GoPro opens up its Labs toolbox again with new experimental features
The camera maker's special firmware program gives the Hero9, Hero8, Hero7 and Max some new ways to trigger recordings and more.
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With the firmware update, the cameras will be able to do things like start and stop recordings when the camera starts and stops moving or when USB power is detected for use as a dash cam. Other features include:
Motion detection supported in all video modes including 360-degree detection with the Max
Option to start livestreaming when the camera connects to a set Wi-Fi network
One-button mode that limits controls to just starting and stopping captures so you don't accidentally switch camera modes
Timed exposure lock and minimum shutter speed settings
QR-code controls supported in 5K and HindSight capture for Hero9 Black