If your camera automatically starts taking a video recording upon powering it on, the camera has One Button Mode enabled. This will be indicated by your camera's LCD screen blinking and the red LED blinking on the front of the camera.

If you do not want One Button mode enabled, this article will explain how to disable it.

HD HERO (Original)

To exit one button mode, please turn on the camera so it starts either recording or taking the photos.  While it is doing so, press and hold the shutter button for 3-4 seconds, then release.  The camera should stop recording, then display "SEt".  Press the shutter button once to enter the set menu, then "onO" will be displayed.  Press the shutter button again to switch it to "onF" and the one button mode on your camera will be disabled, and you should be able to turn it on as normal.

 

HD HERO2

To exit one button mode, turn on the camera so it starts either recording or taking pictures.

While it is doing so, press and hold the top Shutter button for 3-4 seconds, then release. The camera should then display the wrench icon, which represents the settings menu.

  1. Press the top Shutter button once to enter the settings menu, then "Mode" will be displayed.
  2. Press the front Power button on until you see "Button ON".
  3. Press the Shutter button and you'll see ON and OFF.
  4. Press the Power button until OFF is highlighted with a black background. Press the Shutter button to select it.

The camera should now read "Button OFF". One-button mode is now turned off.

 

HERO3 (Black, Silver, & White) & HERO3+ (Black & Silver)

To exit One Button mode, turn on the camera so it starts either recording or taking pictures.

While it is doing so, press and hold the top Shutter button for 3-4 seconds, then release. The camera should then take you to the One Button mode option in Settings.

  1. Press the top Shutter button once to enter setting option.
  2. Press the front Power button so that "OFF"is highlighted with a black background.
  3. Press the Shutter button to select this choice.

The camera should now read "Button OFF". One-button mode is now turned off.