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Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

I am thinking about going from my Hero4 black which has a screwed up rear plug (so I can't use my external power cable on it) to a Hero5 black. I need the external mic adaptor so I can plug my helmet microphone in, but I also want to be able to run the camera off an external battery pack so I don't have to pull over every 30 minutes and swap batteries (I record in 1080/60/superview, it CHEWS through batteries in my Hero 4 Black and my Hero 3+ black)

 

Can you do both at the same time? I see that the gopro adaptor has a USB-C port as well as a mic port, but can both be used at the same time? I would think the answer is yes but gopro does some dumb stuff so I don't want to assume anything. 


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Adventurer
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

You  use a 30 pin back port adapter for your hero 4. Why not use a GoPro combo cable   for  it it supplies power and a 3.5mm adapter. it cost 20.00 when  the amazon dealer  has them but they also go for 25.00 today

 

https://www.amazon.com/GoPro-Combo-Cable-Official-Accessory/dp/B00A3MY6X2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=148...

 

 

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Adventurer
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

Stick to your hero 4.

 

Yes  the 50.00  Promic 3.5mm adapter cam    be powered via the type c usb port located beside the 3.5mm adapter

Tourist
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

I would love to stick to my hero4, but the broken plug on the back means I can't use the external battery pack, so sticking with it isn't an option. 

 

So it can record audio through the adaptor while it is powering the camera? 

Adventurer
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

You  use a 30 pin back port adapter for your hero 4. Why not use a GoPro combo cable   for  it it supplies power and a 3.5mm adapter. it cost 20.00 when  the amazon dealer  has them but they also go for 25.00 today

 

https://www.amazon.com/GoPro-Combo-Cable-Official-Accessory/dp/B00A3MY6X2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=148...

 

 

Tourist
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

I didn't even know that thing existed!

I will definitely pick one of those up.

Adventurer
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

Lol. (not at you)  I purchased them at 21.00 on Amazon. they  come in stock now and then at that price, but Like I found $25.00 isa steal, I ebayed one for 15.00 but the ripp off is the 13.00 shipping, paying for the persons fees  etc.  Also Ebay makes  a   home made type one that is   a lot   more flexable? and for less I rather keep gopro original, that is me.  glad I was very helpful, you are quite Welcomed

 

 

FISH  somethingthissite s says  check acceccorries where they should be   getting deeper in detail then   contact support....

Tourist
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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

The thing that sucks is the straight angle plug. If I use my helmet side mount it won't fit. If I use my chin mount it will fit but stick WAY out and could get caught/damaged.   I DO have a 90 deg USB male to USB female plug thing that I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work plugged into it, its just a pass through. 

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Re: Hero5 Black Can you use an external mic AND external power at the same time?

China things are dirt cheap go for it.