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BlinkX Time Lapse Controller for GoPro

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blinkX

Time lapse controller for GoPro HERO8, HERO7, HERO6 & HERO5.

Web-app, low power & WiFi brings:

Easy to use, 4K time lapse for less! 


  • If you are new to Time Lapse, we recommend starting on our Getting Started with Time Lapse page.


    buildQuick & Easy Set-Up

    • Get BlinkX up and running in less than 2 minutes. Read the quick start guide here.
    • Typically used with our Outdoor Enclosures which can house extra battery packs and/or solar panels.

    settings_applicationsSimple Configuration for Complete Control

    • Intuitive web interface makes scheduling BlinkX a breeze.
    • Customize a daily or weekly schedule to program up to 10 separate schedules for either time lapse or motion detection in photo, day, night, burst or video modes.

    powerLow Power Consumption

    • BlinkX powers your GoPro camera down between intervals, increasing the battery life significantly and giving you the ability to undertake long term time lapse sequences.

    emailCloudX Lite Email Notifications - Two Weeks Free

    • BlinkX can e-mail you every day to confirm it is still operating - how many shots were taken since the last e-mail, what is the battery status, what is the SD card status, how many motion detector events activated - everything to give you peace of mind your system is working. Read more here.

    photo_cameraNo Camera Firmware Update Required

    • BlinkX doesn’t require any special camera firmware update. Just ensure your GoPro HERO7, HERO6, or HERO5 camera is up to date with the latest firmware from the GoPro website or through the GoPro App for iOS and Android.

    settings_remoteMotion Detection

    • Motion detection schedules can be programmed to only be active only during certain times of day to avoid capturing unneeded footage and conserve power.
    • Motion detection can be used independently and simultaneously with time lapse schedules.
    • Motion detectors compatible with BlinkX are now available here.

    date_rangeLong term time lapse

    • Couple BlinkX with our SolarX or DryX for long term time lapse solutions. Also, check out our Time Lapse Solutions page for more information on all the parts you need for those longer term projects.

    new_releasesNew features of BlinkX

    Here are all the new advantages of BlinkX over Blink:

    • Compatible with GoPro HERO7 HERO6 & HERO5.
    • Camera WiFi Control (for manual download of footage or aligning setup through GoPro app).
    • Time and Date Scheduling (Allows camera to be set up before a project starts without consuming power to capture unneeded footage or adjusting interval times between set dates).
    • On board Real Time Clock (Holds date/time if left unpowered for up to 2 years).
    • Improved user interface (web based setup on your device).
    • Universal strap mount (allows for mounting in multiple ways).

    Check out our time lapse blog posts to see what our customers have achieved using BlinkX and other CamDo equipment.

    If you liked Blink for HERO4, you'll love BlinkX for HERO7/6/5 with powerful improvements including lower power consumption, advanced date scheduling and more!

    Use BlinkX to achieve long term time lapse and/or motion detection for your next project. Just plug it into your GoPro and use the BlinkX app to connect and configure up to 10 separate schedules (including email scheduling) using a smartphone, tablet, computer, or any WiFi enabled device which has a web browser (no cell service or internet connection required). For more information, see the Quick Start Guide and User Manual.

    A WiFi network with internet access is only required if you would like to use our optional Blink Email feature to provide daily status updates straight to your inbox.

    If you are looking at a long term time lapse you may be interested in our BlinkX time lapse packs which incorporate weatherproof enclosures external solar power for long term deployment or where finding a power supply is difficult or expensive.


  • Compatible with the GoPro HERO5, HERO6, HERO7 and HERO8 camera models as listed below. For GoPro HERO4 and HERO3+ Black cameras, please use our Blink product.

    Camera

    Compatibility ( Y / N )

    HERO8 Black


    v1.5 firmware only (download)
    Installation instructions here.

    HERO7 Black

    HERO6 Black

    HERO5 Black

    HERO5 Session

    HERO4 Black

    HERO4 Silver

    HERO4 Session

    HERO (2014)

    HERO3+ Black

    HERO3+ Silver

    HERO3 Black

    HERO3 Silver

    HERO3 White

    HERO2

    HERO

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Is BlinkX compatible with the GoPro Plus upload feature?

    No. The following link outlines the options available for downloading footage from the GoPro camera during a time lapse when using our BlinkX time lapse controller: https://cam-do.com/pages/how-to-download-your-gopro-time-lapse-footage-with-blinkx

    Can I have a time lapse and motion detection simultaneously?

    Yes, BlinkX allows for multiple schedules to be active at a time.

    What happens if there is a conflict between schedules?

    If multiple schedules have been set and there is a conflict between the camera triggering time, priority is given to the lower numbered schedule. For example, schedule 1 has priority over schedule 2. While a schedule with a set duration is active, such as a video recording, any other schedule that is set to trigger will be skipped until the active schedule is complete.

    How does BlinkX attach to the GoPro?

    BlinkX uses a USB-C connection to communicate with the GoPro camera. BlinkX is approximately the same height and width as the HERO7, and is designed to accommodate straps to attach to the camera or to our enclosures.

    What are the dimensions of BlinkX?

    BlinkX measures 64.5x44x12.7mm (2.54"x1.73"x0.5").

    What housings does CamDo offer that have space for BlinkX and external battery packs?

    BlinkX is typically used with our Outdoor Enclosures to also house extra batteries and come with two power options, a 9Watt solar panel, or without a solar panel that is normally used for shorter deployments when you can return regularly to recharge the batteries. The Outdoor Enclosures have space to fit up to two of our V44 (44watt-hour) battery packs.

    How long will the battery last if I shoot some number of photos per hour?

    Calculating battery life is non-trivial. It depends on the camera model, firmware version, SD card speed, lighting conditions, battery size, age of the battery, ambient temperature, and more. To help you understand the issues and to calculate estimated battery life, consult the Camera Power Consumption Study and our Time Lapse Calculator.

    If I know approximately how long my project is, how do I determine the ideal interval between triggers?

    The ideal shooting interval is normally determined by the length of the final time lapse video clip, capacity of the SD card or battery capacity available. Our Time Lapse Calculator can be used to help determine the ideal interval between photos as determined by these variables.

    Why is "Always On" mode for batteries important?

    Since BlinkX turns the camera off between triggers to conserve power, Always On mode is important to prevent the battery from automatically turning off due to periods of inactivity. Most of the USB battery packs on the market have an automatic power saving feature which turns off the battery if the battery is not constantly supplying power to a device. If the GoPro is turned off for more than a few minutes between triggers, the external battery might automatically shutdown due to inactivity. However, our V44 has two modes of operation, the standard Auto Off mode and an Always On mode. The Always On mode prevents the battery from automatically turning off when insufficient current is being drawn due to the camera being turned off by BlinkX to conserve power.

    Does BlinkX retain the shooting schedule when power is removed or lost?

    When all power is removed, BlinkX will retain the programmed shooting schedule as well as the clock time and date settings. When power is restored to BlinkX, it will resume the programmed shooting schedules.

    Can I switch the SD card in the middle of a time lapse schedule?

    Yes, the SD card is "hot swappable". If an interval occurs when the SD card is out of the GoPro, BlinkX will continue the shooting schedule by triggering the camera to turn on and off, however, no image will be taken since there is no SD card to save the image to.

    How do I change BlinkX's shooting schedule in the middle of a project?

    BlinkX's WiFi signal can be turned on or off by pressing the on-board WiFi button for 3 seconds. BlinkX's WiFi only remains active for 15 minutes to program the new settings before the WiFi is automatically turned off to conserve power. If the camera is not easily accessible, we offer a Wired Remote that can be attached to BlinkX's 2.5mm Port1 for re-triggering the WiFi signal, as well as 2.5mm Extension Cables if a longer distance trigger is needed.

    What can I connect to the circular jacks on my BlinkX?

    Please connect only CamDo-approved accessories to these jacks unless you are experienced. Do not connect other equipment, especially voltage sources such as your solar panel or battery, to these jacks. Doing so could damage your BlinkX or camera.

    BlinkX's Port1 is used as an alternate trigger to activate the Blink's WiFi signal via a wired remote (purchased separately).
    BlinkX's Port2 is used for Motion Detection operation and information about this port is located in our Blink User Manual.
    Please read our series of blog posts to understand how to connect custom hardware or interface a microcontroller such as an Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

    Does BlinkX work with your Battery Eliminators?

    BlinkX does not require a Battery Eliminator and it is not compatible with our Battery Eliminators which are for earlier generation cameras.

    What does BlinkX weigh?

    BlinkX weighs 19g. This compares to a GoPro HERO5 Black camera at 117g or the GoPro HERO5 Session at 74g.

  • General support can be found on our Support pages here.

    Also read the FAQ's tab for more information.

  • What is your return/exchange/warranty policy?

    A: We have a 15 day return policy for unused products. Product must be in original packaging and in new condition. For orders (over $1,500) and/or physically larger items (e.g. enclosures), a restocking fee of 10% will apply. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.

    If the product is opened or used, the product can be returned within 15 days (except SD Cards and GoPro cameras which cannot be returned once opened). A 20% restocking fee will apply for refurbishing opened product. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.

    If you are having trouble with the product, make sure you check our support area on the website for our Quick Start Guides and Product Documentation. Should you need additional help please contact support@cam-do.com however, please ensure you have submitted all of the information in the form first as our support team will ask for this information on our first reply email and it will save time: https://cam-do.com/search?type=page&q=ticket+support&view=search-support&submit=Search

    Should you consider the product be faulty you can request to return the product within 6 months for our assessment. If the product is confirmed to be faulty by CamDo, return shipping costs will be refunded along with a full product refund (except SD Cards and GoPro cameras which cannot be returned once opened). Should the returned items be confirmed functional, a 25% restocking fee will apply to the refund. To initiate a return or exchange, please contact support@cam-do.com to receive an RMA number. Do not ship a product back to us without an RMA number. We will examine all returned items to confirm their condition and contact you regarding the status of your refund. Upon acceptance, please allow 2-3 weeks for the refund to process once the item is received.

    We cannot support IT/wifi network/router/modem issues as there are too many variables. Please talk to your IT department/specialist/support team.

    Any dismantling or modification(s) to CamDo products will void any warranty and cannot be returned.

    GoPro products: HERO5 camera warranty issues are to be handled directly with CamDo. Any warranty issues with HERO6, HERO7, HERO8 and HERO9 cameras are to be handled directly between the customer and GoPro USA. Check out their warranty page here.

    LumeCube products: Any warranty issues with LumeCube products are to be handled directly between the customer and LumeCube USA. Just email support@lumecube.com and they will take it from there. Check out their warranty page here.

    Both GoPro and LumeCube are very responsive and is how their distribution model works - it is much quicker to get warranty response by emailing them directly.

    EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE LIMITATIONS

    CamDo equipment is not fault-tolerant and not designed, manufactured or intended for use in extreme temperature or weather conditions, security surveillance, life support, emergency situations, hazardous or mission critical activities. You use CamDo equipment at at your own discretion and risk.

    LIMITATION ON LIABILITY

    The replacement warranty is as per the warranty section above. In addition, the replacement warranty is the whole and sole liability for the product. There are no other warranties, expressed or implied. Use of CamDo products confirms your agreement that CamDo Solutions Inc and its distributors will not be liable for any damages from or relating to CamDo Solutions Inc products. Please also note the Equipment Performance Limitations above.

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