A lot happened yesterday. Here they are in reverse order of importance.
3) The U.S. Government shut down yesterday and frankly, I am sick of you people. If I don't do my job I don't get paid. Perhaps it is time you experienced this. It's called compromise, look it up. (This is a big deal if you work for the government and can't go to work, and I am sorry for that. I hope they get their act together quickly)
2) Obamacare started yesterday. I am sick of this too. If you already have health insurance this doesn't effect you at all. So stop blaming it for the long lines at the pharmacy. It's a law. lets see how it does.
But now the most important announcement from yesterday!
1) That's right, it is that time of year! Yesterday saw the release of the HERO 3+. A number of slight upgrades from the HERO3 which I have been using since its release last year. As I was planning on buying a second HERO3 Black, it is a no brainer to get the + model instead.
I should point out that I teach the occasional "GoPro Basics" class and so people have been asking me about the rumors for a while. And if asked I would tell people the things I want out of a new camera. Number 1, better battery life. My HERO1 got 2 hours. My HERO3 gets an hour. For long trips this is horrible, and has me trying to figure out solar options for next summer. Beyond that the things I want out of a GoPro camera are more in the realm of 'it would be nice, but I don't need', and what I would have liked was Image stabilization. I didn't get it. Here is what I did get.
30% more battery life..... Better than nothing.
Smaller lighter housing.
Wider - and with less distortion lens.
Auto frame rate adjustment for low light.
I am going to order one in the next few days. There are also a couple of new mounts available and I am super curious if the new batteries work in my older black model. Time will tell.
I think that is about it. Here is your annual GoPro Hero new release video. Enjoy.