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Tourist
Posts: 4

GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

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Is there any way to get my Hero6 to just record forever, overwriting the oldest files when the card fills? Looping will only overwrite the oldest files in a current session. After two or three bike commutes I have to manually reformat the card. (More details here.)

The GoPro produces beautiful video. But it doesn't meet my scenario. I would wholeheartedly recommend the GoPro to other cyclists if it had a real dashcam functionality. (I'll ignore the fact that I can't get GPS to work.)

 

GoPro's attitude seems to be that the customer is wrong. In this thread, we're told by support that "reformatting the card once it gets full is super easy to do". That's a great attitude to have until it starts costing you sales.

 

https://community.gopro.com/t5/Cameras/if-looping-is-set-to-max-will-it-write-over-the-first-chapter...

 

Please consider adding a dashcam mode! I'm currently recommending that cyclists do not buy a GoPro for dashcam usage.

 

Backpacker
Posts: 946

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

despite me using mine as a dashcam, they aren't meant to be. They are action camera's which is why GoPro aren't interested in adding conventional looping

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

Right, so you're saying I bought the wrong product. That's exactly why I recommend against any cyclists buying GoPros. I don't want others to make the mistake I made in buying a GoPro.

 

However, if GoPro would just add a dashcam mode (and fix their ridiculous embedded GPX data issue) it'd be a perfect dashcam. The purpose of my support question was to suggest that maybe they'd like to delight an existing customer and increase their viral marketing.

Adventurer
Posts: 10,203

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

Dashcam on a Bike   totally hear ya.  I use mine on the car, and I do not bother using Loop recording I simply press and go that will be what  you may have to do till the agopro hero dash cam comes out

 

 in the mean time use this  link to get your info across.

 

https://gopro.com/feedback

 

I am most sure you did  and pass that along instead of telling us your bike friends  will be told not to buy,..

 

 

 

 

Backpacker
Posts: 946

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card


@apardoe wrote:

Right, so you're saying I bought the wrong product. That's exactly why I recommend against any cyclists buying GoPros. I don't want others to make the mistake I made in buying a GoPro.

 

However, if GoPro would just add a dashcam mode (and fix their ridiculous embedded GPX data issue) it'd be a perfect dashcam. The purpose of my support question was to suggest that maybe they'd like to delight an existing customer and increase their viral marketing.


tbh yes, even IF they added the looping mode you want your'd still have to turn it on & start recording every trip you make. If your'd bought a normal dashcam it'll save alot of work, & probably been cheaper

 

as i say. i use 2 of my GoPro's as dashcams (Hero 6 forward facing, Hero 5 Session rear facing) but wouldn't recommend them to anyone wanting an everyday dashcam

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

Yep, I did that long ago. I complained about the lack of dash cam functionality and the fact that I've never gotten GPX data to import into Quik (or any other program). I've turned off the GPS because it's basically wasting battery now.

 

As for telling you about "my bike friends", I'm not telling you. I'm telling GoPro support that they have a vocal customer who wants to recommend their product (it's a great camera with beautiful recording quality!) who is instead recommending against their product. I have no problem recommending GoPro to people who want to make cool skateboarding videos or whatever. I just don't get asked about cameras by skateboarders. I do get asked--repeatedly--about bike dashcams. And when people ask, I recommend against the GoPro Hero6 that I use.

 

I also don't know why I'd consider a Hero dash cam if I'm unsatisfied with the support I've seen for this product.

Backpacker
Posts: 946

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

you need to use the program called "dashware" to extract the gps data, Quik will also extract it itself

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: GoPro lacks dashcam functionality--looping requires frequently reformatting the card

>> You need to use the program called "dashware" to extract the gps data, Quik will also extract it itself

 

Thanks, I've tried, and never gotten GPS data to come up. I started to look at a GitHub project that extracts the GPX but decided it wasn't worth it.


What I really want is dashcam functionality.