Since I got the remote, I’ve been in the habit of leaving the camera on, but not capturing, while traveling in between roads I want to map. Previously I’d been shutting it down completely.
I recently found out that even if I turn the camera off completely with the remote, the Bluetooth transceiver stays in low-energy mode for two hours so the remote can wake the camera. That might be a better option. The down side is that I’d then have to wait for the GPS to get a fix again; but considering that overheating seems to be what’s causing the GPS to go wonky in the first place, waiting is preferable to (and less potentially destructive than) overheating.
I agree that overheating is a design flaw in a camera designed to operate in harsh environments. But on the other hand, I also understand the challenges of trying to design something that is both heat-resistant and water-resistant. It can be done, but it would be complex and expensive. The most obvious solution, a liquid cooling system such as gamers use to cool their computers’ processors (and occasionally the chipsets) would also be expensive in terms of battery life. So while it’s easy for me to criticize GoPro for such a flaw, it’s not quite so easy for me to come up with a way to fix it.
The other thing is that if the airflow of operating the camera at highway speed isn’t enough to keep it cool, then what would be? Maybe a wind deflector on the mast under the camera to force air upwards? But then you have the bugs to contend with.
Another thing I might try is reversing the camera in the mount. What GoPro considers the front of the camera is currently facing rearwards because for whatever bizarre reason that causes the rendered image to face forward. Maybe the part that’s overheating is located behind the front side of the camera, in which case facing that side forward might cool it off. I can always rotate the yaw 180 degrees during the render.
Who knows… Maybe the reason GoPro decided which side of the camera would be the front was for that very reason – to cool down the most intense heat producers in the camera. The people representing the company on their forum don’t strike me as actual engineers, so I’m not even going to bother asking. I’ll just try rotating the camera and see what happens.