Best Gopro Settings For Travel, Snow & Indoor… 2022: Top Full Guide

Best Gopro Settings 2022: Top Full Guide For You

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best GoPro settings. First, consider the purpose of the video. Are you trying to capture action shots or create a time-lapse? Second, think about the lighting conditions. If you’re shooting in low light, you’ll need to adjust your settings accordingly. Lastly, always test out your settings before you start shooting. This will help you get the best results.

HERO10 Protune Setup

HERO10 Protune Setup

Here’s where I set my cameras to begin. These controls are explained in detail in the video below.

  • Bit Rate High
  • Shutter Auto
  • EV Comp: 0
  • White Balance: Auto (or Specific Temperature based on Scene).
  • ISO Minimum 100
  • ISO Max 1600
  • Low Sharpness
  • Natural color

LTM – New Image Algorithms

HERO10 LTM - New Image Algorithms

HERO10 can now use advanced image processing thanks to GP2. Local Tone Mapping, or LTM, is a technique that highlights details in the video. HERO10 footage may look more detailed than HERO9’s. This is due to LTM. The LTM lens and sensor are identical to HERO9 HERO10. LTM is available in both Vibrant (and Natural) color profiles. However, it is not present in the FLAT color profile. LTM may appear inconsistent. This is because it is missing from some high-powered modes.

Modes that do not require LTM

5.3K-60 | 4K-120 | 2.7K-240

LTM is also present with TimeWarp, all photo modes and other than GoPro RAW GPR file. If you prefer the look of LTM without it, I recommend FLAT. I have advocated for an LTM-specific switch. We’ll see what happens.

HERO10 Settings Guide

HERO10 Settings Guide

You can get the best quality out of your GoPro by setting the settings according to your intended use case for that specific shot. You should ask yourself these questions: Do I require slow motion? Do I need more views? Do I require the best stabilization? These are all factors that influence how I approach film. I always optimize the settings and modes. You can create presets for each of these settings in the HERO10, or you can just read my chat and change your settings every time you go.

These are the scenarios I use to decide which mode to shoot. This is an abbreviated version that I have in the video. But, I will go deeper because you are likely looking for the deep dive and not the one solution. You can increase the 30FPS you suggest to 24FPS and 25FPS. HERO10 will soon receive full 24FPS support in a Nov. 16 upgrade.

Travel / VLOG/ Documentary

This is the best option for details & stabilization if you don’t require slow motion.

  • Resolution: 5.3K-30
  • Lenses: Wide, LINEAR or Linear + HL
  • HyperSmooth – High

HyperSmooth High is available in 5.3K-30. This provides almost Boost level stabilization with no loss of field of vision. The Linear + Horizon Leveling lens is used in this mode. It has the same crop level and quality as Linear. You may have noticed a significant zooming effect when you tried L+HL in Hero9 in 5K.

POV

These modes offer the best view angle. You can adjust depending on how slow-motion you need.

  • Resolution: 5K 4:3-30 | 4K 4:3-60 | 2.7K 4:3-120
  • Lenses: WIDE, LINEAR or + HL
  • HyperSmooth Standard

Shooting in 4:3 mode gives you the best vertical view if you are shooting POV footage or video that is mounted high. The quality of 5K 4;3 and 4K4:3 will look significantly better than 2.7K at 120FPS. I prefer to shoot 4K 4 :3 when I need slow motion and use 2.7K a little less. All 4:3 modes have a HyperSmooth mode. Standard and Boost are the only options. However, I prefer the wider FOV of Standard. The crop between Linear+HL and Linear is the same in all 4/3 modes.

Cinematic

GoPro HERO 10 Cinematic

This mode is for the best quality and 2x slow motion.

  • Resolution: 5.3K-60
  • Lenses: Wide or Linear
  • HyperSmooth Standard

When shooting 5.3K at 60FPS, HyperSmooth High will not be available. Linear can be used for better stabilization. However, L+HL will crop out on this mode, so I recommend using Wide or Linear.

Slow Motion

These modes are for slow-motion up to 4X.

  • Resolution: 4K-120 | 2.7K-240 | 2.7K 4:3-120
  • Lenses: Wide or Linear
  • HyperSmooth Standard

4K-120 should be preferred over the other options as both 2.7K-4:3-120 and 2.7K-4:240 will suffer quality drops. When shooting 4K at 120FPS and 2.7K at 244FPS, HyperSmooth High will not be available. Linear can be used for better stabilization. However, L+HL will crop out on these modes, so I recommend using Wide or Linear. You should keep extra batteries handy as these modes can cause battery problems. You’ll notice a drop in your battery level as soon as the HERO10 switches to the appropriate mode.

Best Stabilization

These modes offer the best stability and the most extensive view. Linear and Linear +HL will provide the best overall stabilization, but they are still very good and close to Boost levels.

  • Resolution: 5.3K-30 | 4K-60 | 2.7K-120
  • Lenses: Wide, LINEAR or Linear + HL
  • HyperSmooth – High

These options are your best option if you want the best stabilization and the largest field of view. These options will be used if stabilization is my top priority. The HyperSmooth High 5.3K-30 Wide is perfect for chest-mounted mountain biking.

Lowlight

HERO10 Lowlight

These modes are best for indoor and night filming.

  • Resolution: 4K-30 | 1080-60
  • Lenses: WIDE
  • HyperSmooth – High

These two modes are part of the HERO10 and use a new 3DNR noise reduction algorithm. You will see more detail and noise-handling with 4K-30 than you would with a similar mode like 5.3K-30. Slow-motion is possible with 1080-60, which is currently the only supported mode for 3DNR. Other related modes that support 3DNR include 4K 4:3-30 and 4K-30 Superview.

FPV Drone (with Reelsteady GO).

These modes can be used in conjunction with Reelsteady Go to get the best quality FPV drone footage.

  • Resolution: 5K 4:3-30 | 4K 4:3-60
  • Lenses: WIDE
  • HyperSmooth:
  • ISO Max 100

Reelsteady GO reduces vertical frame sizes when you send clips. To avoid this, I recommend shooting in 4 to 3 so that your final output remains 16:9. To achieve smooth motion blur, I prefer to set my Max ISO to 100 when using a drone. If you plan to use ND filters, keep your ISO at 100. Otherwise, you will introduce noise into your image. For use with Reelsteady GO, you need to have HyperSmooth turned OFF.

TimeWarp

GoPro HERO TimeWarp

Use higher speeds and Linear, or Linear +HL for the best stabilization.

  • Resolution: 4K 4:3
  • Lens: LINEAR
  • Speed: 30x in 10 minutes+, 15x in 5-10min durations. 5x, 10x, and 10x respectively for 1-5min durations.
  • ISO Max 100

To have good motion blur in my TimeWarps, I keep ISO Max at 100. To provide better stabilization, I shoot Linear and usually shoot 10X or more.

Night Lapse (Stars & Milky Way)

These settings will give you the darkest sky possible.

  • Mode: Night Lapse video
  • Resolution: 4K 4:3
  • Lenses: Wide
  • Shutter: 30s
  • Interval: AUTO
  • ISO Max 800

Full moons or cityscapes with low ISO, lower ISO to 100 or 200 depending on available light. Or, use AUTO shutter as described below.

Night Lapse (Cityscapes Traffic Sunrise & Sunset Holy Grail)

The following settings can be used to create a Holy Grail Timelapse (Night To Day) or any other brighter than a full night sky.

  1. Mode: Night Lapse video
  2. Resolution: 4K 4:3
  3. Lenses: Wide
  4. Auto Shutter
  5. Interval: 10s, 15s or AUTO
  6. ISO Max 100

To get more light, use ISO 200, 400 or 800. To quickly get back-to-back photos if the exposures are too short, you can use an AUTO interval.

How to Choose Night Photo

How to Choose Night Lapse

Hero 10 Black, Hero 9 Black, and Hero 8 Black

  • Scroll right until you reach Photo mode.
  • Click the [Photo Preset] button, then scroll down to Night Photo.
  • To adjust the Night photo settings, tap on the [pencil icon].

HERO7 Black

  • Night Photo can be enabled by swiping left on the touch screen, and selecting [Photo].
  • Tap the [camera icon] button in the lower left corner of the touch screen.
  • Tap [Night].

HERO6 Black, HERO5Black:

  • Night Photo can be enabled by short pressing the [Mode/Power] button until the camera enters Photo mode.
  • Tap the [camera icon] button in the lower left corner of the touch screen.
  • Tap [Night].

Fusion:

  • To enter Settings, press [Mode/Power] (side) until the Settings icon is displayed (wrench). Then press [Shutter] (front).
  • To open the photo mode settings, press the [Mode/Power] button once.
  • NOTE: If “NIGHT”, is displayed on your camera, Night Photo has been enabled. To take a photo, exit the Settings and navigate into Night Photo.
  • To highlight “PHOTO”, press the [Mode/Power] button once, then press the [Shutter] button repeatedly until “NIGHT” is displayed.

HERO5 Session:

  • Night Photo can be enabled by clicking the [Menu] button until Camera Settings has been selected.
  • To highlight the Video icon, press [Shutter Button] and then press [Shutter Button] once more until a photo icon appears.
  • To highlight “Photo”, press the [Menu Button] button again.
  • Next, press the [Shutter Buttons] to change the mode to “Night photo.”
  • You can set the Night Photo settings and make changes faster when you connect to the Capture app

HERO4:

  • Select the [Mode/Power Buttons] until Night Photo is enabled.
  • To change the mode setting to Night, press the [Settings/Tab Button] button.

Night Lapse

You can capture a series of photos at certain intervals and exposure times. Night Lapse can be used in low-light environments, such as when you want to capture the night sky for a long period of time.

Night Lapse: How to Make It Work

Night Lapse is available on HERO10 Black and HERO9Black.

    1. Swipe left until you reach Time Lapse mode

    2. Tap the Time Lapse Preset at the top, and scroll down to Night Lapse
    3. To adjust your Night Lapse settings, tap the [pencil icon].
    4. You can decide if you want individual images or if the camera will stitch the files together to create a video.
  • Tap [Format] to switch between Photo/Video and then choose Night Lapse Photo/Night Lapse Video

Night Lapse can be enabled on other cameras

  1. Scroll down until Multi-Shot appears.
  2. To change the Mode setting from Night Lapse, press the [Settings/Tab Button] button.

Night Lapse Settings

Night Lapse Settings

How to adjust the shutter speed on your camera

HERO10, HERO9, and HERO8 black:

  1. After you have entered Night Lapse mode press and hold the icon at the bottom of your screen. Or tap this icon, then tap the [pencil] icon next to Night Lapse.
  2. Tap [Shutter]
  3. To select your Shutter speed, use the slider scale to the right of the screen

HERO7 Black:

  1. You can swipe the touchscreen to select Photo or Time Lapse. This will depend on whether you are looking for Night Photo or Night Lapse Photo.
  2. Tap the [camera icon] at the bottom left to select Night Photo or Night Lapse Photo.
  3. Tap the [settings] button in the middle of the touch screen.
  4. Select the [Shutter] option to choose your speed.

HERO6 Black/HERO5 Black

  1. Press the [Mode/Power] button until you see Photo or Multi-Shot.
  2. Tap the [Photo Icon] in the lower left corner of the back LCD screen.
  3. Click the [Night Photo] button.
  4. The LCD screen now has a Shutter option at the bottom. Click on the [Shutter] option.
  5. Swipe left and right, or tap the shutter speed you prefer (default will be Auto).

Fusion:

  1. To enter Settings, press [Mode/Power (side)] until the Settings icon is displayed (wrench). Then press [Shutter (front)].
  2. To open the photo mode settings, press the Mode/Power button one time.
  3. NOTE: If “NIGHT”, is displayed on your camera, Night Photo has been enabled. To take a photo, exit the Settings and navigate into Night Photo.
  4. To highlight “PHOTO”, press the [Mode/Power] button once, then press the [Shutter] button repeatedly until “NIGHT” is displayed.

HERO5 Session:

  • Night Photo can be enabled by clicking the [Menu] button until Camera Settings has been selected.
  • To highlight the Video icon, press [Shutter button] and then press the shutter again until you see a Photo icon.
  • To highlight the word Photo, press the [Menu] button again.
  • Next, press [Shutter] to change the mode from “Night” to photo.
  • To highlight Auto again, press the [Menu] button. Next, press the [Shutter] button to select the shutter speed you desire (default is Auto).
  • You can set the Night Lapse settings and make changes easier by connecting to the Capture app

HERO4:

  • Press the Mode/Power button first, until you see Photo or Multi-Shot.
  • Click the Settings/Tag button.
  • To change the Mode to Night, press the Shutter button (Single will default).
  • To highlight Shutter Speed, press the Mode/Power button.
  • To select the shutter speed you want, press the Shutter button (default will be Auto).

How to adjust the Night Lapse Interval Photo Interval on your Camera

HERO10, HERO9, and HERO8 black:

  1. After you have entered Night Lapse mode press and hold the icon at the bottom of your screen. Or tap this icon, then tap the [pencil] icon next to Night Lapse.
  2. Tap [Interval]
  3. To choose the photo interval you want, use the slider on the right side.

HERO7 Black:

  1. Tap on the touch screen of the camera until you see the Time Lapse.
  2. Tap the [Time Lapse] icon in the lower-left corner of the back LCD screen.
  3. Click the [Night Lapse] photo mode.
  4. Tap the [settings option] at the bottom middle.
  5. Tap [Interval] to select the option you prefer.

HERO6 Black/HERO5 Black

  1. Press the [Mode/Power] button until the Time Lapse appears.
  2. Tap the [Time Lapse] icon in the lower left corner of the back LCD screen.
  3. Click the [Night Lapse] photo mode.
  4. The LCD screen now has an Interval option (INTR), located in the middle of the LCD. Click on the [Interval] option.
  5. Swipe left and right, or tap the Interval setting you desire.

HERO5 Session:

  1. Click the Menu button until Night Lapse Photo mode is enabled.
  2. To highlight the Video icon press the Shutter button. Then press the shutter again to display a Time Lapse symbol
  3. To highlight the word “TL-PH”, press the Menu button once more.
  4. Next, press the Shutter button. This will change the mode to T-L-NT.
  5. To highlight CONT again, press the Menu button once more. Next, press the Shutter button and choose the Interval you desire (default will be Continuous).

HERO4 Black/HERO4 Silver

  1. Press the Mode/Power button first, until Multi-Shot has been selected.
  2. Click the Settings/Tag button.
  3. To change the Mode to Night Lapse, press the Shutter button (Burst will default).
  4. To highlight Interval, press the Mode/Power button.
  5. To select the Interval you desire, press the Shutter button (the default is Continuous).

Note: A “Continuous” interval setting results in the camera instantly capturing another image after it has taken the previous one. The interval will equal the shutter speed selected.

Night Photo/Night Lasse Tips

Night Photo/Night Lasse Tips

Stability is essential for crisp images and Night Lapse sequences. Extended exposure/shutter speeds allow the camera to capture as little light as possible in both Night modes. This also means that movement within the scene or of the camera will be more prominent in night photos than when you use the standard Photo and Time Lapse modes.

Mounting Accessories such as the 3-Way’s built-in tripod, Tripod Mounts and an Adhesive Mount can be used to mount your vehicle in a stable position.

You can adjust the White Balance, Color Profile and ISO Limit using Protune controls.

Night Lapse is similar to standard time-lapse sequences. Night Lapse requires you to take photos for a longer time. Take a few test shots with the camera in a position if possible. The Quik app, which displays the samples rearwards, allows you to review them. This allows you to review the samples and make any adjustments to them before you capture a long Night Lapse sequence.

Photo settings

 For Standalone Pictures

The default photo mode for the Hero 10 action camera is Photo. It can capture stills using SuperPhoto image editing. To capture one Photo, you only need to press the Shutter button once.

 For Burst Shots

LiveBurst takes a burst 1.5 seconds before and 1,5 seconds after when the Shutter button has been pressed. The burst can be viewed to find the best shot, or you can share it as a video. All LiveBurst shots can be captured at 12MP.

Burst | For Super-Fast Burst Stills

Burst mode takes a number of pictures at lightning-fast rates! This makes it ideal for quick-action shots. This preset activates the Hero 10 and automatically takes 25 photos in a matter of seconds.

Good for Dark Scenes

To let more light in, the Night preset adjusts your Hero 10’s shutter speed to allow for more light. This preset is perfect for dark or dim scenes. This preset is not recommended to be used with mounted or handheld shots while the camera is in motion.

Suggested GoPro Hero 10 Settings for Different Activities

Suggested GoPro Hero 10 Settings for Different Activities

These are some settings that you can use to capture your favorite activities with the GoPro Hero 10Black:

1. Air

GoPro Hero 10 Black allows you to capture amazing aerial shots from any type of aircraft or drone.

These are the best settings to take amazing aerial shots.

Video Settings

  • 4K60, Wide Lens
  • 1080p120, Wide Lens
  • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video

Photo settings

  • Time Lapse photo (1-second interval).
  • 1080p120, Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens

2. Bike

A GoPro Hero 10 camera can be attached to your bike to capture beautiful scenes on your cycling trip.

These are the best places to get great shots when riding a bicycle:

Video Settings

  • 4K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 2.7K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • TimeWarp Video 15x

Photo settings

  • Time Lapse Photo (five-second interval), Wide Lens

3. Indoor

You can have lots of fun with your GoPro Hero 10 indoor settings and take some amazing shots.

These are the top indoor settings for GoPro Hero 10:

Video Settings

  • 4K30 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 1080p30, Wide Lens

Photo settings

  • Photo, Wide Lens

4. Motor

Mount the GoPro Hero 10 Black Black on your car. As you drive, make sure to set these settings.

Video Settings

  • 4K30 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 2.7K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • TimeWarp Video 15x

Photo settings

  • Time Lapse Photo (five-second interval), Wide Lens

5. Selfie Shots

The best selfie shots are a guaranteed way to make lasting memories.

These are the best Hero 10 photo and video settings for taking selfies:

Video Settings

  • 4K30 4 :3, Narrow Lens
  • 4K60 4:3, Wide Lens

Photo settings

  • Photo, Narrow Lens
  • SuperPhoto, Foto Timer

6. POV Shots

Do you want some amazing POV shots from your GoPro Hero 10?

These settings are for video and photos:

Video Settings

  • 4K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 4K120 4:3, Wide Lens
  • TimeWarp Video 15x

Photo settings

  • Time Lapse Photo (2-second interval), Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens

7. Water

The GoPro Hero 10 Black underwater camera is the perfect companion for snorkeling and diving.

Here are the best settings for underwater video and photos

Video Settings

  • 4K60, Wide Lens
  • 1080p240, Wide Lens

Photo settings

  • Time Lapse Photo (or 5-second interval), Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/6 Rate), Wide Lens

Read also: Best GoPro camera for Surfing

8. Snow

Amazing snow shots can be captured by the GoPro Hero 10 Black. Get ready to capture the beauty of falling snowflakes!

For video, start with the standard Protune setup:

  • Bit Rate High
  • EV Comp: 0
  • White Balance: Auto (or Specific Temperature based on Scene).
  • ISO Minimum 100
  • ISO Max 1600
  • Sharpness Low
  • Natural color

Video Settings

  • 4K60, Wide Lens
  • 1080p120, Wide Lens
  • TimeWarp Video 15x

Photo settings

  • Time Lapse Photo (one-second interval), Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens

9. Trail

GoPro Hero 10 can be used to capture amazing images while you are out on the trails or hiking.

Make sure you follow these video and photo settings.

Video Settings

  • 4K30 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 4K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • TimeWarp Video 15x

Photo settings

  • Photo, Wide Lens

FAQs

FAQs about Best Gopro settings

1. Is it better to goPro at 1440p or 1080p?

The height is the difference. The 1440p mode offers more vertical space thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio. This can be useful if you want to stop the subject jumping out of the frame. The standard HD aspect ratio for 1080p is 16:9, which we are used to seeing on HD video and modern TVs.

2. Which settings are best for GoPro Hero 10

Slow Motion

You have many options when it comes to slow motions. 4K-60, 2.7K-240 and 2.7K-4K-120, respectively, are the best GoPro Hero 10 settings. You would prefer to prioritize the 4K-120 as 2.7k is a higher quality camera than 4k.

3. Why is my GoPro footage looking grainy?

GoPro grainy video issue is common when shooting in low-light conditions such as indoors or at Night. 2. These settings for GoPro video recording could increase the chance of video grain or noise: high ISO speed, fast shutter speed and high frame rate

Conclusion

To sum up, the best GoPro settings depend on a number of factors, including the type of activity you’re doing, the lighting conditions, and your personal preferences. However, there are a few general tips that can help you get the most out of your GoPro. First, make sure to shoot in 1080p or 4K resolution for the best image quality. Second, use a higher frame rate if you’re shooting action footage, as this will result in smoother playback.

Lucidcam hopes this article will be helpful for you. Thank  you for taking the time to read

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