How to repair GoPro HERO 4 camera – replacement parts.

How to repair GoPro HERO 4 camera – replacement parts.

 

This is a repair guide for the GoPro HERO 4 camera – a how to tutorial aiming to show you how to fix and repair your GoPro4, by showcasing the solutions to some of the more common problems seen with the GoPro series.

 

Amongst these repair issues are replacing certain parts of the GoPro, such as the GoPro housing, the GoPro clip mount at the bottom or other attachments. Other common problems that require fixing are water damage, collision / impact damage and similar. We will mainly be looking at prevention of these latter issues. Please see list of content below.

 

The ‘How to repair GoPro HERO 4 camera – replacement parts fix guide’ has aimed to cover as many frequently asked questions and problems as possible, but if your problem isn’t resolved here, then be sure to let us know via the FORUM and we’ll try to answer within 24 hours (!).

 

This article will cover:

 

– Understanding the newest GoPro camera series – how are the cameras built?

# The GoPro Hero 3+
# The GoPro Hero 4

 

– Common problems that require fixing / repairs

# Broken GoPro camera housing – how to replace it?

– User question: “How to repair my GoPro Hero4?” (Updated 27.06.2014)
– User question: “I need to find a GoPro Hero4 repair shop.” (Updated 27.06.2014)

# Broken GoPro protective case – how to replace it? (User question)
# Cracked GoPro case – how to replace it? (User question)
# How to attach GoPro to my car dashboard or windshield?
# How to do aerial photography with GoPro using a remote controlled quadcopter drone?
# How to make GoPro float in water?
# How to mount GoPro on a surfboard?
# How to mount GoPro on a snowboard?
# How to mount GoPro on my scubamask for diving?
# How to prevent fogging inside my GoPro camera?

– User question: “How to prevent moisture and fogging on gopro when snorkeling?”

# How to transport GoPro camera? Protective GoPro transport case?
# Replacing the bottom clip mount attachment

– User question: “GoPro case latch broken – how to repair or replace it?” (Updated 29.06.2014)

– User question: “My GoPro clip-on attachment broke, how to find replacement?” (Updated 24.06.2014)

– User question: “Where to buy spare GoPro cover parts?” (Updated 25.06.2014)

# Replacing the latch clip for the GoPro4 camera?

– User question: “Can you buy just a gopro 3+ clip for the waterproof case?” (Updated 15.08.2014)

# Water damage

 

Official GoPro HERO4 video:


 

The newest GoPro models:

PS – In this list we have excluded the models that were released before the Hero 3+, but if you need a fix guide for these models you can find that right HERE.

 

1. GoPro HERO3+

GoPro HD HERO3+ Black - Photo by Wikimedia Commons

GoPro HD HERO3+ Black edition – Photo by Wikimedia Commons

The GoPro HERO3+ was launched October 2013 – in two versions; black edition and silver edition. The GoPro HERO3+ was a substantial upgrade to the HERO3. First and foremost, the capabilites for shooting in low light conditions have been dramatically improved. Secondly, the housing is 20% lighter and 15% smaller – and the camera itself has a 20% decreased in size compared with the GoPro HERO3.  This camera also addressed the problem with GoPro audio suffering from wind noise – and has now applied a wind rejection filter of some sort.

  • Black Edition: ‘Video modes of 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 as well as 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 and can shoot 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second. Along with the increased resolution, the HERO3+ Black Edition also features a function in firmware (called “SuperView”) which additionally increases the field of view, and its activation is optional. It has additional “enterprise” functions, such as dynamic low light situation adjustment, professional recording modes (higher bitrates, no white balance applied, etc.) etc. The Black Edition continues to include a Wifi Remote.’ (Wikipedia)
  • Silver edition: ‘Video modes of 1080p60 and 720p120 and can shoot 10MP stills at up to 10 frames per second. Contrary to the Black Edition, the Silver Edition can record at 25/30 FPS (or higher) in all supported resolutions. Hero3+ Silver Edition also has about 25%-50% longer battery runtime during recording than Hero3+ Black Edition (they both use the same batteries).’ (Wikipedia)
Read more: GoPro HERO3+

 

2. GoPro HERO4

GoPro HERO4 - Photo Wikimedia

GoPro HERO4 – Photo Wikimedia

The GoPro HERO4 was launched in September 2014 in two different versions; black edition and silver edition. A major upgrade in the HERO4 is that it packs a processor which is supposed to be twice as fast (which is supposed to allow for a doubling of frames in most picture resolutions). It also has bluetooth connectivity and wifi. The only major difference between the silver and black edition, is that the silver edition has a touch screen.  The HERO4 Black Edition can record 4K video at a frame rate of 24, 25 and 30 fps.

  • Silver edition – ‘Practically the same as the black edition, but with a touch screen’ (Wikimedia).
  • Black edition – See description above.
Read more: GoPro HERO4

 

 

FAQ:

How to replace broken GoPro HERO4 camera housing?

First, you have to be certain of which GoPro model you have – you don’t want to make a hurried choice only to find out you’ve ordered the wrong part. Then you simply order the replacement HERE.

Related question: My GoPro protective case broke – how to replace it?

See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’.

 

Related question: Cracked GoPro case – how to replace it?

See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’.

 

Related user question: How to repair my GoPro Hero 4?

See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’ or the section below that deals with replacing the various mounts and other GoPro parts.

 

Related user question: I need to find  a GoPro Hero 4 repair shop?

Not necessarily, that depends on the extent of the damage. Perhaps you only need to replace certain parts? See instructions above under section  ‘how to replace broken GoPro camera housing’ or the section below that deals with replacing the various mounts and other GoPro parts.

 

How to attach GoPro to my car dashboard or windshield?

Simples. Use a suction Cup Windshield & Dash Car Mount. This won’t leave any permanent marks and works like a charm.

 

How to do aerial photography with GoPro using a remote controlled quadcopter drone?

You might have seen some amazing aerial photography and wondered how it’s done, well, it’s all about the equipment. Meet the Phantom 2 Quadcopter(click here to view the drone quadcopter). If you need video inspiration, we recommend watching this.

 

Description:

‘Complete quad copter and remote transmitter, pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included battery, attach the propellers and add 4 AA batteries to the remote and you’re flying. Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro to record the action. Tested with Hero3 and Hero3+ models, sold separately. Note: Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom’s remote control.’

How to make the GoPro float in water?

It is possible to make the GoPro buyoant by replacing the back door of the camera housing with a GoPro Floaty Back Door. Please take note that there are different versions of these depending upon your GoPro model. This accessory is very handy for scubadivers, surfers and other watersport enthusiasts.

 

How to mount GoPro securely on a surfboard?

It is essential that you use mounts that were designed specifically for this task. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself with a sunken GoPro camera – and needless to say, that ain’t much fun. So, please use the official GoPro Surf HERO surfboard mount and make sure you let the glue dry thoroughly before you bring it into the water.

 

How to mount GoPro securely on a snowboard?

Same rules apply. So, please use the official GoPro Surf HERO surfboard mount and make sure you let the glue dry thoroughly before you bring it into the snow.

 

How to mount GoPro on my scubamask for diving?

This is a tough nut to crack – but we’ll recommend that you invest in a GoPro Hero 3+ Compatible Scuba Mask. (Compatible with all GoPro Hero versions).

 

Related question: Which GoPro camera housing to use for deep depth scubadiving?

When diving at depths you will need a specially construction GoPro camera housing that can withstand the increased pressure.

The GoPro Camera HERO3+ Dive Housing (Clear) is ultra durable and waterproof  to 197 feet / 60 meters. Ideal for deep sea diving. Be sure to use color filters, GoPro HERO3 / HERO3+ Dive Filters (2 pack: BG+SW) Red / Diving / Underwater Color Correction, to prevent color loss during photography in the sea – this is due to different colors being lost as you get deeper into the sea. You can read more about this phenomenon in our article about “underwater photography with iPhone 5S”.

 

How to prevent fogging inside my GoPro camera?

Water condensation fog fogging up the inside of your GoPro camera housing? Ruining your best shots? Fogging was and is a major problem inside of the protective case with GoPros. The solution is as simple as it is genius. Anti-fog Inserts. You simply attach them on the inside of your camera housing – and off you go.  Be very careful that anti fog pads don’t get caught between the seal and the housing when closing camera – as this will lead to a leak in the housing, and a flood of tears (yours).

Read more: GoPro Anti-Fog Inserts

 

– Related user question: “How to prevent moisture and fogging on gopro when snorkeling?”

Reaching the surface after a great snorkeling or scuba session, only to see that all your photos are blurry due to fog inside the GoPro housing… is there anything more annoying than that? We would recommend the beforementioned GoPro Anti-Fog Inserts. They are very clever things. There are other similar products available via the link.

 

How to transport GoPro camera? Protective GoPro transport case?

Instead of wrapping your GoPro in a pair of socks (you know you do that) and trusting that it’ll stay in one piece, stick it in this GoPro edition POV case (photo below) when you’re traveling. The hard nylon shell is full of soft foam, with velour-lined cutouts to hold your camera, BacPac, batteries, remote, extra cables, and all sorts of accessories. You can click the link to read more about the product.

 

Replacing the latch case clip for the GoPro4 camera?

Related user question: “Can you buy just a gopro 4+ clip for the waterproof case?”

Yes, you can use this link to find what you are looking for: GoPro Replacement Rear Snap Latch Waterproof Housing Lock for Hero 4+ Camera (they should be the same for 3+ and 4).

Waterproof housing lock latch for Hero 3+ - Photo GoPro

Waterproof housing lock latch for Hero 3+ – Photo GoPro

Photo: This is what the main latch looks like for the Hero 3+.

Replacing the bottom clip mount attachment. How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment?

The GoPro bottom clip can occasionally break if it subjected to high force, such as a crashing wave or a heavy fall on your snowboard. When that happens (and if you are a frequent user of your GoPro, it is likely to happen) you should have your spare-parts in order. This GoPro Grab Bag of Mounts features all the 7 parts you’ll need. 2x bottom clip, the security rope thingy, 2x 3M mounts, camera holder and the screw. 20 bucks will buy you peace of mind, as there is no worse feeling than losing one of these parts on the first trip down the slopes or in the water. Be smart – get the extras you might need, before you actually need them.

Read more: GoPro Grab Bag of Mounts
GoPro - Replacement parts

GoPro – Replacement parts

 

Related user question: GoPro case latch broken, how to repair or replace it?

See instructions above under the above section ‘How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment’.

 

Related user questions: How to find gopro housing latch replacement?

You can find a replacement latch here: Main latch. The link will show you  the different latches for the various GoPro cameras, so make sure you get the right one. Best of luck.

 

Related user question: My GoPro clip-on attachment broke, how to find replacement?

See instructions above under section ‘How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment’. If you have any further questions, please let us know in the Superstoked surfing and photography forum and we’ll do our best to help you with an answer within 24 hours.

 

Related user question: Where to buy GoPro cover parts?

See instructions above under section ‘How to replace the bottom clip mount attachment’ – and use the links provided there.

 

Water damaged GoPro camera after deep diving?

Like mentioned in the beginning, this article will deal mostly with prevention of damages, such as water damage. To ensure you prevent water damage when diving in deep water we therefore recommend the GoPro Dive Housing which is waterproof down to 60 meters. But if you want general tips for water damage, ask these questions in our FORUM – we’ll help you as best we can.

 

General tips: Place the GoPro in rice, this will help draw out water. Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner to extract water from the electronial components of  the GoPro – as quickly as possible. Do not use a hairdryer, as this extreme heat might damage the GoPro.

Read more: GoPro Dive Housing for HERO Cameras

 

Superstoked GoPro surfing video (shot with GoPro2):

“Está bem!” (Portugal 2012 – Sept/Oct)(720p HD) from Alexander Van Dorph on Vimeo.

 

Got any other questions? Please ask them in our FORUM. 100% answer guarantee, and we’ll update the article with your question. Thank you.

 

FAQ:

 

Q: How to do go pro repair?
A: Well, that all depends on what is wrong… but after you have run your diagnostics, then  you should be able to find the part you are looking for via one of the links above.