Product Comparison: GoPro HERO3 vs GoPro Hero5 Black

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General Specifications
About the Product
Featuring stunning image quality and built-in Wi-Fi, HERO3 White makes it simple to document and share life’s most memorable moments. It captures 1080p30 video for gorgeous footage of every adventure. A variety of photo modes ensure your best shots yet, choose from 5MP single photos, Time Lapse photos or Burst photos at up to 3 frames per second. Built-in Wi-Fi supports the GoPro App, enabling you to control the camera remotely using your phone or tablet, view the photos and videos you’ve captured, and quickly share content on Facebook, Twitter and more. HERO3 White is compatible with all GoPro mounts, so you can wear it or attach it to your gear for immersive POV footage during your favorite activities. Plus, it’s ultra durable and waterproof to 131 feet (40 meters), so it goes wherever you go to capture life without a worry.
HERO5 Black is a balance of performance and convenience thanks to its 4K video, voice control, easy-to-use touch display and waterproof design. Now with QuikStories, HERO5 Black automatically sends your footage to your phone where it transforms into an awesome edited video (1). Combined with stabilized video, pro-quality photos and auto upload to the cloud with GoPro Plus (2), HERO5 Black gives you the power to tell your story.
Key Specs
Effective Megapixels
5 MP
12 MP
Video Resolution
1080 p
2160 p
Maximum Depth Of Water Resistance
131 feet
33 feet
Size & Weight
1.6 in.
1.26 in.
2.4 in.
2.44 in.
2.3 in.
1.75 in.
2.56 oz.
4.16 oz.


GoPro Hero5 Black

What customers say about "Size & Weight"
GoPro HERO3 White Edition
  • I am amazed.... This camera is better then I thought it could be in this size. the clarity in all modes is fantastic and so easy to use.
  • Great camera, but battery gets warm. Would recommend it to anyone. Size and accessories are good too.
  • Small size fits in pockets and areas that won't allow the camera to come into harm (exterior of vehicle)
  • I was amazed at the small compact size of this camcorder and can travel with you by attaching it to your stroller, car, bike, or your head.
  • The size and waterproof case is also great for waterpark and beach trips.
GoPro Hero5 Black Action Camera
  • Great camera for its size, very high quality and great size to travel.
  • The product is great for travel due to small size.
  • This GoPro is a must for a traveller. So compact and versatile.
  • Really just wanted a quality camera that is small and light enough to attach to my motorcycle, RC cars or, dog to make some fun videos.
  • Can't believe it's so small, i carry it with me all the time in the car. purchased a Feiyu F5 to go with it. Perfectly stable video.
Display Type
Screen Size
2 in.
What customers say about "Display"
GoPro HERO3 White Edition
  • Also I would have loved to have a screen on it so I could see what I was doing or know if I needed to retake a shot / video. So if you have the extra cash I would get the gopro with the screen.
  • This was a great buy, and the touch screen backpack makes it even better.
  • Only thing that is a bit of a gamble, is that without the LCD screen, you can't really see what you are shooting so it is 'point and hope'. Even so, with its natural wide angle lens, we never missed a shot.
  • Overall, I do really, really like it, I just wish it was better in lower light and came with an LCD screen.
  • Was excited to get this, but found the lack of a screen made it hard to use.
GoPro Hero5 Black Action Camera
  • Love this new GoPro! The LCD screen on the back and the capability to link it to my phone or tablet for a better view is fabulous!
  • This updated version is awesome because the LCD screen is built in.
  • Great camera, am glad I went with a model with the display screen on the back.
  • The new go pro has added great features such as the touch screen and voice.
  • The thought screen is really nice but I think that the menus are sometimes a little tough to navigate because it's such a small screen, I don't really let that bother me because it's so simple to connect tablet or phone to it navigating the menus on the mobile is very fast and easy to change.
Video Formats
MP4 (H.264)
Image Stabilization
What customers say about "Video"
GoPro HERO3 White Edition
  • The pictures with the edition I purchased are good, not great, given the 5 MP capability and the close-in build for pictures (I didn't but this to take long-range pictures). However, the video in HD (and this should be changes to 1080 as the default is a bit less) is absolutely gorgeous.
  • Does exactly what I want. Gets a fish lens look on some of the pics but has great video.
  • Takes great underwater pics and videos and kinda neat wide angle above water pics too!
  • Very rugged, great images, highly versatile. Can be very finicky to work with.
  • I was a little disappointed in the sound while it's in waterproof housing and also with the image quality (as a photographer).
GoPro Hero5 Black Action Camera
  • The settings for video formats are great. There are many options.
  • The video was crisp and clear, the new generation of this GoPro is getting better.
  • My son has taken the GoPro on several skiing trips, videos are very clear. Easy to use, love it!
  • Nice camera, easy to use. Image stabilization works fine - cant complain.
  • Takes fantastic slow motion video. Image stabilization works very well in canceling small vibrations out.
  • Video quality degrades at night.
Wi-Fi Enabled
Water Resistant
Memory Card Compatibility
microSD Class 10
Professional quality video capture, Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac, and 2nd generation Battery Bacpac
Voice Control, Touch Display, GPS, Touch Zoom
What customers say about "Features"
GoPro HERO3 White Edition
  • Now, me personally this type of camera does fit the bill in terms of pricing, reliability, and features. While I could go for the higher upgraded versions, this just fits the bill.
  • It has some awesome features. My son likes to ride dirt bikes, so he has big plans for some killa footage. As he would say!!!
  • I found this option to be incredibly useful when capturing and checking video's while away from a computer. This feature is a necessity.
  • The only reason I bought this was to send into space, but the WiFi feature is awesome and I can use it for a bunch of things. Haven't really tried it in low light, but I'm not holding too much hope out for that.
  • The battery life is very bad too. If you're using the wifi feature, expect only three or four hours before you need a full charge. Without any wifi, expect five.
GoPro Hero5 Black Action Camera
  • Great for vacations and it comes water resistant now. I've been using it in for snowboarding lately and the picture quality comes out great.
  • Durable easy to operate and awesome picture...great for family its small design and water resistance.
  • Much better than the previous model. Water resistant without a case to a certain depth.
  • Very user friendly and the voice control features is awesome!
  • Great Action camera, love the GPS setup and all the software that can be used with it.
  • In order to use the app, it appears I must use my data as connecting the GoPro unit disconnects the wi-fi.
  • Good product. Be careful when purchasing the SD card. The camera does not support all types and some SD cards will say they work with GoPro cameras but they do not.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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