GoPro Hero 10 Black hands on: A whole new level for action photography | AppleInsider

The new GoPro Hero 10 Black may have an outward appearance almost identical to the 2020 model, but it is a completely new action camera.

Impressive new performance

Inside the 10th generation device is the GP2, GoPro’s second generation SoC that this time powers many new features. That speedy chip has improved not only how quickly the camera starts up, but also the quality of the content.

GoPro Hero 10 Black is much more responsive

Turning on the camera is very fast and moving through the interface is fast too. One of my biggest frustrations with the Hero 9 was the interface lag when touching various menus.

This is completely a thing of the past, thanks to that new processor.

The time it takes from completely shutdown to video capture has improved considerably over previous generations. This makes it very convenient for users to pull out the camera without warning, knowing that they would be recording in time to capture what they wanted.

With previous GoPros, I always had the feeling that it would stop and crawl when turned on, causing me to miss my shot.

  • GP2 processor
  • 5.3K video capture at 60 FPS
  • 23MP photos
  • HyperSmooth 4.0
  • Compatible with all Hero 9 mods
  • Self-loading
  • Wire transfers

HyperSmooth has seen many improvements. You can now compensate for roll up to 45 degrees from level, almost double what the Hero 9 could do.

I tried pinning it to my dog’s back as he ran across the yard, and was impressed by how level and smooth the video was.

The GoPro Hero 9 Black vs GoPro Hero 10 Black

The GoPro Hero 9 Black vs GoPro Hero 10 Black

Speaking of video, this camera can now record in incredible detail. We’re talking 5.3K images at up to 60 frames per second, double the Hero 9’s 5K 30 FPS.

I don’t shoot in 5K too often, but at 60 frames per second, I can shoot in 5K but crop it in 4K and have some wiggle room in the frame.

The slow motion footage of the Hero 10 also escalates to 240 fps. Now instead of just 1080P at 240fps, there is a 2.7K option. Of course, it would be nice to see a 4K 240fps option, but this is still a significant upgrade.

I shoot in slow motion at a reasonable frequency, and it’s always unfortunate having to lower the resolution to accommodate that higher frame rate.

Eco-friendly GoPro packaging

Eco-friendly GoPro packaging

Another noticeable little touch is the GoPro packaging, as the Hero 10 Black comes in a hard case with a paper sleeve around it. Paper, which can be recycled, is much more environmentally friendly than a plastic box or wrapper.

You can use the case permanently to travel with your GoPro, and it can house additional accessories that you can pick up later.

GoPro Hero 10 Black sample photo

GoPro Hero 10 Black sample photo

So far, I’ve done limited camera tests in various settings, but took it to downtown Cleveland to capture a few shots. Above, you can see a landscape shot of the Cleveland Museum of Art over the water.

This is a 23MP photo and it came out great with the HDR settings. There were still many details in the shadows.

Still image of a 4K night video

Still image of a 4K night video

Here, you can see a still image of a 5K video taken at night after the sun had set. Some areas are dark, but overall it reduced noise in these low-light shots.

I’m very excited to keep testing this camera and see how it works. Stay tuned for the full GoPro Hero 10 Black review coming soon.

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