GoPro Hero 4 Operating Guide

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A proficiency test is required to check out this camera. Schedule a proficiency at the front desk of Media Loan or by calling 360-867-6253. Read this operating guide and complete the written portion of the proficiency test prior to your scheduled proficiency. Bring your answer sheet with you to the test, which should take approximately 30 - 45 minutes.

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. Protun settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131 feet (40 meter) with 12MP photos at 30 frames per second and improved audio.

Complete Manual GoPro HERO4


The GoPro Hero 4 is an extremely durable camera, however there are precautions you need to take.


  • Keep the plastic camera housing on the camera during all filming.
  • Make sure the rubber lining of the housing is completely clean before exposing the camera to water.
  • Make sure the locking bolt is always secured tightly.
  • Transfer your footage with the included USB cable (do not remove card)


  • Turn on the camera when it's wet.
  • Expose the battery to rain or snow.
  • Drop this camera from considerable heights or hit it with a heavy object.
  • Remove the SD card.

Proper Housing Cleaning

Rinse in fresh water and shake dry or let air dry. Do not dry with a cloth, lint to 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.


Our kit includes:

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


GoPro Hero4 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


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 for Modes
Swipe up from bottom for Menu/Settings
Swipe up/down to move through Settings
Tap to select an item
Swipe down from top edge to close the setting menu
Swipe right to display the last captured video or photo
Swipe left/right to display gallery images or playback mode
Double tap to change Field of Vision in preview mode
Press on display for two seconds to lock the touch display. This is useful if you are capturing handheld footage.

To Power On:
Press the Power/Mode button once, located on the front of the camera, next to the lens.
A red light will occur three times and the sound indicator will emit three beeps. When the camera status displays information, the camera is on.

To Power Down:
Press and hold Power/Mode button for two seconds.


The GoPro has multiple modes, listed below. To access the various modes, you can either swipe left on the touch display and select your desired mode, or cycle through the modes by tapping the power/mode button.

  • Playback
  • Video
  • Photo
  • Multi-shot
  • Set up

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


Access playback mode by swiping left on the screen and selecting playback, or pressing the Power/Mode button.
You can select videos to watch by simply tapping them, OR using the Mode/Power button to cycle through the clips and selecting them with the Shutter/Select button.

When you have selected a video to watch you will see four icons on the bottom of the screen:

  • The Delete icon will delete the selected file
  • The Play/ Pause icon will pause the video, giving you the option to choose which frame to stop on.
  • The 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.


To access video mode, either swipe left and select video mode or tap the power/mode button.
To capture video, simply press the Shutter/ Select Button to start and stop recording.


Video Mode contains 4 different capturing modes. You can select your desired capturing mode by swiping up when in video mode. This will pull up the video settings menu.

  • Video Mode 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!

Intervals: only apply to Time Lapse and Video, Video + Photo, and Looping. Interval determines the amount of time that passes between each captured frame.


To change the resolution, swipe up to open the Settings and select Resolution. Make sure to pick a resolution that fits the aspect ratio of your tv or computer.

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- each one has its own practical usage.Make sure to pick a resolution that fits the aspect ratio of your tv or computer. Keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the more room it will take up on your memory card. (FOV- Field of Vision)

  • 4K: Ultra Wide FOV. Recommended for tripod mounted/ still video. Performs well even in low light.
  • 2.7K: Ultra Wide & Medium FOV. Recommended for cinematic shots.
  • 1440p: Ultra Wide. Recommended for body-mounted shots, and high action shots because of the high frame rate and very large field of view.
  • 1080p: Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow (reduced distortion) FOV. Versatile and good for everything.
  • 1080p SuperView: Extremely Wide FOV. Recommended for body-or gear-mounted shots. Vertical 4:3 content is automatically stretched to full-screen 16:9 for widescreen playback. 1920x1080
  • 960p: Ultra Wide FOV. Use for slow motion shots on a body-mount.
  • 720p: Ultra Wide FOV. Use for slow motion shots while hand-held.
  • 720p Superview: Extremely wide FOV. Recommended for body-or gear-mounted shots. Vertical 4:3 content is automatically stretched to full-screen 16:9 for widescreen playback. Lower resolution than 1080p Superview.
  • WVGA: Ultra Wide FOV. Standard definition, 840x480. Good for slow motion when very high resolution is not desired or necessary.


To access photo mode, Swipe left to display the camera modes, and then tap the Photo mode icon.
To take a photo, press the shutter button. Swipe up to open the settings menu.


  • 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.


Use the Set-up Mode to control the following functions of the camera. Access Set-up mode by swiping left on the display, OR cycling through with the Power/Mode button.

  • 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: turn QuickCapture On/Off
  • 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


To save your footage or photos, connect the camera to a computer using the included USB cable. DO NOT REMOVE THE INCLUDED SD CARD. Turn on the camera with the power button and it should connect automatically to your 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.