GoPro cameras are known for their toughness and durability. This entails that they can be used in a multitude of conditions such as being attached to birds or being put underwater, which leads to the interesting footage.
New footage has surfaced which makes the camera’s survival skills seem even more impressive — a GoPro camera has survived being covered by molten lava and catching on fire. E-rik Storm, the owner of a tourist guide company Kilauea EcoGuides in Hawaii was on tour in 2016 when he placed his GoPro in a crack on a volcano to film lava flows. It got covered by lava and even caught on fire
“I was telling a story when the molten lava completely engulfed my GoPro (with housing on) and it caught on fire. I used a geology rock hammer to pull it out of the lava and thought it was a total loss,” Storm told camera company PetaPixel on Tuesday.
What happened next is the most interesting part of the story. After the incident, Storm took a hammer to the cooled lava rock that had become attached to the camera and broke it off the camera’s housing. To his surprise, he discovered that the Wi-Fi light on the camera was still blinking. He then pulled out the memory card from the camera and found that the footage inside was still intact.
The footage shows lava at the closest ever it has been filmed and also shows the camera catching on fire and flames bursting out.
The most surprising part though is that the camera survived molten lava though it was somewhat damaged.
“The camera even still worked although not a well as it did before. Truly amazing it survived!” Storm told PetaPixel.
Molten lava is usually at temperatures of 700-1,200 degree Centigrade (1,292-2,192 degree Fahrenheit). Most materials do not survive such temperatures.
The Storm had previously tried to film lava flows using a DJI Phantom drone but had actually molten his camera in the process. This makes the GoPro seem even more impressive since the drone was not even in direct contact with the lava, it was only filming it from a small distance.