Full Guide to the GoPro Hero 10 Black

GoPro’s latest Hero-branded action camera has a tough act to follow, ultimately replacing the top-rated Hero 9 Black. Recently unveiled for the first time, the newest GoPro’s name will come as no surprise to anyone, with the brand simply christening it the Hero 10 Black.
Outwardly, little has changed between the GoPro Hero 9 Black and the new Hero 10 Black – not unusual for successive GoPro products. Under its skin, however, the revised model boasts a number of improvements, starting with a new processor. Known as the GP2, it finally replaces the GP1 first introduced with the Hero 5 Black back in 2016. It’s a significant upgrade, too, as we’ll find out in a moment.

All-New GoPro Hero 10 Black Features

GP2 Processor

Thanks to its new GP2 processor, GoPro’s Hero 10 Black allows users to capture footage in 5K at up to 60 frames per second. Perhaps more importantly, though, it’s now possible to record in 4K at up to 120 frames per second. Previously, on the Hero 9 Black, 4K footage could only be shot at up to 60 frames per second, and 5K clips at a mere half of that amount.
So, the Hero 10 Black is undoubtedly off to a good start.

New Aspect Ratio and Improved Stills

Elsewhere, there’s also a raft of other improvements packed into the GoPro Hero 10 Black. These include a new 4:3 aspect ratio and the ability to take still images at up to 23 megapixels. That’s three megapixels more than on the outgoing model, so arguably only a minor improvement, but an improvement all the same.

HyperSmooth 4.0

The GoPro Hero 10 Black also introduces HyperSmooth 4.0. The brand’s highest-ever level of image stabilization, it’s immediately apparent that the technology is levels ahead of the competition. For example, HyperSmooth 4.0 features built-in horizon leveling, as one might expect. Now there is a new maximum tilt limit of up to 45 degrees. That’s almost double the amount of tilt allowed with the already impressive Hero 9.
GoPro’s latest model also promises improvements in terms of shooting in low-light conditions, particularly at sunset.

New Branding, Lens Cover, USB-C, and More

Looks-wise, new bright blue branding sets the GoPro Hero 10 Black apart from its predecessor. It also gets a revised water-shedding lens cover plus improved touchscreen sensitivity and live preview settings. Furthermore, it’s now possible to use a USB-C cable to transfer content from the action camera to another device.
Aside from that, much of the rest of the Hero 10 Black’s construction remains the same as on the Hero 9 Black, including its removable 1720 mAh lithium-ion battery, lens mount, front display, and rear touchscreen – albeit improved slightly with some software tweaks. One major benefit of this, of course, is that the newest model from the Hero line-up remains fully compatible with almost any previously purchased GoPro accessories.
The same Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity options, plus water resistance down to 33 ft, are also carried over from all models since the GoPro Hero 7 Silver.

GoPro Hero 10 Black vs. Hero 9 Black

Ultimately, the GoPro Hero 10 Black improves on the Hero 9 Black in numerous areas. Yet, most of these improvements will only be immediately noticeable to more serious GoPro users.
That said, owners of older GoPro models will certainly benefit from upgrading to the Hero 10 Black. Whether an upgrade straight from the Hero 9 Black to the Hero 10 Black is either necessary or sensible will depend on how much weight an individual places on each of the improvements outlined above.
In terms of pricing, the GoPro Hero 10 Black costs $499 – an increase of $50 over the Hero 9 Black, which cost $449 at its launch 12 months ago.

GoPro Hero 10 Black Warranty

Now pricier than ever, an extended warranty with all-important accidental damage coverage is vital for any new GoPro. Available from Upsie, GoPro Hero 10 Black warranty prices start at $66.99 based on three years of coverage.
Camera warranty protection with Upsie provides insurance against:
  • Drops
  • Spills
  • Cracks
  • Manufacturer defects
  • Mechanical failures including power, zoom, and screen issues
Claims are unlimited up to the value of a replacement at its retail price. All of this protection comes with an industry-leading low deductible of just $25.
For that, expert local repairs are included, meaning that Upsie customers can have their GoPros fixed and back in their hands in no time. Alternatively, faulty or damaged GoPros can be shipped in, free of charge, for repair at Upsie’s central facility. In the event that a repair isn’t possible, or if the cost to fix a damaged or faulty GoPro is prohibitively high, Upsie will replace it at no extra charge.
Head to Upsie.com or download the exclusive Upsie smartphone app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store to find out more.

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