There are two types of cables for GoPros. The one that comes with the camera is a USB cable, which is used for charging as well as data transfer. Over the years, a few different USB plugs have been used. You can see which GoPro model uses which type of USB connector in my GoPro Charging Cable Guide.
The second type of cable is an HDMI cable. GoPro cameras don’t come with an HDMI cable as standard, and not all GoPro models have an HDMI port.
The HDMI port is used to output a video feed from the camera (also known as a video out signal). So if you are connecting your GoPro to a TV or monitor, an external recorder, or using your GoPro as a webcam for Zoom meetings, you’d use an HDMI cable.1
Micro-HDMI Cable for GoPro Cameras
Just as with USB, there are different types of HDMI connectors and HDMI cables. The one you want for most GoPro cameras is known as a micro-HDMI connector. It’s also known as a Type D HDMI connector.2
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But not all GoPro models have the same HDMI capabilities. Some require an optional accessory to add an HDMI port. Some have an HDMI port built-in. And some aren’t compatible with HDMI. Here’s a rundown of which category each camera model falls into.
GoPro Cameras That Require a Media Mod Accessory to Add HDMI Compatibility
Since the HERO8, the latest GoPro cameras don’t have an HDMI port built into the camera, but one can be added using a Media Mod. (Be aware, though, that there’s more than one model of Media Mod; for example, the one for the HERO8 Black won’t work with the HERO9 Black or HERO10 Black–so you need to make sure you get the correct one.)
All of the Media Mods use an HDMI cable with a micro-HDMI connector.
These are the models that require a Media Mod to add HDMI capabilities:
- GoPro HERO10 Black | HERO10 & HERO9 Media Mod Accessory
- GoPro HERO9 Black | HERO10 & HERO9 Media Mod Accessory
- GoPro HERO8 Black | HERO8 Media Mod Accessory
With these models, you first need to fit the camera with the Media Mod. Then the HDMI cable goes into the Media Mod’s HDMI port.
GoPro Camera Models That Have an HDMI Port Built-in
These models don’t require an extra accessory to add an HDMI port–it’s built into the camera as a basic feature. With these, you can just connect the HDMI cable directly to the camera itself. With one exception, these all use an HDMI cable with a micro-HDMI connector.
- GoPro HERO7 Black
- GoPro HERO6 Black
- GoPro HERO5 Black
- GoPro HERO4 Black
- GoPro HERO4 Silver
- GoPro HERO3+ Black
- GoPro HERO3+ Silver
- GoPro HERO3 Black
- GoPro HERO3 Silver
- GoPro HERO3 White
- GoPro HD HERO2 (uses mini-HDMI (Type B) connector / also has 2.5mm Composite Port)
GoPro Camera Models That Are Not Compatible with HDMI
Other GoPro models don’t have an HDMI port and one can’t be added. This includes:
- GoPro MAX
- GoPro Fusion
- GoPro HERO7 Silver
- GoPro HERO7 White
- GoPro HERO (2018)
- GoPro HERO (2014)
- GoPro HERO+ LCD
- GoPro HERO+
- GoPro HERO5 Session
- GoPro HERO4 Session
- GoPro HERO Session
- GoPro HD HERO (has RCA video out port)
- GoPro HERO960 (has RCA video out port)
- GoPro SD HERO
Can I connect a GoPro camera to a TV or Proector?
Some GoPro cameras can connect directly to an HDTV (or 4K TV) using an HDMI cable. But not all GoPros have HDMI ports (see the lists above). Some of the very old models used different methods for connecting to a TV, either an analog RCA connection or a 2.5mm Composite Port.
What kind of HDMI connector to GoPro cameras use?
Most of the GoPro cameras that have HDMI capabilities use a micro-HDMI (Type D) connector. An exception is the HD HERO2, which uses a mini-HDMI (Type C) connector.
Do GoPro cameras come with an HDMI cable?
GoPro cameras don’t come with an HDMI cable as standard. It’s possible that some retailers might include one as part of a special accessories bundle, but that’s not standard. They do come with a USB cable (the USB cable is used for charging and data transfer).
Can you change a GoPro with an HDMI cable?
You can’t change the camera’s battery with an HDMI cable. The HDMI cable only conveys data, not power, and can’t be used for charging.
How long can an HDMI cable be?
The longer an HDMI cable is, the greater the risk that signal loss due to attenuation will start impacting the image and sound quality. With a standard passive HDMI cable, a good rule of thumb is to limit the length to around 20-25 feet, at most.
If you need to send the signal a longer distance, there are options:
- Use an Active Optical HDMI cable (aka Active Fiber Optic HDMI cable). These are often marketed for video projection systems.
- Use an HDMI extender. These convert the signal from regular HDMI and convert it to run over a Cat6 internet cable.
- Some GoPro cameras also have the ability to use USB when connecting your GoPro to a computer a webcam. ↩
- Type A if a standard or full-size HDMI connector. Type C is also known as a mini-HDMI connector. A spec for Type B connectors was created as a dual-link connector, but it has not been used in products. ↩
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