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Tourist
Posts: 2

GoPro NON-wifi Remote Switch

Hi all,

 

I have a question relating to finding a remote record button that doesn't exhaust battery power. I'm a whitewater kayaker. When I'm kayaking and I need to begin recording, it can be dangerous to put my hands all the way up above my helmet to start recording. Even if I can reach up there at an appropriate moment, in the winter I can't even feel my hands, so I don't know what I'm pushing up there. Meanwhile, the noise of the rapids drowns out voice activation. I've found myself taking my helmet off just to find and push the button. This puts me and my kayaking buddies at risk. 

 

I know there's a smart remote I could wear on my wrist that might do the trick. However, considering how wifi drains the battery and gopro batteries are already notorious for their short life, I was wondering if there is a manual remote. Does anyone know of a manual remote switch OR suggestions for how to minimize battery loss from using the smart remote?

 

Thanks in advance,

Danny

Adventurer
Posts: 10,138

Re: GoPro NON-wifi Remote Switch

Which GoPro are you using? The Smart Remote will not drain the HERO5/6/7 cameras significantly when they are off as it uses Bluetooth to turn the camera on. On older cameras, the Wi-Fi reduces battery power by about 10%.

With the Smart Remote you can turn on and off the camera. When not recording, it's best to have the camera off. However, when you are recording in this manner, there is a slight delay as the camera has to remotely be turned on before it can start recording. In the newer cameras, this isn't very long. The HERO7 has the shortest period with about 3 seconds to turn on and then start recording.
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Tourist
Posts: 2

Re: GoPro NON-wifi Remote Switch

Daniel, thank you!! That is good feedback, and does make me more inclined to just go with the smart remote. I'm curious what percent the wifi drains the battery in the newer gopros. I have the 7 black.

 

I suppose I should turn off the wifi when not in use either way, right? 

 

Danny

Adventurer
Posts: 10,138

Re: GoPro NON-wifi Remote Switch

The way the new cameras work, WiFi is only utilize when a connection is requested via Bluetooth. While the HERO7 Black doesn't have the greatest battery life, having connections on shouldn't effect it much. If you need to get the absolute most out of your battery, turn off connections, GPS, and voice activation, as well as reduce the brightness of the rear LCD as much as possible.

This is the battery info for HERO7 Black
https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/hero7-battery-information

I could only find a chart for the HERO5 Black which uses the same WiFi/Bluetooth technology, so the percentage should be about the same https://gopro.com/help/articles/Question_Answer/How-Long-Does-the-HERO5-Black-Battery-Last