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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition: Super Hero…By Ben Boswell - Thursday July 18 2013 Mobile Review
The highest DxOMark Mobile score in Video
The GoPro HERO3 scores 75 for video in DxOMark Mobile testing. It’s the highest score recorded so far by DxOMark using this protocol. There are very few things that could reasonably be improved, as it does exactly what it was designed to do.
Drilling down further into the Video scores further reinforces how good the GoPro HERO3 is.
- The exposure is very good: there is plenty of detail in the shadows and the camera is very successful at preventing highlight clipping.
- Footage shot in low light has an acceptable amount of noise, but in bright light it is virtually noise-free.
- Texture and detail is good, especially in good light, but even in low light, noise reduction does not take too much away.
- With a faster than normal frame rate of 48 fps (compared to the normal 30 fps), the video is very smooth.
- The score for Autofocus is very high since everything is sharp from 30cm to infinity. Even without autofocus on, the camera it does very well in the tests except for the Macro test, for which it is unable to produce a sharp image.
The DxOMark Mobile photo score of 68 is also a laudable score, while at the same time being rather misleading: The absence of AF was not taken into account in the final score, and the score for Flash was marked as 0, but the GoPro’s control of noise (87) and texture (80) are very good indeed. This said, special care does have to be taken in low-light conditions, since the long exposure times are likely to result in some motion blur. Indeed, at 20 lux (lighting conditions in a bar) the exposure time is 1/6s, which is enough to create blur.
The GoPro also loses marks for distortion and chromatic aberration in the image, the former being something that is almost certainly considered to be a feature by the manufacturers. It is also clear that the functionality for stills has been tailored to the needs of “Action Photographers,” with a strong leaning towards burst capture and interval timing — features that fit well with video production.