WiFi + Remote Control for your GoPro

This week GoPro released its Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit, a two-piece product that lets people control GoPro cameras using a smartphone, tablet, or the included waterproof remote control.

Traditionally, with a GoPro camera (which has no LCD viewscreen) you could not preview footage or camera angle. The Wi-Fi setup lets users stream video from a GoPro camera to their phone or other device to “see what the camera is seeing.”

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GoPro BacPac puts live video from camera on your phone

The BacPac piece of this kit attaches to the backside of a GoPro camera and adds Wi-Fi wireless signal. The remote control unit then gives camera operability from up to 600 feet away. You can control on/off, shoot mode, shutter, and settings from afar.

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Remote control and BacPac units

If a shooter wants to get fancy, as demonstrated in a just-released video here (worth a watch!) with pro skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, the BacPac/Remote kit provides such cinematic options as controlling multiple GoPro cameras at one time.

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Remote control on armband

From a smartphone, a skilled shooter could control up to 50 GoPro cameras at once, according to the company. “[This is] something you’d normally see only on professional production shoots,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO.

The BacPac/Remote kit is available now for $99.99 on GoPro.com. It requires an existing GoPro Hero camera to use plus a free firmware upgrade to enable the new tricks.

—Stephen Regenold

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GoPro and its remote

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Posted by michael - 06/09/2012 05:06 PM

There’s no way that the camera on the chest mount in the pic above is also running the wireless unit. When the wifi back is on the camera, you have to also change the back lid on the enclosure to accommodate the extra height and when it’s in place the camera will only point down at the ground. Epic fail…

Posted by jpea - 06/10/2012 10:47 AM

michael – man, you’re quick to judge – I know what you mean about the enclosure with any of the extra back attachments, but who said that it’s the current existing enclosure that you’re used to? Isn’t there any possible (gasp!) chance that there’s a new version to account for the height?? whoa! Contour did the same thing with their underwater mount when their new Bluetooth Roam camera came out – the power slider didn’t fit under the old housing, but wait, there’s a fix – a new housing! Amazing!

Sheesh…

Posted by Jason - 06/18/2012 08:40 PM

The kit includes an extended arm for use with existing mounting plates. The arm pushes the camera further out from the base. You can see that the camera is indeed sporting this kit; note the double tension thumbscrews and side button toward the rear of the casing.

Posted by Boomzilla - 07/15/2012 02:19 PM

Re: “This week GoPro released its Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit … that lets people control GoPro cameras using a smartphone, tablet…The Wi-Fi setup lets users stream video from a GoPro camera to their phone or other device to “see what the camera is seeing.”

Nope. If you had taken the time to really review this item rather than regurgitating the Press Release you would have seen that the apps are not yet ready, something that GoPro buries on their ad material. Lots of very upset people who bought this expecting wifi streaming and got zip. Sure the apps will be out “soon”.

Posted by John - 02/11/2013 07:14 PM

This looks pretty sweet, I’m trying to decide which gopro I want and once I get one I’ll probably get this. Does it work with both the 2 and 3? I was comparing them at http://actioncamreviews.com but still haven’t decided whether the 3 is worth the extra coin. Any advice?

Posted by Faith@Geeky Gadgets - 09/09/2013 05:05 AM

GoPro camera is one of the finest camera I have ever seen. I am really happy to know that it includes WiFi and remote control itself. Those gadgets are truly help us very much.

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