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How do I set up my GoPro HERO 5 Black?

Even though it's just a tiny device, the GoPro HERO 5 Black is jam-packed with cool functions. Want to get the best out of your new action camera? Find out how to easily set up your camera on this page.

Step 1: getting started

Start up

Before capturing your breakneck antics on video, it's a good idea to first calmly familiarize yourself with the camera. First of all, place the battery. In order to place the battery, you'll need to remove the camera from the frame. You do this by pulling the black clamp, at the top of the camera, towards you. On the underside of the camera is the cover behind which you should place the battery. You open it by pressing the button and sliding the door out. Next to the battery, there's space for a microSD card. You can turn the camera on by pressing the "mode" button.

Step 2: formatting the memory card

Formatting the memory card

Before you start recording and photographing, it would be wise to format your microSD memory card inside the device. This way, you'll delete any files on the card and ensure the card works flawlessly with the camera. To format the memory card, turn off the camera and remove the battery. Wait 10 to 15 seconds. Make sure the memory card is inside your camera. Next, put the battery back in and turn the camera on again. Swipe down from the top of your screen and click the 'Preferences' icon. After that's done, swipe up through the list and click 'Format SD Card'. Click 'Delete'. Record a short 10-second video to test if everything is working alright. Repeat this procedure regularly, depending on your use. Before you start, check if there's any files left on the card that you'd like to keep. Save them to your smart device, computer, laptop, or tablet.

Step 3: setting up the camera

Setting the language

When you first turn on the camera, you will see a welcome message in several languages. After this, you're asked to set a preferred language. Next, set today's date. The camera automatically offers you a tour. We recommend using this tour to familiarize yourself with the camera step by step. After that, you can get started on your own.

Step 4: Download GoPro Quik app

GoPro Capture app

Download the GoPro Quik app on your smartphone. With the free GoPro Quik app you can quickly create photo and video montages, which you can then share online with your friends and family. In the Quik app you will find music (free of rights) and creative filters that you can easily add to your images.

Step 5: file type

Setting the file type

The GoPro HERO 5 Black can save videos and photographs in various file types. If you want to do extensive post-processing on your photos and videos, we recommend saving your images in the WDR or RAW file types. These file types have no compression. The downside to WDR and RAW is that the file sizes are larger than when saving your images in compressed file types, such as MOV for videos or JPEG for photos.

Step 6: picture format


You can choose a resolution from the app or directly from the camera screen. This means, in fact, that you're choosing from various picture sizes. The maximum picture size on the GoPro HERO 5 Black is 4K. The resolution is 3840 pixels (horizontally) x 2160 pixels (vertically). Not all television or computer screens can render that many pixels. This requires your television or monitor to be 4K ready. Recording at a lower resolution makes your files smaller and allows you to film at a higher frame rate.

Tip: only use 4K with semi-professional use. For fast editing and sharing of your videos, we recommend recording at 1080p.

Step 7: frame rate

Frames per second

The acronym FPS stands for frames per second. A video basically consists of a series of photos (frames) that are displayed in quick succession, giving us the impression of a moving image. When you record at, for example, 30 FPS, the resulting video looks fluent to our eyes. If you want to slow down the image, also known as slow motion, you should choose a higher frame rate. The higher the frame rate, the more fluent the slow motion. The GoPro HERO 5 Black can save a maximum of 120 frames per second at 1080p, ensuring fluent slow motion video.

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