GoPro Hero 10 Black Review: Our favorite sports camera has been upgraded


The most striking GoPro’s new Hero 10 Black may be because it does exist. Somehow, in the face of chip shortages, trucks piled up, and the entire industry supply chain collapsed, GoPro managed to release a new camera, the main upgrade of which was a new processor.

Equally impressive is that GoPro uses a more powerful processor to squeeze additional performance from its existing image sensor. Hero 10 provides faster video-4K footage can now be shot at 120 frames per second, and 5.3K footage at 60 fps. The user interface is also faster, the startup time is shorter, and the on-screen menus are more responsive. The new processor can also extract higher-resolution still images from your video.

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All your Hero 9 accessories can be used with Hero 10.

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Except for the new blue logo, Hero 10 Black is no different from its predecessor in appearance. The housing, screen, lens and image sensor remain unchanged. It is slightly lighter (3%), which is good. On the surface, Hero 10 may seem a bit disappointing, but GoPro’s new processor, called GP2, brings some impressive enhancements to Hero 10, making it well worth upgrading.

GP2 is the first upgrade to a GoPro processor since Hero 6 was introduced four years ago. GoPro exerts additional processing power, allowing Hero 10 to use the same image sensor as Hero 9 to do more. In addition to increasing the frame rate of 5.3K and 4K material, Hero 10 can also shoot 1080 video fps at 270, which will produce some very impressive slow-motion videos.

The new processor also drives the latest version of the GoPro software video stabilization system Hypersmooth 4. The electronic video stabilization function of Hypersmooth is one of the key factors that distinguish GoPro from its competitors. Favorite sports camera.

Because of its way Crop into the frame In order to make stable videos, Hypersmooth could not be used when shooting 5.3K footage. But in Hero 10, this function can be used when shooting 5.3K, 30-fps video. This means you can shoot 5.3K high-resolution video, eliminate any jitter, and get a cropped 4K video as output. This one reason alone is enough to make Hero 10 worthy of upgrading for professional photographers who rely on POV action scenes in their work. Hypersmooth is now also suitable for 4K, 60-fps material and 1080p, 120-fps material.

Another major improvement of Hypersmooth is the leveling of the horizon. Hero 10 can correct your lens to keep the horizon level at a 45-degree tilt (higher than the 27-degree tilt in Hero 9). Unfortunately, this technique is not available at 5.3K, but it works with 4K, 60-fps lenses.

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