As well as being compared against other waterproofs, the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, boutiques and super zooms. The GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Tough TG-4 and the Stylus Tough TG-870) and Nikon (such as the AW130 and the D5300)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro Black Edition compared to other waterproof competitors include: it records very high quality movies (4K @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (5 mm vs 21 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't record movies in 24p, is older (september 2013 vs february 2015) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4
1 year newer
$330 - $379

Significant advantages of the TG-4 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the TG-4 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the TG-4 and Black Edition

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Nikon AW130

Nikon AW130
1 year newer
$240 - $347

Significant advantages of the AW130 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the AW130 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the AW130 and Black Edition

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
2 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 21 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the Stylus Tough TG-870 and Black Edition

  • Good wide angle: 21 mm vs 5 mm

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
similar age
$395

Significant advantages of the Silver Edition (vs the Black Edition)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Silver Edition (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the Silver Edition and Black Edition

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Excellent wide angle: 5 mm vs 5 mm
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the Black Edition)

  • Supports 24p
  • Shoots faster: 30 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Black Edition and Black Edition

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Excellent wide angle: 5 mm vs 5 mm
  • Both shoot very high resolution HD movies: 4K @ 12fps vs 4K @ 12fps

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30
4 months newer
$239 - $300

Significant advantages of the D30 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D30 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 5 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the D30 and Black Edition

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro Black Edition compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records very high quality movies (4K @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (5 mm vs 28 mm), has an external mic jack, is slightly lighter (74 g vs 290 g) and is waterproof.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
1 year newer
$530

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the G7 X and Black Edition

  • Inexpensive: $529.99 vs $469.82

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
1 year newer
$832 - $848

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 5 mm
  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and Black Edition

  • Good movie support: UHD @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
7 months newer
$698

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 5 mm
  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and Black Edition

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Ricoh Theta S

Ricoh Theta S
1 year newer
$275 - $299

Significant advantages of the Theta S (vs the Black Edition)

  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the Theta S (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Theta S and Black Edition

  • Light weight: 125 g vs 74 g
  • Inexpensive: $274.99 vs $469.82

Casio Exilim EX-100

Casio Exilim EX-100
4 months newer
$505

Significant advantages of the EX-100 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Higher speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the EX-100 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 5 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the EX-100 and Black Edition

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $504.64 vs $469.82

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro Black Edition compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records very high quality movies (4K @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), is much smaller (ultra compact (60×42×30 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($469.82 vs $789.00).

However, on average it doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks a built-in HDR feature, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (september 2013 vs january 2015).

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year newer
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T6i and Black Edition

  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
similar age
$411 - $597 (body only)
$479 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5300 and Black Edition

  • Good movie support: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 74 g

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
6 months older
$398 - $649 (body only)
$479 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T5i and Black Edition

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $398.00 vs $469.82

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year newer
$488 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5500 and Black Edition

  • Good movie support: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
2 years newer
$859 - $1,099 (body only)
$965 - $1,249 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)

common strengths of the EOS 80D and Black Edition

  • Good movie support: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$789 - $997 (body only)
$1,085 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)

common strengths of the D7200 and Black Edition

  • Good movie support: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro Black Edition compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records very high quality movies (4K @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has an external mic jack, is slightly smaller (ultra compact (60×42×30 mm) vs mid size (120×67×49 mm)) and is thinner (1.2" vs 1.7").

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (september 2013 vs february 2015).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 months newer
$478 - $548 (body only)
$595 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the A6000 and Black Edition

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 74 g

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
2 years newer
$898 (body only)
$1,048 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 120fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and Black Edition

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×49 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
3 months newer
$447 (body only)
$360 - $379 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the A5000 and Black Edition

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • Very light: 210 g vs 74 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.2"

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
1 year newer
$429 - $435 (body only)
$549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the M3 and Black Edition

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 74 g

Fujifilm X-A3

Fujifilm X-A3
2 years newer
$550 (body only)
$599 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-A3 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the X-A3 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the X-A3 and Black Edition

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×40 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • Light weight: 339 g vs 74 g
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.2"

Sony A7

Sony A7
similar age
$998 - $2,898 (body only)
$1,298 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the A7 and Black Edition

  • Have external mic jacks

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro Black Edition compared to boutique competitors include: it records very high quality movies (4K @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), is slightly smaller (ultra compact (60×42×30 mm) vs mid size (115×66×55 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has an external mic jack and is thinner (1.2" vs 2.2").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.7), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (september 2013 vs january 2016).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
1 year newer
$548 - $798

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the DMC-LX100 and Black Edition

  • Great movie support: UHD @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×66×55 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
2 years newer
$619 - $699

Significant advantages of the X70 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the X70 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the X70 and Black Edition

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×44 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • Light weight: 340 g vs 74 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.2"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the GoPro Black Edition compared to super zoom competitors include: it records very high quality movies (4K @ 12fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (5 mm vs 25 mm), is much smaller (ultra compact (60×42×30 mm) vs large (140×103×137 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has way more less zoom (1x vs 83.3x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p and is older (september 2013 vs june 2015).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
1 year newer
$493 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (132×92×117 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and Black Edition

  • Good movie support: UHD @ 30fps vs 4K @ 12fps
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$499 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much more zoom: 83.3x vs 1x
  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)

common strengths of the P900 and Black Edition

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
1 year newer
$718 - $900

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the Black Edition)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the G3 X (vs the Black Edition)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 5 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 4K @ 12fps

common strengths of the G3 X and Black Edition

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these