Switching Between Shooting Modes
When you turn on the camera, you can switch between four shooting modes and then adjust shooting mode-specific settings, including
- From the camera directly
- Using the LCD Touch BacPac display
- Using the Smart Remote
- Using the GoPro App that runs on your smartphone or tablet
After you select a shooting mode and adjust its options, these selections remain active until you manually change them, or until you turn off the GoPro camera. Then, when you turn the camera on again, its Default shooting mode (and related settings) is automatically activated.
You can select the Default shooting mode from the camera’s main Settings menu. See Chapter 12, “Adjusting the Camera’s Setup Menu Options,” for more information on how to set or change this option.
Switch Camera Modes Directly from the Camera
To switch between shooting modes and then adjust shooting mode-specific settings before taking pictures using the Hero4, follow these steps:
Turn on the camera by pressing and holding the Power/Mode button for approximately 2 seconds.
While looking at the camera’s Status Screen, repeatedly press the Power/Mode button until the icon for either the Photo or Multi-Shot mode displays.
To select between Single, Continuous, or Night shooting mode, when the Photo icon appears on the Status Screen, press the Settings/Tag button on the side of the camera to access the Photos submenu.
The first option listed within the Mode submenu that displays on the Status Screen enables you to toggle between shooting modes. If you select the Photo mode, repeatedly press the Shutter/Select button to switch between Single, Continuous, or Night mode until your wanted option displays. If you select the Multi-Shot mode, repeatedly press the Shutter/Select button to switch between the Burst, Time Lapse, and Night Lapse modes until your wanted option displays.
- To select and activate the displayed shooting mode option, press the Settings/Tag button.
At this point, you can begin taking photos using the default (or preset) settings related to that shooting mode. Or from the Mode submenu that displays on the Status Screen, press the Power/Mode button to highlight, select, and then adjust one or more shooting mode-specific settings.
- Press the Shutter/Select button to select the highlighted option. Each time you press the Shutter/Select button, you toggle between available menu options. For example, if you select the Single shooting mode, select the MP option to adjust the Megapixel Resolution, and then press the Shutter/Select button repeatedly to toggle between 12MP Wide, 7MP Wide, 7MP Medium, or 5MP Medium.
When the desired settings-related option displays, press the Settings/Tab button to select it. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each shooting mode-specific setting you want to alter prior to taking pictures.
Switch Shooting Modes Using the LCD Touch BacPac Display
To select a specific shooting mode and adjust that shooting mode’s settings using the LCD Touch BacPac, ensure the BacPac is properly attached to the camera, that it is turned on, and follow these steps:
To access the camera’s menu, tap the display and then unlock it by sliding down the orange circle.
- When using the Hero4, place your finger on the right side of the display and swipe to the left to access the camera’s main menu. (Alternatively, or when using a different GoPro camera model, press the Settings/Tab button or the Wi-Fi button on the side of the camera to access the menu.)
- Tap the shooting mode you want to use. The currently selected and active shooting mode displays a red triangle in the top-right corner of the icon. You are automatically returned to the main viewfinder screen.
Place your finger at the bottom center of the touch display, and this time swipe upward. Using the Hero4, this reveals the Settings menu specifically for the selected and active shooting mode.
- From the Settings menu, if you previously selected the Photo mode, tap the Mode option to switch between Single, Continuous, and Night. If you previously selected the Multi-Shot option, tap the Mode option to switch between Burst, Time Lapse, or Night Lapse.
- When the Mode submenu displays, tap the desired shooting mode. You may need to swipe your finger upward on the screen to first scroll through the menu options.
Tap the Megapixels option.
- Some menus have a virtual on/off switch. Slide the switch left or right to toggle it on or off.
Some modes, like this one, have submenus for the mode. In this case, tap the option you want to alter. Another submenu with options specific to that feature or function appears. Again, tap your desired option to select it. Repeat Steps 8 and 9 until all the settings related to the selected shooting mode have been adjusted to meet your needs.
Tap the Exit (X) icon in the top-right corner of the display to save your changes and return to the viewfinder screen. You can now begin taking pictures.
Switch Shooting Modes Using the GoPro Smart Remote
The information displayed on the Status Screen of the Smart Remote (or Wi-Fi Remote) is identical to what displays on the Status Screen of the camera. So, if you want to use the Smart Remote to remotely control your camera, first follow the directions offered in Chapter 5, “Must Have GoPro Camera Accessories,” for pairing and activating the Smart Remote.
Then, refer to the “Switch Camera Modes Directly from the Camera” section earlier in this chapter to determine which buttons to press on the Smart Remote (instead of on the camera). To refresh your memory, the buttons on the Smart Remote are labeled here.
Switch Shooting Modes Using the GoPro App
Due to the larger screen size and more straightforward menus, many GoPro camera users find that using the GoPro App on their smartphone or tablet to remotely set up and control the camera offers the easiest option. With the camera on and wireless enabled, follow these steps to select and activate a specific shooting mode, and then adjust the settings related to the selected shooting mode:
From your smartphone or tablet, access the Wi-Fi Settings feature and connect to the wireless network that your camera has created (not pictured). This is typically done from your mobile device’s main Settings menu. On the iPhone or iPad, for example, launch Settings, and then tap the Wi-Fi option.
Launch the GoPro App on your mobile device, and tap the Connect & Control option.
Tap the shooting mode icon that’s to the right of the red Shutter button to select a shooting mode.
- Tap the Video, Photo, or Multi-Shot icon to select one of these three shooting modes and reveal its respective submenu. The selected option appears in blue.
After tapping the Photo icon, tap the Single, Continuous, or Night option, or after tapping the Multi-Shot icon, tap the Burst, Time Lapse, or Night Lapse option to select it.
After you select a specific shooting mode (Single, Continuous, Night, Burst, Time Lapse, or Night Lapse), tap the wrench-shaped Settings icon to adjust the available settings for the shooting mode you just selected.
- From the Settings menu, if you select the Single, Continuous, or Night shooting mode, scroll down to the options listed under the Photo Settings heading. If you select the Burst, Time Lapse, or Night Lapse mode, scroll down to the options listed below the Multi-Shot Settings heading.
Tap an option listed within the Settings menu to adjust that particular feature, such as Spot Meter. In some cases, a virtual switch displays to turn on or off a setting. Repeat this process until you’ve adjusted all the wanted shooting mode-specific settings.