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Have any of you upgraded from a gopro 2 to a 3?

I just got back from a trip and the entire time I felt like I needed a better way of getting the device start stop recording. I was thinking of buying the wifi pack but then thought it might make more sense to sell what I have and upgrade. Anyone do a similar move and have no regrets,?
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I just got back from a trip and the entire time I felt like I needed a better way of getting the device start stop recording. I was thinking of buying the wifi pack but then thought it might make more sense to sell what I have and upgrade. Anyone do a similar move and have no regrets,?
I can't say it was an intentional upgrade, but yes.

The wi-fi back with the remote is great (don't personally have one but know people who use it) the silver 3 is only wi-fi compatible but does not include the remote; it can connect to Iphone etc but honestly it's a pain with gloves. I've never personally had an issue pressing one botton to start-stop

I will say however, that I find the here 3 A LOT better at filming in low light then the 2
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Also, it is noticeably lighter if you are riding with it on a pole
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Thanks for the feedback! I will consider upgrading
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I just got back from a trip and the entire time I felt like I needed a better way of getting the device start stop recording. I was thinking of buying the wifi pack but then thought it might make more sense to sell what I have and upgrade. Anyone do a similar move and have no regrets,?
I have a hero2, and a hero3 black.

Battery life on the hero 3 is awful. I never use wifi, and am lucky to film a whole day riding with 3 batteries.

Also, If you want to use the features of the Hero3 (at least the black edition) You will need a large class 10 micro SD card (figure at least 32gb)

13/14 days
60/75

14/15 days
let's not talk about it
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I have a hero2, and a hero3 black.

Battery life on the hero 3 is awful. I never use wifi, and am lucky to film a whole day riding with 3 batteries.

Also, If you want to use the features of the Hero3 (at least the black edition) You will need a large class 10 micro SD card (figure at least 32gb)
My mate has the black and has said the same thing.

I don't film constantly throughout the whole day, but my silver hasn't died on me yet. I would recommend a 64gb. I had a 64gb in my hero 2 but only have a 32gb in my hero 3 and it fills up pretty quick.
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Yep as others have said, the gp black has horrible battery life.

In Whistler I get about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours of continuous recording on my GoPro 3 before I have to swap the battery. Anything past 1 hour gets iffy.

This is with wi-fi off, recording at 1080p 60 fps on pro tune.

A second battery is basically a must if you own a GP3 black... this does remind me that I still have to finish writing my full review, but yeah, battery life is pretty crummy.

I still love it though, despite it's crummy battery. Can't complain with the picture quality and recording 1080p at 60fps.

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Yep as others have said, the gp black has horrible battery life.

In Whistler I get about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours of continuous recording on my GoPro 3 before I have to swap the battery. Anything past 1 hour gets iffy.

This is with wi-fi off, recording at 1080p 60 fps on pro tune.

A second battery is basically a must if you own a GP3 black... this does remind me that I still have to finish writing my full review, but yeah, battery life is pretty crummy.

I still love it though, despite it's crummy battery. Can't complain with the picture quality and recording 1080p at 60fps.
I find my 1080p a bit 'grainy' for lack of a better word, compared to filming at 720p which is super crisp. Do I have to change any settings to get it clearer or something
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Well I find grainy is usually due to low light, but I film everything using the same protune mode and do all my touching up later in Final Cut.

Haven't noticed any grainy effects when recording 1080p and 720p on the same day, although I've only done that once on a pretty sunny day.

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I have filmed in 1080p on a blue bird day and the next day in 720p again on a bluebird day, and my friends also agreed that it looked grainy

Guess I'll just stick to 720 @ 60fps lol
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