1. Photo Sizes

WHITE Edition

  • 5MP: 2592x1944 pixels

SILVER Edition

  • 11MP Wide: 3840x2880 pixels
  • 8MP Medium: 3200x2400 pixels
  • 5MP Wide: 2592x1944 pixels
  • 5MP Medium: 2592x1944 pixels

BLACK Edition

  • 12MP Wide: 4000x3000 pixels
  • 7MP Wide: 3000x2250 pixels
  • 7MP Medium: 3000x2250 pixels
  • 5MP Medium: 2560x1920 pixels

2. HDMI Connection Type

All HERO3 cameras comply to HDMI spec 1.3a
Micro HDMI to Standard HDMI cable is required.

3. Is HDMI live feed out compressed?

HERO3 cameras output uncompressed video over HDMI output. Video is stored compressed on camera but upon playback video is uncompressed and output over HDMI.

4. Image Sensor Size

WHITE Edition

SILVER Edition

BLACK Edition

5. What is the number of pixels I can utilize on the image sensor?

WHITE Edition
2592x1944 pixels (5 MP)

SILVER Edition
3840x2880 pixels (11 MP)

BLACK Edition
4000x3000 pixels (12 MP)

6. Can I use MicroSD cards that use exFAT format?

Yes. All HERO3 cameras support exFAT.

7. Can I use MicroSDHC or MicroSDXC cards?

Yes. Both are supported by all HERO3 cameras.

8. What is the waterproof depth rating on LCD Touch BacPac Backdoor?

The touch backdoor is waterproof down to 3 meters (9 ft).

9. Does the LCD Touch BacPac touch feature work underwater?

No. You need to use the shutter/power buttons.

10. What are the HERO3 Camera Cable Lengths?

HERO3 3.5mm Mic Adapter - AMCCC-301

  • 5 inches

HERO3 Combo Cable - ANCBL-301

  • Main part - 11 ¼ inches
  • Auxillary part - 16 inches

HERO3 HDMI Cable - AHDMC-301

  • 75 inches

HERO3 Composite Cable - ACMPS-301

  • 15 ½ inches

11. What is the HERO3 Camera Wi-Fi Frequency?

The White, Silver, and Black Edition cameras' built-in Wi-Fi frequency is 2.4 GHz, b/g.

12. Does HERO3 camera support PTP Protocol?


13. Can the LCD Touch BacPac or the Original LCD BacPac be set to power off after 60 seconds of inactivity when connected to the HERO3 camera?


14. What is the Receiving frequency, Transmitting frequency, and Output capacity of the built-in Wi-Fi?

We use the 2.4 GHz ISM band for both Transmitting and Receiving which covers frequencies from 2.4 to 2.5 GHz. The output power is roughly 20-40 mW.

15. Pixel Size (in microns):

BLACK Edition

SILVER Edition

WHITE Edition

16. Where is the Center of Gravity?

On a camera with battery, not in Waterproof Housing:  Facing camera - 30.03mm from left edge, 6.96mm from front plate.

17. Gain Control Information

The HERO3 Auto Gain Control makes far-field sound and sound when the camera is inside waterproof housing, usable and audible. The range of gain is 0-40 dB

18. What is the F-stop?

The HERO3 f-stop is f/2.8.

19. Video Resolution Sizes

  • 1080p = 1920x1080 pixels (16:9)
  • 720p = 1280x720 pixels (16:9)
  • 1440p = 1920x1440 pixels (4:3) - HERO3: Black Edition only
  • 4K = 3840x2160 pixels (16:9) - HERO3: Black Edition only
  • 4K Cin = 4096x2160 pixels (17:9) - HERO3: Black Edition only
  • 2.7K = 2716x1524 pixels (16:9) - HERO3: Black Edition only
  • 2.7K Cin = 2716x1440 pixels (17:9) - HERO3: Black Edition only
  • 960p = 1280x960 pixels (4:3)
  • WVGA = 848x480 pixels (16:9)