GoPro Hero 10 Black Review: Our favorite action camera is updated
The most beautiful The thing about the new Hero 10 Black from GoPro may be that it exists at all. One way or another, in the midst of a chip shortage in which many trucks are being loaded and supply chains are collapsing across the industry, GoPro has managed to release a new camera in which a fundamental update is the new processor.
Also impressive is the added performance that GoPro has squeezed out of the existing image sensor with this more powerful processor. Hero 10 offers faster video – you can now shoot 4K frames at 120 frames per second and 5.3K at 60 frames per second. The user interface is also more efficient, startup time is shorter, and on-screen menus are more responsive. The new processor is also capable of extracting still images with higher resolution from your videos.
Hero 10 Black looks no different from its predecessor, except for the new blue logo. The body, screens, lens and image sensor are unchanged. It’s a little lighter (3 percent), which is nice. On paper, the Hero 10 may look a little disappointing, but the new GoPro processor, dubbed the GP2, makes the Hero 10 some impressive improvements that update it.
GP2 is the first update to the GoPro processor since the launch of Hero 6 more than four years ago. GoPro has put in more computing power, forcing the Hero 10 to do more with the same image sensor as the Hero 9. In addition to improved frame rates for 5.3K and 4K frames, the Hero 10 can also shoot 1080 videos at 270 fps, which produces very impressive slow motion video.
The new processor also runs the latest version of GoPro’s video stabilization software system, Hypersmooth 4. Electronic Hypersmooth video stabilization is one of the key things that sets GoPro apart from the competition, and that’s a big part of why the Hero series has long been our favorite action camera.
Because of how it gets into the frame to get stabilized video, Hypersmooth was not previously available when shooting 5.3K. But in Hero 10 this feature can be used when shooting 5.3K video, 30 frames per second. This means you can shoot high-definition video at 5.3K, smooth out any wobble and get cropped 4K video as output. For this reason alone, Hero 10 is worth updating for professional photographers who rely on action scenes in their work. Now Hypersmooth also runs on 4K shots of 60 frames per second and 1080p frames of 120 frames per second.
Another improvement to the Hypersmooth title is leveling the horizon. Hero 10 can correct your shot to keep the horizon level from a full tilt of 45 degrees (compared to a tilt of 27 degrees in Hero 9). Unfortunately, this reception is not available when shooting 5.3K, but it works with 4K frames of 60 frames per second.