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Tourist
Posts: 1

Purchasing Advice

Hello,

 

I will be purchasing my first gopro. The main reason for the purchase it that I will be doing an African Trek safari with my son at Disney and want to capture it. The trek starts at 8am and goes till noon with a break. SInce this will be Florida weather in October it wil be quite warm. Any advice if the camera will be able to caputre at least an hour a video without overheating and shutting down if its set to 1080 or  2.7K 2704 X 1520? I plan to purchase additonal batteries. I plan to also have the hypersmooth on but most other setting off. 

 

If the camera does shut down does anyone know how long it takes to cool so I can start video again? 

 

Thanks for the help

Nomad
Posts: 1,001

Re: Purchasing Advice

So first of all, congrats on asking some really intelligent questions and for stating what you want to use the camera for, this is of immense help with figuring out what advice to give.  Good for you for doing some proper research instead of just diving in.  Hopefully the following advice will prove helpful (and others may chime in with some advice also).

 

1:  One of the main causes of overheating is using an incorrect SD card or an improperly formatted SD card.  SD cards that are too slow will cause your camera to overheat.  So you should choose one from the following list as recommended by GoPro

https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/microSD-Card-Considerations

This will help prevent the #1 cause of overheating.  When you get your SD card, make sure you format it in the camera before you use it.

 

2:  4 Hours is a long time to be recording, I would advise you to get a GoPro smart remote and instead of recording for 4 hours straight, use the remote to start and stop your camera and record in bursts.  This means you could potentially use higher quality settings and not have to worry about overheating.  It also means that you save a lot of time editing afterwards.  Alternatively you can use GoPro's voice activated features, but how well that will work will depend on the ambient noise levels around you.  If you are going to record for 4 hours straight though, I would use 1080P as your video setting.  It will tax the camera less.  However it's also a good idea to use the highest quality settings possible in case you have to crop or zoom parts of your video later.

 

3:  If possible, keep the camera out of direct sunlight.  Sunlight can heat your camera up by an additional 10 - 20 degree's depending on weather conditions.  So you'll want to keep your camera as cool as possible.  I have a baseball cap mount that works well, but leaves the camera exposed to direct sunlight.  I found that mounting the camera on the underside of the baseball cap (upside down) looks silly, feels awkward.. but keeps the camera a lot cooler and repositions the POV to actual user eye level.  So there's all sorts of little things you can do to keep your camera cool.  

 

4:  When you do get your camera, practise with it.  Practise using it and explore the settings.  After all, if you can record at 4K with GPS and Hypersmooth on for an entire 4 hours (battery changes permitting), then go for it.  Since your trip isn't until October, get famlier with your camera, especially battery changes, removing and inserting the SD card etc.  

 

5:  GoPro "could" be releasing another round of camera's in September (depending on if they stick to their established schedule), so you may also want to keep an eye out for those and see if you want to purchase now or purchase the next generation of camera's.  

 

Those are the top tips that come to mind, if you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.  We want your GoPro experience and the trip with your son to be a great experience full of great GoPro footage!