USER MANUAL
/ Table of Contents
/ Table of Contents
Optional Accessories
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Camera Housing
61
The Basics
8
Using the Mounts
66
Camera Status Screen
10
Frequently Asked Questions
69
Camera Menus
11
Customer Support
70
Getting Started
12
Trademarks
70
Camera Modes
16
Regulatory Information
70
Camera Settings
23
Capture Settings
33
Set Up
37
Connecting to the GoPro App
46
Storage and microSD Cards
48
System Requirements
49
Transferring Files to a Computer
51
Playback
52
Battery
54
Important Messages
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/ Optional Accessories
/ Wear It. Mount It. Love It.™
Battery BacPac™
The Frame
Suction Cup
Head Strap + QuickClip
LCD Touch BacPac™
Chesty (Chest Harness)
Surfboard Mounts
Tripod Mounts
Smart Remote
Jaws: Flex Clamp
Wrist Mount
Fetch (Dog Harness)
See more at gopro.com.
3-Way
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Side Mount
Floaty Backdoor
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/ The Basics
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Camera Status Lights (red)
Shutter/Select Button [
]
Camera Status Screen
Wireless Status Light (blue)
Power/Mode Button [
]
Micro HDMI Port
(cable not included)
/ The Basics
7. microSD Card Slot
(microSD card not included)
8. Mini-USB port
(supports composite A/C
cable/3.5mm stereo mic
adapter, not included)
9.HERO Port
10.Battery Door
11.Wireless On/Off Button [
12.Audio Alert
13.Microphone
]
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/ Camera Status Screen
The camera status screen displays the following information about
HERO3+ Silver modes and settings:
1. Camera Modes/FOV
(field of view)
2.Capture Setting Modes
(not shown)
3.Resolution/fps
(frames per second)
4.Time Interval Settings
(not shown)
5.Counter
6.Time/Storage/Files
7. Battery Life
/ Camera Menus
MODES
CAMERA SETTINGS
CAPTURE SETTINGS
WIRELESS
Note: The icons that appear on the camera status screen vary by mode.
SET UP
*Playback appears only if the camera is connected to a TV or LCD Touch BacPac (optional accessory,
sold separately).
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/ Getting Started
CHARGING THE BATTERY
housing remove camera
1.Slim
Remove
the camera from its housing.
2.Remove the camera side door and insert a microSD, microSDHC™
or microSDXC™ card into the card slot. A microSD card with a Class
10 or UHS-1 rating is required.
/ Getting Started
Slim housing insert camera
4.Be sure the camera is powered off.
5.Charge the battery by connecting the camera to a computer
using the included USB cable. The red status light turns on during
charging and turns off when the battery is fully charged.
The included lithium-ion battery comes partially charged. No damage
occurs to the camera or battery if used prior to a full charge.
For more battery information, see Battery.
WARNING: Use caution when using your GoPro as part of your
active lifestyle. Always be aware of your surroundings to avoid
injury to yourself and others. Abide by all local laws when using
this camera.
3.Open the camera backdoor, insert the battery and close the
camera back door.
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/ Getting Started
/ Getting Started
CAMERA SOFTWARE UPDATES
To get the latest features and best performance from your HERO3+ Silver
camera, make sure you’re using the most current camera software.
You can update your camera software via the GoPro App, GoPro
software or at gopro.com/getstarted.
CAMERA DEFAULT SETTINGS
The HERO3+ Silver powers up with the following default settings:
Video
960p60 fps
Photo
10MP (megapixels)
Burst Photo
10 photos in 1 second
Time Lapse
0.5 seconds
Wireless
Off
To change your Video or Photo settings, see Camera Settings.
POWERING ON + OFF
To Power On:
Press the Power/Mode button [
]. The red camera status lights flash
three times and the sound indicator emits three beeps. Once the camera
status screen displays information, your camera is on.
To Power Off:
Press and hold the Power/Mode button [
] for two seconds. The red
camera status lights flash several times and the sound indicator emits
seven beeps.
PRO TIP: Want to turn your HERO3+ into a one-button camera that
automatically starts recording video or Time Lapse photos when it
turns on? See One Button for more information.
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/ Camera Modes
/ Camera Modes
OVERVIEW
The HERO3+ Silver features several camera modes. To cycle through
] repeatedly.
the modes, press the Power/Mode button [
The modes appear in the following order:
Video
Record video
Photo
Capture a single photo
Burst
Capture up to 10 photos in one second
Time Lapse
Capture a series of photos at timed
intervals
Settings
Adjust camera settings
Playback
Play back video and photos. Appears
only if camera is connected to a TV or
LCD Touch BacPac (optional accessory,
sold separately).
PRO TIP: Use Burst to capture fast-moving subjects.
VIDEO
To record video, verify that the camera is in Video mode. If the Video
] does not appear on your camera status screen, press the
icon [
Power/Mode button [
] repeatedly until it appears.
To Start Recording:
]. The camera beeps once and
Press the Shutter/Select button [
the red camera status lights flash while recording.
To Stop Recording:
]. The red camera status lights
Press the Shutter/Select button [
flash three times and the camera emits three beeps.
If the memory card is full or the battery is out of power, your camera
automatically stops recording. Your video is saved before the camera
powers off.
See Video Resolutions/FPS/FOV Modes in Camera Settings for
resolution settings.
PRO TIP: Want to see your videos and photos on the big screen?
Connect your HERO3+ Silver directly to your TV/HDTV. See Playback
for more information.
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PHOTO
/ Camera Modes
BURST
To capture a photo, verify that the camera is in Photo mode. If the
] does not appear on your camera status screen,
Photo icon [
] repeatedly until it appears.
press the Power/Mode button [
In Burst mode your camera takes multiple photos in short time
intervals—3 photos/1 second, 5 photos/1 second and 10 photos/
1 second.
To Capture a Photo:
]. The camera beeps two
Press the Shutter/Select button [
times, the red camera status lights flash and the counter on the
camera status screen increases by one.
To capture a Burst photo series, verify that the camera is in Burst
] does not appear on your camera status
mode. If the Burst icon [
] repeatedly until it appears.
screen, press the Power/Mode button [
See Photo Resolution Modes in Camera Settings for photo
resolution settings.
To Capture Burst Photos:
]. The red camera status lights
Press the Shutter/Select button [
flash and the camera beeps multiple times.
The camera status screen displays BUSY while the camera processes
these files. Once BUSY disappears, the camera is ready for the next action.
See Options in Camera Settings for interval settings.
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TIME LAPSE
Time Lapse mode captures a series of photos at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2,
5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds.
To capture a Time Lapse series, verify that the camera is in Time
] does not appear on your
Lapse mode. If the Time Lapse icon [
] repeatedly
camera status screen, press the Power/Mode button [
until it appears.
To Capture Time Lapse Photos:
]. The camera initiates countdown
Press the Shutter/Select button [
and the red camera status lights flash each time a photo is taken.
/ Camera Modes
SETTINGS
The Settings menu allows you to adjust these camera settings:
Video Resolution
Photo Resolution
Time Lapse Interval
Burst Photo Rate
See Camera Settings to make changes, learn how to navigate menu
options and read more details on each setting.
To Stop Time Lapse Photos:
]. The red camera status lights
Press the Shutter/Select button [
flash three times and the camera emits three beeps.
See Time Lapse in Camera Settings for interval settings.
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PLAYBACK
Play back video and photos by connecting your HERO3+ Silver to a TV
(requires micro HDMI, composite or combo cable, sold separately).
You can also play back video and photos on the LCD Touch BacPac
(optional accessory, sold separately). The Playback icon [
] appears
only if the camera is connected to a TV or LCD Touch BacPac.
See Playback for more information on viewing your videos and photos.
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/ Camera Settings
SETTINGS
To Enter the Settings Menu:
1. Verify that the camera is in the Settings mode. If the Settings icon
[ ] does not appear on your camera status screen, press the
Power/Mode button [
] repeatedly until it appears.
] to enter the Settings
2.Press the Shutter/Select button [
menu [ ].
3.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to cycle through the various
Settings options.
] to select the desired option.
4.Press the Shutter/Select button [
5.To exit, hold down the Shutter/Select button [
] for two seconds
] and press the Shutter/Select button
or cycle through to [
] to select it.
[
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/ Camera Settings
/ Camera Settings
VIDEO RESOLUTION/FPS/FOV MODES
You can change Resolution, fps (frames per second) and FOV ( field of
view) in the Video mode menu.
Video Resolution
Best Use
1080p
1080p60 is great for all shots, as high
resolution and frame rate yield stunning
results. Try 1080p30 when shooting with a
tripod or for fixed-mounted shots.
960p
Use for body-mounted shots. Provides the
largest viewing area and smooth results
for high-action capture. Use 960p60 when
slow motion is desired—use 960p30 when
shooting in low-light conditions.
720p
Best resolution and frame rate for handheld
shots. Use 720p120 or 720p60 when slow motion
is desired. Use 720p30 in low-light conditions.
WVGA
For smaller data files, this is standard
definition resolution. Also good when slow
motion is desired.
The HERO3+ Silver offers the following video capture modes:
Video
Resolution
NTSC/
PAL
FOV
Screen Resolution
1080p
60/50
30/25
Ultra Wide,
Medium,
Narrow
1920x1080, 16:9
960p
60/50
30/25
Ultra Wide
1280x960, 4:3
720p
120/100
60/50
30/25
Ultra Wide,
Medium,
Narrow
1280x720, 16:9
WVGA
120/100
60/50
Ultra Wide
848x480, 16:9
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/ Camera Settings
PHOTO RESOLUTION MODES
The HERO3+ Silver captures photos at 10MP, 7MP and 5MP resolutions.
Any change to photo resolution affects photos captured in Photo,
Burst and Time Lapse modes.
TIME LAPSE
You can use Time Lapse to capture continuous photos of any activity,
so you can choose the best ones later. Or you can stitch together Time
Lapse photos during editing to create a movie. Available intervals
range from 0.5 to 60 seconds.
Photo Resolution
Field of View (FOV)
10MP
Wide (default)
Interval
Examples
7MP
Wide
0.5-2 seconds
Surfing, biking or other sport
5MP
Medium
2 seconds
Busy street corner
5-10 seconds
Sunset or moon rise
10-60 seconds
Lengthy activities, such as
construction projects
OPTIONS
Burst mode captures a series of photos when the Shutter/Select
] is pressed. Photos can be captured at the following rates:
button [
3 photos in 1 second
5 photos in 1 second
10 photos in 1 second (default)
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CAPTURE SETTINGS MENU
Capture Settings allows you to adjust the following advanced
capture options:
Camera Orientation
Spot Meter
Looping Video
See Capture Settings for more information.
/ Camera Settings
SET UP MENU
The Set Up menu allows you to adjust the following camera settings:
Default mode at Power Up
NTSC/PAL
On Screen Display
Camera Status Lights
Sound Indicator
Manual Power Off
Month/Day/Year/Time
See Set Up for more information.
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/ Camera Settings
/ Camera Settings
WIRELESS CONTROLS
The camera’s built-in wireless allows your HERO3+ Silver to connect
to the remote (sold separately) or smartphone/tablet via the GoPro
App. When wireless is on, a wireless status icon appears on the camera
status screen and the blue wireless lights blink intermittently. When
you turn off wireless, the wireless status lights flash seven times.
To Turn Wireless On/Off:
] to turn wireless on/off. The
Press the Wireless On/Off button [
most recently used wireless mode is active when wireless is turned on.
Note: Your camera cannot connect to the remote and the GoPro App at the same time.
DELETE
Delete the last file or all files and format the memory card. Deleting all
files is useful after you transfer your files to your computer and want to
make room on your memory card for more content. LED lights blink
until the operation is complete.
NOTICE: If you select ALL, the memory card is reformatted, which
deletes every file on your card.
CANCEL (default)
LAST
ALL (Formats SD card)
To Delete LAST or ALL:
1. Verify that the camera is in the Settings mode. If the Settings icon
[ ] does not appear on your camera status screen, press the
Power/Mode button [
] repeatedly until it appears.
2.Press the Shutter/Select button [
] to enter the Settings
menu [ ].
3.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to cycle through Settings to
locate the Trash [ ].
4.Press the Shutter/Select button [
] to enter Delete.
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/ Capture Settings
5.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to cycle through options.
6. Select highlighted option by pressing the Shutter/Select button [
].
] for two seconds
7. To exit, hold down the Shutter/Select button [
] and press the Shutter/Select button [
].
or cycle through to [
PRO TIP: Use caution—by selecting ALL, the memory card will be
formatted, deleting every file on your SD card.
From the [
] screen, press the Shutter/Select button [
the Settings menu.
] to exit
PRO TIP: To exit from the Settings menu at any time press and hold
] for two seconds.
the Shutter/Select button [
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CAPTURE SETTINGS
To Enter the Capture Settings Menu:
1. Verify that the camera is in the Settings mode. If the Settings icon
[ ] does not appear on your camera status screen, press the
Power/Mode button [
] repeatedly until it appears.
] to enter the Settings
2.Press the Shutter/Select button [
menu [ ].
3.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to cycle through Settings to
].
locate the Capture Settings menu [
] to enter Capture Settings.
4.Press the Shutter/Select button [
5.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to locate the desired option
to change.
] to select the desired option.
6.Press the Shutter/Select button [
7. Some options have a sub-menu. Use the Power/Mode button [
]
to cycle through the sub-menus.
] to select the desired option
8.Press the Shutter/Select button [
9. To exit, hold down the Shutter/Select button [
] for two seconds
] and press the Shutter/Select button
or cycle through to [
] to select it.
[
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/ Capture Settings
You can customize the way your HERO3+ Silver captures video and
photos in the Capture Settings menu, with options for Upside Down,
Spot Meter and Looping Video.
UPSIDE DOWN
If you mount your camera upside down, you might have to rotate the
files during editing. This setting eliminates the need to flip your videos
or photos after recording.
Setting
Description
Right side up (default)
/ Capture Settings
LOOPING VIDEO
Looping video lets you record continuously and save only the best
moments, which helps to conserve space on your microSD card.
Looping Video Options Include:
Capture Setting
Max video
If you do not stop recording to save the video,
camera records until memory card is full, and
then overwrites with a new video.
5 min video
If you do not stop recording to save the video,
camera records for 5 minutes, and then
overwrites the previous 5 minutes of video.
20 min video
If you do not stop recording to save the video,
camera records for 20 minutes, and then
overwrites the previous 20 minutes of video.
Camera upside down
SPOT METER
Turn on Spot Meter when filming from within a dark space pointing
the camera into a brighter setting, such as filming the outdoors from
] appears in the
within a car. When Spot Meter is turned on, [
camera status screen.
Description
OFF (default)
OFF (default)
ON
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/ Capture Settings
/ Set Up
Capture Setting
Description
60 min video
If you do not stop recording to save the video,
camera records for 60 minutes, and then
overwrites the previous 60 minutes of video.
120 min video
If you do not stop recording to save the video,
camera records for 120 minutes, and then
overwrites the previous 120 minutes of video.
SET UP
PRO TIP: Multiple chapter files are written to your memory card. This
allows for small segments of content to be overwritten during loop
recording. When viewing on a computer screen, you will see separate
files for each time segment. Use GoPro software to combine the files
into a longer video.
From the EXIT screen, press the Shutter/Select button [
the Capture Settings menu.
] to exit
To Enter the Set Up Menu:
1. Verify that the camera is in the Settings mode. If the Settings icon
[ ] does not appear on your camera status screen, press the
Power/Mode button [
] repeatedly until it appears.
] to enter the Settings
2.Press the Shutter/Select button [
menu [ ].
3.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to cycle through Settings to
].
locate the Setup menu [
] to enter Set Up.
4.Press the Shutter/Select button [
5.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to locate the desired option
to change.
] to select the desired option.
6.Press the Shutter/Select button [
7. To exit, hold down the Shutter/Select button [
] for two seconds
] and press the Shutter/Select button
or cycle through to [
] to select it.
[
PRO TIP: To exit from the Capture Settings menu at any time press
] for two seconds.
and hold the Shutter/Select button [
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/ Set Up
/ Set Up
DEFAULT MODE AT POWER UP
You can set the camera’s default mode at power up to any of the
following modes:
Video (default)
Photo
Burst
Time Lapse
ONE BUTTON
With One Button mode selected, the camera automatically begins
recording when powered on.
OFF (default)
ON
Note: One Button mode is disabled when the camera is connected to the Remote (sold separately) or
the GoPro App.
To Turn On One Button Mode:
In Setup, set One Button to ON. For details about how to change a
setting, see Set Up earlier in this section.
To Capture Video or Time Lapse with One Button Mode:
With the camera powered off, press and release the Power/Mode button
]. If the default mode is set to Video, the camera automatically
[
powers on and begins capturing video. If the default mode is set to
Photo, Burst or Time Lapse, the camera automatically powers on and
begins capturing Time Lapse photos.
To Stop Recording:
Press and hold the Power/Mode button [
recording and power off the camera.
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] for two seconds to stop
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/ Set Up
/ Set Up
To Turn Off One Button Mode:
1.Power the camera on. Video or Time Lapse capture
automatically begins.
] appears
2.Press and hold the Shutter/Select button until [
in the camera status screen.
] to enter.
3.Press the Shutter/Select button [
4.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to highlight OFF.
5.Press the Shutter/Select button [
] to select it.
6.To exit, hold down the Shutter/Select button [
] for two seconds
] and press the Shutter/Select button [
].
or cycle through to [
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NTSC/PAL
The NTSC and PAL settings govern video recording frame rate and
playback when viewing video on a TV/HDTV. Select NTSC when
viewing on a TV/HDTV in North America. Select PAL if viewing on
a PAL TV/HDTV (most televisions outside of North America) or if
viewing on a PAL TV/HDTV in any region.
NTSC (Default)
PAL
1080p/60 fps
1080p/50 fps
1080p/30 fps
1080p/25 fps
960p/60 fps
960p/50 fps
960p/30 fps
960p/25 fps
720p/120 fps
720p/100 fps
720p/60 fps
720p/50 fps
720p/30 fps
720p/25 fps
WVGA/120 fps
WVGA/100 fps
WVGA/60 fps
WVGA/50 fps
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/ Set Up
/ Set Up
ONSCREEN DISPLAY
The OSD setting lets you display or hide the recording icons and file
information on the video of the viewing screen during playback.
SOUND INDICATOR
You can adjust the volume or turn off the sound indicator.
100% (default)
OFF
70%
ON (default)
OFF
CAMERA STATUS LIGHTS
Keep all four camera status lights active, only two active (front and
back) or turn OFF all lights.
4 (default)
MANUAL POWER OFF
The HERO3+ Silver can be configured to automatically power off after a
specific period of inactivity (when no videos or photos are being taken
and no buttons have been pressed).
2
MANUAL (default)
OFF
60 sec
120 sec
300 sec
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/ Set Up
MONTH/DAY/YEAR/TIME
8. Use the Power/Mode button [
] to cycle through list until
desired selection is highlighted.
Your camera’s date and time are automatically set when you connect
your camera to the GoPro App. This setting lets you manually set
the date and time. If the battery is removed from the camera for an
extended period of time, you must reset the date and time (automatically
or manually).
10.To advance to the next option, press the Shutter/Select
].
button [
To Set the Month/Day/Year/Time:
1. Verify that the camera is in the Settings mode. If the Settings icon
[ ] does not appear on your camera status screen, press the
Power/Mode button [
] repeatedly until it appears.
] for two
12.To exit, hold down the Shutter/Select button [
] and press the Shutter/Select
seconds or cycle through to [
].
button [
2.Press the Shutter/Select button [
menu [ ].
3.Use the Power/Mode button [
].
locate the Setup menu [
5.Use the Power/Mode button [
].
Time menu [
] to select.
11.Repeat steps 7, 8 and 9 to make selections for day (DD), year (YY),
hour (HH) and minutes (MM).
] to enter the Settings
] to cycle through Settings to
4.Press the Shutter/Select button [
9.Press the Shutter/Select button [
] to enter the Set Up menu.
] to locate the Month/Day/Year/
From the [
] screen, press the Shutter/Select button [
the Set Up menu.
] to exit
PRO TIP: To exit from the Set Up menu at any time press and hold the
] for two seconds.
Shutter/Select button [
] to enter Month/Day/Year/
6.Press the Shutter/Select button [
Time menu; Month (MM will be highlighted).
7. Press the Shutter/Select button [
(1 to 12).
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] to access the list of months
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/ Connecting to the GoPro App
USING YOUR HERO3+ SILVER WITH THE GOPRO APP (FREE)
The GoPro App lets you control your camera remotely using a
smartphone or tablet. Features include full camera control, live
preview, playback and sharing of select content and more.*
To Connect Your HERO3+ Silver to the GoPro App:
1. Download the GoPro App to your smartphone or tablet at the Apple
App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone marketplace.
2.Press the Power/Mode button [
/ Connecting to the GoPro App
7. Open the GoPro App on your smartphone or tablet. You can now
control the camera with your smartphone or tablet, plus view, play
back and share select content.*
PRO TIP: See what your HERO3+ Silver sees by viewing it on your
smartphone or tablet’s screen.
*For device compatibility, see gopro.com.
] to power camera on.
] twice, then press the
3.Press the Wireless On/Off button [
] to enter Wireless menu [
].
Shutter/Select button [
] to cycle through options, and
4.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to select GoPro App.
then press the Shutter/Select button [
5.In your smartphone’s or tablet’s Wireless network settings,
connect to the camera’s Wireless network. The network name
begins with “GOPRO-BP-” followed by a series of letters/numbers.
6.Enter the default camera password ‘goprohero,’ and then change
it when prompted. If you already changed the password, enter that
password instead of ‘goprohero.’
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/ Storage and microSD Cards
The HERO3+ Silver camera is compatible with 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
and 64GB capacity microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.
A microSD card with a Class 10 rating or UHS-1 rating is required. GoPro
recommends using brand name memory cards for maximum reliability
in high-vibration activities.
To Insert the microSD Card:
To Remove the microSD Card:
Slide the memory card into the
Place your fingernail against the
card slot with the label facing the edge of the memory card and
front of the camera.
lightly press it further into the
camera.
When fully inserted, the card
clicks into place.
The card springs out far enough
to be removed.
/ System Requirements
For best results playing back your content on a computer, visit
gopro.com to download the latest GoPro software. Be sure your Mac®
or Windows® computer meets these minimum system requirements:
Windows
Mac
Operating
System
Windows 7, 8x
OS X® 10.8 or later
CPU
Intel® Core 2 Duo™ (Intel
Quad Core™ i7 or better
recommended)
Intel® Dual Core™ (Intel
Quad Core REMOVE
TM i7 or better
recommended)
Graphics Card
Card that supports
OpenGL 1.2 or later
Screen
Resolution
1280 x 800
1280 x 768
RAM
2GB (4GB or greater
recommended)
4GB
NOTICE: Use care when handling memory cards. Avoid liquids, dust
and debris. As a precaution, power off the camera before inserting or
removing the card. Check manufacturer guidelines regarding use in
acceptable temperature ranges.
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/ System Requirements
Hard Drive
/ Transferring Files to a Computer
Windows
Mac
5400 RPM internal
drive (7200 RPM drive
recommended)
If external, USB 3.0
or eSATA
5400 RPM internal
drive (7200 RPM drive
recommended)
If external,
Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
or Firewire
PRO TIP: Want to see your videos and photos on the big screen?
Connect your HERO3+ Silver directly to your TV/HDTV. See Playing
Back Files on a TV/HDTV.
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To play back your videos and photos on a computer, you must first
transfer these files to a computer.
TO TRANSFER FILES TO A COMPUTER:
1. Download and install the latest GoPro software from
gopro.com/getstarted.
2. Connect the camera to your computer using the included
USB cable.
PRO TIP: You can also transfer files to a computer using a card reader
(sold separately). Connect the card reader to your computer and insert
the microSD card into the reader. You can then transfer files to your
computer or delete selected files on your card.
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/ Playback
/ Playback
VIEWING VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
You can view your videos and photos on a computer, smartphone/tablet,
TV, or on the camera using an LCD Touch BacPac™ (sold separately).
Playing Back Files on a TV/HDTV
Playing back videos and photos on your TV/HDTV requires a micro
HDMI, composite or combo cable.
Playing Back Files on a Computer
1. Download the latest GoPro software from gopro.com/getstarted.
2.Connect the camera to your computer using the included
USB cable.
3.Copy the files to your computer or external hard drive.
4.Play back your content with GoPro software.
To Play Back files on a TV/HDTV:
1. Connect the camera to a TV/HDTV with a micro HDMI cable,
composite cable or combo cable.
Playing Back Files on a Smartphone/Tablet
1. Connect your camera to the GoPro App. For details, see
Connecting to the GoPro App.
2.Use the controls on the app to play back your footage on your
smartphone/tablet.
2.Power on the camera.
] to cycle to
3.On your camera, press the Power/Mode button [
]. HERO3+
Playback [ ]. Press the Shutter/Select button [
Silver displays thumbnail previews of all videos and photos on
the microSD card.
Note: Photo sets taken in Burst and Time Lapse display the first photo in a series.
4.While in thumbnail preview, use the Power/Mode button [
] to
cycle through thumbnails and press the Shutter/Select button
] to view.
[
] and [
] to navigate backward and forward to see more
5.Use [
media files on your memory card.
6.Use the Power/Mode button [
] to navigate.
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] and the Shutter/Select button
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/ Playback
Playing Back Files on an LCD Touch BacPac
See the user manual included with the LCD Touch BacPac for
more information.
/ Battery
MAXIMIZING BATTERY LIFE
To maximize battery life, turn Wireless off. To maximize battery life
when shooting longer-duration activities, turn off or detach the LCD
Touch BacPac™ (optional accessory, sold separately). Extreme cold
temperatures can decrease battery life. To maximize battery life in
cold conditions, keep camera in a warm place prior to use.
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CHARGING THE BATTERY
The battery icon displayed on the camera status screen blinks
when the battery drops below 10%. If the battery reaches 0% while
recording, the camera saves the file and powers off.
To Charge the Battery:
1. Power off your camera.
2.Connect the camera to a computer or USB power supply (such as
the GoPro Wall Charger or GoPro Auto Charger, sold separately).
Note: Be sure that the computer is connected to a power source. If the camera status screen
does not indicate that the battery is charging, use a different USB port.
The red status indicator light remains on while the battery is
charging and turns off when the battery is fully charged.
NOTICE: Using a wall charger
other than a GoPro Wall Charger
can damage the GoPro battery.
Only use chargers marked:
Output 5V 1A. If you do not know
the voltage and current of your
charger, use the included USB
cable to charge the camera with
your computer.
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/ Battery
/ Battery
USING THE CAMERA WHILE CHARGING
You can capture video and photos while charging the camera’s
battery. Simply plug the camera into a computer, any USB charging
devices, or for best results, the GoPro Auto or Wall Chargers using
the included USB cable.
REMOVING THE BATTERY FROM THE CAMERA
The HERO3+ Silver battery is designed to have a tight fit to
maximize reliability in high-vibration activities.
The battery charges to 80% in approximately one hour and 100% in
approximately two hours when using GoPro’s USB-compatible Wall
or Auto Charger.
To Remove the Battery:
1. Remove the battery door by placing your thumb in the indentation
in the battery door (on the back of the camera) and sliding it to the
left. Allow the door to pop out.
2.Grasp the battery pull-tab and remove the battery from the camera.
You can also charge the battery outside the camera using the Dual
Battery Charger (sold separately).
No damage occurs to the camera or battery if used prior to full charge.
Spare batteries and additional charging accessories are available
at gopro.com.
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BATTERY INFORMATION
Battery Storage and Handling
The camera contains sensitive components, including the battery.
Do not drop, disassemble, open, crush, bend, deform, puncture,
shred, microwave, incinerate, paint or insert foreign objects into
the battery opening on the camera. Do not use the camera or the
battery if it has been damaged—for example, if cracked, punctured
or harmed by water. Disassembling or puncturing the battery can
cause an explosion or fire.
Avoid exposing your camera and battery to very cold or very hot
temperatures. Low or high temperature conditions may temporarily
shorten the battery life or cause the camera to temporarily stop
working properly. Avoid dramatic changes in temperature or humidity
when using the camera, as condensation may form on or within
the camera.
The camera housing protects the camera and battery from water
damage. For more information, see Camera Housing. Do not turn
on your camera if it is wet. If your camera is already on, turn it
off and remove the battery immediately. Allow the camera to dry
thoroughly before using it again. Do not dry the camera or battery
with an external heat source such as a microwave oven or hair dryer.
Damage to the camera or battery caused by contact with liquid is not
covered under the warranty.
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/ Battery
Do not store your battery with metal objects, such as coins, keys
or necklaces. If the battery terminals come in contact with metal
objects, this may cause a fire.
Battery Disposal
Most rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are classified as non-hazardous
waste and are safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream.
Many localities have laws in place requiring battery recycling. Check
your local laws to make sure that you can dispose of rechargeable
batteries in your regular trash. To safely dispose of lithium-ion batteries,
protect terminals from exposure to other metal with packing, masking
or electrical tape so they do not cause a fire while being transported.
Lithium-ion batteries, however, do contain recyclable materials and
are accepted for recycling by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Corporation’s (RBRC) Battery Recycling Program. We encourage
you to visit Call2Recycle at call2recycle.org or call 1-800-BATTERY
in North America to find a convenient recycling location.
Never dispose of a battery in a fire because it may explode.
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/ Important Messages
MICROSD CARD MESSAGES
NO SD CARD
No card present. The camera requires a
microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC card to
capture video or photos.
SD CARD FULL
Card is full. Delete files or swap card.
SD ERROR
Camera is unable to read card formatting.
Reformat the card in the camera.
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/ Camera Housing
ASSEMBLING THE CAMERA HOUSING
To Remove Camera From Housing:
1. Lift front of latch up to disengage from camera housing.
2.Pivot latch backward and pull up to release backdoor.
Slim housing
removebackdoor
camera and remove camera.
3.Pull
open housing
FILE REPAIR ICON
If you see the File Repair icon on the camera status
display, your video file was corrupted during recording.
Press any button and the camera repairs the file.
TEMPERATURE ICON
The Temperature icon appears on the camera status
screen when the camera becomes too hot and needs to
cool down. Simply let it sit and cool before attempting to
use it again. Your camera was designed to identify conditions
of overheating and will not allow itself to overheat.
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To Secure Camera in Housing:
1. Open housing and drop camera into position.
2.Make sure the seal around the backdoor is free of debris.
3.Close the housing backdoor and squeeze it closed to ensure a
good seal.
4.Pivot the hinged arm backwards and hook the lip of the latch into
the grooved top of the housing backdoor.
5.Push
the latch
down
to snap it into place.
Slim housing
insert
camera
WARNING: Always secure the camera in its housing when using
the camera in or around water. Do not get the camera or the
battery wet.
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/ Camera Housing
Your HERO3+ Silver camera comes with two types of backdoors:
Standard Backdoor (waterproof) and Skeleton Backdoor (non-waterproof).
The Standard Backdoor makes the housing
waterproof to 131’ (40m). Use this door when you
need to protect the camera from water, dirt, sand
and other environmental hazards.
The Skeleton Backdoor (non-waterproof)
provides better sound quality by allowing more
sound to reach the camera’s microphone. It also
reduces wind noise at speeds up to 100mph when
mounted on helmets, motorcycles, bikes and
other fast-moving vehicles. Use this backdoor
only when sand, excessive dirt/dust and water
damage is not a risk. This backdoor is also
recommended for use inside vehicles.
PRO TIP: Apply Rain-X® or a similar anti-beading solution to the
camera housing lens to prevent water spots from forming when using
your camera in rain or water.
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/ Camera Housing
/ Camera Housing
SWAPPING BACKDOORS
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your activity and shooting conditions.
To Change the Backdoor:
1. Open the backdoor of the housing so that it is hanging downwards.
2.Pull downwards on the backdoor until it snaps free from the hinge.
3.Line up replacement backdoor into the hinge opening.
4.Push upwards on the backdoor until it clicks into place.
Swapping housing doors
PREVENTING WATER DAMAGE TO YOUR CAMERA
The rubber seal that lines the camera housing forms a waterproof barrier
that protects your HERO3+ Silver in wet and underwater conditions.
Keep the camera housing’s rubber seal clean—a single hair or grain
of sand can cause a leak and damage your camera.
After every use in salt water, rinse the outside of the camera housing
with non-salt water and dry. Not doing this can eventually cause
corrosion of the hinge pin and salt buildup in the seal, which can
cause failure.
To clean the seal, rinse in fresh water and shake dry (drying with a
cloth may cause lint to compromise the seal). Re-install the seal into
the grooves in the backdoor of the camera housing.
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WARNING: Failure to follow these steps each time you use your
GoPro can result in leaks that may damage or destroy your
camera. Water will damage both the camera and the battery.
Your warranty does not cover water damage resulting from
user error.
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/ Using the Mounts
/ Using the Mounts
ATTACHING YOUR CAMERA TO MOUNTS
To attach your HERO3+ Silver camera to a mount, you need a Quick
Release Buckle, thumb screw or hardware depending on the mount you
are using.
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Housing
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Swapping housing doors
USING CURVED + FLAT ADHESIVE MOUNTS
The Curved + Flat Adhesive Mounts make it easy to attach the camera
to curved and flat surfaces of helmets, vehicles and gear. Using the
Quick Release Buckle, the assembled camera housing can be clicked
on and off the secured Curved or Flat Adhesive Mounts.
Slim housing remove camera
Flat Adhesive Mount
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MOUNTING GUIDELINES
Follow these guidelines when attaching mounts:
• Attach the adhesive mounts 24 hours prior to use.
• Apply adhesive mounts to clean surfaces only. Wax, oil, dirt or
other debris will reduce adhesion, which can result in a weak bond
and risk of losing camera should connection fail.
• Attach adhesive mounts in room temperature conditions.
Mount adhesives do not bond properly if applied in cold or damp
environments to cold or damp surfaces, or if the surface is not
room temperature.
• Adhesive mounts must be mounted only to smooth surfaces.
Porous or textured surfaces do not enable a proper bond. When
applying mount, firmly press into place and ensure full contact
over the entire surface.
See gopro.com/support for more information on mounts.
WARNING: If using your camera with a GoPro helmet mount,
always select a helmet that meets the applicable safety standard.
Choose the right helmet for your particular sport or activity and
make sure that it is the right fit and size for you. Inspect your
helmet to ensure that it is in good condition and follow the helmet
Slim housing insert camera manufacturer's instructions on safe helmet use. Any helmet that
has sustained a major impact should be replaced. No helmet can
protect against injury in every accident.
Curved Adhesive Mount
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/ Using the Mounts
LOCKING PLUG
Using the HERO3+ Silver in high impact sports such as surfing or
skiing where significant impact may occur? Use the special locking
plug, which securely locks the Quick Release Buckle fingers into place,
helping to prevent accidental housing release from the mount. The
circular ring fits over the thumbscrew and acts as a leash to prevent
dropping or losing the locking plug.
/ Frequently Asked Questions
MY GOPRO WON’T POWER ON
Make sure your GoPro is charged. To charge your camera, use the
included USB cable and a computer. You can also use the GoPro Wall
or Auto Charger.
MY PLAYBACK IS CHOPPY
Choppy playback is typically not a problem with the file. If your footage
skips, one of these situations is likely the cause:
• Use the latest GoPro software, available for free from
gopro.com/getstarted.
• The computer does not meet the minimum requirements for HD
playback. The higher the resolution and frame rate of your video,
the harder the computer has to work to play it back. Make sure
that your computer meets the minimum requirements listed in
System Requirements.
• Playing a high bitrate HD video file over a low bandwidth USB
connection. Transfer the file to the computer to play back.
For more answers to commonly asked questions, see
gopro.com/support.
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/ Customer Support
GoPro is dedicated to providing the best possible
service. To reach GoPro Customer Support, visit
gopro.com/support.
/ Trademarks
GoPro, HERO, the GoPro logo, the GoPro Be a Hero logo, BacPac,
Protune, SuperView, and Wear It. Mount It. Love It. are trademarks or
registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the US and internationally.
Other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.
/ Regulatory Information
To see the complete list of country certifications, refer to the Important
Product + Safety Information Guide included with your camera.
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