gopro hero 10 black review

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The GoPro Hero 10 Black is the newest in a long series of Hero action cameras dating back to 2005. Because of its new GP2 CPU, it’s the most refined and powerful GoPro ever, but it’s still just a small advance over its Hero 9 Black predecessor.

Every now and again, GoPros make a significant advancement: the Hero 5 Black was waterproof without the need for a case, and the Hero 7 Black featured HyperSmooth stabilization. The Hero 10 Black, despite its memorable moniker, isn’t one of those models. However, it refines (and fixes) the majority of the new capabilities seen on the Hero 9 Black, while also providing a smattering of new shooting modes and improved usability.

The Hero 10 Black has the same 23MP 1/2.3-inch sensor as its predecessor and is waterproof to 10 meters, but it’s the new GP2 processor that unlocks the majority of its additional capabilities. Among them are new shooting modes, such as 5K/60p, 4K/120p, and 2.7K/240p possibilities. The last two are entertaining, slow-mo affairs that are ideal for social media cut-scenes orb-cam video, especially because GoPro’s new Quik software will gladly perform some editing for you.

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Other enhancements include a considerably more snappy touchscreen interface (the Hero 9 Black fell short in this regard), a convenient new wired data transfer option for phones, and some under-the-hood picture quality enhancements such as local tone mapping and enhanced low-light noise reduction. Although there are some minor gains in video quality as a consequence, the Hero 10 Black can only do so much with its relatively tiny image sensor.

Most people will be more interested in the fact that HyperSmooth 4.0 remains the greatest action camera video stabilization technology available, while watersports enthusiasts will appreciate the effective new hydrophobic coating on its toughened-up lens cover.

It’s a pity the Hero 10 Black doesn’t have a bigger sensor like the Insta360 One R 1-Inch model, and GoPro’s latest forays into a webcam and live streaming continue to be limited in terms of quality (still just 1080p) and platform compatibility (although it is now possible to Livestream with HyperSmooth stabilization).