While most GoPro cameras are awesome for shooting your action-packed adventures in 4K, they are not usually great at low-light photography.

Many users complain of grainy or noisy low-light shots captured with GoPros. Thankfully, there are a few settings that can make your GoPro low-light shots look considerably better.

In this post, you’ll learn about the recommended GoPro low light settings.

These settings are relevant for all the latest GoPro models – HERO 12, 11, 10, 9.



Recommended GoPro Low Light Settings

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My SECRET GoPro LOW LIGHT Settings Revealed (All GoPros)

Here are the recommended low-light settings for the latest GoPro Hero Series camera models:

Enable Low Light Mode

Turning on your GoPro’s built-in Low-Light setting would help you achieve better-looking shots in low light. When this setting is enabled, the GoPro will automatically adjust frame rates according to prevailing light conditions. It is especially helpful in situations when the light is constantly changing, for example, during a concert.

For most cases, enabling low light mode would suffice for low light or nighttime shots. But, in case you still feel that your shot isn’t looking good enough even after enabling this mode, you can try some manual settings as mentioned below.

Use Low Frame Rate

High FPS isn’t recommended in low light scenes. That’s why you should select low frame rates like 24fps, 25fps, or 30fps on your GoPro camera. This would slow down the shutter speed and let more light reach your camera’s lens.

Increase ISO (Appropriately)

Higher ISO values result in brighter images, but also increase noise. So, increase the ISO appropriately. The default 1600 ISO Limit is, usually, the best for low-light shots on your GoPro action camera.

Increase EV Comp

Exposure Value Compensation or EV Comp also affects the brightness of the footage captured on GoPro. It adjusts the brightness within the prevailing ISO Limit. The default EV Comp value on the GoPro camera is 0.

In low-light conditions, you can consider increasing the EV Comp by +1.0. This will result in a significantly brighter image.

For the best low-light setting on GoPro cameras, read:

To Sum Up:

Recommended GoPro Low Light Setting: Turn On the Low Light Mode

Recommended GoPro Manual Low Light Settings:

  • Frame Rate: 24fps / 25fps / 30fps
  • ISO Limit: 1600
  • EV Comp: +1.0

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Factors That Affect GoPro Low Light Performance

Here are the main factors that influence low light performance on GoPro cameras.

Aperture Size

The aperture refers to a hole that’s present in your GoPro camera lens. This hole controls the amount of light that passes through the camera lens. The aperture size is expressed in terms of an “f-number” or “f-stop”. The smaller the number, the more the light and the brighter the image.

Here’s the full range of aperture values: f/1, f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32, f/44, f/64.

However, please note that you can’t control the aperture size of your GoPro. It is fixed at f/2.8. This size is large enough to let adequate light in even in low light scenarios.

ISO Limit

GoPro ISO Limit is a setting that controls the image sensor’s sensitivity to light. A higher or lower ISO value setting means the image sensor is more or less sensitive to light, which results in either brighter or darker footage. The ISO Minimum and Maximum values range from 100 to 6400. Higher ISO values result in brighter images, but with greater noise. Lower ISO values, on the other hand, result in darker images, but with less noise.

Therefore, you’re not suggested to raise the ISO settings too high in your GoPro because you probably end up with a grainy or noisy image that can’t be fixed in post-production.

Frame Rate

Frame rate, also known as FPS (frames per second), refers to the number of images taken per second in a video. High FPS delivers smooth video, but also lowers the amount of light and darkens the resulting image. That’s because faster shutter speeds shorten the exposure time of each frame. This results in less light reaching the camera sensor. Therefore, a high frame rate isn’t recommended in low-light situations.

Image Sensor

The image sensor also affects the brightness of the image captured through your camera. The larger your camera’s sensor is, the brighter the resulting image would be. However, you can’t control this setting on your GoPro camera. GoPro sensor size is 1/2.5-inch (5.75 mm × 4.28 mm).



For a full overview of the various GoPro Settings, have a look at this article:

GoPro Settings Explained: Best for Action, Travel & More



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