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Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

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I have a 2 part question. I'm very green when it comes to cameras and this is my first Gopro. I did a ton of research before picking up the Hero6 and I love the form factor and the abundance of accessories i can get for it. I did my research on which SD card to get and Picked up a ScanDisk Extreme Plus SDSQXWG SDXC card, loaded it into the camera and charged it up. 

 

Ater a full charge (2+ Hours to get to 100%) I started taking some test pictures. After every photo, I get a black screen on the camera with the words "saving" for about 2 seconds. Just checking to see if this is normal? I half expected to take pictures quicker then this. 

 

Second question, after every few photos the battery percentage drops rather quickly. It went from 100% to 92% after about 12 pictures and being on for about 5 minutes. Is this normal also? 

 

Current Camera Settings:

Beep Volume OFF

LED All on

Screen Saver 3min

Brightness 70%

GPS on

 

Any insight is appreciated. 

 

Thanks

 


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Backpacker
Posts: 701

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

hi,

 

battery will be better after 3-4 charges.

if you buy a pair of spare battery, buy also a dual charger, and charge the batteries in the charger, not in the camera.

https://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/accessories-2/dual-battery-charger-plus-battery-hero6-blackhero5-black/A...

 

also to speed up the charging from wall power, the supercharger:

https://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/accessories-2/supercharger-international-dual-port-charger/AWALC-002.htm...

 

I own both. and two spare batteries. And the power management for my hero5 and hero6 is very handy.

also, I use a powerbank to charge the spare batteries in the dual charger in my backpack, in the meantime, both gopro's are recording...so I virtually do not run out of power....

 

just me,

robert

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Hiker
Posts: 122

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

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Both normal. I carry four batteries with me.

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

Thanks. 

 

Batteries seem pretty reasonably priced at $20 or so. guess i'll pick up a few more. 

Backpacker
Posts: 701

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

hi,

 

battery will be better after 3-4 charges.

if you buy a pair of spare battery, buy also a dual charger, and charge the batteries in the charger, not in the camera.

https://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/accessories-2/dual-battery-charger-plus-battery-hero6-blackhero5-black/A...

 

also to speed up the charging from wall power, the supercharger:

https://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/accessories-2/supercharger-international-dual-port-charger/AWALC-002.htm...

 

I own both. and two spare batteries. And the power management for my hero5 and hero6 is very handy.

also, I use a powerbank to charge the spare batteries in the dual charger in my backpack, in the meantime, both gopro's are recording...so I virtually do not run out of power....

 

just me,

robert

Tourist
Posts: 19

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

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There is a  setting on go pro 5 & 6 "VOICE COMAND" control. This setting id by default turned ON

This setting should be turned off as your battery will drain even though your camera is turned off.

Some also recomend to turn your WI-FI OFF

Explorer
Posts: 12,207

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

I have GPS, Voice command, and Connections all turned on and don't get a significant battery drain with either my Hero5 or Hero6.
Tourist
Posts: 19

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

I have noticed this problem right from the beginning of usage. The number of people with the same

problem is substantial. GoPro tech support advice to change the SD card and update software did not help Turning off WI FI

also did not resolve the problem. Loss of 1-2 percent  of battery juice appeared after 1-2 Hrs  I also changed the battery/ies, with  no result. The voice command off seems to be working so far.

I turn the camera on only for a second to check the battery level. I realize that little screen drains the battery big time. So it is not the momentary usage of the camera that drains it.

I am happy for you not having this problem

Tourist
Posts: 19

Re: Camera and Battery Life on Gopro Hero6

I just want to con firm my test with regard of battery drain on GoPro6 and likely Gopro 5

 

At default settings my battery ( while camera was turned off) the battery was discharging at the rate 2% /Hr.

After turning the voice command setting to OFF battery drain shows rate 1% after 30 Hrs, Just finished the test.