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GoPro HERO10 Black Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Oct 28, 2021 at 10:37 am
GoPro HERO10 Black Picture
4.8
Travel Photography
7.6
Landscape Photography
5.8
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.5
Vlogging
6.0
Studio Video
8.9
Action Video
Body Type
Action Cam
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Unspecified
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The GoPro HERO10 Black is a feature-packed action camera. It's effectively an upgraded version of the GoPro HERO9 Black, as its new processor yields faster overall performance. Unlike its predecessor, it can record 4k video at up to 120 fps without a crop, which is fantastic for shooting very smooth action video or generating high-quality slow-motion clips. It does an exceptional job smoothing out camera shake, handy for users who prefer recording without using a gimbal. Unfortunately, it offers a fairly limited range of exposure adjustments, and it can overheat when recording for extended periods.

Our Verdict

4.8 Travel Photography

The GoPro HERO10 is poor for travel photography, though this isn't its intended use. The adjustment range for shutter speed is very limited, and the lens has a fixed aperture. It also isn't meant to be used handheld, though it does feel very well-built. While the lens' focal length is fixed, it does have several digital lens modes that you can use to simulate different focal lengths. Image quality is also relatively sharp and low in noise when shooting at moderate ISO levels.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Excellent image quality.
Cons
  • Shutter speed adjustment range is limited.
  • Fixed aperture.
  • Not meant to be used handheld.
  • Limited ISO range in photography.
7.6 Landscape Photography

The GoPro HERO10 is good for landscape photography, even though that isn't its intended use. Image quality is relatively excellent, with superb noise handling capability and minimal loss of sharpness when shooting at moderate ISO levels. It's very compact, making it easy to store in a pocket or small bag, and is rated as being waterproof, which is handy if you plan on using it in wet weather. However, while you can choose from a couple of different simulated focal lengths, lens aperture is fixed, and the range of adjustment for shutter speed is very limited, as is its ISO range.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Primary screen is bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight.
Cons
  • Shutter speed adjustment range is limited.
  • Fixed aperture.
  • Limited ISO range in photography.
5.8 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The GoPro HERO10 is middling for sports and wildlife photography, though this isn't its intended use. It has a maximum burst rate of 25 fps, which should help capture shots of fast-moving subjects, and JPEG image quality is impressively sharp and low in noise. However, its shutter speed adjustment range is fairly limited, and even at its longest setting, its maximum simulated focal length is likely to be insufficient for zooming in on faraway subjects.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Fast maximum burst shooting speed.
Cons
  • Shutter speed adjustment range is limited.
  • Fixed aperture.
  • Not meant to be used handheld.
  • Limited ISO range in photography.
7.5 Vlogging

The GoPro HERO10 is a good option for vlogging. Its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to carry around for a full day of use. Its secondary front-facing display allows you to monitor yourself even when the camera is pointed at you. It also does an excellent job smoothing out camera shake while recording handheld, though its digital stabilization feature does incur a 1.36x crop when set to its most effective mode.

Pros
  • Excellent video stabilization performance.
  • Compact design.
  • Can shoot in a wide variety of resolutions.
  • Secondary display lets you see what's being shot while self-recording.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in low-light.
  • Can overheat during longer recording sessions.
6.0 Studio Video

The GoPro HERO10 Black is mediocre for studio video, though it isn't designed for this. Video quality is alright overall, though some noise is present when shooting in dimmer areas, while object contours and surfaces could be more sharply-rendered. That said, it can record video in 5.3k, 4k, 2.7k, and FHD, giving you a wide range of resolutions to choose from. However, it can also interrupt your recording by overheating during longer recording sessions. It has a fairly limited selection of inputs and outputs for different videography accessories, though a Media Mod kit with additional ports can be purchased from the manufacturer.

Pros
  • Wide selection of frame rates in most resolutions.
  • Can shoot in a wide variety of resolutions.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in low-light.
  • Can overheat during longer recording sessions.
8.9 Action Video

The GoPro HERO10 is an excellent choice for action video. It feels remarkably sturdy, with a high-grade plastic body that's advertised as being waterproof to a depth of 33 ft. It's very compact and designed to mount to a wide variety of objects, ranging from chest and helmet rigs to sports cars and aircraft. It delivers amazing overall video stabilization performance, helpful if you're planning on recording without using a gimbal. Its horizon-leveling feature also helps keep videos steady when tilting the camera from side to side. It can record 4k video at up to 120 fps, which is fantastic if you want to shoot high-quality slow-motion footage or very smooth action video.

Pros
  • Wide selection of frame rates in most resolutions.
  • Excellent video stabilization performance.
  • Compact design.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Can shoot in a wide variety of resolutions.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in low-light.
  • Can overheat during longer recording sessions.
  • 4.8 Travel Photography
  • 7.6 Landscape Photography
  • 5.8 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.5 Vlogging
  • 6.0 Studio Video
  • 8.9 Action Video
  1. Updated Nov 09, 2021: Corrected 'Use When Charging' field from 'No' to 'Yes'.
  2. Updated Oct 28, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.6
Design
Portability
Height 2.0" (5.0 cm)
Width 2.8" (7.1 cm)
Depth 1.3" (3.3 cm)
Volume
7.3 in³ (119.4 cm³)
Weight
0.34 lbs (0.15 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.34 lbs (0.15 kg)
9.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Very similar in appearance and construction to the GoPro HERO9 Black
  • Materials feel very robust and solid
  • Sturdy hinge with a rubber gasket covering inputs for water resistance
  • Input door is hard to open
  • Advertised as being waterproof to a depth of 33 ft (10 m)

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Waterproof
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
0
Tripod Mount
No
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No

Note: This camera comes has a set of pop-out 'Folding Fingers' that are compatible with a wide variety of accessories.

Design
In The Box

  • GoPro HERO10 body
  • Carrying case
  • GoPro SPBL1B battery
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Adhesive mounting plate with accessories
  • Product and Safety instructions

6.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • Not intended to be used handheld, but is still comfortable to hold in one hand
  • Can change settings using the touchscreen or via the GoPro app on your smartphone, though you can't use the app to adjust 'Protune' settings, which include shutter speed, ISO, while balanced, and EV compensation
  • Touchscreen responds to inputs much faster than the GoPro HERO9 Black. You can see a comparison between the two models here.
  • Buttons are hard to press due to waterproofing layer but offer ample physical feedback

8.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
GoPro Quik

  • Menu is simple to use and easy to navigate
  • You can access all the camera settings on the GoPro phone app, though the app doesn't allow you to make any changes to shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and EV compensation due to the removal of all 'Protune' settings in an app update from January 2021.
  • Guide Mode is available for additional information about settings and features

Design
Viewfinder
Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
6.7
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Dual Screen
Screen Max Brightness
789 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
2.3" (5.9 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes

This camera has an additional screen on the front that can be used for Live View while recording and also displays information like shooting mode, battery life, and SD card info.

Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
Unspecified
Advertised Effective Pixels
23 MP
Processor
GP2
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
6,400
Tested Firmware
01.10

Note: The camera's maximum ISO in photo mode is ISO 3200, but using the camera in video mode increases its maximum ISO to ISO 6400.

7.3
Design
Battery
Battery Type
GoPro SPBL1B
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
80.5 min

Update 11/09/2021: Since this camera is still operational while connected to an external power source, we've corrected the 'Use When Charging' field from 'No' to 'Yes' and updated the score accordingly.

Note: If you choose to use the camera when it's plugged into an external power source, the battery stops charging, and the camera draws power from this external power source. As soon as the recording stops, the battery starts charging again. This information is also conveyed in the instructional manual.

7.1
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.5
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Minimum Focal Length
3 mm
Maximum Focal Length
3 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Luminance
95%
Light Falloff
38.6%

Note: This test was conducted using the 'Wide' digital lens setting to maintain consistency with other action cameras.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
GPR
Shutter
Electronic
Minimum Shutter Speed
1/30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/2,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: You can only take images with a shutter speed of 30s when the camera is set to the 'Night Photo' mode.

9.1
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
25 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
25 fps
Raw Buffer Size
30 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
30 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
8 s
0
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
N/A
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A
not tested
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
N/A

Note: Our current test methodology can't adequately score the image stabilization features of cameras with limited slower shutter speed settings. Note, though, that this camera still has stabilization features and the score is not representative of how these features perform in actual use.

8.7
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
10.56
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.26 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.959 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
41.52 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.912 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
42.52 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.232 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo

Note: The results shown might not be fully comparable with other cameras since this camera has a fixed focal length of 3mm and aperture of f/2.5. To frame the test scene photos correctly, the digital zoom was set to 2x

5.5
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 36.89 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 35.56 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 33.38 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 31.58 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 28.02 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 25.36 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A

Note: The results shown might not be fully comparable with other cameras since this camera has a fixed focal length of 3mm and an aperture of f/2.5.

Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: The results shown might not be fully comparable with other cameras since this camera captures images with a 3:2 aspect ratio, has a fixed focal length of 3mm, and a fixed aperture of f/2.5. In addition, you can only shoot RAW images with the 'Wide' digital lens mode. JPEG images were taken in the 'Linear' digital lens mode to maintain consistency with other action cameras, and the original shot can be seen here.

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: The results shown might not be fully comparable with other cameras since this camera captures images with a 3:2 aspect ratio, has a fixed focal length of 3mm, and a fixed aperture of f/2.5. Also, you can only shoot RAW images with the 'Wide' digital lens mode. JPEG images were taken in the 'Linear' digital lens mode to maintain consistency with other action cameras, and the original shot can be seen here.

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: The results shown might not be fully comparable with other cameras since this camera captures images with a 3:2 aspect ratio, has a fixed focal length of 3mm, and a fixed aperture of f/2.5. Also, you can only shoot RAW images with the 'Wide' digital lens mode. JPEG images were taken in the 'Linear' digital lens mode to maintain consistency with other action cameras, and the original shot can be seen here.

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Note: The results shown might not be fully comparable with other cameras since this camera captures images with a 3:2 aspect ratio, has a fixed focal length of 3mm, and a fixed aperture of f/2.5. Also, you can only shoot RAW images with the 'Wide' digital lens mode. JPEG images were taken in the 'Linear' digital lens mode to maintain consistency with other action cameras, and the original shot can be seen here.

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No HDMI
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
No HDMI
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
Yes

Note: This camera is capable of recording 5.3 and 2.7k video, along with the standard 4k and FHD resolutions. A 5.3k test scene extract can be seen here while a 2.7k test scene extract can be seen here. The following table illustrates the relative frame sizes of each video resolution, while this table gives a full breakdown of the frame rates that can be used in each resolution. This camera also has a horizon-leveling feature that can level out a scene up to a 45-degree angle. You can see this feature in action here. You can also choose from five different digital lens modes that simulate different focal lengths: 'SuperView' (16mm), 'Wide' (16-34mm), 'Linear' (19-39mm), 'Linear + Horizon Leveling' (16-34mm), and 'Narrow' (27mm). This slideshow demonstrates how each mode affects framing.

General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
Yes
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No

Note: This camera uses the HVEC codec by default, but it can be configured to use both HVEC and H.264 codecs. The manufacturer recommends using Handbrake to convert HVEC videos to H.264 if the former codec causes you any issues.

4k Video
10
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
Yes
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
No
Face Tracking In 4k
N/A
Object Tracking In 4k
N/A
8.6
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
3.61 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
4.57 pixels/frames
Crop
1.36 x
7.9
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
101 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
24 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
Yes
6.9
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
6.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.5
4k Rolling Shutter
0.56°
Full HD Video
7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
No
Face Tracking In FHD
N/A
Object Tracking In FHD
N/A
8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
1.57 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
2.11 pixels/frames
Crop
1.36
8.2
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
75.5 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
7.1 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
6.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.6
FHD Rolling Shutter
0.69°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
microSD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
4.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
No
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Note: This camera also has a GPS feature to provide geolocation data for your images and videos.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The GoPro HERO10 Black is only available on one color variant: Black, and you can see our test unit's label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant.

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