Tough Love: Caring for Your GoPro

Designed to thrive in some of the most technology-hostile environments on the planet, and outfitted with its signature waterproof shell the GoPro is one of the toughest cameras on the market. However, that doesn’t mean some basic maintenance won’t help it endure the abuses of an active lifestyle even longer. A few simple measures can greatly extend the operational life of your equipment, so when you buy the GoPro hero4 at Harvey Norman be sure to follow these basic maintenance tips.

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Lens

A camera’s lens is its single most delicate element, as a single fine scratch can permanently impact picture and video quality. GoPro camera lenses should only be cleaned with clean, soft cloths, and leaning solutions are usually not necessary unless the lens is actively soiled. The bag that a GoPro is carried in can also collect dust, dirt and debris, and so it should be thoroughly cleaned before the camera is placed into it.

Housing

The protective waterproof housing of a GoPro camera is the component most vulnerable to neglect, as dirt, water and other foreign materials can pass through the seal and scratch the camera lens or even enter the camera itself. For this reason, models with removable cases should be periodically removed from their housing for cleaning. The casing and camera should be rinsed with fresh water after use in salt or chlorinated water, ensuring the side port and door seals are kept closed throughout the process. Be sure to gently blow away any debris with a can of compressed air prior to cleaning.

Battery

The battery of GoPro cameras is among their most sensitive parts, and should be handled with care to promote maximum longevity of the device. Power cycle your batteries from full charge to nearly empty on a biweekly basis to keep them healthy longer, and removable batteries should be wiped clean of accumulating debris after use. Also, be sure to store your GoPro camera away from extreme temperatures to prevent overheat, explosion or cell damage.

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Tech

The technology components of GoPro cameras can be vulnerable to damage, and keeping them in good repair is key to ensuring reliable operation for your device. Keep the firmware of your camera as current as possible to ensure you have access to the latest features and security measures. The SD cards used to store pictures and video require maintenance as well, and they should be reformatted on a regular basis to keep them in working order.

Justin Germino
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