How to Use GoPro’s QuikCapture to Power On and Start Filming with a Single Press

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.

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Compared to most other modern digital cameras, GoPro cameras are pretty slow to power on. So if your camera’s off when you want to start shooting, it can be a frustratingly slow process between powering on and starting shooting.

One feature that helps speed things up a bit is to use the Default Mode setting to select which shooting mode the camera starts in when you power it up. If you find that you’re shooting video more often, you can set the camera to start in that mode when you power it on. Or photo or burst modes, and so on. On the HERO8 Black, you can use it in combination with shooting presets to finetune it even further.

While that’s a way to reduce the time between powering on and shooting, there’s an even quicker option on many of the newer GoPro cameras. It’s the QuikCapture feature.

It’s designed as a one-step way to begin shooting. Push one button once and the camera powers on and starts recording.

Not all GoPro cameras have QuikCapture. These are the ones that do:

  • HERO9 Black
  • HERO8 Black
  • MAX
  • HERO7 Black
  • HERO7 Silver
  • HERO7 White
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO6 Black
  • Fusion
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Session
  • HERO Session
  • HERO4 Black
  • HERO4 Silver
  • HERO4 Session
  • HERO+
  • HERO (2014)

There are a few tricks to using QuikCapture. Firstly, the feature has to be enabled. On some models, it’s enabled by default; on others, it’s disabled by default. To check, or to toggle it, go to Preferences > QuikCapture > ON or OFF (it’s slightly different menu settings on older models but the same idea).

Secondly, you’re limited to shooting video or time-lapse photos. It doesn’t work with the other shooting modes like burst mode or time-lapse video.

And thirdly, there’s a trick to using it. Here’s how to shoot video with QuikCapture. With the camera turned off, if you press the shutter button on top (with the red circle), it will turn on and immediately start recording video without you having to hit another button. It remembers the last video settings you used and will resume those settings.

To begin capturing time-lapse photos, rather than do a normal press of the shutter button, you hold it in for three seconds. The camera will then power and immediately start capturing time-lapse photos.

And the final trick to know is that when you hit the shutter button again to stop the filming, it doesn’t just stop the filming–it also turns the camera off. So if you want to do anything else, you’re going to have to power the camera up again.

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This post was last modified on February 3, 2021 1:27 pm

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  • Hi Dave, I have a new Hero 7. When I go out trail running I only manage to record 5-6 one-minute videos of the trail before the battery goes dead (from 100% overnight full charge), yet when I test it at home it can record for at least 30 minutes and several short clips leaving 30% charge. I have turned off GPS, voice activation, wifi, and updated using latest firmware. Am I doing something wrong? I have missed the finish of 2 trail races so far...

    • I'm no pro, but i read somewhere on a Gopro tip page that putting the camera on a gimbel to steady the camera will save power. I am wondering if that might be the reason it is dying with you using it while you run.