Some might argue that GoPro’s Voice Control is an unnecessary feature – a gimmick to seem more “legit”. In my opinion (depending on what you use your GoPro for) it’s a fantastic feature that is very useful and in certain situations, a must!
When you’re surfing, climbing, cycling or paddling, you can’t necessarily stop to fiddle with your GoPro. The Voice Control features come in real handy in these and similar situations! You can use voice control to do things like start and stop recording, take photo bursts, set a highlight tag, shoot pictures, change modes and switch the camera off.
An example of when Voice Control would’ve been nice:
My husband regularly goes on white water kayaking expeditions and his GoPro (HERO3 Silver) always tags along. It’s waterproof, compact and rugged and perfectly suits his active lifestyle. Although he’s collected some cool footage over the years, he has never successfully recorded himself going down a waterfall. (Your GoPro only works when its mounted and turned on.) Typical “loskop”, he either forgets it in the tent or car and for the past two years, turned the GoPro off (instead of on) right before descending a waterfall! You see him preparing to go down the waterfall for what seems like forever and right before he goes down, you see his hand reaching up and turning the GoPro off. For this reason, alone I can really see how the voice control feature is essential for certain users!