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If you’ve ever seen any video on YouTube taken from the end of a surfboard, the hood of a race car on “The Green Hell,” or the helmet of certain skydiver, chances are, it was shot using a GoPro camera of some sort.

On Tuesday night, GoPro announced its newest line of Hero 3 cameras that are 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the previous Hero 2 models. If you’re not familiar with GoPros, they are super-ruggedized action cams designed to take wide-angle 1080p video from wherever you can strap them down.

The highest-end GoPro 3 Black Edition can take 2.7K and even 4K video at framerates of 30fps and 15fps, respectively. On the opposite end of the resolution spectrum, you could drop the video quality down to WVGA 800 by 480 resolution for some 120-frames-per-second slow motion.

Of course, these cameras can take photos in addition to video: The White edition packs a five-megapixel sensor, the mid-tier Silver edition has an 11-megapixel sensor, and the Black edition has a 12-megapixel sensor. All three cameras come equipped with an f/2.8-6-aperture, wide-angle lens that gives you a 170-degree field of view. These new Hero 3 cameras also feature built-in Wi-Fi that lets you control them remotely using an iOS app.

Preorders kicked off at midnight so you can reserve your own GoPro Hero 3 now: The White edition is $200, a Silver edition is $300, and the high-end Black version is $400.

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