GoPro Labs Firmware Unlocks Advanced Features

GoPro Labs Firmware Unlocks Advanced Features


San Mateo, CA—GoPro announced that its GoPro Labs firmware program has released an update. Further, the update unlocks innovative and experimental features for advanced users. The special program supports Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7 Black as well as GoPro MAX action cameras.

GoPro Labs Firmware

With the new features, GoPro customers can now push the boundaries of their GoPro’s capabilities. For instance, camera motion triggers leverage the camera’s accelerometer and/or gyroscope to start/stop capture only when the camera is in motion. This ability preserves storage as well as battery life.

In addition, USB power triggers equips GoPro cameras to start/stop capture when USB power is detected. This enables USB-triggered functions, such as the camera serving as a dash cam.

Furthermore, motion detection is now supported in all video modes, including 360° motion detection on MAX, with improvements to the sensitivity range. Also, with simplified livestreaming QR code, users can program a GoPro to start livestreaming within seconds of connection to a designated Wi-Fi network.

The new firmware will read the QR code just like a smartphone does.

The firmware also includes a single-setting/one-button mode. This allows the operator to only start/stop capture, making it impossible to accidentally change camera modes.

Other features include set timed exposure lock and minimum shutter speed settings. What’s more, new QR code controls support 5K and HindSight capture for the Hero9 Black.

These features join previously released functionality, including QR-code-controlled options like motion detection, wake-up timers, saving favorite settings and camera personalization. Some of these functions also became official features in the Hero9 Black, which launched in fall 2020.

GoPro Labs firmware is available to download for the Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7 Black and GoPro MAX cameras at

Anything Awesome Challenge

In related news, to further empower and celebrate GoPro Labs customers, GoPro Awards is hosting a challenge to award the best GoPro Labs content. The company is asking GoPro users to submit their best shots to the Anything Awesome Challenge at They can select GoPro Labs from the dropdown menu for the opportunity to receive cash rewards. GoPro may also feature them on its social channel.