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How to Improve Battery Performance in Cold Weather

by GoPro ‎09-30-2019 08:55 PM - edited ‎04-02-2021 03:36 PM
What's the issue?
Camera battery performance is severely decreased in cold conditions. 

Where does it apply?
  • HERO9 Black
  • MAX
  • HERO8 Black
  • HERO7 Black
  • HERO6 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO4
  • HERO3+
  • HERO3

How to fix it?
Please note that we do not have a formal, low temperature rating for any of our cameras or accessories/mounts. That said, we have a few tips on ways to get the best performance out of your camera. 
  • Keep the camera in an interior pocket before filming, using body heat to keep the unit warm.  NOTE: This goes for secondary/backup batteries as well. 
  • Leaving the camera on (in standby) may be better than powering the unit off for an extended period of time.  One-Button Mode (while convenient for helmet-mounted shots), might mean that the lift ride to the top of the summit (powered off) allows the camera's temp to drop too low. 
  • Use the camera in the waterproof housing to help retain the heat given off by the camera during operation (anti-fog strips may come in play under certain conditions).​
  • Use newer batteries. Older batteries that have been used quite a bit have a much harder time in cold weather. When going to a cold environment, consider which batteries you will be taking. 

HERO9 Black, HERO8 Black and HERO7 Black Heads Up: Image Stabilization in high performance modes draws a lot of power. In cold temperatures the battery is not able to keep up. Because of this, HyperSmooth and Standard Stabilization are not available in the following high performance modes when operating in very cold temperatures (0°C or lower). If this occurs, the camera provides messaging indicating that stabilization is not supported.
  • 2.7K 4:3 - 60/50
  • 4K 60/50
  • 4K 4:3 - 24