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My poor wee GoPro Hero3 is broken 🙁

I’ve recently had problems with the GoPro corrupting video footage, not recording anything, corrupting files (which I was able to repair) and having some issues with the audio dropping or going out of sync.

I originally got the Hero3 back in December 2012, so it was among the first run of cameras that GoPro released.
The issues have really only shown themselves since the V3 firmware was released and it’s possible that the firmware has knackered the camera – or there are components in the 1st gen cameras that aren’t working properly today.

Either way – I spoke with GoPro and they quickly said to send it back to them and they’re replace it with a brand new camera.

Which got me thinking……. should I send them a couple of quid and ask to have a 3+ in return …. or perhaps look at the Drift cameras as an alternative?

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34 Comments

  • Why does this have to be the ONLY reillbae source? Oh well, gj!

  • Mark Robbins 3 years ago

    It’s the ghost for me coz I look enough of a cunt without sticking the massive go pro intop of my helmet!

  • thenonangrybiker 3 years ago

    I agree with the Gopper, GoPro over the Drift, even tho the drift is slightly better designed for our use.

  • BedfordshireBiker 3 years ago

    Just gotta wait for a comparison with the drift ghost S.

  • Quentin Redbeard 3 years ago

    1hr 39 is impressive mate, I get a little more than 1:25 with 720 50fps. I was getting around 1:40 with 720 25fps, but you’re shooting 1080 which I’ve never been able to get above 1:20ish 🙁 i’ve been looking at after market batteries too but the USA seems to have the good ones which are hard to find here!

  • Thunderous71 3 years ago

    Im a big fan of the drift but will say nighttime footage is a bit naff as it glares lots on lights. But there is a way round that. I know its a silly reason but I just hate the look of the go pro and its old fashioned square box. Drift contrary to misinformed people can be mounted anywhere and can use a lot of standard mounts ie Ram mounts and no adapters needed.

  • ninjanelly350 3 years ago

    I prefer the ghost because its the most sensible ,practicle to use.Maybe not the best picture quality but its easier for me to use.and no problems with reliability …..yet,touchwood !

  • Ghostly SM 3 years ago

    Drift Ghost S 🙂

  • SpottyCat666 3 years ago

    Gotta be Drift all the way for helmet cam, and GoPro every where else.

  • zzzpip 3 years ago

    What editing software you use mate.cheers

  • dbest1a 3 years ago

    They are both great cameras. The 3 is a bit of an headache with battery life… The 3+ is the no brained of the two. The ghost HD is nice. The ghost S is better. Both are not without their issues.. I would run and use both. I currently have a 3+. I use it with chin mount cause it’s great with superview.. I’ve done a few blogs with superview and love it. You need to be aware of the surroundings and what will be in view of the lens.. Best of luck with your choice.

  • CaptainCranky 3 years ago

    I have only ever had the Drift Ghost, so can’t compare, but here are my findings after 5 months of recording about 500Gb:No performance issues at all so far, worked like a treat alwaysQuality I’m very happy with, and I only do 720pFits any regular camera mount! (unlike go-pro’s “special” and costly mounts that only fit go-pros)Remote has never failed – and it auto turns off if you forget!The wide screen I use is great for everything except capturing awesome views – that just means I need to learn to set different FoV for those shotsUsing mic on -1 sensitivity because voice via external mic in the helmet distorts otherwise – this makes the sound level pretty low, but easily fixed on editing (imovie09). I am now running a second mic to the engine with just a splitter.Night recording seems fine to me – I use +1 on exposure – some confusion between green and blue huesBright Aussie sun tended to white out the blue in the sky, until I started filming those bright days at exposure -1 and now very happy with it.I would also highly recommend the 20 hour external battery pack. It came with fittings to charge everything you could think of, computers, pads, phones etc.I added a passive usb hub and can now overnight charge the battery pack whilst IT is (via the usb hub) charging the camera, remote and our 2 SenaSMH10 bluetooth headsets. That whole set up fits in a box 5cm x 10cm x 2.5cm.Oh yeah – and you don’t look like a telly-tubbie with the drift 😀

  • The Crumble 3 years ago

    Some strange issues with my GoPro 3 after updating so updated again and seems ok now. Love the quality with the GoPro – better than the Drift IMO.

  • BKarol 3 years ago

    Both good cameras I would go for a Drift 🙂 also before deciding check out Garmin Virb- fairly new but great quality, they make 2 good cameras one for £350 and the other one for £200- I’m not sure about the mount but I’ve seen them on helmets 🙂

  • DEVON MELON 3 years ago

    i had these problems and just reformatted my sd card and then updated the camera on my computer and it solved it!

  • HamSpamJamLamb 3 years ago

    Drift please 🙂

  • Lewis H 3 years ago

    I agree with RJ. I’ve never used a go pro or drift but from watching videos I don’t like the SuperView. I think I’d still go Go Pro if it were my money however.

  • navythomas8 3 years ago

    OK bro Pull the card & battery. Put the card in your computer, Reformat the card. Do NOT update the camera!! My three GPH3’s never have issues. But I never update them either. GoPro always dicks it up in their updates.

  • SouthernFried Tom 3 years ago
  • SouthernFried Tom 3 years ago

    Drift Ghost S!!!!!

  • ThreeStreets42 3 years ago

    The Drift seems to be a better option; more popular at least. I do my vlogs with a gopro 3+, but I hate having a hole in the case. I haven’t had had any issue with it corrupting files but other people seem to have lots of problems with them.

  • Shirou Rider 3 years ago

    What should be number one priority in choosing a camera is RELIABILITY, what gives having wifi, LCD remote control, 2 hour battery life and everything if the camera won’t work when you need it. I saw so many reliability problems with gopros and Liq cameras, they will stop recording or will scramble all the memory card whenever they feel like it.I don’t love it, I know there’s a lot of better cameras out there, the quality is lacking and under average but I HIGHLY recommend the Drift HD (the plain HD 1080 one, not the ghost) because it’s reliable, any time I need to go out and capture some video, as long as it has battery and memory left, it will work. I have mine for about 4 months and I have been using it every day since I got it and no problems so far. It also can capture videos at night at good enough quality where other cameras just won’t work.You can get about 60~90 minutes of video on a charge but you can extend that to 240 minutes using an external power pack. It’s an outdated camera but I still haven’t found something that works better.

  • MrAnnoyedByGoogle 3 years ago

    Drift HD Ghost S is better at low light and lasts longer, in my opinion..

  • MotorMarvin 3 years ago

    Woot Frimley green!, I use a Drift and i quite like them

  • motoflips 3 years ago

    For vlogs drift ghost s. Hands down.

  • BikerOfAmsterdam 3 years ago

    i think you need you make the decision by your self. For what are you going to use etc.If you like to edit/make montages with a longer batterlife then a hero 3. get the 3+if you want to vlog and forget about anything else with a superb night/lowlight capture (Check B. von grumble’s last video) and a MUUUUUCH longer battery life without changing batterys. get the ghost spersonally i would choose the gopro. for the simple fact that i can capture 2.7k in 30 fps. with the possibility of beatifull 4k timelapses. got already spare batterys so i tackled the battery life already.

  • nogisimon 3 years ago

    Mate stay away from the go pros i had 3 of them they all messed up i missed some good footage,some retailers dont even sell them, an just like you said go pro took my camera in an exchanged all 3 of my faulty cameras straight away seems abit strange to me

  • Surf Pilot 3 years ago

    Hi Mate, my gopro kept failing on me, I tried different SD’s to no avail, some days it would be fine then others nothing, blank cards, 9 seconds of footage and corrupt files, then after battery out restart it would be fine for a few times.The unrelaibity and a hope and preyer that it was recording was just too much frustration for me, so I purchased a Drift HD Ghost, everything about it is easier and it just looks better when mounted the mic cable line up is better too.I’m not a gopro hater I loved mine, I still do,, I now just use it for visual stuff where I can see what it is doing and trust the Drift Ghost to quietly get on with things in more stream lined reliable manner.

  • RoyalJordanian 3 years ago

    The 3+ is a great improvement over the 3 both in terms of quality of the image and battery life. SuperView is over hyped, I used it once and then dumped it as it destroys the image on the sides. That’s just my own opinion.

  • philjonesuk 3 years ago

    Gave up on GP, similar crashing issue to you, sent it back when I started proper vlogging in exchange for a Ghost.Although I then had similar issues with my Drift Ghost. I’d say both have reliability issues, although my current one (2nd I think) has done ~6000 miles of recording, the built in speaker died but I think that was due to all the motorway riding destroyed it.The biggest thing with the Drift Ghost when commuting with is the video tagging, I was having GB’s worth of footage to dig through, but tagging cuts it way down. I just wish you could switch between tagging and normal from the wrist controller, that way I could do vlogging easily when I feel like it rather than stopping and swapping modes.Like you, I’m looking at GPH3B+ or Ghost S at the moment, tempted by GP but I’d miss things like it being sleek, battery life, tagging, wrist controller etc. Argh, decisions!