GoPro Hero 10 black action camera: first look
What’s new in the GoPro Hero 10 Black?
The highlight of the Hero 10 is the new GP2 processor, the successor to the GP1 which was introduced in the Hero 6 in 2017. The GP1 has enabled GoPro to add high-end features and functions to the Hero series, such as than
video, high-resolution photos, image stabilization, multiple frame rates, new shooting modes, support for uncompressed RAW files, and more. With the GP2, we’re seeing performance improvements in many of these existing features, as well as overall camera operation – GoPro claims the GP2 doubles the performance of GP1 in Hero 9 Black.
Better quality video and photo capture
The GP2 processor boosts photo resolution up to 23 megapixels (for comparison, on paper, the new Apple iPhone 13 Pro supports 12 megapixels). The advantage of having more megapixels allows you to have more detail, and you can crop in them while maintaining the quality.
The video, which is the strength of the Hero, is where we see big jumps. The Hero 10 can shoot up to 5.3K at 60 frames per second (FPS); 4K up to 120 FPS; and 2.7K at 240 FPS. High frame rates let you shoot much smoother videos and control the speed, while higher resolutions provide more detail.
While 1080p is still enough for most people (although that argument is starting to falter), which the Hero 10 also supports, these higher resolutions and frame rates will appeal to content creators, filmmakers, or anyone else. who want to keep their videos for future viewing on high resolution screens like 8K televisions. One of the advantages of shooting in 4K or 5K is the ability to extract high-resolution stills from video.
The GP2 also adds local tone mapping and 3D noise reduction. These allow videos with improved dynamic range and help capture clearer images in low light.
More stable video
With the GP2, the next version of HyperSmooth, the name of GoPro for its digital stabilization system integrated into the camera. With HyperSmooth 4.0, you can now apply stabilization at higher video resolutions (5.3K30, 4K60, and 2.7K120). If you’ve ever captured moving video, you’ll notice how boring the bouncing image can be to watch. Unless the movement is really violent, stabilization can help. (Note that digital image stabilization requires a bit of cropping in the image.) HyperSmooth 4.0 also improves horizon leveling, up to 45 degrees. This function allows you to keep the image level even if you tilt the camera.
Wired transfer to phone
In addition to automatic upload to the cloud while uploading (a GoPro subscription is required) and wireless transfers to a phone or tablet, GoPro now gives you a third way to upload files, via a wired connection to an Android device. or iOS. This not only provides a more stable connection, but it’s also faster – GoPro claims it’s 50% faster than wireless. While wireless transfers have been one of GoPro’s strengths, a wired connection can be more convenient. (Wired transfers will also be available in Hero 9).
The Hero 10 features a removable lens cover which is more scratch resistant and has the ability to repel water. Since the Hero 10 is waterproof, this helps keep the lens clear. GoPro claims the new cover reduces ghosting.
Like many camera companies at the height of the pandemic in 2020, GoPro has created software to allow certain Hero models to function as webcams, which is ideal for those who work from home and need a picture of the camera. better quality than typical webcams can provide. With the Hero 10, you can shoot in 1080p with a wide field of view (132 degrees) and use the front LCD screen as a preview screen to frame your shot. (The Hero 9 also has a front color LCD display but doesn’t have that capability.) And, if you’re streaming live, you can use the Hero 10 to shoot up to 1080p with image stabilization.