All of the recent GoPro models use a design where the camera body is waterproof without the need for a separate housing. Older models used a different design that required an external housing to be waterproof.
GoPro Tips & Tricks
Tips and tricks related to using GoPro cameras for shooting video, photos, and timelapse.
It is possible to use a GoPro HERO8 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 via USB.
It is possible to use a GoPro HERO7 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 via USB.
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.
You can use a GoPro HERO4 Black or Silver 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.
This is a rolling list of questions and answers related to shooting with the GoPro HERO7 Black.
This is an ongoing and growing list of common questions on shooting with the GoPro HERO8 Black.
A rundown of the video modes and features on the GoPro HERO8 Black.
The GoPro HERO8 Black has two video codecs available for recording video. Both of these produce files with an .mp4 extension. The difference is in how the video is compressed and encoded.
When using the media viewer on the back screen of the HERO8 Black, here’s how to select and delete multiple files at once.
If you need to switch between NTSC and PAL video shooting modes on the HERO8 Black, it’s not quite as obvious how to do that as it could be. Here’s how to do it.
Here are master lists of the Protune options available when shooting video and photos with the HERO8 Black.
The GoPro HERO7 Black can be a fun camera to shoot photos with. Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the GoPro HERO7 to give a sense of what it’s like for everyday shooting.
The camera tips that show you what the screen icons do on a GoPro HERO7 go away automatically after you click on them once. Here’s how to bring them back.
Do GoPros have zoom? Yes, some of the newer models do, but there are some limitations that are worth knowing. Here are some examples.
There’s a good chance you’ll be wanting to take your GoPro in the water. But you’ll find out pretty quickly that GoPros don’t float. So here’s a rundown of options for keeping your GoPro afloat.
The lens port cover of your DJI Osmo Action might feel like it’s not going to come off, but it does. Here’s how.
Both the DJI Osmo Action and GoPro HERO7 Black have in-camera video stabilization to create smoother video footage out of the camera. GoPro has HyperSmooth. DJI has RockSteady. Here’s how they compare side-by-side.
Now that I’ve been out shooting with the new DJI Osmo Action, here’s a detailed rundown of its features and capabilities for shooting video.
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 rundown of the DJI Osmo Action’s features and capabilities for shooting photos.
Some of the newer GoPro cameras allow you to select either 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz wifi bands. Here’s how to do it.
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.
If your GoPro begins recording as soon as you turn it on, you’re probably starting it in QuikCapture mode. Here’s how to turn on your GoPro without the recording beginning immediately.
The HERO8 and HERO7 cameras have sensors that can detect the rotation of the camera. Here’s how to lock it in place to prevent automatic rotation.
If you find that you’re accidentally touching the back screen and changing shooting modes when shooting with the HERO7 cameras, here’s how to lock the screen to prevent accidental changes.
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.
Here’s a rundown of the various features and capabilities of the HERO7 Silver and White when shooting photos.
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.
Wondering whether GoPro photo and video files are compatible with Lightroom? You’re in luck. Not only do they work, but Lightroom works especially well with GoPro RAW image files.
The GoPro HERO7 Black introduced a new feature called SuperPhoto. Here’s a rundown of what it is and when to use it.
Here’s a rundown of the photo features and options available on the GoPro HERO7 Black, the flagship camera in the new HERO7 lineup.
SuperView is GoPro’s widest field of vision available when shooting standard video. Here’s what it looks like.
Here are straightforward explanations of what each setting does and when to use it, as well as showing what Protune settings are available on which GoPros.
Here’s a rundown of the various video modes and options available on the GoPro HERO7 Black, including resolutions, framerates, resolutions, and special shooting options like Protune.
GoPro claims that the new HyperSmooth in-camera electronic stabilization of the HERO7 Black is much improved over the previous generation in the HERO6 Black. So I’ve been putting it to the test. Here are some side-by-side examples.
The GoPro HERO7 Silver is the middle model in the three cameras in the new HERO7 range. Here’s a detailed rundown of its video features and options.
Here’s a rundown of the various features and options available when shooting video with the GoPro HERO7 White.
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.
Here’s a quick guide to finding your GoPro’s MAC address, the unique network identifier that’s usually hidden.
There are some shooting situations where you might want to get the files off a GoPro’s memory card without touching the camera. Here are some good options.
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.
Here’s a rundown of the video resolutions, framerates, fields of view, and Protune options available when shooting video on the GoPro HERO4 Silver.
Although the GoPro HERO (2018) isn’t compatible with the Remo or Smart Remotes, there are still a couple of ways to control the camera remotely out of the box.
Here’s a rundown of the relevant modes and settings of the photo mode on the GoPro HERO (2018), including file types, fields of view, and enhanced dynamic range.
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 rundown of the video resolutions, framerates, fields of view, and modes that are available on the GoPro HERO (2018).
GoPros are best known for video, but yes they most certainly can take still photos. All GoPros can take still photos as JPGs. Some of the newest models can shoot RAW as well.
If you’re getting an error message on your computer when you try to open a video shot on the GoPro HERO8, HERO7, or HERO6 Black, it might be because it isn’t compatible with the HEVC (H.265) codec used in some of those cameras’ video modes. Here are some workarounds.
Here’s a rundown of the various video modes and options available on the GoPro HERO Session.
If you’re wondering why your image is suddenly cropped when you turn on the video stabilization feature, here’s an explanation.
One of the headline features of the GoPro HERO6 Black is better in-camera video stabilization to smooth out shaky footage. Here are some side-by-side examples to illustrate its effectiveness.
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.
The GoPro HERO6 Black has built-in video stabilization. Here are some side-by-side examples of how it compares with the stabilization in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC’s War Stabilizer.
Here’s a rundown of the field of view options available in the GoPro HERO6 Black. Some FOV settings have been removed and replaced by the new zoom. Others are only available in some shooting modes.
This is an ongoing and growing list of common questions on GoPro’s HERO6 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.
The GoPro HERO6 Black has headline features of 4K60 and 1080p240 video modes. While there’s a lot of overlap with the HERO5 Black, there are also some new options and some that have gone away.
The HERO6 has a new processor and promises improved image quality over its predecessor, the HERO5 Black. Here are some side-by-side comparisons.
Among the Burst Mode options on newer GoPros is an Auto setting. It prioritizes better exposure over forcing the number of shots. Here’s how it works.
A rundown of the photo modes available on the HERO6 Black.
Confused by the blue flashing light on your GoPro? There’s a simple explanation, and it’s easy to fix.
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.
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.
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.
GoPros have a couple of different ways of setting the date and time, each with its advantages.
Wondering if you can control your GoPro remotely by wifi underwater? An explanation of what’s possible and what isn’t to remotely control GoPros underwater.
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.
GoPros split up large video files into chapters. Here’s a quick method for joining them back together.
GoPro cameras are best known for video. But they’re also very capable at taking photos. Here are some real-world examples I’ve taken with the HERO 4 Silver.
If you’d prefer your GoPro not to draw attention to itself while filming, there are several options for making it more discreet.
Here’s a rundown of the various video modes available on the GoPro HERO5 Session action camera.
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.
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.
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.
The GVB 3-Axis Action Gimbal smoothes out the jerkiness that comes naturally with handheld video footage shot with GoPro cameras.
That distinctive fisheye look isn’t always what you want. Here’s how to remove it from GoPro videos with the free GoPro Studio app.
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.
There are multiple options for doing long-term timelapse with a GoPro HERO4 Silver or Black. Here’s a rundown of the options–each has its own pros and cons.
Motion can make time lapse more compelling. Here’s a roundup of some of the better options for adding panning and rotation to your time lapse captures taken with GoPro cameras.
Here’s a step-by-step how-to guide on how to compile a basic time-lapse from a sequence of still images using GoPro Studio.
If you’re exporting GoPro Cineform MOV files from GoPro Studio, you might have trouble playing them on other systems. Here’s how to fix it.
It’s easy to generate a lot of photos and video clips with GoPros. But sorting through it all to find the keepers can be tedious. Fileloupe aims to speed things up.
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.
GoPros use quite a lot of icons for various modes and functions. But it’s not always clear what they mean. Here’s a cheat sheet.
Here’s a detailed overview of the video and photo specs of the GoPro HERO 4 Black Edition.