There’s not a lot of screen real estate on those tiny monochrome LCD screens on the front of GoPro cameras. So for a bunch of features and modes, GoPro uses icons in place of text. Some of them are obvious, but some aren’t. Yes, that really is a rabbit. What does a paint roller have to do with it? And no, that thing that looks like a stock price chart has nothing to do with GoPro going public.
In case you’re not carrying the paper instruction manual around with you when you’re out and about shooting, here’s a cheat sheet of all the icons used on the new GoPros’ LCD screens.
Quite a few of these are familiar from earlier versions of the GoPro cameras. But there are also some that are new for the new features of the GoPro HERO4 range like the night modes.
|Icon||What It Means|
|Video. It’s also used for Video Mode|
|Still photo. Also used for Photo Mode|
|Night Still Photo|
|Night Timelapse (GoPro calls this Night Lapse)|
|Video + Photo simultaneously|
|Auto Low Light|
|Auto Power Off|
|Beeps. Camera function sounds (not related to audio recording)|
|Date and Time (it’s a calendar)|
|Default Mode (when you turn the camera on)|
|Delete, format, erase|
|Exposure Compensation Value|
|Field of View (ie. wide-angle or not)|
|Frames per second (for video recording (eg. 30fps, 24fps, etc)|
|Interval between shots|
|LEDs (turn lights on exterior of camera on or off)|
|Megapixels (size of stills photos)|
|Orientation (want to shoot upside down?)|
|Spot meter (ie. light meter)|