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The GoPro Hero3 White, using the same image sensor as the GoPro Hero Original, was released in 2013 and, at the time, was the lowest cost entry into the GoPro camera market. The Hero3 brought a 30% smaller and 25% lighter action camera.

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SD Card/SD Slot possibly Burning.


I wonder if you could help.

I have a GoPro Hero 3 white edition. I’ve had this for 3 years and its been great.

However tonight I was at my band practice filming like I normally do. I noticed that the front screen was stuck on 1min 54secs recording and wouldn’t stop. I then took out of the plastic case and noticed it was really hot. I took the battery out for a couple of seconds then put it back in. The camera powered up fine, but it said no SD card.

So I went to take the SD Card out and it actually burned my finger. I noticed that there was like a TCP smell on the SD Card and in the SD slot.

I’ve since waited about 2 hrs before turning the camera on. After 2 hrs I powered it on a almost instantly the SD card/slot gets seriously hot! I’m quite worried as I don’t want it to catch fire.

The Gopro has worked brilliant over the 3 years i’ve had it. I don’t know what would be best to do?

Can you help please?

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I would not recommend turning the camera back on with the SD card installed in the camera. Take out the SD card and try powering the camera on without it.

If the camera turns on without the SD card installed your SD card likely failed in a manner which would cause a short circuit, and in that case it is likely completely dead.

Hope this helps,


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Thanks Charlie, I will give that a go tonight! :)

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