GoPro HERO 10 Black review – 5.3K/60fps 4K/120fps tested

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OK, so it's September, and that
can only mean one thing, the release of a new GoPro. And in this case, we're talking
about the HERO 10 Black. So last year we saw the
introduction of the HERO 9 and that introduced some fantastic
new abilities, such as the Max Lens Mod, which allowed you to
have complete horizon levelling over 360 degree rotation while
still retaining an incredibly wide angle of view. Now the HERO 9, used the
GP1 chip, which was introduced back with the HERO 6 Black,
but by now it had started to show its age. With the HERO 10. We're seeing the introduction
of the GP2 and that brings a whole host of new capabilities
to the camera, as well as making it a lot nicer to use. The appearance of the camera is
pretty similar to the HERO 9. It's ever so slightly darker,
but on the outside, apart from the blue writing, you probably
wouldn't be able to tell the difference if you were glancing
at it on somebody's helmet or on a mount.

Inside is a different matter. The internals have
been redesigned, and that allows for
better thermal profile. It also shaves a tiny little
bit of weight off it as well. But it's the GP2 chip that's
inside the HERO 10 Black, which is the star of the show. This transforms the camera. If you've had problems with the
interface on the HERO 9 being a little bit jerky and
laggy and having false presses, for example, you don't get any
of that with the HERO 10.

The interface is
a complete change. It runs incredibly smoothly. It's much more like a
smartphone than you've been used to with the old GoPros. It's been a long time coming
and I'm really thankful to see it here now. The new chip also allows the
camera to perform new frame rates, such as 120 frames
per second in 4K. Remember thats in a
camera this size. You know, that's quite
incredible when you think about it. Incredibly, we now have 5.3 K
up to 60 frames per second. The HERO 9 could do 5K,
but only up to 30 frames per second. Now you might be thinking that
GoPro has put an entirely new sensor in the camera. I haven't had this confirmed,
but I don't think this is a case.

The Sony IMX677, which was in
the HERO 9 , is more than capable of the resolutions and
frame rates that are inside the HERO 10. It's just the GP1 processor
couldn't take advantage of them all in the previous camera. Because the HERO 10 is using a
larger area of the sensor to get that higher resolution it
also improves things across the board. For example,
HyperSmooth doesn't have quite as much crop in,
in 16:9 modes. You notice, for example, if you
put the HERO 10 black into linear plus horizon
leveling up, boost and compare that to the Hero
nine in the same mode.

You'll notice that the HERO 10
has a noticeably wider field of view than the HERO 9. This doesn't work
for all modes. In 4:3 modes, I believe it
doesn't happen, but in most 16:9 modes, it does. And that means that if you are
using the camera for POV shots and you want a
little bit more stabilization, you're going to be able to get
a much wider perspective than you could with
the previous camera. The picture quality has
been improved too.

Again, thanks to the
GP2 processor, noise reduction can be much
more sophisticated. And if you compare this with
the HERO 9, you'll notice a considerable improvement,
particularly within detail in shadow areas. The color science has also been
improved with the HERO 10. You now have three
picture profile modes. You have vivid,
natural and flat. Now flat is if you really want
to go the whole hog and do your full grading and you might be
integrating with other cameras that are shot in log mode.

For me, Natural is a
fantastic new profile. It has realistic colors,
lots of detail without going over the top with saturation. Yet it's still
a nice, punchy image. So for me, the Natural profile
is a winner on this camera. Now the lens protector that
comes with the HERO 10 is still compatible with the HERO 9,
but it's got some significant improvements. They've improved the
scratch resistance, but they've also made it hydrophobic. This, for me, is a very big
thing indeed because I do a lot of water sports, as you can see
from where I am at the moment. On previous GoPros, you have
to lick the lens or use some kind of liquid substance to it
to make the water droplets bead off. You no longer have to do this
with the HERO 10 Black. You can just turn
your camera on and go. So far, in all the tests that
I've done, I've done a bit of surfing. I've taken the kayak out on
the white water, I haven't had a single problem with water
droplets like I would have done on other cameras. The GP2 processor has improved
the startup time, and it's also improved the processing
times for images.

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So for example, if you're
taking a SuperPhoto, for example, in my
comparison test, I've noticed that the HERO 10 tends to
process the image within about a third of the
time of the HERO 9. With raw, it seems
about half the time, so
there's definitely improvements. It's not instantaneous,
but it's still an improvement over the previous camera. The screen on the rear of
the HERO 10, it's not the bezel less design that a lot of
people were hoping for. It's still the same
size as the HERO 9. But the fact that the touch
interface is hugely improved over the HERO 9, it doesn't
matter to me at all. I'd much rather have the better
user experience than just simply a larger screen. If you're a hardcore user of
GoPro cameras, you may have noticed that on the HERO
9 in the 4K modes. When you turned off or dialed
down the sharpness setting, things could look a
little bit soft. The HERO 10 improves things
hugely across the board. Personally, I always use the
low sharpness setting. If I need to get any sharpness
back in post, I will dial it back there rather than let the
camera do it because it means I've got much more
control over it.

And it's one reason why
I do like the GoPro cameras, because of that creamy,
smooth image that they have. There's
no compression artifacts. You can stick your nose right
up against the screen looking for them, and you'll
never find them. Interestingly, the files on the
HERO 10 are slightly smaller than those on the HERO 9. In addition to that,
I've noticed that the files tend to play back
more smoothly on my laptop. I don't know why this is. I think the compression system
on the HERO 10 must be more efficient. All the previous accessories
for the HERO 9 are usable with the HERO 10.

For example, the Media Mod,
the Max Lens Mod and spare parts like the
side door, for example. They're all compatible with the
HERO 10, so no need to upgrade all your components. The Floaty works the same. Everything works just the same
with HERO 10 as it does with the HERO 9 with no need to
invest in any new replacement parts or mods. Yet another thing that the GP2
processor has improved is the front display. Now the front display when you
pressed record on the HERO 9, the frame rate used to drop. This is not the
case with the HERO 10. You get pretty much a full
frame rates on the front screen, and that makes it
a lot easier to frame your shots. If you're doing selfies or
trying to mount the camera at an awkward place where you're
reliant on the front screen to get the framing. Another new feature on the HERO
10 for this year is automatic uploads to the Cloud. Now, if you are a subscriber
to GoPro, then you now have unlimited storage space. Within the Quik app, you can
set up the auto uploads, and that will transfer to
the camera, your Wi-Fi settings and your GoPro
account details.

When you next connect your HERO
10 to a charger, once it is fully charged, it will then
automatically start backing up the full resolution for quality
files to the GoPro Cloud system. Now, this can save
you a lot of time. For example, you get back from
a trip and you just don't want to be dealing with offloading
SD cards to a laptop. You can just connect your
camera up to the charger and just leave it go
and have dinner. Go and have a night out
with a family you want to. But you can rest assured that
the country will be uploading or footage in full quality to
the cloud ready for you to access at any time from
whichever device you use to connect your GoPro accounts. That's a pretty handy feature. You'll need a fast
internet connection, of course. So for those who are stuck on
low speed broadband, this might not be as advantages
as it sounds. But if you do have
fast internet, it's a nice little touch.

I like it. Battery life on my HERO 10
would appear to be very similar to the HERO 9. I've had both cameras running
side by side, and the percentage on the battery
display seems to be running down at exactly the same rate. Now I can't vouch that that's
going to be the same if you continuously run it at 120
frames per second in 4K. But in general use, you are
going to get very similar battery run times on
this camera, as you did with the HERO 9, which is already an
improvement on previous cameras such as the HEROs
eight and seven. I haven't had any freezes
with this camera. The only issue I had was with a
dodgy SD card, and when the camera powered back on,
eventually it repaired the corrupted file and I was
on my way. But other than that, I haven't
had any other freezes with this camera so far. Touch wood, that's going to
continue to be the case. I suspect that the GP2
processor has changed things much more substantially.

Inside, there will be less bugs
that appear due to the fact that the processor isn't being
overloaded or being taxed. For me, the HERO 10 is
a big upgrade on the HERO 9. Now, each year we know that
there's going to be a better GoPro. It's always going to
be the case. Some people were predicting
that the GP2 wouldn't be until the next camera, but here
it is, and it's made a massive difference to how
this camera operates.

So if GoPros are a big part of
your workflow, and they are part of the way that you make
your living, for example, then I can wholeheartedly
recommend upgrading to the HERO 10. It is an
entirely new experience..

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