GoPro Hero 4 Gear Guide

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A versatile camera for action and underwater video production.
GoPro Hero4
Housing & Monopod


The GoPro HERO4 can shoot video, photo, and timelapse footage. It is a small video camera that delivers super slow motion at 240 frames per second, high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K60 video combines with 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion to enable stunning, immersive footage. Waterproof to 131 feet (40 meter) with 12MP photos at 30 frames per second and improved audio. Complete Manual GoPro HERO4

Kit Contents

  • GoPro HERO4 Camera
  • Durable plastic housing
  • Monopod
  • Head-mount & locking bolt
  • One Micro USB 32GB memory card
  • 2 Batteries
  • Mini USB cable & wall charger

How to Use It


There are multiple ways to operate this camera. You can access the menus and functions by using the exterior buttons, as illustrated in the diagram. You can also navigate through the camera using the touch display, as described below the "parts" list.

GoPro Hero4 Parts

Exterior Parts:

  1. Camera Status Light (Red)
  2. Shutter/Select Button: use to record video, take pictures, and make selections in the menus
  3. Wireless Status Light (blue)
  4. Camera Status Screen
  5. Power/Mode Button: use to power the camera on/off, as well as cycle through the various camera modes
  6. Micro HDMI Port (cable not included)
  7. MicroSD Card slot (never remove included card)
  8. Mini-USB port (supports composite A/V cable & 3.5mm stereo mic adapter, not included)
  9. Audio Alert
  10. Microphone
  11. HERO Port
  12. Touch Display: use to navigate the functions/settings of the camera
  13. Touch Display Sleep/Wake Button
  14. Settings/Tag Button: use to change the settings of the selected camera mode
  15. Battery Door


On: Press the Power/Mode button, located on the front of the camera. The status light will flash three times. When the camera status displays information, the camera is on.
Off: Press and hold Power/Mode button for a few seconds, until the red light flashes mulitple times.


Located on the back of the camera, the touch display lets you control the cameras settings and playback your photos/videos. It also functions as a viewfinder.

  • Swipe left to switch camera Modes
  • Swipe right to display the last captured video or photo
  • Swipe up from the bottom to access Mode Settings
  • Swipe down from top to close menus
  • Swipe up/down to navigate the menus
  • Tap to make a selection
  • Double tap to change the field of vision (FOV) in Preview Mode
  • Press on display for two seconds to lock the touch display. This is useful if you are capturing handheld footage.


The GoPro has multiple modes, listed below. Each mode is explained in the following corresponding sections.

To access the various modes: either swipe left on the touch display screen and tap to select your desired mode, OR cycle through the modes by pressing the Power/Mode button. The modes are listed below, as well as their location within the mode menu screen.

  • Video (top right)
  • Photo (top center)
  • Multi-shot (top left)
  • Playback (bottom left)
  • Set up (bottom right)

Adjust mode settings: each mode has specific mode settings that you can adjust. To do so, either swipe up on the display or press the Settings button.

Note: as you change the capture settings in video, photo, and multi-shot, a different icon will appear in the mode menu. The image below shows the various icons that represent these modes depending on the selected capture setting.

Video, Photo, and Multi-Shot Mode Icons


To capture video in Video Mode, simply press the Shutter/Select button to start and stop recording.


To adjust the settings for video mode, either swipe up when in video mode OR press the Settings Button. Listed below are all the settings you can control in this menu.

  • Mode: refers to video capturing modes, as explained in the section below.
  • Resolution: change the video resolution, as explained below.
  • Frames per second: choose between 24-60 FPS (24fps is the cinematic standard, 60fps is for slow-motion).
  • Field of View (FOV): select the FOV. Choices depend on video resolution.
  • Low-Light: enable for low-light environments. Camera will automatically adjust FPS.
  • Spot Meter: allows you to record from a dark space while pointing into a brighter settings, such as in a car.
  • Protune: enables the protune settings. See PROTUNE section.

Video Mode contains 4 different capturing modes, located in the Video Settings.

  • Video is the standard capturing mode to record video.
  • Time Lapse mode creates video from frames captured at specific intervals. It is available only in 4K and 2.7K 4:3 resolutions and is captured without audio.
  • Photo+Video will capture a photo at selected intervals while you record video.
  • Looping lets you continuously record but only save select moments. Available intervals for Looping are 5, 20, 60 and 120 minutes. Only the most recent interval (ex: 5 minutes) is saved when you stop recording. If you record for an interval and do not press the Shutter/Select button to stop recording and save, the camera begins a new interval by recording over your previous footage. If you select Max Video as the interval, the camera records until the memory card is full, then overwrites the content. Monitor your footage carefully in looping mode!

Adjust the video resolution in the Video Settings.

Resolution correlates to the amount of pixels and frame rate of your footage. There are a few factors that will go into deciding which resolution you would like to film at (e.g. how much space is available on your memory card, what you will be filming). This camera is capable of filming at nine different resolutions and each one has its own practical usage. Keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the more room it will take up on your memory card.
Make sure to pick a resolution that fits the aspect ratio of your tv or computer.

Use the following chart to make a proper video resolution selection. FOV: Field of View.

Video Resolution FOV Screen Resolution Aspect Ratio Recommended Usage
4K Ultra Wide 3840x2160 16:9 Tripod/still video
2.7K Ultra Wide, Medium 2704x1520 16:9 Cinematic shots
1440p Ultra Wide 1920x1440 4:3 High-action shots (high FPS)
1080p Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow 1920x1080 16:9 Standard for most situations
1080p SuperView Ultra Wide 1920x1080 16:9 Body- or gear-mounted shots. Vertical 4:3 content automatically stretched to 16:9 for widescreen playback.
960p Ultra Wide 1280x960 16:9 Body-mounted slow-motion shots
720p Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow 1280x720 16:9 Hand-held slow-motion shots
720p SuperView Ultra Wide 1280x720 16:9 Body- or gear-mounted shots. Vertical 4:3 content automatically stretched to 16:9 for widescreen playback.
WVGA Ultra Wide 840x480 16:9 Slow motion for when high res is not necessary


When in Photo Mode, you can take a photo by pressing the Shutter/Select button.


To adjust the settings for photo mode, either "swipe up" when in photo mode OR press the Settings button. Listed below are all the settings you can control in this menu.

  • Mode: change the way the camera captures images, as described in the section below
  • Megapixels: adjust the size photos, shown in the chart below.
  • Spot Meter: allows you to capture photos from a dark space pointing the camera into a brighter setting such as from a car.
  • Protune: enables the protune settings. See PROTUNE section for full explanation.

Adjust the photo capturing mode in the Photo Settings.

  • Single: this mode will take a single photo adjusted to the manual settings.
  • Continuous Shooting: will take pictures as long as the shutter button is pressed down.
  • Night: allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed to get a properly exposed image.

Select the photo resolution that best fits your needs. Keep in mind that the more Megapixels (MP), the more space the images will take up on the memory card. Adjust the photo resolution in the Photo Settings.

  • 12MP/Wide & 7MP/Wide: Largest field of view (FOV). Good for action shots in which you want to capture as much as possible within the frame.
  • 7MP/Medium & 5MP/Medium: Mid-range FOV.


Multi-shot mode is a photo mode that contains three capture settings, described below.


To change the Multi-shot Mode settings, either swipe up while in multi-shot mode OR press the Settings button. Below is the settings you will be able to change.

  • Mode: change the multi-shot capture mode, described in the section below.
  • Rate (burst mode only): adjust the rate in which photos are captured.
  • Interval (timelapse and nightlapse modes only): adjust the intervals in which time lapse photos are taken.
  • Megapixels: described in the PHOTO RESOLUTION section.
  • Spot meter: allows you to capture photos from a dark space pointing the camera into a brighter setting such as from a car.
  • Protune: enables the protune settings. See PROTUNE section for full explanation.

Adjust the Multi-shot captures modes in the Multi-Shot Settings.

  • Burst (default): captures up to 30 photos in 1 second. Perfect for action shots. Change the rate under the Multi-shot settings.
  • Time Lapse: captures a series of photos at specified intervals, which you can adjust in the Multi-shot settings.
  • Night Lapse: captures a series of photos at specific intervals and exposure times, which you can adjust in the Multi-shot settings. Use this in low-light environments, such as the night sky.


In Playback mode you can review your images. Select videos/pictures to view by tapping them, OR using the Power/Mode button to cycle through the files and selecting them with the Shutter/Select button.

In video playback, you will see four icons on the bottom of the screen:

  • Delete: will delete the selected file
  • Play/ Pause: use this to pause the video, giving you the option to choose which frame to stop on.
  • Scissors icon: allows you to create a short clip from your video. This does not affect the original footage. The clip will be saved as a new file.

To exit Playback mode, tap the X in the top right hand corner.


Use the Set-up Mode to control the following functions of the camera.

  • Wireless: allows you to pair the camera with a smartphone/tablet or GoPro remote (not included)
  • Touch display: change the sleep, brightness, etc
  • Orientation: changes the orientation of the display (set this to auto)
  • Default Mode: select which mode the camera is automatically set to when powered on
  • QuickCapture: quickly turn your camera on and begin capturing video / time lapse photos. The options for this setting are on and off (default).
  • LED's: control the status lights
  • Beeps
  • Video format: keep in NTSC
  • On Screen Display: toggle to show more/less file info during playback
  • Auto-Off
  • Date/Time
  • Delete: use this to format your card before/after usage
  • Camera Reset: to restore default camera settings. If your camera is behaving strangely, use this function
  • Reset Wi-Fi


Protune enables manual control of additional settings for advanced control and customization of your video footage and photos.
To turn Protune on/off, access the settings (in video, photo, or multi-shot mode) by either swiping up on the display, OR by pressing the Settings button. Navigate to "Protune" and toggle on/off.

Enabling protune will give you access to the following settings:

  • White balance: choose between auto, 3000K, 5500K, 6500K, and native (minimal color correction)
  • Color: "GoPro Color" and "Flat"
  • ISO limit: restrict the max ISO the camera can use
  • Sharpness: low-high increased sharpness
  • EV Compensation: exposure compensation
  • Reset: restore default protune settings



To save your footage or photos, connect the camera to a computer using the included USB cable. DO NOT REMOVE THE INCLUDED SD CARD.

  1. Remove input/output cover, located on the side of the camera. DO NOT LOSE THIS COVER.
  2. Connect the camera to a computer with the included USB cable. Insert the mini end into the camera, and the other into the computer.
  3. Press the power button. The camera and computer will automatically connect.
  4. Locate the camera on your computer.
  5. Drag & drop (or use your preferred transfer method) the files into the desired location on the computer.


The battery compartment is located on the bottom side of the camera.


To charge this camera, connect it with the included USB cable to a computer or other USB charging adapter. The camera status light will turn on during charging and off when completely charged.


Proper Housing Cleaning

Rinse in fresh water and shake dry or let air dry. Do not dry with a cloth, as lint may compromise the seal. If the seal is broken, water may leak through and permanently damage the camera. Re-install the seal into the grooves in the backdoor of the camera housing.


See Troubleshooting Media Equipment Guide for general information.

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  • DolphinEar Hydrophone is capable of recording audio underwater and could be used in tandem with the GoPro. Just plug the Hydrophone into an H4n and record it while the the GoPro is recording.
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  • Record high quality audio with the H4n and sync it with your footage gathered on the GoPro.