More settings: GoPro HERO4 Black

The following screen capture from the “GoPro app” (v7.1) shows the basic settings (highlighted by a green rectangle) used for the first video that I shot in the field using my GoPro HERO4 Black action camera.

I chose these settings by watching the following video from the GoPro Media Team: GoPro Field Guide: Resolutions, Frame Rates and FOV (Ep 2 of 3). I think these settings should be useful for most people most of the time. Try them and let me know what you think.

Screen capture of “GoPro app” (v7.1) running on Apple iPad mini 2.

Also notice that I recently tweaked the default Protune settings for ISO. For videos, I set the “ISO Max” to 400. For photos, I set the “ISO Min” to 100 and the “ISO Max” to 400. These settings are based upon years of personal experience using digital cameras with relatively small sensors.

Screen capture of “GoPro app” (v7.1) running on Apple iPad mini 2.

Sidebar – Sensor size versus noise

Generally speaking, the smaller a digital camera sensor the poorer its performance in low light. ISO can be increased in order to increase the “light sensitivity” of small camera sensors, but the trade-off is increased “noise” in your photos.

The following graphic shows the relative size of some camera sensors used by several types of digital cameras. The GoPro HERO4 Black features a 1/2.3″ sensor — the same size as the smallest rectangle, located in the lower-left corner of the graphic.

As you can see, the GoPro HERO4 Black action camera sensor is small, very small! For best results when using small sensor digital cameras such as the GoPro, it’s a good idea to set the ISO limit to no higher than 400.

Looking ahead

My next blog post will focus on how to edit photos and videos from your GoPro action camera. In the meantime, use your camera to shoot some test photos and video clips.

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