Starting with the, GoPro went on to use their own custom processors in their cameras. The Hero 6 was not a complete overhaul of the but the processor, the GP1, allowed GoPro to push camera resolution, frame rates, and image stabilization to higher heights, which continued straight up to . GoPro apparently hit the ceiling with what the GP1 could do, for the Hero 10 Black, it’s on the GP2.
A processor upgrade in and of itself won’t be too exciting for most people. It is what the GP2 can do or, more specifically, what you to be able to do with the Hero 10 because of GP2 that’s exciting. Let’s start with the resolutions and frame rates. With Hero 10 Black you can record videos in:
- 5.3K (5,312 x2,988 pixels) at 30 or 60 frames per second
- 4K at 24, 30, 60 or 120 fps
- 2.7K at 60, 120 or 240 fps
- 1080p at 30, 60, 120 or 240 fps
GoPro also includes the option to shoot in 5K (30 or 60 fps), 4K (60 fps) and 2.7K (60 or 120 fps) with a 4: 3 aspect ratio. Why would you want that instead of 16: 9? The higher frame allows you to capture more vertically, but also with such high resolution, you can extract frames from the video for 19.6 megapixel photos from 5K 4: 3 video. The frames from 5.3K video will be 15.8 megapixels. You can also take photos at 23 megapixels in JPEG or raw.
With the Hero 9, I started shooting a lot more 4K video, but I really wanted to shoot at 120fps. With Hero 10, you can do it and the results are excellent. It’s not great for battery life, and neither is the 5.3K at 60fps. But the action is worth being able to stop. My clips are rarely longer than a minute or two (GoPro says 50% of videos shot with their cameras are less than 25 seconds) and I was able to capture quite a bit with two battery packs shooting at 5K30.
Is the GoPro Hero 10 Black overheating?
The camera heats up during recording at 5K and 4K120. I didn’t experience any overheating, but again, my clips are rarely longer than 2 minutes and I don’t leave both screens on the entire time while recording. If you used its top setting in hot or hot weather and kept the camera stationary, I’m sure it is possible to make the Hero 10 shut down or crash. Taking short clips will help prevent the camera from getting too hot during recording.
Another tip: you may need to update your microSD card if you are moving from an older GoPro camera. When I started testing, I used a Samsung Evo Select card that I used regularly in the Hero 9 Black with no problems. While I initially had no issues with it on the Hero 10, when I started recording at 5.3K60 I received a warning that my card was too slow and that I needed a faster card.– to maximize performance.
Even smoother stabilization at all resolutions
HyperSmooth 4.0 is GoPro’s name for its highest level of image stabilization in the Hero 10 Black. It’s available in 5.3K30, 4K60, and 2.7K120, though there is stabilization at other resolutions and frame rates as well. I tested stabilization on a few theme park attractions, at a water park, cycling, and just walking and the results were nothing short of stellar.
HyperSmooth 4.0 also gives you horizon leveling with a tilt limit of up to 45 degrees; It’s a maximum of 27 degrees on the Hero 9. Stabilization is also available when you’re live streaming with the Hero 10, which is great if you’re doing something like walking and talking to it.
5.3K video is sharp and detailed, even in mixed indoor-outdoor lighting at theme and water parks. Records at a relatively high bit rate of 60 megabits per second. GoPro says you should see improvements in low-light outdoor scenes and at dusk and dusk, but indoor low-light video was smooth and noisy. However, that’s not unusual for a small 23.6-megapixel sensor.
Same tools, same design
Aside from the faster frame rates and higher resolutions, and the processor that makes them possible, most of the Hero 10 Black is the same as the Hero 9 Black. The design is the same except for the bright blue marking. The battery is the same, the lens mount is the same, and the front screen and rear touch screen are the same size. It will work with all the add-on Mods that GoPro made for Hero 9 like the onewhich gives you a shotgun mic, HDMI output, 3.5mm mic jack, and cool pair of shoes, and the Max Lens Mod that reproduces an ultra-wide angle lens found on the GoPro Max 360 camera. Degrees (although support will not) will be available for it until the end of 2021).
GoPro updated the lens cover and now uses hydrophobic glass that spews water. I’ve been told for years that the best way to keep water off your GoPro lens is to lick the lens. Well those days are over because this lens cover works great. I’ve had multiple clips ruined by a single drop of water on the lens and it just didn’t happen with the Hero 10. It won’t remove them 100% of the time, but the water seemed to spill extremely fast. And since the Hero 10 has the same lens mount as the Hero 9, you can get one for $ 20 to use on the Hero 9.
All the video tools that GoPro added with Hero 9 are also here in Hero 10. Things like schedule and duration snapshots and flashback, which buffers video so nothing is lost before you hit record, carry over.to learn more about them.
Basically, compared to the Hero 9 Black, the Hero 10 Black has a photo resolution of up to 23 megapixels (instead of 20), a video resolution of up to 5.3K at 60fps and 4K at 120fps, and HyperSmooth image stabilization. 4.0. There are a few other improvements, like a smoother live preview experience on the front screen and better touchscreen sensitivity on the back, and you can now use a USB-C cable to transfer content to your phone.
Should I upgrade to the GoPro Hero 10 Black?
As with the Hero 9 Black, the pricing is a bit confusing for the Hero 10 Black. The camera costs $ 499, which is $ 50 more than the starting price of the Hero 9. However, if you buy directly from GoPro.com and sign up for the GoPro subscription service, which is included with the camera, GoPro has a discount of $ 100, so it’s $ 399. In Australia, the camera with a one-year GoPro subscription will sell for A $ 599 and £ 379 in the UK. Without the subscription, the camera sells for A $ 749 and £ 479.
The subscription service gives you unlimited original quality cloud backups, damaged camera replacement, discounts on GoPro accessories and gear, and access to GoPro’s premium live streaming platform. I’ve been using it only for wireless backups because it makes sharing clips and photos easier. When you connect the camera for uploading, it automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network, once you have set it up with the iOS or Android mobile app, and starts backing up.
Again, an annual subscription is included and reduces the price of the camera by $ 100. After a year, if you like the service and decide to keep it, it costs $ 50 per year or $ 5 per month. In Australia, it costs AU $ 70 per year or AU $ 7 per month; In the UK, it costs £ 50 per year or £ 4.17 per month.
Hero 9 and Hero 8 will remain in the lineup, along with the GoPro Max 360 camera; each of them also get a price reduction, if you buy in GoPro.com and subscribe to the included service.
I’ve been looking forward to stabilized 4K120 video capture on a GoPro and it’s definitely good to have. I regularly use the 5K video from the Hero 9 to easily capture still images, so it’s nice to have the extra resolution on the Hero 10 for that too. However, if you already own a Hero 9 Black, you won’t miss too much if you wait a year to see what else GoPro can do with the new GP2 processor. The Hero 9 is a good place to start if you are also new to GoPro cameras. If you have a Hero 7 Black or a Hero 8 Black, this might be a good time to upgrade because you will get a lot of new features and capabilities and a better design.