Unfortunately my enthusiasm faded quickly as the GoPro Hero 3 quickly became my worst GoPro experience ever. The camera worked for the first week, then started freezing, lagging through menu input, not responding then finally failing all together. After a lengthy process with GoPro’s customer service desk, I finally got a replacement camera a month later. After hours and hours, and hours upon hours of trials and errors, I have discovered a set of best practices to keep this puppy reliably running.
-Before I type another word I will say, when this camera is WORKING, it is the best POV camera on the market by a substantial margin. I love 2.7k at 24p, 1080p at 60fps is fantastic and the camera shoots very pretty timelapse images with tasty levels of dynamic range.
The following tips are not scientifically proven but have allowed my GoPro Hero 3 Black to work flawlessly since.
Tips & Tricks to keep your GoPro primed for the show!
- Trash that Sandisk Ultra card GoPro supports immediately. That card is spotty at best.. On the 1st GoPro I went through 5 cards that had varying levels of reliability.. This is boring to say the least.. Instead, I have opted for Samsungs fastest card without flaw to date. I like these odds so far.
- Never take the card out! I don’t really consider MICRO SD to be very “pro”.. Removing the card over and over can only add probability for failure. Instead, turn your camera on, plug in your mini usb and let the camera mount as a hard drive as much as possible. Eject your camera before every disconnect even if the camera automatically disconnects via the manual.
- Always format the card with the camera! For whatever reason, I have found this to work worlds better then formatting via your PC or MAC.
- After formatting your card in-camera, take a single photo just to make sure the folder structure and database are in proper working order.
- Keep her updated. I check the update page once a week. LINK.
- And if all else fails and your GoPro FREEZES ON YOU…
- Remove your Micro SD card and put to the side. If it’s the Sandisk Ultra, throw it in the nearest volcano and get the SAMSUNG!!!
- With your Micro SD card removed, take out the battery.
- With the battery removed, hold down the SHUTTER BUTTON. That’s the one on top.
- With the shutter button held, replace the battery and push the power button.
- If your Hero starts, it will read “no SD card”
- Turn the camera OFF.
- Insert your Micro SD card.
- Power up normally.
- Format card.
- Take one photo.
- Set camera up as desired. (it will be back to factory defaults)
- Start recording and enjoy! If it freezes again. Send it to me and I’ll see if it will blend!!
Good luck with your GoPro and if you found this information helpful, please punch that like button in the face. Book ; )