GoPro Hero 10 Black review: Pushing boundaries once again

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Starting from Hero 6 Black in 2017GoPro switched to using its own custom processors in its cameras. There was a complete change from Hero 6 Hero 5 Black, but the processor, the GP1, allowed the GoPro to take the camera’s resolution, frame rate, and image stabilization to greater heights, which directly Last Year’s Fantastic Hero 9 Black. GoPro appears the GP1 can do this, as for the Hero 10 Black, it is on the GP2.

A processor upgrade in itself is not going to be very exciting for most people. This is what GP2 can do or, more to the point, what will you do Hero 10. be able to do with Since What’s exciting about GP2. Let’s start with resolutions and frame rates. With Hero 10 Black you will be able to shoot videos here:

  • 5.3K (5,312 x 2,988 pixels) at 30 or 60 frames per second
  • 4K at 24, 30, 60 or 120fps
  • 2.7K at 60, 120 or 240fps
  • 1080p at 30, 60, 120 or 240fps

The Hero 10 has a wide range of resolutions and frame rates.

The GoPro also includes the option to shoot in 5K (30 or 60fps), 4K (60fps) and 2.7K (60 or 120fps) with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Why would you want this instead of 16:9? The taller frame lets you capture more vertically, but with such a high resolution, you can drag frames out of the video for a 19.6-megapixel photo from a 5K 4:3 video. The frames of 5.3K video will be of 15.8 megapixels. You can also shoot photos at 23 megapixels only 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 just that and the results are excellent. It’s not great for battery life, and neither is the 5.3K at 60fps. But being able to slow down the action is worth it. My clips are rarely longer than a minute or two (GoPro says 50% of videos shot on its cameras are under 25 seconds) and I’m able to capture quite a bit with two battery packs recording at the 5K30. was able to.

Does the GoPro Hero 10 Black overheat?

The camera gets hot when 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 displays on all the time while recording. If you’ve used its top settings in hot or hot weather and you’ve held the camera steady, I’m sure it’s possible to turn off or lock the Hero 10. Shooting short clips will help keep the camera from overheating while recording.

One other tip: If you’re moving up to an older GoPro camera, you may need to upgrade your microSD card. When I started testing, I used a Samsung Evo Select card that I regularly use in the Hero 9 Black with no problems. While I initially had no problems with this on the Hero 10, when I started recording at 5.3K60 I got a warning that my card was too slow and I would need a faster card – V30 or higher – To maximize performance.

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The Hero 10 uses the same battery as the Hero 9.

Even easier 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 at 5.3K30, 4K60 and 2.7K120, though there’s stabilization at other resolutions and frame rates as well. I tested the stabilization on a few theme park rides, a water park, biking, and just walking around and the results were less than stellar.

HyperSmooth 4.0 also lets you flatten the horizon with a tilt range of up to 45 degrees; This is a maximum of 27 degrees in the Hero 9. Stabilization is available when you’re livestreaming with the Hero 10, which is great if you’re doing something like walking and talking with it.

Video is sharp and detailed in 5.3K, even in theme and water parks with mixed indoor-outdoor lighting. It records at a relatively high bit rate of 60 megabits per second. GoPro says you should see improvement in low-light outdoor scenes and at dusk and sunset, but low-light video indoors was soft and noisy. It’s not uncommon, however, with a smaller sensor of 23.6 megapixels.

Same device, same design

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The Hero 10 has a new hydrophobic lens cover.

Aside from the faster frame rate and higher resolution – and the processor that makes them possible – the bulk of the Hero 10 Black remains the same as the Hero 9 Black. The design is the same except for the bright blue branding. The battery is the same, the lens mount is the same and the front display and rear touchscreen are the same size. It will work with all add-on mods made for Hero 9 like GoPro media mode Which gives you a shotgun mic, an HDMI out, a 3.5mm mic jack and some cool shoes, and the Max Lens Mod that reproduces the ultrawide-angle lens found on the GoPro Max 360-degree camera (though support will not be available for this until later 2021).

GoPro upgraded the lens cover and now uses hydrophobic water-shading glass. For years I’ve been told that the best way to keep water out of your GoPro lens is to lick the lens. Well those days are over because this lens cover works really well. I have had several clips ruined by a drop of water on the lens and this did not happen with the Hero 10. It won’t get rid of it 100% of the time, but the water seems to be flowing pretty 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.

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The live preview on the front display is smooth thanks to the GP2 processor.

All the video tools that GoPro added with the Hero 9 are here in the Hero 10 as well. Things like schedule and duration capture and hindsight, which stores a video buffer so you don’t miss anything before you hit record, are all carried over. Hero 9. watch my video for To know more about them.

Basically, compared to the Hero 9 Black, the Hero 10 Black has a photo resolution of up to 23 megapixels (up from 20), video resolution up to 5.3K at 60fps and 4K at 120fps, and HyperSmooth 4.0 Image Stabilization. There are other improvements too, 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.

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The Hero 10 is waterproof up to 10 meters and has built-in, flip-down fingers for mounting.

Should I upgrade to the GoPro Hero 10 Black?

As with the Hero 9 Black, the pricing for the Hero 10 Black is a bit confusing. The camera is priced at $499, which is $50 more than the starting price of the Hero 9. However, if you buy directly from and sign up for the GoPro subscription service—which is included with the camera—GoPro offers a $100 discount, which is $399. In Australia, the camera with a one-year GoPro subscription will retail for AU$599 and in the UK for £379. Without a subscription, the camera sells for AU$749 and £479.

The subscription service gives you unlimited cloud backup at original quality, damaged camera replacement, discounts on GoPro accessories and gear, and access to GoPro’s premium live streaming platform. I’m only using it for wireless backup because it makes it easy to share clips and photos. When you plug the camera in to charge, it automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network—once you’ve set it up with the iOS or Android mobile app—and it starts backing up. gives.


Again, a one-year subscription is included and lowers the price of the camera by $100. After one year, if you like the service and decide to continue, it’s $50 annually or $5 per month. In Australia, it is AU$70 annually or AU$7 per month; In the UK, it is £50 annually or £4.17 per month.

Hero 9 and Hero 8 will continue in the lineup with GoPro Max 360 cameras; Each of them also get a reduction in price, if you buy from And sign up for the included service.

I’ve been looking forward to steady 4K120 video capture on a GoPro and it’s certainly good. I use the Hero 9’s 5K video regularly to capture stills with ease, so it’s nice to have the extra resolution on the Hero 10 for that as well. If you already own a Hero 9 Black, though, you won’t miss much if you wait a year to see what more GoPro can do with the new GP2 processor. If you’re also new to GoPro cameras, the Hero 9 is a good place to start. If you have a Hero 7 Black or Hero 8 Black, this might be a good time to upgrade as you will get a lot of new features and capabilities and a better design.

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