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Old 04-09-2013, 07:04 AM   #2296
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WOW.....I guess I have not been following this thread as close as I thought.

I did not realize the battery life was so low on the new version of the camera. Since I have the original HD Hero I was thinking of upgrading to the new "Black".

With all the power hungry features they put into the camera I can't believe they made it smaller instead of staying with the same size or slightly larger and going to a higher capacity battery.

Very disappointing since I know the camera produces great video.

Has anyone come up with a way to run the camera directly off 12v that's reliable? I thought I read that some folks had tried a few things but the results were mixed.

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #2297
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WOW.....I guess I have not been following this thread as close as I thought.

I did not realize the battery life was so low on the new version of the camera. Since I have the original HD Hero I was thinking of upgrading to the new "Black".

With all the power hungry features they put into the camera I can't believe they made it smaller instead of staying with the same size or slightly larger and going to a higher capacity battery.

Very disappointing since I know the camera produces great video.

Has anyone come up with a way to run the camera directly off 12v that's reliable? I thought I read that some folks had tried a few things but the results were mixed.

Jon...
From my research, if it's plugged into USB when turned on, it will run on the USB power (must have a battery installed) if you plug it into USB AFTER the unit is powered up, it will run off the battery. I've not tested this yet but seen it referred to more than once.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:00 PM   #2298
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There's a recent update to the H3 Black?
Yeah, just came out.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #2299
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Well at least for firmware updates on my HD Hero I've always gone to this page and downloaded the update.

http://gopro.com/support/hd-hero-firmware-update

From this page use the pull down list to select the camera.

http://gopro.com/support/product-updates-support

It appears that the Hero-2 units and the WiFi stuff do indeed use Ciniform.

And then the Hero-3 either updates through your browser (needs Java) or you can do it manually from this page.

http://gopro.com/support/product-reg...-hero3-cameras

I much prefer to not have to use other software to update a product but things seem to be going that way these days.

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You can still do the old style update. My H3 doesn't play well at all with my Win 8 machine (go figure two buggy POS won't play well together ) . To do the manual update goto:

http://gopro.com/support/product-reg...-hero3-cameras

Then click manual, and put in your serial number and click next, next, next...blah blah. Sooner or later you'll get to a screen that let's you download the update and then you follow the old way from there.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:03 AM   #2300
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Replacement Camera Lens?

Hey guys,


My GoPro Hero 2 lens is scratched, kinda smudged too. Its the lens on the camera, not the replaceable lens on the housing.


Do any of you guys know of a reasonably priced replacement lens?


GoPro does not sell the lens. Ragecams.com sells a direct replacement, buts it more then what I paid for my GoPro.


How about forums for GoPro's, can you recommend one or two?


Online research is not coming up with cheaper viable lens solutions.


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Old 04-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #2301
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Ended up buying a 3.8mm Megapixel, no fishbowl lens from ragecams.com.

$99, free shipping. It's not listed on their website, found it on ebay.

Its not a factory spec replacement, factory is 2.2mm, fishbowl, but I wanted less fishbowl anyway, so this should work out perfect. Its supposed to fit in the GoPro protective case, so I should be good to go.

I'm still surprised no one offers a $50 factory spec replacement lens, but I guess if people are willing to cough up $99 - $129, no one is in a rush to offer a lens at a lower price. But if they did I think they would sell a ton of them.

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Ps: I will report back once I install it on how the install went and how it works.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:48 AM   #2302
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Ended up buying a 3.8mm Megapixel, no fishbowl lens from ragecams.com.

$99, free shipping. It's not listed on their website, found it on ebay.

Its not a factory spec replacement, factory is 2.2mm, fishbowl, but I wanted less fishbowl anyway, so this should work out perfect. Its supposed to fit in the GoPro protective case, so I should be good to go.

I'm still surprised no one offers a $50 factory spec replacement lens, but I guess if people are willing to cough up $99 - $129, no one is in a rush to offer a lens at a lower price. But if they did I think they would sell a ton of them.

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Ps: I will report back once I install it on how the install went and how it works.
Most folks use the GP inside the protective case so I don't think there's a big call for the camera lens itself.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #2303
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Yep.

But I was surprised when I did a google search for a replacement lens to see how many people have posted online about having scratched the camera lens one way or the other and are looking for a reasonably priced replacement.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:32 AM   #2304
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Some H3B issues and possible solutions

I thought I'd post up some information I came across when researching a couple issues I've had with the H3B, namely lockups, paused video and corrupted files. What I've discovered from reading many of the H3B forums is that the memory cards GP recommends are marginal for the Black version, esp in 1080P/60, 720/120 FPS and the higher modes. There's a pretty extensive thread about card testing, specifically write speeds. The GP has a relatively small buffer for the speed it passes data to the memory card, any glitch in that pipeline results in a pause or worse a lockup. Seems not all cards are created equal, even with the same brand and model. Many would drop below the class 10 spec periodically during the write test, even the scandisk recommended cards. Not all cards are effected this way but a good many are. The problem usally results in a situation where the cam will stop filming and/or lock up requiring a battery pull (one of my problems). Beware of sellers who advertise loose cards (not packaged) seems some will try and resell marginal cards that have been returned. Many different brand cards were tested and most had write issues. Apparently this doesn't show up when used in a DSLRs except as a delay after snapping a pic ocassionally. Appears it definately shows up when writing a continious HD video stream.

The other siituation, corrupted video files seems to be linked to the auto shutoff function in some cams. Even though the cam is idle (not filming) the function appears to be corrupting the files in many of the cams. I turned off that function and also the one button filming. Using some Samsung C10 UHS-1 highspeed cards, I tested the cam at 1080/60 and 720/120. Everything worked as advertised, managed to run the battery out without any issues (about 70min of vid per battery). I don't use the WiFi so I can't comment on it's effect on the situation. This testing was done in conjunction with the recent update so I'm not 100% sure that didn't resolve some of my issues.

The scandisk ultra cards seemed to be very reliable in all modes but they are only available in 16G for the microSD format plus they are about 2x the price.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #2305
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In regards to battery life. I am really pretty impressed with the smartphone app that turns your phone into the remote. The app seems to be much better with a nice large touch screen verses the small single window gopro remote. Mount it on the bars, a quick touch and your shooting video or stills. No scrolling through screens to find the setting you want. A quick touch and its off untill you want to shoot again.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #2306
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RF (Chris),

Thanks for the information on the cards and what appears to be a solution. I guess the old saying "You get what you pay for" holds true in this case.

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Old 04-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #2307
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The scandisk ultra cards seemed to be very reliable in all modes but they are only available in 16G for the microSD format plus they are about 2x the price.
Do you mean the SanDisk Extreme pro (link below)? Am running the H3 Black and have encountered the very same issues you've encountered, in addition to it eating a 64gb SanDisk Ultra. I have one remaining sandisk 64gb card that i've yet to try since the last firmware update, fingers crossed. Will probably give the sandisk extreme pro a shot, although 16gb is pretty limiting not to mention the price; $100 at Best Buy.

http://www.sandisk.com/products/memo...?capacity=16GB
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #2308
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In regards to battery life. I am really pretty impressed with the smartphone app that turns your phone into the remote. The app seems to be much better with a nice large touch screen verses the small single window gopro remote. Mount it on the bars, a quick touch and your shooting video or stills. No scrolling through screens to find the setting you want. A quick touch and its off untill you want to shoot again.
I just bought the Wi-Fi Bacpac and remote setup and am psyched to use it with my phone, I especially like the preview mode where I can check the camera aim/picture.

I'm also going to use it as a backup camera setup for when I'm hooking up our horse trailer by myself.

Suction mount the GP on the tailgate of the truck, phone in the cab with me, preview mode on.

Voila, backup camera!
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #2309
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Suction mount the GP on the tailgate of the truck, phone in the cab with me, preview mode on.

Voila, backup camera!
just remember, the view on the phone is about 2 seconds or so behind what the camera actually sees. So backup SLOWLY!
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:24 PM   #2310
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just remember, the view on the phone is about 2 seconds or so behind what the camera actually sees. So backup SLOWLY!
Assuming the signal gets through the truck and trailer bodies... I haven't done exhaustive tests, but the signal's not the strongest WiFi I've ever used.
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