03-22-2019 03:02 PM
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,
03-23-2019 02:43 AM
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.
03-23-2019 09:39 AM
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?
03-23-2019 10:57 PM
This is the battery info for HERO7 Black
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