While you are sitting here reading this book and wanting to just take your camera out and begin using it, there are some basic things that you need to make sure that you are aware of before you use this camera for the first time. Tins will not only avoid any damage to the device, but will ensure that you are getting the most out of the use of this camera. Unlike a lot of cameras that you may have had experience with, the GoPro3 and GoPro 3+ cameras are not like anything that you have ever used. One use of these and you will see for yourself that reading this book is not only advisable, it will be very helpful.
Let’s start with what all your new camera will include. If you have bought your camera new and not from a reseller, then more than likely, your box will include the following items.
- USB Cord – Use for charging your camera and to load videos onto your PC.
- Red, Blue, Green TV plugs for a High Definition TV
- Red, White, Yellow TV7 plugs for your basic Standard Definition TV
- GO PRO Camera
- Waterproof Camera Housing
- Open Back Door (non waterproof, louder sound)
- Sealed Back door (waterproof, Wind (noise) resistant past loomph)
- Suction Cup mount
- Side mount Pivot Arm
- Quick Release Buckle
- Vertical-Surface Release Buckle
- Buckle Lock
- Adhesive mounts
Now that we have taken stock of everything that is in the box, it’s time that we talk about the camera itself. We will get to the other items later, but we need to cover the actual getting the camera up and going first.
Taking a memory card and inserting it with the label side out as well as the narrow end first, you will want to push it into the memory card slot that is located on the left side of the camera with the lens facing forward. You will want to give gentle pressure until you feel the card pop into place. You don’t want to be too light with this, but you also have to be careful and avoid being too light with this. There will be a few times that you will think the camera will not take the memory card, make sure it is being placed into the camera the right way and in the right direction. Taking this out will be a snap as you give a gentle amount of pressure and soon the card pops up, allowing you to grab the
card and to simply remove it from the camera.
With that done, it is time to place the batteries into the camera and get it ready for the batteries to be charged. It is important to know that this battery will come in the package half charged. While you can use the camera with the battery half charged, it is advised that you charge it all the way to get the most from your device. Connect one end of the charger to the camera and the other end to a power source such as your local computer or a wall outlet if you have the wall charger for your camera. The indicator lights will be on when the camera is in the process of charging and will turn off once the charging has completed.
It is important to know that your camera will naturally come with some default settings that you may want to change down the road. The default settings are as follows.
- Video Resolution: I440p48fps
- Photo Resolution: 12 Megapixels
- Photo Burst: 30 photos per second
- Time Lapse: 0.5 seconds
- Wi-Fi is automatically turned off
All of these default settings can generally be changed from the settings menu on the camera. In order to turn it on and off, you will press and hold the mode button. Pressing it and releasing it will turn the camera ion, this will be indicated by the status light and three beeps. Holding the button for two seconds the lights flash several times and then emits a series of seven beeps.
Your camera will come with several different camera modes that you should be accustomed to before you get too far into the use of your camera. These modes are as follows.
- Photo burst
- Time lapse
- Playback mode
It is obvious what the video and photo options are all about. The photo burst option allows you to take photos of fast moving objects. This is useful if you are wanting to capture a person that is speeding by you and you don’t want them to appear as a blur on your camera. Time lapse mode will capture video at 0.5, 1,2,5, 10> 3° or 60 second intervals. This is great for posting a series of photos to a social media site or other photo sharing site on the internet.