Here we go again - it's time for another GoPro. Only this time, the Hero 10 looks an awful lot like the Hero 9 that came about 12 months before it. However, although they may look similar on the outside, GoPro reckons its latest, greatest action camera offers a significant upgrade over its predecessor. So what’s different, and is it worth going for the Hero 10 after all? Keep reading Curtis' review to find out.
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Build quality and durability
• Looks a lot like the GoPro Hero 9 on the outside...
• ...and a lot like the Hero 9 on the inside
From the outside at least, the GoPro Hero 10 looks pretty much identical to the Hero 9. Chunkier than the 8 downwards, GoPro’s last two flagships are heavier but feel more durable. The Hero 10 tips the scales at a slightly lighter 153g over the Hero 9’s 158g, but both feel solid. Both also use the same integrated mount, so neither require a case to be mounted to GoPro accessories.
Like the Hero 9, the Hero 10 gets a larger rear screen and front-facing screen and the lens cover is also removable, so it can be replaced if damaged. However, the Hero 10 has another trick up its sleeve; GoPro says the lens is more scratch and water resistant – ideal in bad weather or other extreme situations.
The Hero 10 is waterproof to 10 metres like the Hero 9, and both are so similar you can also use the majority of Hero 9 accessories with new flagship. Even the batteries are interchangeable.
Performance and specs
• Noticeable upgrade on the Hero 9 with recording modes
• 4K at 120fps
• Good touchscreen
It’s here that the GoPro Hero 10 stretches ahead of its predecessor, offering a handsome upgrade in recording modes. Both GoPros can record at 5.3K, but the Hero 10 can do so at smooth 60fps, whereas the Hero 9 can only do half that at 30fps. In practice, both look incredibly sharp, but the 60fps is just even better.
In the same way, while the Hero 9 can do a respectable 4K at 60fps, the Hero 10 can do the same resolution at a ludicrous 120fps. Although not entirely useful at first, the increased frame rate means you can slow footage down if needed. As you’d expect, these gains filter down to improved screen captures.
We found the GoPro significantly better to use overall, and that’s mainly down to a revised touchscreen. Although it looks identical to the previous camera’s, the Hero 10’s screen offers an improved touchscreen experience. That means swiping and pressing is far more intuitive and less fiddly – ideal when you’re trying to quickly set up a shot.
Most of the changes in shooting power and touchscreen prowess come from an improved chip – and it also brings an improvement to the Hero 10’s stability software. New for the Hero 10, HyperSmooth 4.0 gives you even more stable footage – and horizon levelling at up to 45 degrees. Not a huge difference, but one that could be useful to have.
The cost of the GoPro Hero 10 is fluctuating massively: right now it can be had for around £330, making it even cheaper than the Hero 9. This is a holiday deal, though, and it could return to something closer to £500 at any time.
It may look the same as the Hero 9, but the Hero 10 offers a collection of small upgrades that make it a much more versatile camera than its predecessor. While some of them are probably suited to professional film makers (5.3k at 60fps, for example) they all make for a device that’s futureproofed for at least a couple of years. Features like HyperSmooth 4.0 are even better, but it’s arguably too good and makes videos feel less dynamic.
But the most useful upgrade? Aside from the improved resolution, a more useful, dependable touchscreen makes it easy to operate and get the most out of the Hero 10’s new features.
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Curtis Moldrich is a tech writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in the best audio gear, laptops and gadgets.
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