Your Introduction to GoPro Labs HERO12: Features, Updates, and More (version 1.10.70)

Getting the most out of your HERO12 camera with GoPro Labs

Welcome to your detailed guide on making the most of the GoPro Labs HERO12 features. Whether you are just starting out with GoPro or have been a user for a while, this guide is here to help you navigate the rich functionalities that the GoPro Labs HERO12 firmware brings to your HERO12 camera.

In this guide, I will:

  • List the GoPro Labs features that are compatible with the HERO12
  • Show you how to start using the GoPro Labs HERO12 functionalities
  • Offer tips on how to use the new features to enhance your HERO12 experience

GoPro Labs is a platform where GoPro tests new features, allowing users to try them before they become available to everyone. The GoPro Labs HERO12 updates have introduced a plethora of cool features, enhancing the HERO12 camera’s capabilities significantly.

So, let’s get started and explore how you can upgrade your filming experience with GoPro Labs HERO12.

GoPro Labs firmware start up

A Brief Dive into the GoPro HERO12 and GoPro Labs Journey

The GoPro HERO12 has just begun its journey with GoPro Labs, having been introduced very recently. Let’s take a closer look at its initiation into the GoPro Labs and what we might expect in terms of future updates.

When was HERO12 Added to GoPro Labs?

The HERO12 was welcomed into the GoPro Labs family with its first and only firmware release on September 13, 2023, the same day the camera was officially released for sales. This is a notable moment as it means the HERO12 started its journey with GoPro Labs features integrated into the launch firmware, allowing users to explore a variety of new and experimental features from day one.

What’s the Status of Recent Updates?

As of now, the HERO12 has had one GoPro Labs firmware release, which was on the launch day itself. Given that this was just a week ago from the time of this writing, we are in the early stages of seeing what GoPro Labs will bring to the HERO12.

Should We Expect Any Future Updates?

Looking at GoPro’s track record with the HERO11, it is reasonable to anticipate frequent firmware releases for the HERO12 in the coming year. In my experience, GoPro has consistently rolled out updates to enhance the functionalities and introduce new features, enriching the user experience over time.

Therefore, HERO12 users have every reason to be excited about the future updates that are likely to come their way. It is advisable to keep an eye on the official GoPro Labs notes for any potential updates, as we can expect a series of enhancements and new features to be rolled out for the HERO12.

Discover the GoPro Labs HERO12 Compatible Features

Before you start experimenting with your HERO12 camera, it’s essential to know which features are available through GoPro Labs HERO12 firmware. Below, I have compiled a table that outlines all the features available in GoPro Labs, indicating which ones are compatible with the HERO12.

24.0Hz capture vs 23.976Yes
Adobe-compatible proxiesYes
Altered File NamingYes
Archive Mode (locked settings)Yes
Audio Channels Gain/Solo/MuteYes
Audio DisableYes
Bitrate ControlsYes
Boot CommandYes
DaVinci-compatible proxiesYes
Exposure Display current ISO and shutterYes
Exposure Damping controlYes
Exposure Curve custom log encodingYes
Exposure Min/Max TimesYes
Extra Long time-lapseYes/No
GPS time sync
Guidelines Display on rear LCDYes/No
HDMI display settingsYes/No
Hindsight Timeout ExtensionYes
Histogram Position/SizeYes/No
Large Chapter SupportStandard
Live Stream InitiationYes
LRV DisableYes
LTC Time supportYes
Max Shutter Angle Yes
Metadata InjectionsYes
Noise ReductionYes
Overlay – Burn-inslimited
Overlay – Color Barlimited
Overlays – Logo Burn-Inlimited
Overlays – Luma Sweeplimited
Owner InformationYes
QR decoding while recordingYes
SD card speed testYes
Spirit Level DisplayYes/No
Sunrise/Sunset starts
Time delayed StartsYes
Time/date/timecode QR CodeYes
Tone Mapping ControlsYes
Trigger – AccelerometerYes
Trigger – GPS speed
Trigger – GyroscopeYes
Trigger – IMU MotionYes
Trigger – Motion detectionYes
Trigger – Sound Pressure LevelYes
Trigger – USB PowerYes
Upload scriptingYes
USB power trust overrideYes
Wake on PowerYes
Wider Color GamutYes
White Balance LockYes

In my experience, understanding the features available through GoPro Labs HERO12 is the first step to enhancing your camera usage. I recommend taking some time to familiarize yourself with these features, as they can significantly upgrade your HERO12 camera experience.

How to Get Started with GoPro Labs for HERO12

Embarking on your GoPro Labs HERO12 adventure is simpler than you might think. Here, I’ll guide you through the initial steps to get you started:

  1. Download the GoPro Labs Firmware: Your first step is to visit the GoPro Labs page and download the GoPro Labs HERO12 firmware that matches your camera.
  2. Install the Firmware: Now, it’s time to install the GoPro Labs HERO12 firmware on your camera. It’s a straightforward process, and to make it even easier, I have prepared a detailed guide for you. Just follow the step-by-step instructions available here.

In my experience, following the guide closely will make the setup process smooth and easy. Once you are done, a host of new features will be at your fingertips, ready to elevate your GoPro Labs HERO12 experience.

Making the Most of GoPro Labs HERO12 Features

Now that you have GoPro Labs HERO12 set up on your camera, it’s time to explore the exciting features it offers. But first, let’s understand a key tool that GoPro Labs uses – the QR codes.

Understanding QR Codes

QR codes are a type of barcode that stores information. In GoPro Labs HERO12, QR codes are used to control your camera’s settings and features. You simply show the QR code to your camera, and it reads the information and adjusts its settings accordingly.

However, it is important to note that as of now, the QRControl app has not yet been updated to support the HERO12. This means that it is currently not possible to control the new standard features of the HERO12, such as HDR or GP-Log, using QR codes created with the app. Additionally, any features that GoPro Labs introduces uniquely for the HERO12 cannot be controlled through QR codes at this moment.

Despite this limitation, QR codes remain a powerful tool for controlling various settings and features in the GoPro Labs ecosystem. I recommend keeping an eye out for updates to the QRControl app to take full advantage of this functionality with your HERO12 in the future.

For a deeper understanding and to learn how to create QR codes for GoPro Labs HERO12, check out my detailed guide on the GoPro Labs mobile app. In the guide, I share insights based on my extensive experience, helping you navigate the world of QR codes with ease.

GoPro Labs QR code - Speed Trigger

My Tips on Using the Features

In my experience, using QR codes is not just tech-savvy but also a time-saver. It allows for quick changes and easy setup, enhancing your GoPro Labs HERO12 filming experience manifold. I recommend experimenting with different settings to find what works best for you.

Wrapping Up Your GoPro Labs HERO12 Journey

You’ve reached the end of your introductory journey into the world of GoPro Labs HERO12. But remember, this is just the beginning. There are other articles in this series that delve deeper into the functionalities and features that GoPro Labs offers for different GoPro models.

Further Reading


In this guide, we explored the GoPro Labs HERO12 firmware, from its introduction in GoPro Labs to the exciting features it offers. We also covered how to get started with GoPro Labs HERO12 and the innovative use of QR codes to control your HERO12 settings.

In my experience, diving into GoPro Labs opens up a new realm of possibilities, enhancing your HERO12 camera’s functionality and allowing for a more personalized user experience with GoPro Labs HERO12.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned for more insights and tips on making the most of your GoPro devices with GoPro Labs HERO12.

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