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Sightseer
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hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

 
GoPro
Posts: 9,584

Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

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Hi @noblehero50064

 

Even though your camera is plugged in, the battery will not charge during recording. It will start charging when you stop recording. You cannot record while charging with a computer.

 

For reference, see: How to Charge the Camera Battery

 

Thanks!

Ej

Adventurer
Posts: 9,305

Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

GoPro needs to start  to working on that setting  other cameras have the option and other cameras that do not have it are el cheapos that use a dummy block.  so we got a professional or maybe an amature camera...

 

GoPro time to ge this  going how many people asking takes for this to happen.  Remove battery use a Powerbank and charge the powerbank while using that is the BiPasss  see gopro that is the  solution you want us to do Be Big and Bulky  and get currupted files if loss of power.

Explorer
Posts: 11,720

Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

How does the battery charge on those other cameras while they are recording? I honestly don't understand how this takes place. The power to record has to come from somewhere. If it's from the battery, then wouldn't it be a zero net gain since the power supply is charging the battery, while at the same time the camera is discharging the battery to record? If the camera utilizes the external power to record and bypasses the battery, again, how would this charge the battery?

If the camera somehow sends the external power along two channels (one to the battery and the other to processing the recording), this doesn't seem safe for the battery or the camera processor as you could/would get fluctuations in power and/or too low of voltage.

I'm just not understanding how the external power source can simultaneously charge the battery and concurrently power the camera's recording process. I'm interested in knowing how this works.
Nomad
Posts: 280

Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?


@danielr15 wrote:



I'm just not understanding how the external power source can simultaneously charge the battery and concurrently power the camera's recording process. I'm interested in knowing how this works.

 


Hi

 

I think the same as every cell phone plugged in and charging while 4k video recording in the same time. Like the car where battery is still discharging and charging.

 

 

Explorer
Posts: 11,720

Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

With a car there is an alternator and combustible engine. Nothing like a phone or camera.

 

I've never tried charging my phone while recording in 4K.  Just saying that they can do it doesn't explain how it's done. 

 

I know there is a chip in the camera (Pericom PI3USB9281) that regulates how much power it draws and identifies the power source, but I don't know if it's designed to split the power to both the cameras processing and to charging the battery.

Sightseer
Posts: 1

Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

I have a GoPro hero 4 installed on my boat - I use a battery eliminator cable made for the GoPro and I connect that to a power block below the deck - I don't even have a actual battery in the camera - I was checking to see if they've added this feature to the new GoPro but I guess not so no need to upgrade... I've been using this setup since hero 4 came out with no issue, max I've had it running is 10hours with little drain on my 28k battery and 128 memory card , if I remember my camera settings are at 1080 30fps. Low I know but awesome for what I need . ... Cable is available on Amazon for $15 if interested.
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Adventurer
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Re: hero 7 black can you charge while recording?

We know we can take the bat out and use an external power source.  

 

For what I said  the camera's I have do allow  to use a  powersource along with the battery.   that I enjoy over a gopro, if you keep to a gopro,

 

 lovr my other camera that will   use both  battery internal and external.t