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  • Page 3 Join the GoPro Movement facebook.com/GoPro youtube.com/GoPro twitter.com/GoPro instagram.com/GoPro...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Setting the Screen Orientation Recording Video Video Settings Taking Photos Photo Settings Capturing Time Lapse Time Lapse Settings Live Streaming Exposure Control Connecting to an External Microphone Controlling Your GoPro With Your Voice Playing Back Your Media Connecting to Other Devices...
  • Page 5 Contents Transferring Your Media Setting Your Preferences Important Messages Resetting Your Camera Mounting Your GoPro Removing the Door Maintenance Battery Information Troubleshooting Tech Specs: Video Tech Specs: Photo Tech Specs: Time Lapse Tech Specs: Protune Customer Support Trademarks Regulatory Information...
  • Page 6: Meet Your Hero8 Black

    Meet Your HERO8 Black 6. microSD™ Card Slot 1. Shutter Button 7. Battery 2. Door 8. USB-C Port 3. Door Latch 9. Microphone 4. Status Light 10. Folding Fingers 5. Status Screen...
  • Page 7 Meet Your HERO8 Black 11. Mode Button 12. Speaker 13. Touch Screen Learn how to use the accessories that came with your GoPro. Mounting Your GoPro (starting page 97).
  • Page 8: Setting Up Your Camera

    • Class 10 or UHS-I rating • Capacity up to 256GB For a list of recommended microSD cards, visit gopro.com/microsdcards. Heads Up: Be sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your SD card. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see your card’s acceptable temperature range and other important information.
  • Page 9 Setting Up Your Camera RECHARGEABLE BATTERY For maximum performance, be sure to use the GoPro Rechargeable Battery (HERO8 Black/HERO7 Black/HERO6 Black) with your new GoPro. Although older GoPro and non-GoPro batteries may fit in your HERO8 Black, they will greatly limit your camera’s performance.
  • Page 10 Setting Up Your Camera MICROSD CARD + BATTERY SETUP 1. Unlock the door latch and flip the door open. 2. With your camera off, insert the SD card into the card slot with the label facing the battery compartment. You can eject the card by pressing it into the slot with your fingernail.
  • Page 11 It takes about 2 hours for the battery to fully charge. The camera status light will turn off when it’s done. To learn more, see Battery Information (page 105). PRO TIP: For the fastest charging, use the GoPro Supercharger (sold separately).
  • Page 12 Setting Up Your Camera 5. Unplug the cable and shut the door when charging is complete. Be sure the door latch is closed and locked before using your camera. 6. Press the door hinge to ensure a tight seal. WARNING: Your camera’s door is removable. Be sure that it is locked, sealed, and waterproof by checking the door latch and pressing the hinge after closing the door.
  • Page 13 Setting Up Your Camera UPDATING YOUR CAMERA’S SOFTWARE To get the latest features and best performance from your GoPro, make sure it’s using the most current software. Updating With the GoPro App 1. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play ©...
  • Page 14: Getting To Know Your Gopro

    POWERING OFF Press and hold the Mode button for 3 seconds to turn it off. WARNING: Use caution when using your GoPro and its mounts and accessories. Always be aware of your surroundings to avoid injuring yourself and others. Be sure to follow all local laws including all privacy laws,...
  • Page 15 Getting to Know Your GoPro USING THE TOUCH SCREEN Select an item to turn it on or off. Swipe Left or Right Switch between Video, Photo, and Time Lapse modes. Swipe Down From the Edge of the Screen Open the Dashboard when your camera is in a landscape orientation.
  • Page 16 Getting to Know Your GoPro Press and Hold the Capture Screen Turn on and adjust Exposure Control. Press and Hold Any Back Arrow Skip back to the main capture, Media Gallery, or Dashboard screen.
  • Page 17 Getting to Know Your GoPro CAPTURE MODES Your GoPro has three main capture modes. VIDEO Change modes by swiping left or right to the one you want. Video Includes Standard, Activity, Cinematic, and Slo-Mo presets. To learn more, see Recording Video (page 39).
  • Page 18 Getting to Know Your GoPro GETTING THE SHOT 1. Simply press the Shutter button to start recording. 2H:11 100% 00:00 100% 2. Press the Shutter button again to stop recording (Video, Time Lapse, and Live Streaming only).
  • Page 19 2. Recording Time/Photos Remaining 3. Customizable On-Screen Shortcuts 4. Capture Settings 5. Battery Status Heads Up: The capture settings are not available when you turn your GoPro to take portrait shots. Be sure to choose the settings you want before rotating your camera.
  • Page 20 Getting to Know Your GoPro CHANGING PRESETS Each capture mode has presets that make it easy to switch back and forth between the best mode and settings for your shot. They make getting the shot you want as simple as possible.
  • Page 21 Getting to Know Your GoPro CUSTOMIZING THE PRESETS You can change the settings in your presets with just a few taps. 1. Tap next to the preset you want to adjust. VIDEO Standard 1080 | 60 | Wide Activity 2.7K | 60 | SuperView...
  • Page 22 Getting to Know Your GoPro The on-screen instructions will give you a rundown of your options. DIGITAL LENS Wide Large field of view that captures as much as possible in the frame. For details on settings, see Tech Specs (starting page 109).
  • Page 23 Getting to Know Your GoPro 4. Tap to save your changes and return to the presets screen. STANDARD RES | FPS Lens HyperSmooth 1080 | 60 Wide Boost Low Light Zoom Clips 1.0x Heads Up: You can’t delete the preloaded presets, but you can customize them any way you want.
  • Page 24 Getting to Know Your GoPro RESTORING PRESETS TO THEIR ORIGINAL SETTINGS You can go back to your presets’ original settings anytime. 1. Tap VIDEO Standard 1080 | 60 | Wide Activity 2.7K | 60 | SuperView Cinematic 4K | 30 | Linear 2.
  • Page 25 Getting to Know Your GoPro NAVIGATING WITH THE BUTTONS Although your GoPro is waterproof, the touch screen won’t work under water. Use the buttons and front screen to change modes and settings. 1. With your camera on, hold down the Mode button...
  • Page 26: Customizing Your Gopro

    Customizing Your GoPro HERO8 Black is the most customizable GoPro ever. It lets you create your own presets and personalize your screen for instant access to the settings you use the most. CREATING YOUR OWN PRESETS The perfect capture settings for a day out on the slopes may not be so great when you’re recording indoors.
  • Page 27 Customizing Your GoPro The on-screen instructions will give you a rundown of your options. For details on all settings, see Tech Specs (starting page 109). Scroll down for the more advanced settings. 1.0x PROTUNE Bit Rate Shutter EV Comp Auto...
  • Page 28 Customizing Your GoPro 4. Choose an icon and name for your preset. NAME PRESET Custom Bike 5. Tap to save your preset. You may need to fine-tune your presets after trying them out. Tap next to the preset to make adjustments.
  • Page 29 Customizing Your GoPro DELETING YOUR PRESET 1. Tap VIDEO Standard 1080 | 60 | Wide Activity 2.7K | 60 | SuperView Cinematic 4K | 30 | Linear 2. Tap MANAGE Custom 1440 | 60 | Wide Standard 1080 | 60 | Wide Activity 2.7K | 60 | SuperView...
  • Page 30 Customizing Your GoPro SUGGESTED SETTINGS Here are some of the best modes and settings for capturing your favorite activities. Try them as starting points for your presets, and then experiment to find what works best for you. Activity Video Photo •...
  • Page 31 Customizing Your GoPro Activity Video Photo • 1440p60, Wide Lens • Time Lapse Photo • 1440p120, Wide Lens (2-second interval), • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video Wide Lens • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens Selfie • 1440p60, Narrow Lens • Photo, Narrow Lens, SuperPhoto, •...
  • Page 32 Customizing Your GoPro PERSONALIZING YOUR ON-SCREEN SHORTCUTS On-screen shortcuts give you quick one-tap access to your camera’s capture settings. Each mode has its own default shortcuts, but you can change them to the settings that you use most. You can even set up different shortcuts for each preset.
  • Page 33 Customizing Your GoPro 3. Tap where you’d like to put your new shortcut. ON-SCREEN SHORTCUTS Lower Left Lower Right Upper Left Lens Zoom Slo-Mo Upper Right 4. Scroll through all of the available shortcuts on the right and choose the one you want.
  • Page 34 Customizing Your GoPro 5. Tap to save your changes and return to the presets screen. STANDARD ON-SCREEN SHORTCUTS Lower Left Lower Right Upper Left Lens Zoom Slo-Mo Upper Right Now you can simply tap the shortcut to change settings. PRO TIP: From the capture screen, you can press and hold the shortcut...
  • Page 35: Using Quikcapture

    Using QuikCapture QuikCapture is the fastest and easiest way to power on your GoPro and get the shot. All it takes is the push of the Shutter button. RECORDING VIDEO WITH QUIKCAPTURE 1. With your camera off, press the Shutter button 2.
  • Page 36 Using QuikCapture TAKING TIME LAPSE WITH QUIKCAPTURE 1. With your camera off, press and hold the Shutter button until your camera turns on (about 3 seconds). It will start recording in the last Time Lapse mode that you used. 2. Press the Shutter button again to stop Time Lapse and turn off your camera.
  • Page 37: Adding Hilight Tags

    You can also add HiLight Tags by saying, “GoPro, HiLight” when Voice Control is on and by tapping when watching your footage with the GoPro app. PRO TIP: The GoPro app looks for HiLight Tags when it creates videos. This helps to ensure that favorite moments are included in your stories.
  • Page 38: Setting The Screen Orientation

    Heads Up: Locking the screen in this way will only work when the Orientation is set to All (default) in Preferences. SETTING LANDSCAPE LOCK You can also set your GoPro to record only in landscape orientation. Swipe down to access the Dashboard. 1. Tap Preferences > Touch Screen > Orientation.
  • Page 39: Recording Video

    Recording Video Your GoPro comes loaded with four video presets. Each has its own specialty. Once you’ve chosen your preset, press the Shutter button to start recording. Press it again to stop. STANDARD (DEFAULT) A versatile preset that’s great for all-purpose recording. It shoots 1080p video at 60 frames per second (fps) for full-screen playback on your phone and TV.
  • Page 40 Recording Video ON-SCREEN SHORTCUTS The video presets feature four default shortcuts, but you can swap them out with any shortcuts you’d like. To learn more, see Personalizing Your On-Screen Shortcuts (page 32). Heads Up: The Slo-Mo preset does not have default shortcuts. Slo-Mo Tapping the Slo-Mo shortcut automatically resets the frame rate to 120 fps.
  • Page 41 Recording Video 1. Tap before you start recording. 2H:11 100% 100% Standard 1080 | 60 | W 2. Press the Shutter button to start recording. 2H:11 100% 100% 00:00...
  • Page 42 Recording Video Digital Lenses Changing digital lenses on your GoPro is just like switching out the lenses on an old-school camera. They affect the field of view, the cropping, and the fisheye effect in your shot. 1. Tap 2H:11 100%...
  • Page 43 Recording Video HyperSmooth Boost Use HyperSmooth Boost to maximize video stabilization when the terrain gets rough. 1. Tap before you start recording. 2H:11 100% 100% Standard 1080 | 60 | W 2. Press the Shutter button to start recording. To learn more, see HyperSmooth 2.0 Video Stabilization (page 118).
  • Page 44 Recording Video Touch Zoom Touch Zoom helps you capture a closer view of the action. 1. Tap 2H:11 100% 100% Standard 1080 | 60 | W 2. Use the slider to choose how much you want to zoom. 1.0x 3. The zoom level is locked until you readjust it, switch capture modes, or turn off your camera.
  • Page 45: Video Settings

    Video Settings Here’s a breakdown of the video settings. Tap the and then the setting to make changes. VIDEO STANDARD Standard RES | FPS Lens HyperSmooth 1080 | 60 | Wide 1080 | 60 Wide Boost Activity 2.7K | 60 | SuperView Low Light Zoom Clips...
  • Page 46 Video Settings Slo-Mo These high-frame rate settings let you slow your footage down to 8x or 4x normal speed during playback. Set the resolution to 1080p and frame rate to 240 fps for 8x super slow motion. Choose a 2.7K, 1440p, or 1080p resolution with a frame rate of 120 fps for 4x slow motion.
  • Page 47 Video Settings INTERVAL (LOOPING) Choose how long your GoPro records before looping back to record over the start of the video. The default interval is 5 minutes. To learn more, see Looping Interval (page 119). HYPERSMOOTH 2.0 Perfect for biking, skiing, handheld shots, and more, HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization delivers insanely smooth gimbal-like footage without the gimbal.
  • Page 48: Taking Photos

    Taking Photos Your GoPro has four Photo presets. Simply choose the type of photo you want and press the Shutter button to get the shot. All photos are captured at 12MP, with the default digital lens set to Wide. PHOTO (DEFAULT) Use this preset to capture a single photo or a series of continuous photos.
  • Page 49 Taking Photos ON-SCREEN SHORTCUTS The photo presets feature four default shortcuts, but you can swap them out with any shortcuts you’d like. To learn more, see Personalizing Your On-Screen Shortcuts (page 32). Heads Up: Output is only a default shortcut for the Photo preset, but you can also set it up in Burst and Night modes.
  • Page 50 Taking Photos 2. Choose 3 seconds (great for selfies) or 10 seconds (great for group shots). 3. Press the Shutter button . Your camera will start the countdown. It will also beep, and the front status light will blink. Both will speed up as the time winds down before snapping the photo.
  • Page 51 Taking Photos Digital Lenses Digital lenses affect the field of view, the cropping, and the fisheye effect in your photo. Switch them up to see what works best for your shot. 1. Tap 999+ 100% 100% Photo Wide 2. Scroll through the options to see a live preview of each option, and then tap the one that you want.
  • Page 52 Taking Photos Output HERO8 Black lets you decide how your photos are processed and saved. Photo mode (shooting one photo at a time) gives you the most options. Output Mode Description Automatically uses advanced image processing to give you the most SuperPhoto Photo brilliant photos possible in any...
  • Page 53 Taking Photos 1. Tap 999+ 100% 100% Photo Wide 2. Scroll through the options on the right, and then tap the one that you want. Standard...
  • Page 54 Taking Photos Touch Zoom Touch Zoom helps you capture a closer view of the action. 1. Tap 999+ 100% 100% Photo Wide 2. Use the slider to choose how much you want to zoom. 1.0x 3. The zoom level is locked until you readjust it, switch capture modes, or turn off your camera.
  • Page 55: Photo Settings

    Photo Settings Here’s an overview of the available photo settings. Tap the to access the settings menu, and then tap the setting itself to make changes. PHOTO PHOTO Photo Lens Output Timer Wide Wide Standard LiveBurst Wide Zoom Burst 1.0x Auto | Wide LENS Choose best digital lens for your shot—Wide, Linear, or Narrow.
  • Page 56 Photo Settings TIMER Set up a 3- or 10-second timer for your photo. ZOOM Touch Zoom helps you capture a closer view of the action. Use the slider on the right to lock in the zoom level. MEGAPIXELS (LIVEBURST) Choose 8MP or 12MP resolution for your LiveBurst shots. 8MP (default) is compatible with most phones.
  • Page 57: Capturing Time Lapse

    Capturing Time Lapse Time Lapse turns long events into short shareable videos by taking a frame of video at set intervals. Your GoPro has three Time Lapse presets. All you have to do is press the Shutter button to start recording, and then press it again to stop.
  • Page 58 Capturing Time Lapse ON-SCREEN SHORTCUTS The time lapse presets include two default shortcuts, but you can swap them out with any shortcuts you’d like. To learn more, see Personalizing Your On-Screen Shortcuts (page 32). PRO TIP: Although there are only two default shortcuts, you can have up to four.
  • Page 59 Capturing Time Lapse 2. Scroll through the options to see a live preview of each option, and then tap the one that you want. Wide 16-34mm Heads Up: Available lenses will vary based on the mode you select.
  • Page 60 Capturing Time Lapse USING TOUCH ZOOM Touch Zoom helps you capture a closer view of the action. 1. Tap 2H:11 100% 100% TimeWarp 1080 | Auto | W 2. Use the slider to choose how much you want to zoom. 1.0x 3.
  • Page 61: Time Lapse Settings

    Time Lapse Settings Here’s where you can make adjustments to your Time Lapse settings. Tap the and then tap the setting to make changes. TIME LAPSE TIMEWARP TimeWarp Resolution Lens Speed 1080 | Auto | Wide 1440 Wide Auto Time Lapse 1080 | Auto | Wide Zoom Night Lapse...
  • Page 62 Set your video speed. Choose a lower speed (2x or 5x) for short activities or higher speeds (10x, 15x, or 30x) for longer activities. Leave speed on Auto (default) to let your GoPro automatically adjust the speed based on motion, scene detection, and lighting.
  • Page 63 Time Lapse Settings OUTPUT (TIME LAPSE PHOTO, NIGHT LAPSE PHOTO) Save your photos as standard .jpg or RAW files. To learn more, see RAW Format (page 124). SHUTTER (NIGHT LAPSE) Set how long your camera’s shutter stays open for night shots. Choose longer exposures for darker shots.
  • Page 64: Live Streaming

    Live Streaming SETTING UP A LIVE STREAM 1. Connect to the GoPro app. For details, see Connecting to the GoPro (page 77). 2. In the app, tap to control your camera. 3. Tap and follow the instructions to set up your stream.
  • Page 65: Exposure Control

    Exposure Control HERO8 Black scans the entire scene to choose the exposure level for your shot. Exposure Control lets you decide if only a section of the shot should be used to set the exposure. Check out the shot preview on your touch screen. Try Exposure Control if there are sections that are too dark or too light.
  • Page 66 Exposure Control SETTING EXPOSURE CONTROL USING LOCKED EXPOSURE With this option, your camera locks the exposure until you cancel it. If you’re snowboarding on a sunny day, you might try locking the exposure on your subject’s jacket. This will help prevent your shots from being underexposed (too dark) compared to the bright snow.
  • Page 67 Exposure Control Turning Exposure Control Off Exposure Control is automatically turned off when you switch capture modes or restart your camera. It can also be turned off manually. 1. Press the touch screen until a square appears in the middle. 2.
  • Page 68: Connecting To An External Microphone

    Connecting to an External Microphone You can use the GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter with the Media Mod (HERO8 Black), both sold separately, and an external microphone to enhance the audio in your videos. 1. Connect the microphone to your camera’s USB-C port using the GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter.
  • Page 69: Controlling Your Gopro With Your Voice

    1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard. 2. Tap to turn Voice Control on or off. CAPTURING WITH VOICE CONTROL With Voice Control on, you can simply tell your GoPro to start capturing. Command Description GoPro, capture Starts capturing with the mode your camera is set to.
  • Page 70 There are two types of voice commands: Action commands and Mode commands. Using Action Commands These commands let you switch modes on the fly. If you just recorded a video, you can say, “GoPro, take a photo” to snap a photo without manually switching modes. Action Command Description GoPro, start recording Starts recording video.
  • Page 71 Switches your camera to Time Lapse photo mode (does not start taking time lapse photos). PRO TIP: If you’re recording video or time lapse, you must stop recording by pressing the Shutter button or by saying, “GoPro, stop capture” before trying a new command.
  • Page 72 Controlling Your GoPro With Your Voice TURNING ON YOUR GOPRO WITH YOUR VOICE With this setting, your GoPro will turn on and respond to voice commands when it’s off. 1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard. 2. Tap to turn on Voice Control.
  • Page 73: Playing Back Your Media

    Playing Back Your Media Swipe up to see the last video, photo, or burst you took. Swipe left and right to flip through the other files on your SD card. 0:00 / 1:14 The Media Gallery includes the following playback options: Pause playback Resume playback See all of the media on your SD card...
  • Page 74 Playing Back Your Media Adjust the playback volume Go to the previous or next photo in a burst or group of continuous photos Heads Up: The playback options will vary based on the type of media you’re viewing. PRO TIP: Some playback options are not available when you’re holding your camera in portrait orientation.
  • Page 75 Playing Back Your Media MEDIA (14) 01:19 USING GALLERY VIEW Gallery view gives you quick access to all of the videos and photos stored on your SD card. 1. From the playback screen, tap 2. Swipe up to scroll through your media. 3.
  • Page 76 2. Use the controls on the app to play back, edit, and share your videos and photos. PRO TIP: Use the GoPro app to grab still photos from videos, create short shareable videos from full-length footage, save media to your phone, and more.
  • Page 77: Connecting To Other Devices

    Connecting to Other Devices CONNECTING TO THE GOPRO APP Use the GoPro app to control your HERO8 Black, share videos and photos on the go, and automatically transform your footage into awesome video stories synced with effects and music. Connecting for the First Time 1.
  • Page 78 3. Follow the on-screen instructions. SETTING THE CONNECTION SPEED Your GoPro is set to use the 5GHz Wi-Fi band (the fastest available) when connecting to other mobile devices. Change the Wi-Fi band to 2.4GHz if your device or region does not support 5GHz.
  • Page 79: Transferring Your Media

    5. Save the story or share it with your friends, family, and followers. Finding the Best Shots Be sure to mark your best shots with HiLight Tags. The GoPro app looks for tags when it creates videos. This helps ensure that favorite moments are included in your stories.
  • Page 80 Transferring Your Media TRANSFERRING FROM YOUR SD CARD You can copy your videos and photos to a computer for playback and editing. 1. Remove the SD card from your camera. 2. Insert the card into an SD card reader or adapter. 3.
  • Page 81 1. Subscribe to GoPro PLUS: a. Download the GoPro app to your device from the Apple App Store or Google Play. b. Follow the app’s on-screen instructions to connect your camera.
  • Page 82 MANUALLY UPLOADING TO THE CLOUD Transfer your media to the cloud without waiting for your camera to fully charge. (Your GoPro must still be connected to a power outlet, and Auto Upload must be off.) 1. Subscribe to GoPro PLUS.
  • Page 83 CHANGING YOUR GOPRO PLUS PREFERENCES Manage your Auto Upload settings, set up your wireless network, and more. 1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard. 2. Tap Preferences > GoPro PLUS. Heads Up: GoPro PLUS will be available in your Preferences after you’ve signed up.
  • Page 84: Setting Your Preferences

    Setting Your Preferences USING THE DASHBOARD With your camera in landscape orientation, swipe down to access the Dashboard and Preferences. 08:25 PM 10/06/19 Preferences DASHBOARD FEATURES The Dashboard lets you quickly tap the following settings on and off: Voice Control Camera Beeps QuikCapture Screen Lock...
  • Page 85 GPS is off (gray). GPS is unavailable (gray). Camera is connected to the GoPro app (white). Camera is not paired to the GoPro app (gray). Camera is not connected to the GoPro app (gray). Auto Upload is on and ready (white).
  • Page 86 Setting Your Preferences CHANGING PREFERENCES Preferences let you set up your GoPro any way you want. CONNECTIONS Set all of your GoPro’s wireless connections. Wireless Connections Turn your camera’s wireless connections on and off. Connect Device Choose to connect to the GoPro app, GoPro Smart Remote, or a Bluetooth device.
  • Page 87 QuikCapture is on by default. You can turn it off here. It can also be toggled on or off using the Dashboard. Default Preset Set the preset your GoPro captures in when you turn it on using the Mode button . This setting does not affect QuikCapture.
  • Page 88 Voice Control Turn Voice Control on and off. It can also be toggled on or off using the Dashboard. Wake on Voice Lets you wake your camera by saying, “GoPro, turn on.” Language Choose your Voice Control language. Commands See a complete list of voice commands.
  • Page 89 Turn on GPS to track your speed, distance, and more. Add performance stickers in the GoPro app to show how fast, far, and high you were going in your videos. For more information and mobile device compatibility, check out gopro.com/telemetry.
  • Page 90 HDMI Output Connect your GoPro to an HDTV using the GoPro Media Mod (HERO8 Black) and an HDMI cable (both sold separately), and then choose Monitor to show your camera’s live view with camera information, Media to playback the media on your SD card, or Live to show your camera’s live...
  • Page 91 Find your camera’s name and serial number, and see which software version your camera is using. Battery Info Check your battery’s health here. Be sure to use the GoPro Rechargeable Battery (HERO8 Black/HERO7 Black/HERO6 Black). Using an older GoPro battery or non-GoPro battery could greatly limit your camera’s...
  • Page 92 Setting Your Preferences RESET Format your SD card or reset your camera’s settings. Format SD Card Reformat your SD card. This will erase all of your media, so be sure to save it first. Reset Presets Reset the preloaded presets to their original settings and delete all custom presets.
  • Page 93: Important Messages

    PRO TIP: Shooting video at a high resolution and frame rate will also cause your camera to heat up faster, especially in hot environments. Try switching to a lower resolution and frame rate to lower the risk of overheating your GoPro.
  • Page 94 Important Messages REPAIRING YOUR FILE HERO8 Black will automatically try to fix damaged files. Files can be damaged if your camera loses power while recording or if there’s a problem saving the file. The File Repair icon will appear on the touch screen when a repair is in progress.
  • Page 95: Resetting Your Camera

    Resetting Your Camera RESTARTING YOUR GOPRO If your camera is not responding, press and hold the Mode button for 10 seconds. This will restart your camera. There will be no changes to your settings. RESTORE PRESETS TO THE DEFAULTS This will reset all of your camera’s original preset settings to the defaults.
  • Page 96 RESTORING FACTORY SETTINGS This will restore all of your camera’s original settings, clear all device connections, and deregister your camera from GoPro PLUS. This is useful if you’re giving your camera to a friend and want to completely reset it to its original state.
  • Page 97: Mounting Your Gopro

    Mounting Your GoPro MOUNTING HARDWARE 1. Mounting Buckle 2. Thumb Screw 3. Curved Adhesive Mount...
  • Page 98 Mounting Your GoPro USING THE MOUNTING FINGERS Depending on the mount you’re using, you’ll either use a mounting buckle or attach your GoPro directly to the mount itself. Using the Adhesive Mounts (page 100) for tips on using adhesive mounts.
  • Page 99 Mounting Your GoPro 4. Attach the mounting buckle to the mount. a. Flip up the mounting buckle plug. b. Slide the buckle into the mount until it clicks into place. c. Press the plug back down so that it sits flush with the buckle.
  • Page 100 WARNING: To avoid injury, do not use a tether when mounting your camera on a helmet. Do not mount the camera directly on skis or snowboards. For more information about mounts, visit gopro.com.
  • Page 101 Mounting Your GoPro WARNING: Always use a helmet that meets applicable safety standards if you’re using a GoPro helmet mount or strap. Choose the right helmet for your sport or activity, and make sure that it’s the right size and fit for you. Check to see that your helmet’s in good condition, and always follow the...
  • Page 102: Removing The Door

    Removing the Door There might be times when you need to remove your camera’s door. WARNING: Only remove the door in a dry, dust-free environment. The camera is not waterproof when the door is open or removed. REMOVING THE DOOR 1.
  • Page 103 Removing the Door REATTACHING THE DOOR 1. Line the door up with the small silver bar. 2. Press the door tightly into the small silver bar until it snaps into place and is securely attached. WARNING: Be sure that it is locked, sealed, and waterproof by checking the door latch and pressing the hinge after closing the door.
  • Page 104: Maintenance

    • Before closing the door, be sure the seal is free of debris. Use a cloth to clean the seal if needed. • Make sure your GoPro is dry and clean before opening the door. Rinse your camera with fresh water and dry it with a cloth if needed.
  • Page 105: Battery Information

    USB-charging adapter, the GoPro Supercharger, another GoPro charger, or the GoPro Portable Power Pack. This is perfect for capturing long videos and time lapse events. Even though your camera is charging, the battery will not charge during recording.
  • Page 106 Battery Information WARNING: Using a non-GoPro wall charger could damage your camera battery and could lead to fire or leakage. With the exception of the GoPro Supercharger (sold separately), only use chargers marked Output 5V 1A. If you don’t know your charger’s voltage and current, use the included USB-C cable...
  • Page 107 Corporation’s (RBRC) Battery Recycling Program. We encourage you to visit Call2Recycle at call2recycle.org or call 1-800-BATTERY in North America to find a convenient recycling location. Never dispose of a battery in a fire because it may explode. WARNING: Only use GoPro replacement batteries for your camera.
  • Page 108: Troubleshooting

    See Restarting Your GoPro (page 95). MY GOPRO WON’T RESPOND WHEN I PRESS A BUTTON Restarting Your GoPro (page 95). PLAYBACK ON MY COMPUTER IS CHOPPY Choppy playback is usually not a problem with the file. If your footage skips, one of these issues is probably the cause: •...
  • Page 109: Tech Specs: Video

    Tech Specs: Video VIDEO RESOLUTION (RES) Video resolution refers to the number of horizontal lines used in each frame of video. A 1080p video is made up of 1080 horizontal lines, each with a width of 1920 pixels. A 4K video is made up of 3840 horizontal lines, each with a width of 2160 pixels.
  • Page 110 Tech Specs: Video Video Resolution Description Tall 4:3 aspect ratio fits more into the frame than 1440p 1080p. Great for capturing fast action and point- of-view shots and for sharing to social media. Standard HDTV resolution that’s great for all shots and sharing to social media.
  • Page 111 Tech Specs: Video This chart compares the frame size of each resolution: 4K 4:3 2.7K 4:3 2.7K 1440p 1080p PRO TIP: Be sure that your phone, computer, or TV can support the setting you choose, especially if you’re using a high resolution and frame rate.
  • Page 112 Tech Specs: Video FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS) Frames per second refers to the number of frames captured in each second of video. Higher fps values (60, 120, or 240) are better at capturing fast-action shots. You can also use high fps footage for slo-mo playback.
  • Page 113 Tech Specs: Video ASPECT RATIO Aspect ratio refers to the width and height of an image. HERO8 Black captures videos and photos in two aspect ratios. The tall 4:3 format captures more of the scene than the 16:9 widescreen format. It’s great for selfies and point-of-view footage. The 4:3 resolutions are listed in the top row of the RES | FPS screen.
  • Page 114 Tech Specs: Video DIGITAL LENSES (VIDEO) Digital lenses let you choose how much of the scene is captured by your camera. The different lenses also affect the zoom level and the fisheye effect in your shot. For Video mode, SuperView captures the largest field of view while Narrow captures the smallest.
  • Page 115 Tech Specs: Video HERO8 BLACK VIDEO SETTINGS Here’s a rundown of your camera’s video resolutions along with available fps, lenses, and aspect ratio for each. Video Digital Screen Aspect Resolution (60Hz/ Lenses Resolution Ratio (RES) 50Hz) 60/50 Wide, Linear 3840x2160 16:9 30/25 SuperView, Wide,...
  • Page 116 Tech Specs: Video Video Digital Screen Aspect Resolution (60Hz/ Lenses Resolution Ratio (RES) 50Hz) 1440p 120/100 Wide 1920x1440 60/50 Wide, Linear, 1440p 30/25 1920x1440 Narrow 24/24 1080p 240/200 Wide 1920x1080 16:9 120/100 60/50 SuperView, Wide, 1080p 1920x1080 16:9 30/25 Linear, Narrow 24/24 60Hz (NTSC) and 50Hz (PAL) refer to the video format, which depends on your region.
  • Page 117 If heat’s a problem, try recording shorter videos. Also limit use of features that take a lot of power, such as the GoPro app. The GoPro Smart Remote (sold separately) can control your GoPro while using less energy.
  • Page 118 Tech Specs: Video HYPERSMOOTH 2.0 VIDEO STABILIZATION HyperSmooth 2.0 delivers ultra smooth professional footage by correcting for camera shake. It crops your videos while recording, which lets it buffer the footage to eliminate bumps and jitters. This makes it perfect for biking, skating, skiing, handheld shots, and more.
  • Page 119 2. Tap Low Light. LOOPING INTERVAL You can set your GoPro to record 5 (default), 20, 60, or 120 minute loops. It can also be set to Max, which will record until your SD card is full before looping back to record over the start of the video.
  • Page 120: Tech Specs: Photo

    Tech Specs: Photo SUPERPHOTO SuperPhoto automatically analyzes the scene and intelligently applies the best image processing for the shot. Depending on the lighting, movement in your shot, and other conditions, SuperPhoto will choose one of four options: High Dynamic Range (HDR) Our improved HDR takes and combines multiple photos into a single shot to bring out the details in scenes that mix bright light and shadows.
  • Page 121 Tech Specs: Photo Turning On SuperPhoto SuperPhoto is off by default. Here’s how to turn it on. 1. From the Photo settings screen, tap Output. 2. Select SuperPhoto. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is one of the image-processing techniques SuperPhoto uses to enhance your shots. It combines multiple shots into a single photo with better results than ever.
  • Page 122 Tech Specs: Photo SHUTTER SPEED (NIGHT + NIGHT LAPSE PHOTO) Shutter speed lets you decide how long your camera’s shutter stays open in Night and Night Lapse Photo modes. Here are your options, plus tips on when to use them: Speed Examples Auto...
  • Page 123 Tech Specs: Photo DIGITAL LENSES (PHOTO) Digital lenses let you choose how much of the scene is captured by your camera. They also affect the zoom level and fisheye effect in your shot. There are three lens options for photos: Digital Lens Description Wide...
  • Page 124 RAW FORMAT When this setting is turned on, all photos are saved as a .jpg image (for viewing on your camera or sharing with the GoPro app) and a .gpr file. The .gpr file is based on the Adobe DNG format. These files can be ®...
  • Page 125: Tech Specs: Time Lapse

    Tech Specs: Time Lapse TIMEWARP 2.0 VIDEO SPEED You can increase TimeWarp video speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments. The default setting is Auto, which automatically sets the speed for you. You can also set the speed yourself. Use this chart to estimate the length of your videos.
  • Page 126 Tech Specs: Time Lapse VIDEO RESOLUTION (TIMEWARP 2.0, TIME LAPSE VIDEO) HERO8 Black shoots TimeWarp and Time Lapse Video in four resolutions. Here are all of your options: Resolution Aspect Ratio 16:9 2.7K 1440p 1080p 16:9 To learn more, see: •...
  • Page 127 Tech Specs: Time Lapse TIME LAPSE INTERVAL The Interval sets how often your camera takes a shot in Time Lapse Video and Time Lapse Photo modes. Available intervals are 0.5 (default), 1, 2, 5, 10, and 30 seconds; 1, 2, 5, and 30 minutes;...
  • Page 128 Tech Specs: Time Lapse Time Lapse Video Recording Time Use this chart to determine the length of your videos. For example, recording for 5 minutes with a 0.5-second interval will give you 20 seconds of time lapse video. Recording for 15 minutes will give you 1 minute of video.
  • Page 129 Tech Specs: Time Lapse NIGHT LAPSE INTERVAL Choose how often your GoPro snaps a shot in Night Lapse mode. Night Lapse intervals are Auto; 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 seconds; and 1, 2, 5, 30, and 60 minutes.
  • Page 130: Tech Specs: Protune

    Tech Specs: Protune Protune unlocks your camera’s full creative potential by giving you manual control of advanced settings, including Color, White Balance, and Shutter Speed. It’s compatible with professional color correction tools and other editing software. Here are some things to keep in mind: •...
  • Page 131 4500K, 5000K, 5500K, 6000K, 6500K, and Native. Lower values will give you warmer tones. You can also choose Auto to let your GoPro set the White Balance or the Native setting to create a minimally color-corrected file that allows for...
  • Page 132 Tech Specs: Protune ISO MINIMUM/MAXIMUM ISO Minimum and ISO Maximum let you set a range for the camera’s sensitivity to light and image noise. Image noise refers to the degree of graininess in the shot. In low light, higher ISO values result in brighter images but with more image noise.
  • Page 133 Tech Specs: Protune SHUTTER The Protune Shutter setting only applies to the Video, Photo, and LiveBurst modes. This setting determines how long the shutter stays open. Scroll between the options to see a live preview of each setting, and then tap the one you want. The default setting is Auto. For Photo, the options are Auto, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, and 1/2000 second.
  • Page 134 Tech Specs: Protune EXPOSURE VALUE COMPENSATION (EV COMP) Exposure Value Compensation affects the brightness of your photos and videos. Adjusting this setting can improve image quality when shooting scenes with sharply contrasting lighting conditions. Options for this setting range from -2.0 to +2.0. The default setting is 0. Scroll between the options on the right side of the EV Comp screen to see a live preview of each setting, and then tap the one you want.
  • Page 135 Tech Specs: Protune SHARPNESS Sharpness controls the quality of details captured in your video footage or photos. Options for this setting are High (default), Medium, and Low. Scroll between the options to see a live preview of each setting, and then tap the one you want.
  • Page 136 Tech Specs: Protune RAW AUDIO This setting creates a separate .wav file for your video, in addition to the standard .mp4 audio track. You can select the level of processing to apply to the RAW audio track. RAW Setting Description Off (default) No separate .wav file is created.
  • Page 137 (and water) noise. Use to filter out excessive wind noise or when your GoPro is mounted on a moving vehicle. Use when wind will not affect sound quality and you want to ensure that your GoPro is recording in stereo.
  • Page 138: Customer Support

    Customer Support GoPro is dedicated to providing the best possible service. To reach GoPro Customer Support, visit gopro.com/help. Trademarks GoPro, HERO and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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