’ll be able to upload footage from your smartphone to the web moments after you’ve filmed it!

GoPro used 75 Hero3s on the shoot and 75 Hero2s. Photo Caleb Smith

…not to mention a tonne of housings, SD cards and batteries! Photo Caleb Smith

GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition
NZ RRP$649
4K/15, 2.7K/30, 1440p/48fps, 1080p/60fps, 960p/100fps, 720p/120fps
12MP photos
New photo burst modes with up to 30 shots per second
WiFi built in
Remote Control Included ($79.95 otherwise)
Protune, White Balance, Continuous Photo, and Picture in Video capabilities
Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

The Silver Edition.
Available 10/21/12.
NZ RRP$499
1080p/30fps, 960p/48fps, 720p/60fps
11MP photos
Up to 10 shots per second in photo burst mode
WiFi built in
Protune and White Balance
Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

GoPro needed snow and MTB trails at the same time. Jackets were mandatory in between takes. Photo Caleb Smith

When there’s three helmet cams in every shot, finding a vantage point to shoot from can be somewhat challenging. Photo Caleb Smith


  • cd

    Cool shots! Got any pics of the rest of the production? I’m wondering how they shot the motorcyclist from the front… Looks like some kind of rear-mounted polecam or something extending over his head and rotating.

  • Jensmedia

    Verry nice work! Is the line cam (cable cam) “home built” or can i buy online?