Here are a few cold Weather Gopro Tips, a must before going skiing and snowboarding. Using your GoPro in cold weather will seriously affect the battery life. Every winter I notice in GoPro forums around the internet how people struggle with battery life in cold weather. It is not just a GoPro thing all batteries don’t perform well in cold temperatures. Another issue with GoPro cameras is fog or condensation inside the protective housings. Let’s take a look at some top tips to aid in having a better experience with a GoPro camera in cold weather.
Cold weather GoPro tips
- Keep the camera warm when possible.
- Always bring spare batteries. (if possible if on a smaller budget keep camera warn when not using)
- Keep your spare batteries close to your body or as warm as possible.
- If using a GoPro that has a protective/waterproof housing use anti-fog inserts. (tip when using a housing don’t wait until you are up on the hill skiing to put the camera in a housing. Let the camera and case acclimate to its temperature.)
- Also when using a protective housing I have known of users having success with attaching hand warmers to the outside of the case.
- Use hand warmers in the pocket where you keep both the camera and spare batteries.
- A small electric hand warmer can be used to keep batteries warm.
- All of these types of warmers and tips are also relevant to drone batteries.
- The disposable hand warmers (or toe warmers they have sticky backing) can be used to keep battery banks juiced up to serve your charging needs.
Snowboarding/Skiing GoPro tips
Be aware of iso settings. Snow can make things very bright and fool the auto exposure settings. When using a GoPro they have a very wide field of view even in linear mode. This means you need to get very close to your subject. If you are too far away from the person you are filming they can easily just blend in with the entire scene. As I spook about before battery power is key. If you at all wanting to use your GoPro on the hill a fair bit, get extra batteries!
Be aware of your surroundings. Filming another skier or snowboarder can make you lose focus on your surroundings. Take extra time to make sure the run is clear. Just because you are filming your buddy doesn’t mean you throw out general mountain etiquette. unless you are a professional film crew and can have a section of the mountain to yourself. Be smart or you and someone else could get seriously hurt.