GoPro has officially announced the GoPro Hero10 Black, price tag from £379.98, an update to the popular action camera that introduces a new processor and a host of new features.
Among the new GoPro Hero10 Black specs are a powerful new GP2 processor, developed by GoPro, which promises better image quality and more variety of frame rates. The Hero10 Black can now capture 5.3K video at 60fps, or 4K video at 120fps for high-resolution slow-motion playback. You can also now shoot 2.7K video at 240fps for even slower motion footage.
The GoPro Hero10 Black’s new processor also powers GoPro’s HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilisation technology, with increased horizon levelling limits. Previously available only at certain resolutions and frame rates, HyperSmooth 4.0 is available in 5.3K @ 30fps, 4K @ 60fps and 2.7K @ 120fps. The in-camera horizon levelling has also been boosted with a tilt limit increase from 27º to 45º when shooting in 4K60, 2.7K120 and 1080p120.
The Hero10 Black is also capable of 1080p livestreaming with HyperSmooth 4.0. You can also use the camera for conferencing in its 1080p Webcam mode.
The GoPro Hero10 Black also enables users to grab 19.6-megapixel stills (via the App) from 5.4K 4:3 video and 15.8-megapixel frames from 5.3K @ 60fps footage.
Another new feature in the Hero10 Black, 3D Noise Reduction, promises to improve the camera’s performance in low light.
There are now three ways to transfer content: Cloud Upload, Wireless Offload and a new wired transfer to your smartphone.
Other features include raw capture, Night Lapse Video mode, SuperPhoto + HDR and HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture and Duration Capture options.
GoPro Hero10 Black Body Design
Design-wise, the Hero10 Black retains the slightly enlarged body shape of the Hero9 Black. This means it is compatible with the Media Mod, Display Mod, Light Mod and Max Lens Mod launched last year with the Hero9 Black. It also has the removable, rechargeable battery.
New to the Hero10 Black is a protective lens cover with a hydrophobic, water-shedding design. GoPro says it has also updated the rear touchscreen to make it more responsive.
The Hero10 Black boasts three microphones with Advanced Wind-Noise Reduction, stereo + RAW audio, custom presets and on-screen shortcuts.
Is the GoPro Hero10 Black waterproof?
Always a popular question: yes, the GoPro Hero10 Black is waterproof down to 33 feet / 10 metres.
GoPro Hero10 Black Specs
- Photo : 23MP
- 5.3K: 60fps
- 4K: 120fps
- Video stabalisation: HyperSmooth 4.0
- LCD: Front and Rear (Touch screen)
- Battery: Removable 1720mAh Lithium-Ion
- Slow-mo: 8X
- Waterproof: 33ft (10m)
- Processor: GP2
- Cloud compatibility: Auto upload to GoPro cloud (Sub required)
- Voice control: Yes
- Livestreaming: 1080p
GoPro Hero10 Black Price & Release Date
The GoPro Hero10 Black price tag is £379.98 for the action camera plus one year of GoPro’s subscription service. The GoPro Hero10 Black price tag is £470.99 for the camera without a subscription. Existing GoPro subscribers can purchase Hero10 Black at the lower price of £379.98 on GoPro.com.
With a GoPro subscription you get unlimited cloud backup of your photos and videos at original quality, premium editing tools in the Quick app, discounts on new purchases, up to 50% off new mounts and accessories, auto upload to the cloud while your camera is charging and no-questions-asked camera replacement.
Now that it’s officially here, how does the new camera stack up against expectations? You read our post below from this time last year outlining the new GoPro Hero10 specs we were hoping to see.
GoPro Hero10 Black Specs we’d like to see
The GoPro Hero Black action camera range has been enduringly popular, mixing portability with superb image quality, a wealth of features and great value for money. It’s one of those rare products that offers true crossover appeal for photographers, adventurers, sports enthusiasts and more.
With the Hero9 Black now upon us, these are the GoPro Hero10 Black specs we’d like to see from the next iteration of the action camera.
When can we expect a GoPro Hero10 Black release date?
If history is to repeat itself, then we can probably expect to see a GoPro Hero10 Black release date in September 2021. In September 2020 we learned about the GoPro Hero9 Black. In September 2018 GoPro unveiled the Hero 7 Black, Hero 7 Silver and Hero 7 White. The exception, only just, has been the GoPro Hero8 Black and GoPro Max 360 camera, which were launched on 1 October 2019.
Every year for the past few years GoPro has unveiled a new addition to its Hero range, so it seems inevitable we’ll see a GoPro Hero10 Black release sometime within the third quarter of 2021.
Despite its struggles a few years ago, GoPro is a savvy company and it’s not going anywhere. The Hero Black action camera is the company’s core product, and it’s hands-down the best action camera on the market. What’s great about the Hero Black cameras is that they cross over many demographics of users, from thrill-seekers to professional photographers and videographers.
With its reinventions with the Hero 5 and Hero 6 several years ago, GoPro successfully managed to capture the action camera market with stunning new features and a great new design.
But that design is now several generations old. GoPro tweaked its body design with the Hero9 Black, making it slightly bigger and introducing a front LCD. But is it time for GoPro to take things further and upgrade both the looks and features with its successor, the Hero10 Black?
GoPro Hero10 Black features we’d like to see
GoPro has steadily broken new ground when it comes to features; GPS and motion sensors, voice control, full-colour touch screen and HyperSmooth, however, the resolutions and frame rates have stagnated for three generations.
At present, there are no other action cameras that can match those specifications, features or quality but it would be good to see a resolution increase.
The GoPro Hero10 Black will need to beat the already high bar set by recent iterations from the GoPro Hero7 Black onwards, and the action camera will also need to offer the company’s devout followers something special.
New GoPro body design
The original GoPro design lasted for four generations, and subsequent releases of the camera after the Hero5 kept to the same form factor.
That is, until GoPro changed the shape and size of the camera body with the Hero9 Black. While it may not quite hark back to the bloated size of the pre-Hero5 Black design (with housing), it’s still a considerable size increase.
And this, of course, made the Karma Grip gimbal redundant, which was a very popular accessory for a long time (though you could argue that GoPro’s sensational Hypersmooth Stabilisation technology made the Karma Grip redundant several years ago).
So where does GoPro go from here with the Hero10 Black? There are three major areas for improvement when it comes to the design as I see it: the cage, lens and touch screen.
GoPro Hero10 adopts a 1/4-inch thread
The disappearance of the old bulky waterproof housing was genius, and although it reduced the water resistance depth from 30m to 10m, this was no real issue for the majority of users. Now the cage has gone completely with the Hero8 what more is there to do?
We’ll have to see what GoPro has in-store for us for the next generation, but as we’ve seen with the Hero8 and Hero9 Black, seemingly small changes can be massive.
Perhaps the most overlooked feature of the GoPro Hero8 Black, for instance, was the addition of the folding fingers on the base of the camera. These fold out to form the traditional GoPro mount, meaning you no longer need the cage to mount it to different accessories, what’s more, this fold down mount can be removed and replaced.
The removal of the casing helped to reduce some of the muffling experienced with the audio and reduce the overall mounted size slightly.
GoPro could take this new-found freedom a step further. The addition of optional base plates with different fixing types, for example, a standard 1/4-inch thread would be a welcome addition for many users, enabling flush mounting to a new wave of accessories or simply direct mounting for any number of uses.
Taking this route would also enable the connection of a standard GoPro mount for backward compatibility.
New lens options
GoPro has worked hard to produce a quality lens that enables the capture of clear, crisp and vibrant footage. It’s also tough, made from Gorilla Glass, which is important for an action camera.
One of the big disappointments of the GoPro Hero8 Black was the lack of a removable lens. This meant that once a scratch appeared on the lens, that was pretty much it for your camera.
Thankfully, GoPro has brought back the removable lens with the Hero9 Black. But GoPro has gone a step further with the Max Lens Mod, which enables an ultra-wide 155º field-of-view and image stabilisation up to 2.7K resolution. The Max Mod may just be the first of more lenses that we’ll see from GoPro.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a few optical lens options for different scenarios. This thought isn’t new, and there are companies out there that customise GoPros and other cameras in a variety of ways – check out the excellent Back Bone.
Imagine if you had a different lens for different situations with your GoPro. Say, a linear lens for vlogging, a standard wide for extreme sports and general use and a longer focal length optic for drone and other aerial work.
This would also open up endless possibilities for effects lenses, filters and engage a new market of creative filmmakers without impacting on the original customer base.
GoPro Hero10 Black to feature a to-the-edge screen
It’s been adopted by the majority of smartphones, and where they go surely everyone else must follow.
If the cage is gone then that leaves more space for the screen. The Hero9 Black’s screen is big but there’s plenty of real estate left. That additional area could be used for more features and touch gestures.
GoPro Hero10 removable touch screen remote
If you can remember back to the GoPro Hero4, there was the option for a detachable touchscreen. Although the screen used at the time now seems primitive, back then it was a significant breakthrough.
Moving on to the GoPro Hero10 Black, what if the company returned to that novel idea and developed a screen that could detach and switch to a wrist- or bar-mountable remote.
We’ve possibly seen the first steps toward this with the Hero8 Black’s new Media Mod. This handy device fits around your GoPro and allows you to attach a flippable LCD for vlogging. What if you could mount that LCD to your wrist?
This would be ideal for those situations where the last thing you want to do is reach into your pocket and connect to the GoPro through the app.
The small Remo remote is good, but what’s the point if you can’t see what you’re shooting?
Utilising a detachable screen could just be the start, why not make it flip or articulate to make it easier for the selfie / vlogging generation.
A Fluorescent GoPro Hero10 Black
We wrongly predicted that the GoPro Hero8 Black would be available in a dual fluorescent colour scheme. Why did we predict this? So when it disappears into the undergrowth, it would be easy found.
Once again, we’ll put this forward as one of our top new features for the GoPro Hero10 Black #makegoprofluro
A huge leap for the GoPro Hero10 Black specifications
We’re not expecting GoPro to release a camera capable of shooting 8K (yet). With computers still struggling to process 4K content, it’s not quite time to push 8K in the consumer market. However, GoPro did push its video resolution to 5K at 30p and 4K at 60p with the Hero9 Black. With the Hero10, could GoPro seize the day and push the envelope even further?
GoPro Hero10 Black hits 480fps Full HD and 120fps at 4K
We don’t think GoPro will expand the Hero10 Black’s 5K recording, but it seems very likely that it will push its 4K recording capabilities much further.
With the Hero10 Black we expect GoPro to make a big change to its video capabilities and offer 4K video at 120fps, as well as Full HD at 480fps.
Hero10 Black to welcome new GP2 processor
When the Hero 6 Black arrived, one of the new features was the all-new GP1 processor. This new engine showed a new direction for GoPro, breaking away from the Ambarella processors the company had used until that point.
It was a risk to develop their own chip and a huge investment, but that time and money have paid off with the latest generation of the GP processor.
GoPro’s HyperSmooth stabilisation technology proved that the GP1 was a powerful entity. In the Hero7 Black the GP1 processor received a boost of 2MB of RAM, which really powered the GoPro past all other action cameras.
As was proven by the quality of the footage and increase in specs, the GP1 confirmed it was a worthy replacement for the Ambarella processor, but the Hero9 Black still uses this same chip. The GP1 now has a proven track record, and we know it can process the data, but what more could a GP2 do?
Better low light, more manual control, greater slow motion, smartphone-style apps, for a start. This should significantly improve the camera’s performance and help it achieve those challenging video resolutions and frame rates we’re predicting above.
Sony has made massive inroads into the mirrorless market with its Alpha range, but one feature that impresses me with these cameras is the ability to boost the feature set with apps.
GoPro Hero10 Black app-enabled
Again, pulling from the mobile world, apps have become essential. There are now apps for pretty much everything, and their inclusion on the GoPro Hero 9 Black could enable increased functionality and features.
An effects app could see Instagram-style effects made available for your GoPro footage. Or YouTube or Facebook Live could be integrated. Who knows, maybe even Pro users could find a revamped ProTune that offers S-Log colour mode and timecodes.
These apps could be organised and managed in the GoPro app enabling the full integration of the GoPro Hero10 Black with your mobile phone.
Multicamming with the GoPro Hero10 Black
One of the biggest leaps in the quality of your GoPro footage is when you start to multi-angle, and there’s only one way to do it. Use multiple cameras.
However, once you’ve captured a variety of angles on two, three or more cameras you then need to sync that footage together before it’s edited.
Adding multi-cam functionality to the GoPro Hero10 Black would enable you and your mates to go out for a ride, sync cameras and then the data from each would automatically sync the footage to help speed up and ease editing.
It could even enable fast auto editing, switching between cameras based on motion and GPS data.
Speed is key when it comes to editing and GoPro has already made massive inroads with its app. This could be extended with Multicam and effects capabilities.
Taking this multicam functionality even a step further, what if GoPro introduced motion detection. Let’s say, for instance, you have a camera mounted to your helmet and to the rear of your bike.
If you fell from your bike, your rear camera could detect this motion and start filming from that angle.
Built-in ND filter
A number of mirrorless cameras offer this functionality, and GoPro users would also find it useful. A built-in ND filter that you could turn on or off would reduce exposure by a few stops. This would allow you to shoot at wider apertures with brightly lit subjects and play around with slow shutter speeds.
GoPro users would be able to create cool motion blur effects like you can with interchangeable lens cameras.
Better GoPro Hero Accessories
When it comes to accessories the GoPro Hero rocks more than any other product. Not just those made by GoPro, but by almost every other manufacturer that has anything to do with imaging.
But, those accessories are for the most part slight variants on what’s already there or they’re built so generic that they default on function. What we now need is a premium line of GoPro accessories; GoPro Pro Accessories.
We’ve already seen a small toe-dip into the market with the companies partnership a few years back with the 360 pro movement and more recently there’s been an all metal under saddle mount, but we want more… What do we mean?
Three new GoPro Hero models
GoPro did it before with the GoPro Hero3, GoPro Hero3 Silver and GoPro Hero3 Black, and again recently the company branched out with the Hero7 Black, Hero7 Silver and Hero7 White. Could GoPro be poised to do it again with the Hero10?
Taking Sony’s Alpha 7 range and its success as an example, they have three very clearly defined models that look identical, and this philosophy could easily be applied to the GoPro Hero9.
GoPro Hero10 Black
You know the format, the all-encompassing action camera that we know and love.
Voice activation, sound alerts, vibrations, GPS, touch screen, Full HD at 480fps, 4K at 120fps and 5K at 30fps, live video streaming, waterproof to 10m without cage etc.
The Hero10 Black would need to push the limits and connect with other GoPro’s to create multicam camera scenarios.
More of the same but better.
GoPro Hero10 Social
Designed for the vlogger and social media star, or even the family.
This model would feature an articulated touch screen, direct mic input and an improved front LCD.
GoPro Hero10 Broadcast
Sony has seen the potential and already has a good line of action cameras, but with a history in broadcast, the RX0 series is the small camera that has been designed to push the GoPro out of the broadcast industry.
The Hero10 Broadcast would need to be something special, with clean HDMI out, the ability to record high-quality 4K in-camera, high 960fps Full HD and again pack in the Multi-cam features.
The design of the GoPro Hero10 Broadcast would need to deal with the design issues that have opened the field for the RX0, primarily the addition of 1/4-inch mounting options and audio in.
A Pro app would also be required to manage the multiple cameras integrating them seamlessly with the broadcast systems being used.
GoPro Hero10 Black Price
The GoPro Hero10 Black price tag is likely to be around the £400 / $425 mark. The Hero9 Black was priced at £429.99 / $449.99, which was slightly more than the Hero8 Black launch price.
However, GoPro offered a reduction to £329.99 / $349.99 if you purchased a one-year GoPro subscription (this was previously called GoPro Plus).
Depending on how big of an upgrade the Hero10 Black will be, you can probably expect to pay at least £400 / $425, with a similar discount if you take on a GoPro subscription.