Want to Hack Some Brand New Features Onto Your GoPro HERO 8? Just Scan a QR Code

Can you imagine bringing brand new features to your camera by simply photographing a QR code? Thanks to GoPro Labs, GoPro HERO 8 owners can expect to unlock some new options via an innovative new system.

Time-lapse photographer Matthew Vandeputte loves his GoPro, but like many time-lapse aficionados, he’s been occasionally frustrated by some of the limitations. In this short video, he explains how GoPro has managed to create a system where you simply click some boxes, slide some sliders, and photograph a QR code in order to unlock some previously impossible settings for the HERO 8.

GoPro’s menu systems have never been that easy to navigate, so moving a lot of that functionality over to a phone has always made sense. This takes it to the next level, however.

The degree of control is impressive. For example, imagine wanting to film the launch of a space rocket but having to place the camera three days beforehand with no opportunity to leave it connected to a power supply, revisit it, or control it via Wi-Fi.

You can access GoPro Labs by clicking here. What else could it be used for? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Marnix Klooster's picture

Thank you, this is really useful. I couldn't figure out how to power the GoPro for 5-day timelapses without resorting to power stations / generators. With the labs firmware (with the ability to power off at non-working hours) and a high capacity powerbank I should be able to make it work. I'm testing it now.

Jake Rich's picture

Prolonged time lapse functionality, scheduled capturing & Reelsteady Go improved stabilisation for FPV or action clips has anyone reading this come across other epic use cases for their GoPro since having access to GoPro Labs?