Capturing the action in the field is becoming very common for nearly everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are doing a fly-in camp for fishing or climbing the highest peaks in search of a trophy mountain goat, you are going to want to capture the moment. Choosing the right camera to get the job done can be a daunting task and definitely can set you back a paycheck or two.

The GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera is truly one of the most versatile camera’s on the market. It’s not going to cost you a month’s wages either. The Sportsman’s News team has been using GoPro camera’s for many years now and they are a staple in our photography and filming adventures. Having the ability to take good quality photos as well as high definition video makes it a great asset. The numerous accessories which are available with these little cameras make them capable of doing nearly anything.

The Hero 3+ Black Edition provides video footage which can be filmed in resolution up to 4K as well as take photos at 12 megapixels for 30 frames per second and is waterproof down to 131”. These are all the extremes for this camera and settings that most consumers won’t ever use. However, it is good to know that it has the capabilities if you desire to use them. Whether you’re a professional videographer group as we are or just a novice, the GoPro Hero 3+ is a must have for your arsenal.

Gopro Hero3 photoThe compactness of this camera makes it a handy item to stick into your pocket, so you are ready to film or take photos at a moment’s notice. The audio that is recorded when not in the waterproof case is extremely good and we often use it for Sportsman’s News shows. It is 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor. It delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. Video can be shot in various views including narrow, medium and wide. SuperView is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. The battery on this version is larger than GoPro’s of the past and provides 30% longer battery life. Even though this is the case, we feel that the batteries are the only weak link in this setup. Although better than the past, there is still much room for improvement, so make sure you purchase extra batteries as well as a dual battery charger to get the most out of your cameras.

These cameras are set up with Wi-Fi and this newer version is 4x faster than in the past. It allows you to trigger a photo or the video with the included remote control or the smart phone app. The new f2.8 aperture provides for a much sharper image whether you’re shooting video or taking still photos. GoPro has a vast array of mounts that come with the setup and many more can be purchased as additional items. The Chesty is a chest harness that allows you to mount the camera snug across your chest and capture everything at chest level and is one of our favorites for filming outdoor action stuff. The head harness can be used the same way, but the footage gets a little dizzy if you move your head a lot.

This camera has way more options than we have room to list in this article, but we will tell you from experience that you won’t be disappointed when you purchase a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera.