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Just got a GoPro to mount on my dslr housing just to play with. Wondering if condensation is going to be a problem. My guess is yes. Any experience with this? Thanks.

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I just saw quite a few being used. Not by me but a film crew I dove with recently used about 8 of them. They opened them up changed cards used them multiple times. All in hot humid air and cool water. They didn't seem to have any condensation issues.

 

I would guess there is not enough air in those tiny housings to cause condensation.

 

I would try it and not worry about it unless it happens. If it does happen there is no room in the housing for silica packs so only solution is open andclose in a dry air environment.

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FYI, there's a soft focus issue on the GoPro HD housing when shooting u/w so you might want to get a flat lens corrected housing. There's a couple of manufacturers of these, and one of em is here: http://www.eyeofmine.com/gopro/index.html.

 

I also took the camera with the flat lens housing out and tested it under varying conditions. The video is here: http://vimeo.com/14169610

 

Hope this helps.

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I used a GoPro HD in an Eye of Mine housing to do one of the recent DiveFilm HD podcasts:

 

[vimeohd]15477950[/vimeohd]

 

No issues with condensation.

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I have one that I use with the flat port from eyeofmine & although it is a bit home made in appearance it is an improvement over the standard port. Never had any condensation issues with it. If you put a big enough card in you rarely have to open it anyway!

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Thanks guys. I'm waiting for a Sartek housing, so that should help with u/w shots.

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I got the Gopro hero hd recently, yesterday the housing fogged after 25 minutes. I had the camera on all the time, and was snorkeling to 10-15m repeatedly...

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I tested both the GoPRO HD housing and the Eye of Mine in Roatan last Oct. The water temp varied between a too warm 86-88º but never had a fogging issue. I will be testing out the Sartek housing the next time I am in the water. It looks like the Eye of Mine but more professionally made and I doubt there will be much, if any, difference.

Steve

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No issues with condensation.

 

How about teeth marks? That's seriously crazy stuff Eric.

 

Cheers,

Steve

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How about teeth marks? That's seriously crazy stuff Eric.

 

Cheers,

Steve

Lots of scratches, but none on the port, for some reason. Eye of Mine asked for the housing back so they could put it in their archives (they sent me a new one). :P

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Go Pro has just released the monitor and a new back cover for the wet housing. Hope to be getting and reviewing it soon

Steve

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I just ordered one of the cameras with one of the LCD BacPacs, a couple mounts, and anti-fog inserts. All is supposed to be currently in stock.

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Also bought a separate 110/220v battery charger from rpmgear.com so I don't have to connect to a computer to recharge. LCD back is on its way. Just wondering how it will affect battery life.

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Go Pro is coming out with a double battery so B life shouldn't be an issue. Also expect a 3D housing as well.

Steve

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All good stuff. I have two LCD bacpacs on the way to me now, and hoping to try out some UW 3D shooting with two separate units, ahead of the 3D housing (which hopefully should help a lot with sync). I'll post results if I get anything worth showing.

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Go Pro is coming out with a double battery so B life shouldn't be an issue.

 

I noted the better battery forthcoming, good reason to hold off buying an extra spare (standard) battery for now... I saw rpmgear had the $20 wall charger in stock a couple days ago.

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Just got the LCD backpack. Allows review, as well as menu access and navigation with real words as opposed to obscure abbreviations. Makes the Gopro a useful tool instead of a novelty.

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That's awesome news about the menu access. I was forever getting confused with all the abbreviations.

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Note on LCD back. New firmware was released along with the LCD, so you need to update. Got my camera about 2 weeks ago & updated firmware, but had to update again this morning after receiving the LCD because nothing worked.

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Just copied the firmware.bin file to clean SD card (did this with separate card reader independent of camera), installed card back in camera & followed update directions (see below). Everything worked fine. My understanding is the update enables the LCD functions, but you don't have to use it.

 

GoPro HD Hero Firmware Update v02.05.11

Prepare Your HD HERO for Firmware

1. Remove camera from housing & turn power ON

2. *Helpful Tip* Set video mode to r1, r2, r3, or r5. After firmware is installed correctly,

settings will default video back to r4, quickly indicating a successful install.

3. IMPORTANT! Ensure camera has fully charged battery. If installation process is

interrupted for any reason, such as power loss, the camera may become inoperable

4. Turn camera off

Downloading Firmware to SD Card

1. Download firmware.zip to your computer

2. Unzip firmware.zip and extract file named “firmware.bin”

Do NOT rename “firmware.bin”

3. Use SD card reader or connect the HD HERO Camera to computer via USB, power on

camera, activate USB mode & navigate to main (root) level of SD card drive / directory.

4. Drag & drop “firmware.bin” to main (root) level of your SD card

5. Power camera off & unplug from computer (USB mode) OR eject card from computer &

insert into camera (SD reader)

Install Firmware onto Camera

1. While camera is off, hold down the SHUTTER button (top button).

NOTE: The SHUTTER button must be pressed for the entire installation process. Do not

release until process is complete.

While holding SHUTTER button down, press POWER/MODE button (front button) ONCE.

Camera will power on.

2. Still holding SHUTTER button down, press POWER/MODE button 3 times.

Camera will display “UP” and the red light will flash for 5-10 seconds before automatically

shutting itself OFF.

Congratulations, your new firmware is installed and the camera will be reset to new

firmware factory settings.

IMPORTANT! If the flashing red light & Up indicator stops after 1-2 seconds, repeat

process from Step 1 of the install.

3. After the new firmware is installed successfully, erase firmware.bin from SD card.

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Which housing mounting accessory have you guys gotten? (I don't mean the new viewer) I am pondering the helmet one but assume it still mounts to a housing.

 

Cheers

 

Todd

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