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    Exclamation Gopro 3 black using as FPV (battery time)

    Hi
    I started using Gopro 3 black I had as my primary fpv cam on my Discovery.

    I wanted to ask how long does the battery last from experience while it's feeding my Immersion 600w transmitter?

    I so far tried only once and my battery run out in 10 mins. I think I did not have it fully charged though.

    How long does yours last? Does it make sense to power it from main battery or an alternative battery?

    Also, I noticed some extra higher pitch noise when cam is recording and Discovery is on.

    Thanks

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    Hi orion3,

    I have used my GoPro Hero 3 Silver as my primary FPV camera on a stretched DJI F330.

    I never emptied the GoPro battery entirely since I only have two batteries for my quad (a 15 minute flight time by battery). However, you GoPro should last an 1h30.

    My advice would be to feed the GoPro battery with your IRC VTX, you won't be disappointed one day if you want to fly and find your GoPro battery to be empty... happened to me to many times...

    Be careful if you use an OSD though, powering my GoPro through the EzOSD caused it to reboot since it couldn't handle the current pulled by the GoPro.

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    Don't, just don't.
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    Why, why not?

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    I'm not sure why Ssassen is saying to not do it. I've been using my Gopro for my FPV camera with great success. I usually get about an hour out of the battery if not much more but I'm just in the habit of charging it when it needs it. So far so good.

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    Don't. Buy a dedicated analogue camera.
    When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

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    Same as Pepperpete.

    Works well on an F330!

    Don't forget to set an auto turn off if not used otherwise you'll always find your GoPro's battery empty...

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    LOL I'm glad I'm not the only one who had that problem. I could never EVER remember to turn the silly thing off after a flight.

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    I agree, and the next day you take everything to the field... and F***!!!!!!!!

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    You don't have to have ..... the battery on your Gopro (UNLESS for weight balance in some of the gimbals i.e. Tarort 2d.).
    Just tap 5V from your receiver or VTx, or whatever you have on board with the USB.
    I''ve been doing this to save the hassle, and save weight on my original Gopro Hero and Hero3+ black.

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