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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The GoPro HERO10 Black is only available on one color variant: Black, and you can see our test unit's label here.
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The GoPro HERO10 Black is better than the DJI Osmo Action. The GoPro has more frame rate and resolution options, including 5.3k video up to 60 fps and 4k video up to 120 fps. It also has better stabilization performance, more field of view options, and better video quality, especially in low light.
If you're looking for an action camera, the GoPro HERO10 Black is a better choice than the Sony RX0 II. Though it isn't as ruggedly built and doesn't give you as much control over settings and focus, the GoPro gives you more frame rate and resolution options and better video stabilization.
Note: This camera has a set of pop-out 'Folding Fingers' that are compatible with a wide variety of accessories.
Note: This test was conducted using the 'Wide' digital lens setting to maintain consistency with other action cameras.
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.
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.
Note: You can only take images with a shutter speed of 30s when the camera is set to the 'Night Photo' mode.
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.
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.
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.
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.