Should I buy a Gopro?
I have researched a lot about the gopro hero 3 and was almost certainly going to buy. Until I started reading MANY people complaining that their cameras came defective.
I live in Brazil and buy a camera outside the country. If the camera had faulty switch would be pretty boring and I would pay the freight.
I also noticed that most people who complain are the old posts and the silver and black editions.
Here's my question:
Currently the gopro hero 3 keeps coming with defects?
The white edition is generally not have problems?
Obs:Using a micro SD Class 10 (not SanDisk), the last update and card 16 gb
Hero3 white edition: ZERO sales = ZERO complaints!
Seriously, why would anybody buy one?
I ask myself out of how many units sold have there been complaints? I don't know the answer but I'm willing to bet it is a small percentage. It seems of all the complaints I've seen most deal with fixable firmware problems or incorrect/bad memory cards. I've read very little about mechanical failures and in my experience these things are pretty tough and can stand some considerable abuse.
I say pull the trigger and go for at least a silver. If it were me I would go for the black edition because I know from past experience that you always wish you had gone bigger or better.
Yeah, I agree with you I thought that possibility.
Originally Posted by Steevo
Actually after much research by gopro hero 3 I was afraid of a defect. I started thinking about buying a Contour ROAM 2 for the price and does not seem to have many defects.
So I thought for 50 usd more could have a better camera and you might not have so many faults. (and I could go deeper with her in the water)
I only buy a white edition if the possibility of a defect is smaller.(i don't know, perhaps because it is simpler it has fewer problems)
I read a lot of posts of people who have problems with the battery. The battery don't charge or the camera don't power on. This problems are already solved by the updates?
Originally Posted by MrCat
There were also actual problems with the cameras, for example it completely dieing, nothing to do with the batteries, simply failing.
There were some signs of faults, the battery would die from 30minutes of filming even on 720p @30fps, and constantly went into "burning inferno" mode where it would just burn the battery power. In the end the camera just died one morning, nothing we could do, tried different batteries, etc. (Silver edition) We had to send it to Holland (we paid postage) and they sent back a replacement within 5 days.
We had to call customer support, chat for 10minutes, email them a scan of the invoice/receipt (they only issue replacements within 12months of purchase) along with the camera serial number.
Overall it was a painless replacement, but a FAULT with the camera itself none the less.
The replacement works great.
We believe most of the cameras are better now, most faults were with cameras made before Dec-2012, as they were the 1st batch.
Firmware updates fixed most of the bugs.
The white edition would not be recommended, it makes more sense to go for either the Silver edition or in-fact the Contour.
Not everyone that owns a gopro is on here. Usually it's only people with problems. But with the latest firmware the bugs are gone as long as you use a recommended sd card.
I have a couple of blacks with different date codes. Both have worked fine or better with each firmware update. Poor memory cards seemed to have created many problems, so just follow GoPro's recommendations for cards. Batteries have not created any problems for me, once you become familiar with the their length of charge, both charging and discharging. My extra batteries are Wasabi.
I practice several techniques: the camera is not ever plugged into a computer, batteries are charged using an iPhone/iPod wall charger or Wasabi chargers, not with a computer and memory cards are only formatted in the camera.
Wi-fi is awesome and the phone app is very useful. And finally, the free editing software, GoPro Studio, is a very nice bonus.
How long did it take start the defects?When you purchased your gorpo??
Originally Posted by SuperchargedTrading
We purchased the one we had replaced in February, it started failing within 2 weeks of purchase.
Originally Posted by MateusDenucci
The defect was the battery only lasting 30minutes of filming on any setting, sometimes even less.
We thought it was a firmware bug, but in the end it wasn't.