The Hero 3+ Black Edition features 4K video recording and 30% longer battery life.

GoPro has announced the latest devices in its line of tiny, rugged video cameras. The updated Hero 3+ line features two cameras that are smaller than their predecessors yet pack some impressive specs.

The Hero 3+ Black Edition is the more high-end of the two new cameras, priced at $400. Weighing in a 2.6 ounces, (4.8 ounces in the housing) the new camera is 20% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, with a new 6-element aspherical glass lens that GoPro claims makes the Hero 3+ Black Edition 33% sharper than the Hero 3 Black Edition. 

The other fresh face on GoPro's line is the Hero 3+ Silver Edition. While cheaper than the brand new Hero 3+ Black Edition, the $300 Hero 3+ Silver Edition is still a step up from the last Hero 3 Silver Edition. It's similar in weight to the Hero 3+ Black Edition, but imaging specs are different between the models: the Hero 3+ Silver Edition's 10MP camera is capable of 1080p at 60 fps and 720p120 fps video compared to the Hero 3+ Black Edition's 12MP camera capable of recording 4K video.

The audio on both new GoPros have greatly improved. The Black and Silver Editions both claim an increased audio range and the ability to handle 2x greater volume without distortion compared to their older Hero 3 counterparts. 

From GoPro's press release:

The HERO3+ Black Edition - The Most Advanced GoPro Camera Yet.

  • Innovative new housing yields a 20% smaller and lighter overall package when camera is installed in housing (waterproof to 40m)
  • 30% longer battery life
  • 4x faster Wi-Fi for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos from your HERO3+ camera to your mobile device when using the GoPro App
  • SuperView is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle perspective
  • Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for varying lighting conditions
  • A new lens for sharper video and improved image quality
  •  The HERO3+ Black Edition camera has a suggested retail price of $399.99. 

The HERO3+ Silver Edition - 2x More Powerful.

  • 2x faster image processor than the HERO3: Silver Edition
  • Enables 1080p60 and 720p120 fps video
  • Innovative new housing yields a 15% smaller and lighter overall package when camera is installed in housing (waterproof to 40m)
  • 4x faster Wi-Fi for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos from your HERO3+ camera to your mobile device when using the GoPro App
  • The HERO3+ Silver Edition camera has a suggested retail price of $299.99.