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GoPro Hero8 Settings: Travel!

This week we are going to show you how to best set up your new GoPro with travel settings.

Travel Photography

GoPro action cameras are great as they are tiny, durable, lightweight and take incredible photos and videos. They are especially good for travel photography and sport activities, whether you take it snorkelling in the sea or up the highest mountain you know they are the best sort of camera to take on an adventure. So you have a GoPro but are you using it to its full potential? Are you benefiting from all the functions it offers? We have been using and playing with GoPros for a long time, but we are always learning something new about them. Here are a few useful tips that we have learnt whilst travelling to different places using the GoPro Hero 8.

Settings we use on our GoPro Hero 8 Black for travel:

Why do we use these settings?

4K at 60 Fps (Frames Per Second)

We always use at least 60Fps so that we can slow the footage down (by 50%) when we edit the videos. This is important as it smooths out any jerky movements whilst on the go.

(Although if you are just starting out and don't want to fill up your memory card too quickly you can of course use 2.7K or 1080p. 4K footage produces larger files to work with however it produces the best results.)

16:9 Aspect Ratio

4:3 Aspect Ratio doesn't include Hyper-smooth Image Stabilisation.


We find the wide lens option gives the best results and is so important as you want to capture as much in the frame when you are travelling as you can.

Hyper smooth Turn: On

Hyper-smooth helps stabilise your footage in the camera and can remove jerky movements. In combination with footage shot at 60Fps the results can look silky smooth.

Go Pro Colour

Use Go Pro colour mode and the image will be vibrant and have contrast. Use Flat mode if you would like process the photos at a later date in an image processing app where you’re going to adjust settings like exposure and contrast. Of course you can still process images shot with the GoPro Color modes–it’s just that the Flat mode gives you a bit more flexibility in preserving tones.

Bit Rate: High

If you plan on uploading your footage to YouTube a higher bit rate will provide better results when YouTube has processed it.

Sharpness: High

When you are on the go and travelling you want the sharpness set to high as you'll get crisp details and an image that looks sharp overall. It’s especially good if you’re going to share your photos and videos as they are with little or no post-editing.

Wind Reduction: On

If you are anticipating that the camera will be exposed to wind noise throughout the majority of your activity, you can set wind reduction to on. No doubt you will be outside and moving so this is a great setting to have on.

We hope these settings are helpful for you. Next time we will look at settings for Vlogging.

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