GoPro has released a new version of its Labs Firmware for CES 2021, which gives various GoPro cameras (Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7 Black and GoPro MAX.) a whole new set of features, such as a motion trigger, dashcam support, 360 -motion detection and improved livestreaming access.
GoPro Hero8 Black.
GoPro had launched GoPro Labs in the summer of 2020, a way for interested users of GoPro Hero7/8/9/MAX action cams to try out experimental new features. These features are mostly developed during internal hackathons and may never be officially released - GoPro therefore doesn't call them beta versions, but a way to see what the developers are working on.
Anyone can try out the new features for themselves - the prerequisite is to change the firmware to the "GoPro Labs" version - here has instructions on how to do that.
The new features.
- Camera motion trigger: using the camera's accelerometer and/or gyroscope, you can specify that recordings only start/stop when the camera is in motion. This conserves battery and saves storage space.
- USB Port Trigger: Ensures that the GoPro starts/stops recording when USB port power is detected. This enables USB-triggered functions such as use as a dashcam.
- Improved motion detection: Motion detection is now supported in all video modes, including 360 motion detection for MAX. In addition, the sensitivity range has been improved.
- Simplified livestreaming with QR code: The GoPro can be programmed to start a livestream in seconds when connected to a specified Wi-Fi network.
- One Button Mode: In One Button Mode, the user can only start/stop recording. This prevents accidental switching of camera modes. Perfect for simplified use and beginners.
- New exposure modes: settings for timed exposure lock and minimum shutter speed.
- New QR code control: QR code control is now available when shooting in 5K and with HindSight for HERO9 Black.