Product Review: GoPro Wi-Fi App

GoPro's long-awaited App for iOS mobile devices controls the Wi-Fi BacPac
Jeff Foster
By Jeff Foster 10.16.12

For iOS device owners, your day has finally come! You can now download the free GoPro App from the iTunes App Store to configure, control and preview your Wi-Fi-enabled GoPro remotely with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad!

(Android app is in development and will be released shortly)

Setup & Install

The first thing you'll have to do is update your CineForm Studio software and your Hero2's firmware - as well as your Wi-Fi BacPac. Follow all the instructions carefully and completely so you don't end up with any technical issues!

Updating the GoPro Here2 and the Wi-Fi BacPac firmware

Once you've updated your hardware and CineForm Studio software, download & install the GoPro App (it's Free!) from the iTunes App Store onto your iOS device. This works on the following devices, according to GoPro's press release:

• iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S (iOS 4.3 & 5) • iPod Touch 4 (iOS 4.3 & 5) • iPad 1, 2 & 3 (iOS 4.3 & 5)
*There is basic compatibility with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Full compatibility will be available soon.

Download and install the Free GoPro App from the iTunes App Store onto your iOS device

Once you've installed the App on your device, power-up your Hero2 and Wi-Fi BacPac. On your iDevice, go to the settings and select the Wi-Fi BacPac in your Wi-Fi network options. Make sure you've got your password updated on the Wi-Fi BacPac so they can communicate with each other. This is the only time you'll need to do this with each device and the option will be selectable like any other Wi-Fi hotspot in the future when they're on and in range of each other. Currently, you can only control one device at a time with the GoPro App, but in future revisions of the App, GoPro states you'll have multi-cam support.

Launching the App for the First Time

The GoPro App is pretty straight-forward and intuitive, as the options are fairly basic in this first rev. The first screen you see allows you to connect with your selected Wi-Fi BacPac to control the camera.

Opening the GoPro App and connecting with the Wi-Fi BacPac

When you select Connect/Control, you'll be presented with the Power Off/On for the camera and a preview window of what the camera is currently seeing. This is extremely helpful in setting up your shots, especially if the camer is mounted remotely or you have to line-up shots from a previous shoot or location. You can also select the Full-Screen Preview mode which is HUGE on an iPad! However, the app only works in Portrait mode and can't be rotated 90º viewing in landscape mode.

Camera is powered on and a preview window is present

Full-screen preview mode on an iPad

In my test case here, I was trying to align the rooftop mounted Hero2 on my Toyota FJ Cruiser so that I wouldn't see the edge on the hood in my shot. I was able to see in the preview window that it was indeed angled down too much so I could use the iPad to preview and make my adjustments live.

Using the Preview window I could see where I needed to adjust my camera

Camera adjustment made and ready to roll!

Camera adjustment made and ready to roll!

There are a couple of things to note about the live preview in the GoPro App:

1) There is about a 5-second delay in the video feed to the iDevice from the Wi-Fi BacPac so take note when you're setting up your shots - you may shock yourself by looking at the device after setting up the camera and see yourself looking back at you - or your hand, etc.
2) There are no live previews available while in recording mode.

Previews are disabled in record mode

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