GoPro Voice Commands(For Hero5, Hero6, Hero7 onwards)

By nature, the GoPro is supposed to be a very compact action camera. I have a GoPro Hero 5 Session and there are just two buttons on the whole thing, and even though there are a lot of potential settings you can tweak, it’s not always really easy to access them through the buttons, but you can do it using GoPro’s voice commands.

This is especially true if you’ve mounted the GoPro quite tightly somewhere and it is inconvenient to keep trying to access it.

The more recent GoPro models have voice commands, so you no longer need to press any buttons for most basic commands. GoPro’s Voice Commands are quite convenient to use. Let’s see which GoPros have voice control built in, and the different commands that you can use.

Check if your GoPro model has Voice Control

If your GoPro is a model older than the HERO 5, it does not have voice control. The HERO 5 and all GoPros released after it do have voice commands.

There are 12 different commands that you can issue, and the GoPro is designed to understand them in 1o different languages(wow!)

Since then, I’ve come to really appreciate the convenience of my using GoPro’s voice control. There’s no need to stop and fiddle with your GoPro anymore!

The following models will work with voice commands:

  1. HERO7 (White, Silver, & Black)
  2. HERO6 Black
  3. Fusion
  4. HERO5 Black
  5. HERO5 Session
  6. HERO (2018)
  7. Remo

GoPro is coming out with their new GoPro HERO8 soon, and all GoPro models now have voice commands as a standard feature. Even if your model is not on this list(meaning it is an older model), you can still control it remotely by other means, such as through the excellent GoPro app which you can download for iOS and Android.

Languages supported by the GoPro

  1. English (USA, UK, and Australia)
  2. French
  3. Italian
  4. German
  5. Spanish
  6. Chinese
  7. Japanese
  8. Portuguese
  9. Russian
  10. Korean

Please note that the last 3 languages on the list(Portuguese, Russian, and Korean) are not supported on the Remo.

How to use GoPro Voice Commands

If you’re comfortable using Alexa, OK Google, or Siri, using GoPro voice commands should feel really natural to you. Remember to speak clearly and loudly, and if there are other loud sounds muffling your voice, the camera may not be able to catch what you are saying.

First off, you’ll need to enable voice commands from the menu. How you access the menu will vary depending on the model that you are using.

You’ll also need to tell the GoPro which language to expect commands in, which you can also change from the settings menu.

You have 12 commands that the GoPro can understand:

  1. “GoPro Start Recording”
  2. “GoPro HiLight” (Adds a highlight tag while recording video)
  3. “GoPro Stop Recording”
  4. “GoPro Take a Photo”
  5. “GoPro Shoot Burst”
  6. “GoPro Start Time Lapse”
  7. “GoPro Stop Time Lapse”
  8. “GoPro Video Mode”
  9. “GoPro Photo Mode”
  10. “GoPro Time Lapse Mode”
  11. “GoPro Burst Mode”
  12. “GoPro Turn Off”

All the commands are really self-explanatory, so there is not much more that needs to be said. You can know for sure that the GoPro understood the command if you see the lights turn on/hear a beep.

Remember to say “GoPro” very clearly because that’s the keyphrase that gets the camera to listen.

If you have a HERO7, you can use “GoPro Capture” or “GoPro Stop Capture” to start and stop recording in whatever mode the camera is currently set to.

Additionally, there have been reports that there are two more commands that work:

  1. “Oh shit!”
  2. “That was sick”

Apparently, these will highlight the videos with a tag when you record. I suppose the rationale behind this was if whatever you did was so thrilling that you had to react like that, the camera should remember so that you can easily find the file!

GoPro Voice Commands not working?

Often, after a software update, the GoPro resets the default language back to English(USA). If this happens and you’re speaking in a different language or even accent, you may find that the voice commands stop working.

Simply head over to the menu and change the language back, and you should be good to go.

Using the app or the remote

Of course, if you don’t want to use voice commands, you can certainly use the GoPro app(my screen is broken, so I have to use the app), or you can use the remote which you have to buy separately.

Best low light action cameras: 5 picks for 2020

Looking for the best low light action camera can be a tough job since most action cameras are just not designed to shoot in poor lighting conditions, but there are a few models that really shine out of the current offerings.

In this post, we’ll take a look at those cameras and see which ones handle low light conditions the best. For what it’s worth, a low light action camera will never perform quite as well as a regular camera, but then again, there are certain situations where the only camera that will do the trick is an action camera.

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS  
cfimvtbl-table__image Our Top PickOur Top PickGoPro Hero 7 Black
  • HyperSmooth Video
  • Waterproof and rugged
  • Unmatched video quality
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cfimvtbl-table__image DJI Osmo Action Camera
  • 2 screens
  • Good slow motion footage
  • RockSteady technology
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cfimvtbl-table__image Yi 4K+ Action Camera
  • Budget friendly
  • Long battery life
  • Can record 4k/60 fps
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How does a camera handle low light?

Cameras have two ways of handling low light situations. One is to increase the aperture, which lets more light onto the sensor. The other is to slow down the shutter speed, which keeps the shutter open for longer, and lets more light onto the sensor. Back in the day, there was film, but now, there is a digital sensor which captures the image.

Because there’s not enough light coming in, you won’t be able to see as many details or colors as you would in better light.

Lately though, the processing software inside cameras has gotten very advanced and a lot of post-processing that you would have had to do on the computer is now done by the camera itself.

With that short intro out of the way, let’s get into our favorite low light cameras.

5 Low light action cameras that don’t suck

1. GoPro Hero 7 Black

It should come as no surprise that the GoPro Hero 7 is at the top of our list. GoPro are the pioneers of the action camera itself and year in and year out, their models just shoot plain better video than any other camera out there.

There used to be a time where GoPros actually had terrible low light shooting but the company has addressed the issue in their new model. The Hero 7 black has some modes that are especially designed for taking nighttime videos and photos:

  • Night Photo mode
  • Night Lapse Mode
  • Auto Low Light mode

You should be aware that low light mode will not have stabilization, so if your camera is moving very quickly, you will have rather blurry video, especially since the shutter is working slower.

Some advantages of the GoPro 7 Black is that it’s waterproof and in good lighting, the Hypersmooth stabilization does a fantastic job of recording creamy, smooth videos, and it has voice commands so you don’t need to fumble in the dark.

However, the battery life is quite low.

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GoPro Hero7 Black — Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 720p Live Streaming Stabilization
  • HyperSmooth: Get gimbal‑like stabilization—without the gimbal. HERO7 Black corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage
  • TimeWarp: Capture super stabilized time lapse videos while you move about a scene. Increase the speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments
  • Live streaming in 720p: Share while you’re there. Live stream in 720p on social, get HyperSmooth stabilization as you broadcast via the GoPro app and save footage to your SD card to check out later
  • Rugged + Waterproof: Share experiences you can’t capture with your phone. HERO7 Black is rugged, waterproof without a housing to 33 feet (10m) and up for any adventure
  • SuperPhoto: Get brilliant photos automatically. With SuperPhoto, HERO7 Black intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping or noise reduction to optimize your shots

2. DJI Osmo Action

The DJI Osmo Action is DJI’s response to the GoPro Hero 7 Black. Sporting a front and back facing screen, in some cases, the DJI actually records better low light video than the Hero 7 Black. Interestingly enough, both cameras have a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor.

This is quite striking, especially considering that the GoPro has a higher maximum ISO (3200) than that of the Osmo Action (1600).

However, because the DJI is not waterproof without a case and can’t live stream, it falls to the number 2 spot instead of claiming the number 1 spot. Also, GoPro’s customer service and warranty is much better than that of DJI. It is what it is!

DJI Osmo Action - 4K Action Cam 12MP Digital Camera with 2 Displays 36ft Underwater Waterproof WiFi HDR Video 145° Angle, Black
  • Dual Screens: Osmo Action’s dual screens allow you to capture it all with the touch of a button. A vivid front screen lets you frame yourself effortlessly in any setting, while the back screen delivers a crystal-clear, hyper-responsive display. This durable, versatile action camera is jam-packed with advanced technology that lets you spend less time worrying about equipment and more time living the action.
  • The RockSteady technology combines EIS with complex algorithms, delivering stable, shake-free footage no matter how heavy the action gets.
  • Action camera with 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor, 12MP, wide-angle 145° that allows you to shoot 4K HDR videos.
  • 8x Slow Motion: Capture every epic move with jaw-dropping clarity and detail when you use 8x slow motion with 1080p resolution and 240fps. Time-lapse: Condense time and movement for stunning, easy-to-achieve results.
  • 11m Waterproof, -10℃ Temperature Resistant Sporting a watertight seal and a hydrophobic coating on the back touchscreen, Osmo Action is waterproof at depths of up to 11 meters, making it the perfect underwater companion. Versatile batteries perform well even in extremely cold environments with temperatures as low as -10℃.

3. EZVIZ Action Camera

The EZVIZ Action Camera is quite affordable compared to the pricier DJI and GoPros, which is why we wanted to include this one in our list too.

On the surface, it shoots 1080p/60fps video with a huge 150 degree wide angle lens. There’s very little that you won’t be able to capture with such a wide angle lens. Though one small disadvantage here would be that you’ll get a bit of fish-eye effect.

The reason that the EZVIZ makes our list, though, is the low-light mode. Whenever the surroundings get dark to a certain degree, low-light mode automatically kicks in.

If you use the waterproof housing(you’ll need the housing for this to work), you can take it to a depth of 40 meters underwater.

All in all, the EZVIZ is a surprisingly good camera that ticks a lot of the boxes where the DJI and GoPro fall short. It has a removable battery, takes respectable low light photos and videos, and it’s quite user friendly.

The main disadvantage though is that it’s a bit on the bigger side, and there are no mounts included in the packaging.

EZVIZ S2 Lite Action Camera 1080p 60fps 8MP 131ft Waterproof 2" Touch Screen Interface On Dash Cam 150° Wide Angle Low-Light Mode Built-in WiFi Bluetooth Pocket Size Outdoor Sports
  • ✔ 2 In 1 Waterproof Camera - With two modes available, you can easily switch between Action cam and Dash cam(Mounting accessories are not included.). It records up to 1080p 60fps and picture up to 8MP.
  • ✔ 150° Ultra Wide Angle with Less Distortion - With 6 layers of full glass lens and 150° Ultra Wide Angle, S3 covers more and prevents de-focusing. The specialized correction algorithm adjusts FOV and image distortion.
  • ✔ Advanced Low-Light Mode & WDR - Thanks to the low light mode and WDR, the S2 handles high-contrast lighting with ease and presents images with intense detail and clarity even in the dark.
  • ✔ Built-in Wi-Fi & HDMI - Edit & share your action in minutes in wireless(Wi-Fi) or wired(HDMI/AV) ways. Download the free app EZVIZ Sport on your smart phone to take full control of the camera in real time.
  • ✔ Have Fun Anywhere Anytime - Waterproof up to 131ft with Waterproof casing, 2 hours battery life in 1080p 60fps mode (varies according to video mode) lets you take pictures anywhere you wish.

4. Yi 4K+ Action Camera

The Yi is Xiaomi’s action camera. Xiaomi has burst on the scene in the past two years as a powerhouse brand that makes nearly everything under the sun.

The Yi 4K+ is a super affordable, high quality action camera. You can’t expect daytime videos like the GoPro, but for most practical usage(casual Youtube or Instagram), you won’t even notice the difference in quality once you’ve uploaded the video.

It can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second, but if you enable the low light mode, you will no longer be able to shoot 4K. You’ll lose out on stabilization, too.

Still, you’ll get pretty decent results from the 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor and even though there will be a few traces of grains, the video will be usable.

Like the EZVIZ, the Yi falls short with no accessories being packaged with it, and it’s not waterproof without a case.

YI 4K+ Action Camera, Sports Cam with 4k/60fps Resolution, EIS,Voice Control, 12MP Raw Image
  • Impressive Video Quality - The world’s first action camera to record 4K/60fps video; Built-in Sony IMX377 image sensor captures 12MP pictures and films high-quality full HD footages.
  • Superb Image Stablization - Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) delivers spectacularly smooth and steady videos in up to 4K/30fps resolution, ensuring excellent experience in shooting fast-moving objects.
  • Intuitive UI Design - Ultra responsive 2.2” Gorilla Glass retina touchscreen shows everything crystal clearly and brightly, easy to change settings, switch shooting modes, preview and playback footage.
  • Long Battery Life - 1200mAh high capacity battery supports video recording at 4K / 60fps for up to 70 minutes; USB-C connector offers more efficient power delivery and faster data transfer.
  • Versatile Travel Camcorder - Packed with features including voice control, RAW image capture, built-in Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi, and external type-C microphone support. Note: Always update your 4K+ action camera to the latest version of the firmware(v1.3.11). By updating, you can enjoy additional features, keep your hardware healthy and system stability.

5. Polaroid Cube Act II

Polaroid Cube Act II HD 1080P Mountable Weather-Resistant Lifestyle Action Video Camera (Black) 6MP Still Camera w/ Image Stabilization, Sound Recording, Low Light Capability & Other Updated Features
  • Its brilliant – The Polaroid cube two is here to prove that the best things do indeed come in small packages standing at just about 35mm (1. 4”) and weighing just 49 grams this tiny action camera is ready to capture your most exciting moments in stunning Hi-Definition video on the go.
  • Advanced camera technology – the cube records full HD either 720P or 1080P video and can take 6-megapixel still photos. To help capture more of the action, It features a fixed 124-degree wide-angle Lens, making it the ultimate combination of performance and small size.
  • Capture every moment – The rubberized rugged body ensure you on all types of extreme conditions.
  • Advanced simplicity - no more fumbling around with buttons hold the multifunction button until the led light turns green and you hear 3 beeps. All set! The built-in rechargeable battery and advance video and image stabilization enables you to continuously record up to 90 minutes per charge without worry.

The last pick on our list is the Polaroid Cube Act II. The Cube is a super cute, small action camera that measures just under 1.5 inch on each side. It has a decent 124 degree wide angle lens that should capture quite a lot of imagery, and the internal stabilization will help keep your videos smooth even if the camera is subjected to a jerk here or there.

The EXTREMELY cool feature of the Act II is that the bottom of the camera is magnetic, so you can just stick it anywhere to get an interesting vantage point for recording videos.

It takes high quality photos and video, and the low light performance is respectable, too.

More than its low light capability, what drew us to the Cube Act II was really the super cool form factor and convenience that this camera offers.

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Final thoughts on the best low light action cam

Even though we rated the GoPro as number 1, we feel that the EZVIZ actually falls right between everything and strikes a nice balance between price, image quality, and usability.

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend but still want a nice action camera, The best choice is the EZVIZ.

However, if you want more expandability and flexibility and you are willing to pay the extra money, then you can’t go wrong with a GoPro or an Osmo, either.