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GoPro Hero 10: Gear Review

The Hero 10 from GoPro improves upon two of the most vital features of the flagship action camera; image speed and stability.

Of all the first-person cameras in the creative industry, the GoPro has cemented itself as an innovative mainstay. 10 iterations on from its birth, GoPro continues to raise the bar on versatility and quality, delivering yet another product destined for the kits of contemporary filmmakers across the globe.

Following some hands-on time with the camera, it’s clear that the nifty surprises from GoPro aren’t going anywhere. If you’re curious about Hero 10, but want to know more before pulling the trigger, we’re got you covered. Let’s run through the new improvements and features that set the model apart from existing market options.

GoPro Hero 10

The GP2 Engine

Fellow creatives, I’m happy to say that Hero 10 is cooking with gas. Its brand new GP2 Engine operates at a performance speed that doubles its predecessor, bolstering almost all of the Hero 10 features.

Firstly, the frame rate. Now, you can shoot at 5.3K60 and 4K12o, providing the smoothest videos to date. Put simply, more frames equals more detail. If you take a peek at the teaser video below, you’ll notice that the creators have played around with slo-mo to really show off the advantages of the speedy frame rate.

Even better, GoPro didn’t have to switch to an editing software for these slo-mo shots  – you can do it all from the device itself! The Hero 10 offers 8x slo-mo at 2.7K, or alternatively, you can snatch up to 19.6MP stills from 5K 4:3 video.

This jargon all translates to higher quality slo-mo shows, and more versatility as a creator. So, when you post that slo-mo skate trick shot to Instagram, no one’s gonna miss a millisecond of it.

Stability

With all these additional frames, it was imperative that GoPro had the stability to match it. After all, no one wants a shaky shot (unless it’s obviously intentional). Fortunately, the company have risen to the challenge. The Hero 10 is home to the “bar shattering” Hypersmooth 4.0, which offers consistent image stabilisation in 5.3K3o, 4K60, and 2.7K120 modes of filming.

This is an absolute game-changer for professional first-person filmmakers and casuals alike, and that’s because this increased stability equals increased freedom. You can hit record, get up to your antics, and be rest assured that the GoPro is going to capture a stabilised recording that’s as smooth as the technology allows.

They’ve also included an in-camera horizon levelling in their lens, which increases the tilt limit from 27° to 45°. This premium inclusion ensures that the depth of field in your shots is as vivid as ever.

Live Streaming

Competitors will be kicking themselves for not coming up with this idea first. In our age of social media and streaming, what better way to set your content apart than recording with a GoPro? The device allows for higher image quality, unique angles, POVs, and ultrasmooth recording, making live streaming as visually engaging as possible.

If your live stream needs to be mounted, the Hero 10 comes prepped for that too. There’s a Webcam mode that grants 1080p HD video with a full 132° wide field of view.

The Cloud

Here’s one more feature that really proves that user experience has been accommodated for. If you’ve been a filmmaker or creative for a while, chances are you’ve had the frustration of running out of storage while you’re working on something.

The Hero 10 allows you to upload directly to the cloud, so you can free up some storage for the task at hand. This is one of those small inclusions that’s going to make a world of difference for busy creatives on the job.

@brodiepawson

Price

Down from A$819.94 to A$599.95, there’s never been a better time to scoop up the latest model. If you’d like to check out the remaining features, head on over to GoPro’s website here.