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GoPro Temperature Tolerance

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Hello, i am heading to Antarctica at the end of the year and want to know whether the hero 8 will be able to widthstand the extreme temperatures for long periods of time? Thanks


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Explorer
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Re: GoPro Temperature Tolerance

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There is no official cold limit, and GoPro cameras generally do very well in freezing temperatures. However, it's not so much the camera as it is the battery that you need to be concerned about. Extreme temperatures drain battery life incredibly fast. That's not to say that you can't, but performance can be hindered (especially in high resolution/frame rates) and you must make efforts to keep the battery (and camera) as warm as possible. Keeping the camera turned on inside the Protective Housing https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/mounts-accessories/protective-housing/AJDIV-001.html (with a few Anti-Fog inserts) can help considerably. Insulating the protective housing is also a good idea. The camera itself (processor and image sensor) produce tremendous heat, but the camera is designed to dissipate the heat. Using the housing can help keep it trapped and prevent the camera & battery from freezing.

You will also want some heat packs to keep with some spare batteries. You don't want them to get hot, but you do need to try and keep them in the range of 68°F (20°C) ± 9°F (5°C) for best performance.

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Explorer
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Re: GoPro Temperature Tolerance

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There is no official cold limit, and GoPro cameras generally do very well in freezing temperatures. However, it's not so much the camera as it is the battery that you need to be concerned about. Extreme temperatures drain battery life incredibly fast. That's not to say that you can't, but performance can be hindered (especially in high resolution/frame rates) and you must make efforts to keep the battery (and camera) as warm as possible. Keeping the camera turned on inside the Protective Housing https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/mounts-accessories/protective-housing/AJDIV-001.html (with a few Anti-Fog inserts) can help considerably. Insulating the protective housing is also a good idea. The camera itself (processor and image sensor) produce tremendous heat, but the camera is designed to dissipate the heat. Using the housing can help keep it trapped and prevent the camera & battery from freezing.

You will also want some heat packs to keep with some spare batteries. You don't want them to get hot, but you do need to try and keep them in the range of 68°F (20°C) ± 9°F (5°C) for best performance.
Explorer
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BTW, GoPro cameras have been used successfully in a variety of environments from Space to volcanoes and even Antarctica! https://gopro.com/en/us/news/award-creator-profile-colin-obrady
Tourist
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Thanks danielr15 for the quick response. Very helpful thankyou. Would something like the sleeve https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/accessories/sleeve-plus-lanyard/AJSST-master.html?dwvar_AJSST-master_co... help with insulation or is a protectice housing better?

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The protective case is better (but do get Anti-Fog inserts https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/accessories/anti-fog-inserts/AHDAF-302.html They can also be found on Amazon. The GoPro brand are thinner and generally fit better, but there are 3rd party brands as well)
Tourist
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Awesome, Thanks again for your help.