11-08-2018 07:16 AM
For those of you who manage "fleets" of GoPros for long production shoots, which model have you standardized on?
TLDR: I'm trying to step up to GoPro for a multiple camera setup. The HERO7 may be great, but I found the current version of firmware not (yet) reliable enough for 2-5 hour recordings. I'd like to hear from people who manage multiple cameras.
My application: Backstop-mounted cameras to record baseball/softball games. (Some videos here)
- LONG 2-5 hour recording sessions. (via Voltaic V44 battery pack)
- 2.7K 30FPS or better
- WiFi control
- Outdoor fixed mounting in direct sunlight
I really wanted to like the HERO7 but my 5h shoots are probably exposing problems outside of what most users are doing (camera self-resets and turns off after 2+ hours, firmware non-responsive until hard reset) etc. I tried HERO6 at 2.7K 30FPS because it makes the camera run cooler, but it's still not 100% reliable. I can't imagine running 5 of these things where every take is critical. It looks like a lot of movies were shot on HERO4?
Advice appreciated! I'm OK with going down a few models or buying used if there is a model that is considered rock-solid.
01-15-2019 10:11 AM
I've done 24 hour time lapses and 4-5 hour video shoots with the GP4 Black and a 24 hr battery pack. I use a battery pack over the powered USB as it ensures the camera stays watertight during any possible rain situations.
01-15-2019 02:08 PM
Like I said, I find my GoPro Hero 4 blacks to be excellent for recording extended film clips or time lapses. I also use two GoPro Fusions and have often recorded until the batteries run out (about 1hr 30 mins) with no issues. I have done all night long time lapses with a GP6 Black with great success, the only time I ran into an issue was when I updated the Firmware. I didn't realize that it set everything back to the defaults (including the "auto off" option of 15 minutes).
I find there's some iffyness with the GoPro App and the Fusion camera's, but I do 90% of my editing on my Laptop so it's never a huge issue.
02-11-2019 11:40 PM
Update: After 100+ hours of tests with HERO 5/6/7, I've chosen to go with a fleet of HERO5 units.
I'm satisfied but wish this process hadn't taken so long.
My findings (YMMV)...
- HERO5 is the most stable, especially when using larger SD cards, and particularly when WiFi is used for remote monitoring.
- HERO5 firmware is more "crisp" and responsive, which is apparent when you use the units side-by-side.
- Pro: GPS & 4K, both of which are required for my application. (GPS is only in HERO5 and later models, which is why I didn't consider the workhorse HERO4.)
- Pro: cheaper
- Con: No zoom, no hypersmooth.
I really wanted to use newer cameras, but I found HERO6 and HERO7 more likely to crash when doing extended records with large SD cards (yes, the GoPro approved 128GB and 256GB cards). I don't want to re-visit the heated forum threads, just to say that I did see real stability differences. And to say that camera temperature is a decent predictor of (in)stability. I suspect HERO7 (and hopefully 6) firmware will be upgraded, but I couldn't wait any longer.
One unsubstantiated theory: GoPro made a big change and switched its system chip vendor starting between HERO5 / HERO6 (from Ambarella to Socionext). My guess is that something changed in the HW/RTOS that makes the newer systems less robust against timeouts caused by SD or WiFi hiccups. I would assume this could be addressed by a firmware update, but users like me seem to be in the minority.