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    U s e r M a n U a l...

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    Join the GoPro party at facebook.com/gopro to see what other GoPro owners are capturing and sharing. Share your footage and be a part of the GoPro movement!

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    table of contents Accessories Mounts + Accessories HERO3 Features Camera LCD Status Screen Camera User Interface Flow Chart Software Updates Basics Camera Modes Camera Settings Delete Set Up Wireless Controls Storage/SD Cards System Requirements Transferring Files Playback Battery Life Important Warning Messages Camera Assembly Customer Support...

  • Page 4: Accessories

    Premium ACCessories hero3 ACCessories Wrist Housing Replacement Housing LCD Touch BacPac ™ Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Battery BacPac ™ Lens Replacement Kit Caps + Doors Wi-Fi Remote 32GB/16GB microSD™ More HERO3 accessories available at gopro.com. The Frame Mount (HERO3 accessory)

  • Page 5: Mounts + Accessories

    + ACCessories Helmet Front Chest Mount Handlebar/Seatpost/ Surfboard Mounts Mount Harness Pole Mount Floaty Backdoor Head Strap Suction Cup Mount Vented Helmet Strap Roll Bar Mount Tripod Mount Anti-Fog Inserts Grab Bag of Mounts Wi-Fi Remote...

  • Page 6: Hero3 Features

    Hero3 features 1. Status Indicator Lights (Red) 6. Micro HDMI Port (Cable not included) 2. SHUTTER/SELECT Button 7. microSD Card Slot 3. LCD Status Screen (SD card not included) 4. Wi-Fi Indicator Light (Blue ) 8. mini-USB Port (Supports Composite A/V 5.

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    Hero3 features 9. HERO Port 10. Battery Door 11. Wi-Fi ON/OFF Button 12. Audio Alert...

  • Page 8: Camera Lcd Status Screen

    camera lcd status screen The LCD screen displays the following information about HERO3 modes and settings: 1. Camera modes/FoV (Field of View) 2. Capture setting modes (not shown) 3. resolution/FPs (Frames Per second) 4. time interval settings: (not shown) 5. Counter 6.

  • Page 9: Camera User Interface Flow Chart

    camera user interface flow cHart MODES CAMERA SETTINGS SET UP WI-FI *note: Playback only appears if Playback is activated.

  • Page 10: Software Updates, Basics

    USB cable to camera and connect the other end of the cable to a power source such as a computer, GoPro Wall Charger or GoPro Auto Charger. No damage will occur to the camera or battery if used prior to a full charge.

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    usinG Your Hero3: basics CAmerA DeFAuLt settinGs The HERO3 White Edition camera powers up with the following default settings: Video resolution 1080p30fps Photo resolution 5 Megapixels (MP) Photo Burst 3 photos in 1 second time Lapse 0.5 seconds Wi-Fi Want to change your ViDeo and Photo settings? tiP: ▶See settinGs menu to make changes.

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    usinG Your Hero3: basics PoWerinG on AnD oFF to power on: . The red status indicator Lights flash three times and Press and release the sound indicator emits three beeps. to power oFF: Press for two seconds, then release. The red status indicator Lights flash several times and the sound indicator emits seven beeps.

  • Page 13: Camera Modes

    usinG Your Hero3: camera modes oVerVieW The HERO3 features several camera modes. To cycle through the modes, press The modes will appear in the following order: ViDeo Record Video Photo Capture single Photo Photo Burst Capture Burst photos time LAPse Capture Time Lapse photos Appears only if the camera is plugged into a TV/HDTV.

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    usinG Your Hero3: camera modes ViDeo To record Video, verify the camera is in Video mode. If the Video icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears. to start recording: . The camera will emit one beep and the red status Press and release indicator Lights will flash while recording.

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    usinG Your Hero3: camera modes Photo To capture a Photo, verify the camera is in Photo mode. If the Photo icon on your camera’s LCD is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears. to take a photo: Press and release .

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    usinG Your Hero3: camera modes Photo Burst In Photo Burst mode, your camera takes multiple photos in short time intervals— 3 photos/1 second. To capture a Photo Burst series, verify the camera is in Photo Burst mode. If the Photo Burst icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears.

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    usinG Your Hero3: camera modes time LAPse time Lapse mode captures a series of photos at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals. When using the 0.5 seconds setting, an SD card with a Speed Class 10 Rating is required.

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    usinG Your Hero3: camera modes settinGs The settings menu allows you to adjust a variety of camera settings including: Video resolution Photo resolution time Lapse Photo Burst • and more ▶See settinGs menu to make changes, learn how to navigate menu options and read more details on each setting.

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    Your Hero3: camera modes PLAYBACK You can playback your GoPro Photos and Videos on a TV/HDTV or with the LCD Touch BacPac (optional accessory). Playback appears as a camera mode when camera is powered on and plugged into a TV/HDTV.

  • Page 20: Camera Settings

    camera settinGs settinGs to enter the settings menu: 1. Verify the camera is in the settings menu. If the setting icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears. 2. Press to enter menu. to cycle through the various settings options. 3.

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    camera settinGs VIDEO RESOLUTION/FPS/FOV MODES the hero3 White edition offers the following Video Capture modes: Video NTSC Field of Screen Best Use Resolution View (FOV) Resolution 1080p 30fps 25fps Medium 1920x1080 Use this mode when camera is mounted on a 16:9 vehicle, tripod or other stable object.

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    camera settinGs TIME LAPSE Several time interval options are available for time Lapse mode, including 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 seconds. UPSIDE DOWN Mounting your HERO3 upside Down but wish the files to appear upright when viewing or editing? This setting eliminates the NEEDto flip your video or photos after recording.

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    camera settinGs LOOPING VIDEO Looping Video mode allows you to record a continuously looping video that overwrites itself until you press the button to stop it. Looping Video options inlcude: (Default) Camera records until memory card is full, then overwrites with a Max video new video.

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    camera settinGs SET UP MENU The set up menu allows you to adjust the following camera settings: Default mode at Power up one Button mode ntsC/PAL on screen Display status indicator Lights sound indicator month/Day/Year/time ▶See set uP menu section for a complete list of set up options.

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    WIRELESS CONTROLS The HERO3 camera’s built-in Wi-Fi allows you to connect to the Wi-Fi Remote or smartphone/tablet via the GoPro App. When Wi-Fi is on, your Wi-Fi status indicator Light will blink blue. to turn Wi-Fi on/oFF: Press to turn Wi-Fi on/oFF.

  • Page 26: Delete

    camera settinGs DELETE Delete the last file or all files and format the memory card. During delete LAst or ALL, the status indicator Lights blink until operation is complete. CANCEL (Default) LAST to delete LAst or ALL: 1. Verify the camera is in settings mode. If the settings icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears.

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    camera settinGs EXIT From the screen, press to exit the settings menu. If at any time you wish to exit from the settinGs menu, press tiP: and hold for two seconds.

  • Page 28: Set Up

    set uP set uP to enter the set up menu: 1. Verify the camera is in settings mode. If the settings icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears. 2. Press to enter to cycle through settings to locate 3.

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    set uP DEFAULT MODE AT POWER UP You can set the camera’s Default mode at power up to any of the following modes: (factory default)

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    set uP ONE BUTTON With one Button mode selected, the camera automatically begins recording when powering the camera on. one Button mode can be configured to start in Video or time Lapse. (Default) to turn one Button mode on: 1. Verify the camera is in settings mode. If the settings icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears.

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    To stop the capture process (ViDeo or time LAPse) when in one Button, press and hold for two seconds. You will tiP: return to the one Button menu where you can turn one Button mode oFF. note: one Button mode is disabled when connected to Wi-Fi Remote or GoPro App.

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    set uP NTSC / PAL The ntsC and PAL settings govern Video recording frame rate and playback when viewing Video on a TV/HDTV. Select ntsC when viewing a TV/HDTV in North America. Select PAL if viewing on a PAL TV/HDTV (most televisions outside of North America) or if viewing on a PAL TV/HDTV in any region.

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    set uP STATUS INDICATOR LIGHTS Keep all four status indicator Lights active, only two active (front and back) or turn oFF all lights. (Default) SOUND INDICATOR You can adjust volume or turn oFF the sound indicator. 100% (Default) MANUAL POWER OFF The HERO3 can be configured to automatically power oFF after a specific period of inactivity (when no Videos or Photos are being taken and no buttons have been pressed).

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    set uP MONTH / DAY / YEAR / TIME Set the HERO3 clock to ensure Video and Photo files are saved with the correct date and time. to change month/Day/Year/time: 1. Verify the camera is in settings mode. If the settings icon on your camera’s LCD screen is not showing, press repeatedly until it appears.

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    set uP EXIT From the eXit screen, press to exit the set up menu. If at any time you wish to exit from the set uP menu, press tiP: and hold for two seconds.

  • Page 36: Wireless Controls

    WireLess ControLs The built-in Wi-Fi allows your HERO3 camera to connect to the Wi-Fi Remote and smartphone/tablet via the GoPro App. to turn Wi-Fi on/oFF via the Wi-Fi button: and hold until blue lights flash. When turning Wi-Fi on the Wi-Fi Press mode will be set to the most recently used mode.

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    Features include full camera control of all settings, live video preview to your smartphone or tablet for easy shot framing and more. The GoPro App is available for free at the Apple App Store and is coming soon to Google Play.

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    The HERO3 camera is compatible with 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity microsD, microsDhC and microsDXC memory cards. While all speed class ratings are compatible, GoPro requires using an SD card with Speed Class Rating 10 or higher speed when using the 0.5 time Lapse setting. GoPro recommends using brand name memory cards for maximum reliability in high- vibration activities.

  • Page 39: System Requirements

    Video card with minimum 256MB Video card with minimum 128MB of RAM of RAM Want to see your footage and stills on the big screen? Plug your HERO3 directly into a TV/HDTV with GoPro’s Micro HDMI cable or tiP: USB cable (optional accessories).

  • Page 40: Transferring Files

    transferrinG files to trAnsFer ViDeo AnD Photo FiLes to A ComPuter on A PC: 1. Connect the camera to the computer using included USB cable. 2. Press to turn on the camera. 3. Double click “My Computer” and locate “Removable Disk”. 4.

  • Page 41: Playback

    PlaYback to VieW ViDeos AnD Photos Videos and Photos can be viewed on a TV/HDTV or the LCD Touch BacPac (optional accessory). PLAYBACK on tV/hDtV to browse Videos and Photos: 1. Plug the camera into a TV/HDTV with a micro hDmi or a mini-usB to a Composite Cable (optional accessories).

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    PlaYback PLAYBACK on LCD touCh BACPAC Playback using the LCD Touch BacPac follows a similar process/procedure as described with a few slight variations. ▶See the LCD Touch BacPac User Manual for more information.

  • Page 43: Battery Life

    The battery will charge to 80% in one hour and 100% in two hours when using GoPro’s 1000mAh USB-compatible Wall or Auto Charger. Other chargers may charge at only half this rate. No damage will occur to the camera or the battery if used together prior to full charge.

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    Simply plug the camera into a GoPro-specific auto, wall or phone charger to charge the HERO3 camera while recording Video or Photos. It is best to use GoPro’s 1AMP (1000mAh) Wall or Auto Charger for maximum charging performance while the camera is in use.

  • Page 45: Important Warning Messages

    imPortant warninG messaGes miCrosD CArD messAGes No card present. The camera requires a microsD, microsDhC no sD or microsDXC card to record Video or take Photos. sD FuLL Card is full. Delete files or swap card. sD error Camera unable to access card. FiLe rePAir iCon on the LCD If you see the File repair icon on the LCD screen, your Video file was corrupted during recording.

  • Page 46: Camera Assembly

    camera assemblY AssemBLinG the CAmerA The HERO3 camera housing is waterproof to 197’/60m and is constructed of polycarbonate and stainless steel for ultimate durability. The HERO3 has a new improved latch closure that offers one hand open-and-close functionality and locking. to place the hero3 camera into the housing: 1.

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    camera assemblY The HERO3 housing comes with two types of backdoors—Skeleton and Standard. skeleton Backdoor standard Backdoor The Skeleton Backdoor (non-waterproof) The Standard Backdoor makes the provides better sound quality by allowing housing waterproof to 197’/60m. more sound to reach the camera’s Use this door when you need to microphone.

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    camera assemblY sWAPPinG housinG Doors Your HERO3 camera housing comes with two types of backdoors—Standard and Skeleton (non-waterproof). to change backdoor: 1. Open the backdoor of the housing so that it is hanging downwards. 2. Pull downwards on the backdoor until it snaps free from the hinge. 3.

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    camera assemblY PreVentinG WAter DAmAGe to Your CAmerA The rubber seal that lines the camera housing forms a waterproof barrier that protects your HERO3 in wet and underwater conditions. Keep the camera housing’s rubber seal clean; a single hair or grain of sand can cause a leak. After every use in salt water you will need to rinse the outside of the housing with non-salt water and dry.

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    AttAChinG Your CAmerA to mounts To attach your HERO3 camera to a mount, you will need an attachment buckle, thumb screw or other hardware depending on the mount you are using. For more information on mounts, visit gopro.com/support. Attachment thumb screw...

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    For best results, attach the mount a minimum of 24 hours prior to use. ▶See gopro.com/support for more information on mounts. Locking Plug Using the HERO3 in high impact sports such as surfing or skiing where significant impact may occur? Use the special locking plug which securely locks the attachment buckle fingers into place--helping prevent accidental housing release from the mount.

  • Page 52: Customer Support

    GoPro is dedicated to providing the best possible service. To reach the GoPro Customer Support Team, visit gopro.com/support.

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