You can use a GoPro HERO6 and HERO5 Black as a webcam or for real-time capture to a computer. But it’s not quite as simple as just plugging your camera in with a USB cable. Here’s a guide on how to do it.
GoPro HERO5 Black
Released at the beginning of October 2016, the GoPro HERO5 Black includes a built-in LCD screen, voice commands, and video stabilization. It replaces both the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver with one a single model.
After extensive use and testing, here are my practical recommendations on the best SD cards for GoPro cameras.
GoPro cameras have used three different USB charging cables. Which type of charging cable you need depends on which camera you’re using. Here’s a master list.
Using a pistol trigger with a GoPro provides a comfortable grip and a more precise way to operate the shutter. Here’s a roundup of the best trigger grips I’ve come across.
If you’re taking your GoPro out on the water, sometimes you need something that combines flotation with extended reach. Here are some of the best GoPro float pole options.
If your underwater photos are coming out blue and with washed-out colors, a good option is to add an underwater filter. There are several approaches; Backscatter’s Flip7 is unique and convenient.
GoPros are best known for shooting video, but cameras like the HERO5 Black can produce some fun and unique stills photos too. Here are some real-world examples.
The GoPro Super Suit adds extra protection and lets you take your GoPro much deeper than the built-in waterproof protection. Here’s when and how to use it.
One of the great things about GoPros is that they’re fearless around water. Here are some tips for getting better results when shooting in and around the water.
Here’s a detailed guide to connecting the GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session cameras with the GoPro Smart Remote and the Remo voice-command remote.
If you’re trying to reset your GoPro’s wifi password or just look up what it is so you can connect, here are the steps for recent GoPro models.
Controlling a single GoPro camera remotely is pretty straightforward. The most obvious way to do that is to use the GoPro mobile app. But what if you want to control more than one camera? For that, you’ll need to use a dedicated remote. Here’s an overview of how it works.
Turning on a GoPro is usually very simple. But sometimes you can run into situations where your GoPro won’t turn on. Here are some things to try.
Formating the GoPro’s SD card gets the card ready for use and keeps the filesystem healthy and minimizes the risk of errors. Here are the various ways to do it on different GoPro models.
The Burst Mode and Continuous Photo functions on GoPros are useful ways to capture fast-moving action. Here’s a rundown of how they work, how they’re different, and what options are available.
Here’s an in-depth, hands-on comparison of how the GoPro HERO 5 Black compares with the newer HERO 7 Black in terms of specs, features, and performance.
DigiPower Refuel ActionPack Extended Battery for GoPro HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, & HERO (2018)
The ReFuel ActionPack is a waterproof extended battery for the GoPro HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018).
How can you work with GoPro RAW format .gpr image files without using Lightroom or Photoshop? Here’s a quick guide for a free option.
GoPros don’t float by themselves. So if you let it go or it gets knocked loose unintentionally, you’ll need to add something to prevent it from sinking straight to the bottom.
A step-by-step guide to removing and replacing the lens cover on the GoPro HERO5 Black for replacing a scratched cover or using a SuperSuit diving housing.
A comprehensive guide on how to charge the GoPro HERO5 Black & HERO5 Session cameras, including options for USB charging and using an AC or wall charger.
On the GoPro HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, and HERO5 Black, you can choose between two image formats for still photos: JPG and RAW (.gpr). Here’s a quick overview of what the difference is and when to use which.
GoPro’s QuickCapture feature is designed as a one-press way to power the camera up and start shooting immediately. There are a few tricks to using it, though.
Here’s a detailed side-by-side comparison of the GoPro HERO (2018) and the HERO5 Black in features, capabilities, and performance.
If you’re looking to add polarizing or ND filters to the GoPro HERO7 cameras, the HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, or HERO (2018), PolarPro has a 3-pack kit of snap-on filters specifically for these camera models. Here’s my hands-on review.
While there aren’t a lot of options for external batteries for the GoPro HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black, there are some. Here are the best options I’ve come across for powering your GoPro for more than a couple of hours at a time.
If you’re after an extended battery for the GoPro HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black that’s waterproof, the new Oumers Side Power is one of the few options available.
Wondering whether you can run the GoPro HERO8, HERO7, HERO6, and HERO5 Black with external power without having the internal battery installed? Yes, you can.
Wondering if you can use a 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB microSD card in your GoPro? So long as you’re using one of these GoPro models and the card is fast enough, you can.
If you’re wondering why your image is suddenly cropped when you turn on the video stabilization feature, here’s an explanation.
The GoPro HERO6 Black promises better results from its in-camera stabilization. So I’ve been putting it to the test side-by-side with the HERO5 Black.
A timelapse video clip I shot recently in the Arctic with a GoPro HERO5 Black while our ship was crunching through the Arctic sea ice north of Svalbard.
A detailed comparison of how the GoPro HERO 5 Black compares with the HERO 6 Black in terms of specs, features, capabilities, and performance.
The HERO6 has a new processor and promises improved image quality over its predecessor, the HERO5 Black. Here are some side-by-side comparisons.
If you need to reset the wifi password of your GoPro HERO5 Black or Session for some reason, it’s easy enough to do. But there’s a bit of a catch.
Here’s a rundown of the options for charging your GoPro depending on the model of camera you’re using.
Ugly water drops on the GoPro lens can really ruin the shot. The XClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors are designed to solve this problem. Here’s my take on how well they work.
You can’t use Linear FOV with GoPro RAW files, but here’s a workaround that lets you get something very close to it using Lightroom.
Wasabi Power has come out with a new extended battery for the GoPro HERO5 Black that they claim gives you up to 4 hours of recording time. I’ve been putting it to the test.
If you’re looking to get split photos of above and below the water line, a dome port is what you want. Here’s a rundown of how they work with GoPros.
NiteCore is releasing a new charger for GoPro HERO5 Black batteries. It adds a few little nice tweaks to make it stand out from the competition.
You might have noticed your camera getting very hot to the touch. In general, that’s normal, but there can be some consequences.
It’s always a good idea to format the SD card in the camera. Here’s a rundown of how to do it with recent GoPro models.
The Wasabi Power Hand Grip is an external USB battery and hand grip in one. It’s a convenient way to add extra battery power to extend your GoPro filming.
Wondering if the touchscreen on the back of your GoPro camera works underwater?
Wondering what the GoPro spot meter does? Here’s an explanation what it does, how it works, and which GoPros have it.
A Troubleshooting Checklist if your GoPro’s Battery is Draining even when the Camera is Switched Off
If you find that your GoPro’s battery is draining quickly even when the camera is switched off, here’s a troubleshooting checklist of things to try.
Wondering what the LRV and THM files are that appear when you shoot GoPro videos? Here’s what they do.
With a recent firmware update, GoPro killed compatibility with third-party batteries. Wasabi Power are out with a new version of their battery that fixes that and promises to be compatible with all future GoPro firmware updates.
If you’d prefer your GoPro not to draw attention to itself while filming, there are several options for making it more discreet.
There are advantages to using an Arca-style quick release plate with a GoPro, and yes, such plates do in fact exist.
Nikon has launched a new action cam, the KeyMission 170. Here’s how it stacks up against the new GoPro HERO5 Black.
GoPros have never had particularly good battery life. So having spare batteries on hand, along with an external charger, can help you keep shooting.
If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade to the HERO5 Black, or have found a good deal on the HERO4 Silver, here’s how they compare.
These aren’t your everyday run-of-the-mill GoPro selfie sticks. Each offers something unique that sets it apart.
The GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session look very different, but there are also important differences under the hood. Here’s a detailed comparison.
A headline feature of the new GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session is the addition of built-in video stabilization. So I’ve put it to the test. Here are the results.
Which microSD memory cards work best with the GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session? Here are some practical recommendations.
If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade to the new GoPro HERO5 Black or trying to choose between the two, here’s a detailed breakdown of their similarities and differences.
A rundown of the various video modes, resolutions, framerates, fields of view, formats, bitrates, and stabilization options available on the GoPro HERO5 Black.
Some newer GoPros have a new in-camera feature for something you could only do in post-production before: correcting fisheye in photos and videos. It’s called Linear FOV.
Wondering which of your HERO4 accessories will work on the new GoPro HERO5 Black? Here’s a rundown of what will and won’t work.
Some GoPros, like the HERO7 Black, offer a choice between two color modes in the photo mode: GoPro and Flat. Here are some examples and when they’re best used.
Some GoPro models give you the option to choose between high, medium, and low levels of sharpening. Here are some examples to help demystify what these different settings do.
GoPro photos have that distinctive fisheye look. But that might not be what you want all the time. Here’s an effective and quick way to remove the fisheye look using Lightroom.
Can you use a GoPro as a travel camera? Absolutely. But before you rely exclusively on your GoPro for that once-in-a-lifetime trip, here’s a rundown of what I see as the main pros and cons.
If you’re looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos, using an external mic will make a big difference. Here’s a rundown of what mics will work with which GoPro.
If you’re wondering why your GoPro is breaking your videos up into smaller segments, it’s not an error and you’re not doing anything wrong. It’s normal–here’s why.