My Gopro Hero 10 Black Review

The GoPro Hero 10 Black is the follow-up to the Hero 9 Black, released one year ago today. Last year’s Hero 9 saw a big makeover in appearance, sensor, displays, and performance. However, the user experience was sluggish, and low-light video performance was insufficient, so will the new GoPro 10 be better? Read my honest review about the GoPro 10 to see.

Thanks to a more powerful GP2 SoC processor chip, the new Hero 10 Black claims to fix the sluggish performance issues as seen in the Hero 9 and more. It’s time to put GoPro’s promises to the test and discover how much the new SoC chip improves the user experience and whether the new GoPro 10 is worth buying.

Pros

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GoPro Hero 10 comes with new processor for smoother and faster operation
  • Increased frame rates
  • Faster user interface
  • Excellent hydrophobic lens coating
  • Highly portability
  • Front and rear color screens
  • Two batteries included

Cons

  • Heavy for its size
  • High-end price

Order a GoPro 10 Black online here (Amazon link)

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Video & Imaging

The GoPro Hero10 features a new sensor with more pixels than the Hero 9, but it’s the increase in frame rate that’s the big news here, not the rise from 5K to 5.3K recording. It can shoot at 60 frames per second in 5.3K and 120 frames per second at 4K, twice as fast as the Hero9.

High frame rate video is ideal for filming action because it captures motion more smoothly, resulting in more realistic video. You’ll also be able to change the playback speed—120fps film can achieve a four- or five-time slow-motion look. Fast motion is also an option—the Hero10 can be used for time-lapse footage, and the stabilisation works well enough that time-lapses with movement look excellent.

The GoPro Hero 10 Black features higher frame rates of 120fps and 240fps (especially the latter) give the footage a softness. Still, the ability to capture 4K/120p and 2.7K/240p elevates them from novelty status to something useable. GoPro’s HyperSmooth is still the finest on an action camera, and the improvements to horizon levelling are a nice touch.

Higher Resolutions

The extra versatility that comes with the new resolution and framerate combinations comes with the general boost in image quality. For example, GoPro Hero 9 could shoot at 5K/30fps in 16:9 or 4K/30 in 4:3 aspect ratios.

However, the GoPro Hero 10 significantly boosts with 5.3K/30fps or 4K/60fps at 4:3 and 5.3K/60fps at 16:9. That’s a lot of jargon, but it implies that both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios have a lot more headroom. That’s fantastic news for your videos, especially since 4:3 is great for POV views, a hallmark of the action genre.

Battery Life

Along with the camera, the GoPro 10 includes a spare battery. Because the battery is the same as the previous HERO9 model, battery life has substantially increased, most likely owing to the new GP2 CPU (1720mAh). Even so, you’ll need a few additional batteries for it, especially if you want to film in 5.3K or at high frame rates since that pulls a lot of power from the battery.

Performance

The quality of the pictures and video produced by any camera is the most crucial element. In most aspects, the Hero 10 outperforms the competition in this regard. The Hero 10’s image quality has improved because of its new GP2 processor, allowing it to utilise its 23MP sensor fully for still images, a move up from 20MP on the Hero 9.

Frame Rate

The video was limited to 30 frames per second (fps) at 5K resolution on the Hero 9 whereas the new Hero 10 can take 5.3K video at up to 60 frames per second.

The frame rate has increased not just at 5K recording, but for 4K and 2.7K too. You’ll get a maximum of 120 frames per second in 4K and 240 frames per second in 2.7K. This can provide some mind-blowing film with far more clarity than the 1080p slow motion I’m used to from other cameras. The drawback is that at super-high frame rates, especially at 240fps, you will eat up your battery power and fill up your memory card very fast.

Pros

  • Increased frame rates
  • Faster user interface
  • Excellent hydrophobic lens coating
  • Highly portability
  • Front and rear color screens
  • Two batteries included

Cons

  • Heavy for its size
  • High-end price

Conclusion

The GoPro Hero 10 Black may not appear to be too much different from the older versions on the outside but when you look at the specs, you’ll notice that almost everything on the GoPro 10 Black camera has been upgraded significantly.

The GoPro Hero 10 is a high performance camera that will be able to live up to the task of creating a wide range of content – from great still photos to amazing super-slow-mo video. The fact is that if you make films of any type, this is a do-it-all tool you should definitely have in your arsenal.

Order a GoPro 10 Black online here (Amazon link)

Thanks for checking out our review of the GoPro 10 Black action camera.

-Drift Cam team