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Hiker
Posts: 11

GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

Hi

Just wondering if GoPro are going to do fix / new feature to disable the screen dimming that occurs after a minute of recording with the Gopro7.

When scuba diving with the GoPro 7 and using a super suit the screen dims dark after 1min of recording and you can't obviously touch the touch screen to make it go bright again. This is an issue in brighter environments as you can't see the screen at the dimmed brightness level.

I've quadruple checked and none of the touchscreen options can disable this with the latest firmware (01.70). I've gone back to my GoPro 5 black in the meantime.
Adventurer
Posts: 9,796

Re: GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

 you can use the   buttons to awake it?

 

Gopro wants to conserve power th camera uses  battery  and having hte screen  at 100% brightness all the time  just depletes the bat faster.  some want it off some want it on I like to have it  on as well never t oDim but control it by the brightnes. so the  level of brightness  can be raised , will gopro do that  who knows.  why not offer your feedback to them GoPro.com/feedback

 

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Hiker
Posts: 11

Re: GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

Unfortunately you can't use the buttons as the main button will stop the recording and the side button changes the mode. Also I normally don't have free hands as the gopro is mounted on a tray and both hands are use to stabilise it.

I think the preference for scuba diving would be fixed brightness and no dimming (or an ability to turn it off) as most divers will be focussing on the diving.

It should be a simple software change to disable the dimming.

If you lock the screen before you put it in the super suit, the touchscreen is still active but doesn't seem to cause any other issues as previously reported.
Adventurer
Posts: 9,796

Re: GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

watch the demo 

 

Adventurer
Posts: 9,796

Re: GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

 as  i demo not makin fun of ya Lol you see press the side button it awakes it  

Hiker
Posts: 11

Re: GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

Lol thanks for the demo. For scuba applications you tend to just leave the screen on and record as you need to as the dives are around 1hr for recreational limits which means battery life is sufficient.

It is important to note that the screen goes into dimmed mode after 1 min when not recording and recording video. The behaviour of the side button differs in each case.

If in recording mode and the screen has dimmed and you press the side button it actually adds a highlight but the screen goes bright again.

If you are just viewing and now recording and the screen has dimmed, pressing the side button causes it to change mode to photo or time lapse etc.

Some of the lighting setups for diving with video and / or photography are large so pressing buttons to make the screen go back to full brightness is annoying considering none of the previous models had this limitation. I'm just hoping GoPro add a feature update to disable it otherwise I might just rid of it and get a Paralenz (no screen but works and optimised for diving)
Adventurer
Posts: 9,796

Re: GoPro 7 Screen dimming - can't disable (issue for scuba diving)

I hear ya and understand the importance.     

 

Yes the  camera will highlight, and yes will change to another mode in standby etc.  Call up GoPro and let them know,  as well, hope all works out for you  Love to see a forced on screen. a simple on/off is not hard if asked Lol.