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GoPro’s seventh generation camera released in late 2012. Capable of recording 1080p30 video, waterproof to 197', and built-in Wi-Fi.

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Automatically Shuts Off After A Few Minutes

My GoPro Hero 3 either doesn't turn on or it automatically shuts off after a few seconds or minutes. At first I thought that the battery had an issue so I bought two more batteries and made sure that they were all fully charged, and when I tried each of them the GoPro still it doesn't stay on. All other functions work without a hitch.

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Hey Dounia,

Did you by chance drop your GoPro? It looks like some of our community members have experienced a similar problem. You can read this thread for reference: It keeps turning off and on by itself.

Here are a few things you can try:

  • Check if the battery terminal where the + side of the battery is loose and if the spring tension is not holding the battery in place when inserted
  • Replace the battery doors if they are loose
  • Remove the SD card
  • Try a new SD card
  • Upgrade the firmware
  • Open the device and look for any loose connections

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I have the exact same problem. It’s a brand new gopro. It’s supposed to give me at least 4 to 5 hours record time, I know this can be shortened if I’m using very fine record etc. I do find that after turning it on, I go out for a cycle and when I come back after 1 hour 30 minutes cycle & discover that my gopro has switched itself off During play back I discover that the go-pro had stopped recording as soon I went around the corner from my house. I’m presuming this is when it switched itself off. The batter is fully charged. Unfortunately, I have no way of removing the battery as it’s built-in to the unit & is rechargeable via USB. This is extremely frustrating as it was expensive enough & given todays society, where most people, not all, but most anyway, are in competition with each other to see who can be most hazards to cyclists/pedestrians. I was hoping that the gopro on my cycle helmet would serve as a unbiased witness in the unfortunate even that I have an accident involving another cyclist, car, or, pedestrian. It’s only serving as a useless piece of weight on my head at the minute. I’ve done all I can in the menu settings thinking I had set something up that causing it to switch itself off, but, from what I can see, there’s no reason for it to do so while there’s still plenty of power in the batter. I’m on limited funds, so I cannot afford the swanky sleek cycle helmet cams. I can’t afford hundreds to fork out on it.

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