You recently saw that View Factor Novo, the heavily modified GoPro Hero 3 camera and thought you might like to do that yourself. Well maybe not quite the same as the Novo but you could open up and attempt to give your GoPro 3 a little repair or DIY love. According to ifixit the GoPro Hero 3 camera scores a healthy 7 out of 10 for ease of repair. ifixit performed a full teardown on the GoPro 3 camera and concluded that the battery is intended to be easily replaced by the user, and requires no tools to access. The entire device can be disassembled with readily-available tools. The GoPro Hero 3’s modular design throughout allows replacement of several individual components.
In a 16 part step by step teardown of the GoPro camera’s innards, ifixit managed to expose the heart of the camera, its Sony IMX117 image sensor.
The sensor supports 12 MP imaging at up to an impressive 35 fps, even though the camera advertises a burst rate of 30 fps.
Thanks to ifixit’s guide, because it may come in handy for some needing to perform vital repairs to their damaged Hero 3 cameras. Or they may want to mod the hell out of the Hero 3 camera, and now have a step by step guide on how to get started. If you need more GoPro Hero 3 camera teardown information then check out the ifixit post and the complete Chipworks teardown as well.