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GoPro Labs add stop-start Motion Triggers, USB Triggers and One-Button Mode

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The GoPro Labs special Firmware Program has, until now, only been available to GoPro Hero8 Black users. Added to the sandbox are their other action cameras; the Hero7 Black, Hero9 Black and the GoPro Max, giving more users access to the experimental features on offer.

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The flagship GoPro Hero9 Black can now access the experimental features of the GoPro Labs sandbox

The most recent update includes a host of new features that will make the GoPro more user-friendly for cyclists and dash-cam users alike… here’s a quick summary.

GoPro Labs Experimental Features

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No fewer than seven new experimental features have been added to GoPro Labs, their firmware program intended for its most experienced users. As a mountain biker, two of these stood out as extremely useful features I intend to start making use of immediately; Camera Motion Triggers and One-Button Mode.

Camera Motion Triggers

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This one is fairly self explanatory. Stop-Start recording can now be triggered by the camera’s in-built accelerometer. When it detects movement, it will start recording. When that movement stops, recording stops too.

This is useful for three reasons:

  1. You don’t have to constantly ask your friend “Is it recording?”
  2. It should save on battery life
  3. It’s hands-free; you don’t have to find the button every time you want to start or stop recording

Single-Setting/One-Button Mode

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This feature will be dead useful when you’re doing a filming session with your pals getting content for the ‘gram. One-Button mode is essentially a single-setting mode whereby your pre-set exposure, frame rate and other settings are locked in.

This means, when you hand your GoPro to a friend to film you shralping that tasty corner, they won’t be able to accidentally alter your finely-tuned settings or switch to photo or time-lapse mode. 

Other experimental features

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  • USB Power Triggers: Equips GoPro to start/stop capture when USB power is detected, enabling USB-triggered functions like serving as a dash cam.
  • Motion Detection Enhancements: Motion detection is now supported in all video modes, including 360° motion detection on the GoPro MAX, with improvements to the sensitivity range.
  • Simplified Live Streaming QR Code: Program your GoPro to start live streaming within seconds of being connected to a designated Wi-Fi network.
  • New Exposure Modes: Set timed exposure lock and minimum shutter speed settings.
  • New QR Code Controls: QR code controls supported in 5K and HindSight capture for HERO9 Black.

How do I get the GoPro Labs features?

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To get the new GoPro Labs firmware update on your GoPro Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7 Black or GroPro Max, head to the GoPro Labs page for the download.


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