With the GoPro Hero 10 Black, the brand has launched its latest action camera that has become synonymous with the category. Because of the GP2 processor, it is the most powerful and polished version yet. Its flagship action camera has been beefed up so that it can capture sharper and smoother videos, and share them faster. Despite that, it does not offer a huge upgrade over the Hero 9 Black.
It is also possible to shoot at new frame rates and resolutions with the latest version. Slow-motion support has been added for 4K/120p and 2.7K/240p, which is now more usable than just a novelty.
Furthermore, the touchscreen interface has been upgraded as well as wired data transfer, and there have been some image quality improvements made under the hood, such as local tone mapping and low-light noise reduction. There has been a small improvement in video quality as a result.
The new HyperSmooth 4.0 features remain the best ever action camera video stabilization technology, and water sports fans will enjoy its novel hydrophobic coating on its strong lens cover. It is the most user-friendly, powerful action camera you can buy right now, despite its relatively conservative upgrades.
I will outline what has changed with the new GoPro Hero10 as well as explain why GoPro remains at the top when it comes to best action cameras.
- Stabilization of images is superb
- Front and rear displays
- with high-resolution video
- Opening the side to access the USB port
- Too Heavy
There is no noticeably different design from the Hero9, which is a good thing since I cannot imagine myself or anyone else who would have to purchase new accessories handling another major redesign. This year, GoPro gave the Hero9 some big changes, including a front-facing display, a lens cover that can be removed, and a new attachment system for mounts and accessories. It helps immensely when framing your own shot to have the front-facing screen on the DJI Osmo Action.
Whenever you press the record button on the top of the Hero10, it will turn on and start recording. There is a power button on the left side, and a door on the right side hides the battery, microSD card slot, and USB-C charging port You should not have to open the battery compartment to access the USB port if you wish to keep the camera plugged into an external power source. It’s one more thing to worry about. This camera uses the new GP2 processor from the company, which enables features such as faster transfers, better image stabilization, lower light performance, and better responsiveness in general.
Similarly, to the Hero9, the Hero10 also comes with plastic-free packaging; however, the camera comes in a semi-rigid fabric case that also allows you to attach a couple of mounts and clips.
Video And Photo Quality
Hero10’s motion stabilization works very well, and it’s really impressive to see. The TimeWarp feature, which captures a series of stills and stitched them together into a movie, is also very fun. Video from this feature too can be motion-stabilized using the Hero10. The device is a great way to record a video that would otherwise be long and tedious to record.
Although images taken by Hero10 are generally good, there are some limitations. Even though the company says its night-capture mode is improved, if you plan on taking night shots, you’ll still need a tripod. Stills can be taken in HDR mode as well.
Performance And Features
The new GP2 chipset is mostly credited with the performance of the Hero 10 Black. With the latest chip, you’ll get two times the performance improvement, HyperSmooth 4.0, a fast overall experience, 3D noise reduction, and faster wired and wireless transfer speeds. Similarly, to the Hero 9 Black, the 10 Black has a 1,720mAh battery, which is bigger than those in previous GoPros. Slow-motion modes are a lot of fun in the Hero 10 Black, and they’re great for adding variety to your social media videos. Furthermore, transfer speeds are improved by up to 30% over Wi-Fi and 50% over wired connections.
- A significant improvement in start-up speed and touch screen performance is among the new features. The camera is also able to shoot at a wider range of frame rates, making it more versatile. The new modes are summarized in the following table, but the slow-motion options are particularly interesting.
- It includes automatic horizon leveling and HyperSmooth 4.0, which would be useful for most users. With automatic horizon leveling, your footage stays level even if you rock from side to side. However, the Hero 10 Black’s horizon-leveling capabilities are a lot more advanced.
Finally, let’s discuss the battery life. Similarly, to the GoPro Hero 9 Black, the GoPro Hero 10 Black has a 1,720mAh battery. With the new shooting modes, the battery life was also expected to drop even more. There is no new claim from GoPro regarding the Hero10’s battery life, so you can expect it to last between 1.5 and 2 hours on a charge. In my experience, the more you use HyperSmooth, the faster the battery drains.
There is a bundle available for $449, which includes the camera, a 32GB microSD card, two batteries, and a tripod/selfie stick. The bundle is available for $399 to existing GoPro subscribers.
There may be some similarities between the GoPro Hero10 Black and last year’s model, but its features inside are more important. The Hero10 features a new processor, so the camera can record video at up to 5.3K at 60 frames per second – twice as fast as the Hero9. The camera can also take 23-megapixel still photos. Image stabilization is the most impressive feature. The Hero10 has the same issue as the Hero9 – you have to uncover the battery compartment to use the USB port. The 5.3-ounce weight makes it noticeable when mounted on a helmet, even though it’s lighter than before. There is probably no need to upgrade if you already have a GoPro Hero9. However, if you’re looking for the best action camera around, go for the GoPro Hero10.