Friday, 7 February 2014

Appy Days - The GoPro App Is Finally Here

GoPro has long been at the forefront of the action camera market, developing cameras and accessories which continually push the boundaries of camera technology, while keeping the needs of its users a number one priority. GoPro is truly a part of action sport culture.

Last year we witnessed the launch of the GoPro HD Hero3 - the most powerful GoPro yet - and with that a host of new and exciting accessories. Perhaps the most exciting accessory of all, or at least the one which has attracted the most attention from media and action sports fans alike, is the GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac.

Released earlier this year, the Wi-Fi BacPac snaps on to the back of a GoPro HD Hero3 camera, much like earlier accessories in the range, like the LCD BacPac and Battery BacPac. Once attached, the Wi-Fi BacPac 'connects' the camera, which then can then be controlled by a Wi-Fi remote.

However, since the launch of the Wi-Fi BacPac, GoPro has been promising an accompanying mobile app, which would essentially eradicate the need for a remote, as users would be able to control the camera via their smartphone or tablet. It's been a long time coming, but finally the wait is over. So why all the fuss?

Using the free GoPro App, those who own both the GoPro HD Hero3 and GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac will be able to operate their cameras using their smartphone or tablet. As well as remote functions such as accessing and changing control settings, and monitoring battery life & memory capacity, the app will also turn a synced mobile device into a viewfinder for framing and lining up shots.

GoPro also has some cool features lined up for the app in the near future, such as the ability to preview recorded content, navigate and manage files, and control multiple cameras at once.

Currently the app is limited to iOS devices, which is good news for iPhone users, not so much for the Android community. The app is currently compatible on the following Apple devices:

iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S (iOS 4.3 & 5)
iPod Touch 4 (iOS 4.3 & 5)
iPad 1, 2 & 3 (iOS 4.3 & 5)

To connect a GoPro to a smart device, first the camera and Wi-Fi BacPac must be updated with the latest firmware, which can be downloaded from the official GoPro website. Once updated, the camera can then be synchronised.

To download the app itself, head to the iTunes App Store, and simply search for 'GoPro App'. Here you will also be able to find additional compatibility information, as well useful user reviews.

The GoPro App is the most eagerly anticipated launch the action camera world has seen for some time, and with such a cool array of features in its arsenal, it's not hard to see why. If you're a GoPro user, and have a Wi-Fi BacPac, be sure to download the app today. If you don't yet own a Wi-Fi BacPac, what are you waiting for?

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