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Tourist
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How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

What is the bettery life for Hero 5 Session in Time-Lapse mode with 2 FPS?

 

I see several battery life studies, but none using Time Lapse. There are also lots of heated discussiuons about whether Time-Lapse actually saves battery life or not.

 

I would like to record a minimum of 2 hours and preferably 5 hours duration, but only need 2 FPS (0.5 sec between frames.)

 

Yes I know all of the stupid answers, so I am hoping for some substantive experience. ("Your mileage may vary", "Depends upon the temperature", "How old is the battery?", "How many times has the battery been cycled?", etc etc etc.) Assume a reasonably good battery, moderate temperatures (50F), etc. I just want to get into the ballpark.

 

Any insight on this?

 

And, how does this compare with other more current Hero camera models?

 

Adventurer
Posts: 9,252

Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

video is like 2.09 hours before depletion, timelapse maybe 2.5 hours.   let me say this without insult, while you wait for the answer , simply put your camera on a table and  a clock come back when you got the Answer. I understand you want a fast answer, but  you'll get your answer a lot faster in 3 hours time from now.

 

Being Polite 

 

can you put a external powersource on it  yes but will it charge while On yes but when recording, no.   

 

Lapse it Pro  was free does timelapse with the IOS devices  you may want to try that.

Tourist
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Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

Your suggestion that I just experiment myself is an option, sure.

 

But I was hoping somebody knew the answer (you did, and thank you) and they may also have a breakthrough answer...change resolution or something and double the operating life. There are enough settings that trying each one would make for a lot of tests, a lot of wasted time, and still perhaps miss the one magic setting that would extend life dramatically, if it existed.

 

This is an underwater recording (crab pots) and so an external battery isn’t a straightforward answer.

 

Frankly, I am surprised that GoPro doesn’t have a 6~8 hour solution given that people would want to document a day’s events.

 

Adventurer
Posts: 9,252

Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

@fireycave08325  

 

never did you say that at the start for under water so  that is one good reason you could have had this done.  but guess not.  Session   highest resolution is what I use HD1080P I would not go any lower unless you are doing PiP (picture and Picture) are you?  

 

 camera has a optional battery that you can purchase it's located online

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-GoPro-Hero-5-4-Session-Backpac-External-Battery-Waterproof-Housing-Case...

 

Yes that may do your trick remembeer   gopros do not charge while recording  keep that in mind they do not  record and charge at the same time.

Tourist
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Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

Why the attitude?

 

My question related to battery life and what settings would extend it.

 

The fact that it will be used underwater is a superfluous and irrelevant fact. I already have an underwater case, I have already been using it successfully underwater. My question is what settings affect battery life, what the trade offs are, and if there is a way to record for up to 5 hours.

 

Tourist
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Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

Of what use is the extra battery pack if the GoPro cannot charge and record at the same time? How could you use the extra battery pack then?

Adventurer
Posts: 9,252

Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

No one is giving you atti... 

GoPro
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Re: How to time-lapse record 2~5 hours on Hero Session 5.

Hello @fireycave08325. It would not be feasible to use an external power source underwater...unless there is a case that would house both the camera, the power source and the cable. Since battery life is directly dependent on the resolution used, you might want to opt for lower resolution, lower framerate just as long as you still get the quality that you prefer. The battery life information here may be used as reference.