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Nomad
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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life

Sightseer
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Yes, but the thing is millions of costumers expending more money to supply what they should do in a firmware update. 
They really doesn't care. 

I'm SO dissapointed with GoPro. 

Hiker
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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life

It’s been almost a year since the last firmware update. And since then my hero 6 still crashes unexpectedly a lot. It has obvious bugs like I cannot enter a WiFi SSID. It still has the unoptimized time lapse mode. Night lapse (filming a starry sky) is a joke. And I’m pretty sure a lot of the features for the hero 7 could be directly translated to the 6 as well.

But GoPro has been silent. I suspect they rather want you to buy a new product, instead of properly supporting older ones like any proper tech company will do.

I am truly disappointed with them.
Tourist
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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life

I would not recommend a GoPro for timelapse.  If you are into that get a used cheap Canon DSLR like an SL1/100D on the cheap end or a used 6D in the middle of the cost chart.  Then install Magic Lantern (ML)(https://builds.magiclantern.fm) on it.  Canon stock lens are great for time lapses.  They can stand up to 100,000 plus aperture actuations. The batteries will last 3-5 hours at around one frame every 1-5 seconds.  The 6D and T3i-T5i DSLRs have the best support for ML. With a DLSR you will have fine control over the camera functions like aperture, shutter speed and ISO among other things.

 

The GoPro stays on for the entire time the camera is taking photos. Meaning that the batteries life is going to be the same for video and time lapses. I agree that is a very easy fix in firmware but I guess the engineers here at GoPro are just not up to the challenge.

 

Let's face it, GoPro was innovative until they had competition from other more experienced companies. Now they seem to be cowering in the corner muttering to themselves that "these users just don't know what it takes, we know better". And all the while ignoring a 2-year-old thread about their failure. I was going to go out and get a GoPro for an underwater time lapse on a diving trip I have coming up. Now I think I will just get a dive enclosure for my Canon.

Explorer
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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life

@daniels1265
"more experienced companies"

Kindly provide the link to these companies that are creating action cameras with ALL of the same level (or better) features. including:
Hypersmooth stabilization and TimeWarp function, 4K/60fps, 1080p/240fps, 2.7K/120fps, RAW photo, RAW .wav audio files, Zoom, countdown time, Auto Uploading to cloud service, live streaming, Super Photo, Protune settings, Auto Burst mode, GPS data, replaceable protective lens, HDR photo, Reduced rolling shutter, Voice commands in ten languages including turning the camera on, touch screen LCD, touch exposure balance, spot metering, 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection, GP1 processor, HDMI output, USB-C connection with fast charging, Time Lapse, Night Photo, Time Lapse Video, Night Lapse, Gyro data, Vetical shooting in video and Photo, Auto Rotate, Auto Quik story transfer and creation, smile and scene detection, Interval (looping)) recording, Wind Reduction Audio, Stereo Audio, Continuous Photo mode, water channel draining of mic inputs, 16:9 and 4:3 recording, Linear FOV, Superview, HEVC or H.264 + HEVC video compression, 30/1 second Burst photos, 20dB boost external mic option, line-level output from other audio
equipment (mixing board, guitar preamplifier,
karaoke machine, etc.), on camera playback with audio, Quick Capture video, Quick capture time lapse, AND all in a small, rugged and Waterproof design. And all for less than $349.99. Oh, and if they also provide unlimited cloud storage, 50% off of accessories, and up to two camera replacements a year, that would be great!

Clearly GoPro is just cowering in the corner, so obviously there must be many of these cameras that exceed all of the features I mentioned above. I look forward to your link to the device that not only has, but exceeds, all of these features for the same (or less) price.
Tourist
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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life

Danielr15, I think it is clear from my post that I can't see the forest through the trees. But it looks like all you can see is the forest. My post was meant to draw attention from someone with the power to implement a simple fix to a simple problem. But all you have to talk about is what you have done right. As I stated in my prior post you are "cowering in the corner muttering to themselves that "these users just don't know what it takes, we know better"". If you are able to fix the problem fix it. If not I think it would be in your best interest not to draw attention to your failure to fix a simple problem by continuing to post here, at least until you have fixed the problem.

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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life

@daniels1265
Actually, in my post I am seeing each individual tree in the forest and pointing out the unique feature of each. You, however, are focused on one tree and want to set the whole forest ablaze because it does not meet your every expectation.

Of course, your statement, "GoPro was innovative until they had competition from other more experienced companies" is much more broad than just focusing on time lapse (and I am interested in learning more about all those companies that have caused GoPro to stop innovating -- although I'm pretty sure the features I listed are pretty innovative).

You clearly think very highly of yourself and so I don't want to say anything that might upset that perception. Sure, your post have contain ridiculous and inflammatory remarks, but I will not dwell on those.

However, I do think it's important that I educate you before you make any more silly statements based on wrong assumptions.

This is a community support site designed for member to member participation and sharing of tips, tricks, and solutions.

I do not work for GoPro.

If an employee of GoPro does choose to engage in the forum, they have a tag of Moderator and label of GoPro. However, even if they do, they are Moderators. While they might be able to forward your suggestions to the engineering team, it is very doubtful that they would be directly involved in designing or implementing any "fixes".

To leave feedback for GoPro, you can do that here https://gopro.com/feedback
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Re: Time Lapse Video: Battery Life


@daniels1265 wrote:

 implement a simple fix to a simple problem. 


When you leave your feedback for GoPro, please be sure to include your source code (I'm pretty sure if you write the code in C or C+ it will be easier for them to utilize it) for implementing the simple fix (I assume that since you confidently know that it is merely a "simple fix", it must be from first hand knowledge that you have come to this conclusion).