Video: GoPro Launches the Hero 10 Black with New GP2 Processor

Sep 16, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

GoPro has today launched the tenth iteration of its Hero action camera.

While the casing of the camera looks very similar to the Hero9 that was released exactly a year ago, the new camera is claimed to be the most powerful that GoPro has ever produced thanks to its new GP2 chip. The new processor provides a speed update (the previous version had been used since 2016) and means the whole camera should capture, process and upload content much quicker than before.

As you might expect, there are also a number of upgrades to the picture quality too including 5.3k video at 60fps, 4k video at 120 fps and 8x slow mo. The full list of features is below.

Key features

- Powerful new GP2 engine
- 5.3K60, 4K120, 2.7K240 (8X slo-mo)
- Rugged + waterproof to 33ft (10m)
- HyperSmooth 4.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
- 23MP images, RAW format, #SuperPhoto, + HDR
- 19.6MP frame grabs
- Improved touch control response
- Uploads automatically to the cloud
- Live streaming in 1080p, now with HyperSmooth 4.0
- Enhanced low-light performance
- TimeWarp stabilized time-lapse video
- Mod ready + compatible with all GoPro mounts
- New removable lens cover that is hydrophobic + combats lens flares/artifacts
- Webcam Mode

The camera costs $550 without a GoPro subscription, $400 for existing GoPro subscribers, or $400 for new subscribers with an included year of GoPro subscription. More info, here.

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114 Comments

  • 126 5
 That is a lot of money to record sick shreddits no one is interested in. I managed to get a H7 Black for a quarter of that for no one to be interested in.
  • 15 22
flag scott-townes (Sep 16, 2021 at 8:06) (Below Threshold)
 A new GoPro costing $499 when its first released!? Wow, what insight. It's almost like they've been setting the same MSRP since the Hero 4 black. Oh wait, they have been. Its almost like the GoPro is just like any other technology with newer iterations.
  • 1 5
flag teethgrinder (Sep 16, 2021 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: well no, obviously.
A second hand one off of Facebook 3 days ago
  • 8 0
 @scott-townes: a quick google shows the 9 released at $449 and the 8 released at $399. And this article says $550, not $499.
  • 30 5
 What's this subscription nonsense? Total non-starter. I will forever boycott any physical product that requires a perpetual paid subscription to unlock any functionality.
  • 12 0
 @JWadd: well you're good to go because it's not required at all. It simply gives you unlimited cloud storage and you can replace the camera for free twice a year with it.
  • 9 2
 @JWadd: I think the subscription is actually a no brainer. The camera creates enormously large files. Being able to keep it all the cloud solves a lot of problems and you get the discount on the camera. Its the most reasonable part of the whole thing.
  • 5 15
flag scott-townes (Sep 16, 2021 at 12:19) (Below Threshold)
 @dastone: OMG off by $50! What a massive change in my point regarding how expensive GoPros are when they're first released.
  • 5 0
 @Dbeisen: I have a 5 and currently subscribe only because I have forgotten to unsubscribe.
I leave it over night and am lucky if it uploads one vid.
I have pretty fast broadband as well. Easier to get portable hard drive
  • 1 0
 @ilovedust: I tried the free trial of the subscription because of the unlimited storage but had the same problem as you. Doing a bit of googling a lot of people in the uk have this problem. Something to do with servers being in the US. Cancelled my subscription after that and bought an external hard drive.
  • 1 0
 I prefer to use gopro 3
  • 61 0
 They need to bring back a Session sized option, this beast is great and has some amazing features but it is too huge to be comfortably for anyone who doesn't fancy themselves a pro/vlogger.
I don't need livestreaming, 5K resolution or half of the other amazing features this big boy has, I just want a comfortable little camera to record in reasonable quality that is comfortable to actually have mounted on me. Never understood why they stopped making it.
  • 8 0
 I Second this. I have a session 5, that was a little problematic, but I loved the size of it. Ultimatley I stopped using it because of the issues with it. At the very least, make something smaller than what they are making.
  • 6 0
 I still use a session 5 and until they make another, I'll stick with it. Though the battery have other ideas...
  • 2 0
 Yep I love my session, I'm looking at upgrading, because I value a screen and bigger battery, but the session is still sick.
  • 3 0
 yip my session is spot on for what i need.. ie carnage cam.. reason they stopped selling it was thats all people bought and the hero sales died a death..
  • 2 0
 Still use my Session 5. I just bought a cheap underwater case for it because the little memory slot flap disappeared a long time ago and I use it for wheeling (gets wet) as well as racing/carnage. Kurva!!!

But what I came to say was how come the camera is Version 10 while the software is ver 1.04b Beta? It sucks so bad. Not sure I'll ever buy another GoPro product. I know you don't need to use their app exclusively, but just getting the media off the device is pulling teeth sometimes and connectivity is way more challenging than it needs to be.
  • 2 0
 What is even better is the fact that you can modify the firmware of the Hero 5 Session to work with the Hero 8 Stabilization, sure it crashes a little sometimes but there's nothing better than a tiny tiny camera with the capabilities of a Hero 8.

Oh and what is better is that it actually works better than the H8 stabilization due to more stable sensors Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @theoskar57: Your mistaking me for somebody with talent...
  • 1 0
 true! i own a session 5, and i wouldn´t trade for anything bigger!
  • 1 0
 @theoskar57: Really? Any links to instructions on how to do this?
  • 45 1
 Where's the high pivot its 2021 ffs
  • 6 0
 Not to mention there are no bottle cage mounts!!
  • 1 2
 Underrated comment.
  • 36 0
 I never understand the, "Most powerful/best we've ever made.". Like yeah, obviously, why would someone by it if it wasn't?
  • 8 0
 You mean you wouldn't buy it if they said, "the new camera is claimed to be the least powerful that GoPro has ever produced thanks to its new GP2 chip. The new processor provides a speed downgrade (the previous version had been used since 2016) and means the whole camera should capture, process and upload content much slower than before"
  • 1 0
 exactly my thoughts.
  • 2 0
 Many companies have different tiers of products. In some cases, they may release a new "budget" version that is better than the previous budget version but not better than their best version. In this case, it's their newest best version.
  • 5 0
 The GoPro 11 will be better , I’ll wait for that lol
  • 1 0
 marketing.
  • 23 0
 Apparently you can FINALLY plug it into your phone/iPad and dump the footage via usb-c. The amount of time we wasted getting the footage to transfer via wifi was insane.
  • 15 0
 Does it still cut all videos into 4GB segments? Is there a way to stich the chunks together without re-rendering in external software? Any plans to make GoPro Quik at least marginally useful?
  • 7 0
 the 4gb segments problem i think come from the FAT32 file system that needs to be present on the memory card. ExFAT would solve the problem BUT it has other shortcomings...
  • 2 0
 If they have to segment the videos at least give us more than one file name convention to toggle between. Alpha-numeric sorting does not play well with their GX[clip#][video#] convention and sorting by date doesn't play well with Quik, which seemingly generates file information on the last recorded file first and then generates first to (second-to) last.
  • 5 1
 @Bruccio: modern cameras can detect and adapt to the card's filesystem, Gopro is just being backward. Their software has always been rather weak.
  • 19 5
 jGmiYzCPnSE
  • 10 0
 fjKsDmNViorPDsd?
  • 12 1
 @the-mountainbart-experience: No, just the left one
  • 1 0
 @pakleni: glad you clarified that.
  • 9 1
 I had a hero 4 that kept turning off during recordings. GoPro told me there was too much vibration on the boat deck I had it mounted on and wouldn’t repair it. They offered me a 10% discount on a new camera because mine was a month out of warranty. Customer service sucks!
  • 1 0
 I had a rattle sound I couldn't figure out. I asked them, they told me to try resetting it (it was clearly a physical noise).
Turns out it was slightly loose in its mount.
  • 6 0
 does the most powerful mean ill have to change batteries even sooner? because battery life on the 8&9 is already absolutely P*** poor unless potato quality is your thing
  • 3 0
 This or the Insta360 One X2? Anyone any experience with those?? My GoPro 8 continually turns itself off mid recording and have to remove the battery. Battery life isn't that good and there's no quick (on the GoPro 8 at least) method of changing the view settings when on your chest mount without removing the damn thing to be able to see the screen... Or use the phone which eats the battery.... Dunno, but interested in feedback on the Insta360 One X2!
  • 4 0
 Dont buy a 360 camera not unless you plan on using them on activies that are not prone to thrashing cameras. The problem I have on my Rylo and a friend's Insta360 One R is that the lens scratches too easily. Lens guards? Those scratch up easily too. But dont take my word for it.
  • 1 0
 Apparently the battery thing is fixed with the 10, not sure how true it is though but no real reason besides septicism
  • 1 0
 Same with my 8.It just turns off at least once in every ride.
  • 1 0
 @mountguitars: thanks for this, always useful to get real world feedback. I think I'll use both. Like the idea of the 360 and will use my GoPro (when it works) for other shots... But very useful heads-up on the lens scratching.
  • 1 0
 @SeanDRC: LOL! Smile Made me laugh, hopefully they've fixed it, but kinda lost my faith in GoPro now and don't really need even higher res footage etc... I struggle editing anything over 1080p on my old Mac! Smile
  • 3 0
 So this is why they were giving away 9s all summer. Seemed odd many other industries and products were at the mercy of electronics shortages but GoPro was knocking $150 off of their flagship model and putting it in a bundle.
  • 1 3
 It’s because they use the same chip. H7 - H9 use the same chip set, they just open or close different gates. This is the same way how graphics cards work.

RTX 3060 is the same chip as a RTX3080 or even a Quadros.
  • 1 0
 @kroozctrl: do they make their own chips?
  • 3 0
 @kroozctrl: The RTX 3060 is not the same chip as a 3080. The 3060 has less than half of the Cuda core. Just because they're both Ampere does not mean they're the same. They just share similar manufacturing.
  • 1 0
 @kroozctrl: well you're partially right, the Sensor is the same from H5 to H8, the Chip is the same since H5 to H7, just overclocked (hence why you can convert a Hero 5 to a Hero 7), H9 is just a pixel binned H8 Sensor with a new chip, and so is the H10.

RTX 3060 and 3080 aren't using the same chip.
  • 9 6
 10 +go pro models still nothing improved that shows how steep or how gnarly some trails actually are or can be...like for those who don't bike and see it as flat or low consequence and not a huge sent
"go pro" effect
  • 19 0
 For that, you need an actual video camera shot by someone off the trail. First-person shots will always have the GoPro effect due to being on the same plane as the slope/trail/slab being ridden.
  • 2 0
 @stevemokan: Totally agree! Otherwise, it will be too futuristic like having someone be off the trail and shooting videos for you while you're riding down the trail. Oh wait....
  • 6 0
 You would need a standard focal length instead of the ultrawide lens that all the action cams have. The problem with a standard focal length is, that your stem would fill pretty much the entire frame.
  • 3 0
 @stevemokan: facts, does he think gopro invented the wide angle lens?
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised they haven't copied smart phones and put in 2 or 3 different lenses (a standard, wide, and ultra wide angle).
  • 1 0
 @MrGouda: The size of the sensors and lenses on a phone vs a GoPro makes that highly unlikely.
  • 3 0
 We still don't have a mic port. GoPros mics are terrible with wind noise which is exactly what you get when your recording "action". Don't know how they haven't figured this out yet
  • 5 0
 My 7 still does the trick
  • 1 0
 Same, although I am interested for the first time in years due to the new processor. The GP7 black takes great videos and stabilisation is amazing, but the interface is so slow, it heats up like crazy and burns through the battery, but most problematic are the random bugs like stuttering videos that occur 1/10ish videos or it refusing to turn off. Most of these problems are software related of course, but having a chip that isn't being pushed to the extreme the whole time should help a lot.
  • 3 1
 Just get the batteries better and save the marketing fluff... I don't need a smoother smooth or a sharper sharp, but would throw my money on you should it finally last a decent ride.
  • 5 1
 So if you follow bunch of athletes on Ig it will be one big go pro ad today?
  • 4 0
 Is it longer lower and slacker though?
  • 2 0
 Wow, they really pump out gopros faaaast. I got a hero 7 what feels like really recently and its now 3 models old. It feels like I've only had it a year.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely hate the bigger heavier frame. Its an action camera with an extra screen up front for selfies. Ill buy a new one when they target the action cam again and not a blogger or youtuber cam
  • 16 14
 Incremental changes to drive annual revenue is a business plan that is destined to fail.
  • 35 3
 Works for Apple, Samsung, just about every phone company, just about every Automotive manufacturer etc. I've not a fan of that approach, but as long as people pay for it, they'll keep doing it.
  • 8 1
 @the-mountainbart-experience: I wouldn't call a framerate * 2 update incremental...
  • 29 0
 Wait, isn’t the bike industry the same?
  • 4 9
flag GotchaJimmy (Sep 16, 2021 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 almost seems like capitalism actually doesn't encourage innovation
  • 4 1
 I wouldn't say twice as fast chip is a incremental update
  • 1 2
 @GotchaJimmy: well thats where you are wrong. Its cool to rant on capitalism, but they did justify the gopro 10 with a new chip, they just havent found that next leap like the 6->7 yet.
  • 3 0
 So what's the alternative?
  • 1 0
 What? How so?
  • 1 1
 @GotchaJimmy: Pretty silly to say that, isn't it?
  • 1 0
 Sarcasm left the chatroom.....
  • 6 0
 @the-mountainbart-experience: I don't think so. Currently, "innovation" is led by a motivation for profit. So you get incremental upgrades to products instead of big ones in order to increase a brand's lifespan and moneymaking potential. As a by-product, you get consumers who have spent far too much money buying what is essentially marketing as well as a whole hell of a lot more waste. The way I see it, this system is broken.
  • 6 3
 @GotchaJimmy: Consumers need to realise that they are the problem. The problem is not capitalism but consumerism (the preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods). On top of that, it's not like these companies are holding back either due to the threat of losing their competitive advantage. What most companies offer is often at the very edge of what they can safely and effectively offer to consumers at that particular time, usually, in a market of competing products it looks like this, viz. One company makes a breakthrough in development, others try to imitate or improve on that for their own product to not lose previously held edge and stay innovative and not be left behind (like Nokia did, for example), on top of which they will offer unique product features of their own to further distinguish their product from competitors. I am sure that if any company out there had a revolutionary enough step forward in their technology that blew absolutely everything else out of the water they would be dull-witted to not leverage that as the benefits would be profound, such as increased shareholder value and interest in the company (more capital injection and CEOs getting richer) and a chance at becoming another Google and monopolising the market while claiming they aren't.

In juxtaposition, if the Govmn't decreed that the product I produce is of sufficient standard because it suits the requirements of the human user and everyone were to buy it from me, I sure as hell would not bother innovating.

The pace of development of technology is increasing which is why nowadays you see new models of cars annually with "incremental improvements" as that's what the technology at this time allows (along with logistics, chain of supply, financial restraints etc), instead of every 5 or so years like you did pre-2000s.

Heck, I won't be surprised if companies start releasing you versions of products every 3 months soon.

Regardless, it's an incredibly complex issue and I believe it's not right or reasonable to bash something without a true in-depth understanding of not just the thing you're bashing, but also the alternatives.
  • 2 0
 Increasing share of a decreasing market for the win!
  • 3 1
 @the-mountainbart-experience: I don't necessarily disagree and you're right, I don't have a perfect understanding of what I'm bashing (or the alternatives). I also agree that consumerism is the true issue here; consumerism caused by a common need to have the latest and greatest - something bred by capitalism.

I'm just saying something has to give. We are hurtling towards our own destruction. We need to do things differently.
  • 3 0
 @GotchaJimmy: I agree with you. The formula of advertising is to create a feeling of inadequacy then offer the solution to it, and we as human beings have too much pride and allow ourselves to be exploited like this.
  • 1 0
 @the-mountainbart-experience: Well said!
  • 1 0
 theyre in stock during a chip shortage.. i just bought a hundred shares. christmas is coming.
  • 3 0
 'claimed' to be the most powerful?
  • 2 0
 Of course it's THEIR most powerful GoPro. Just toss a processor with a .2 ghz faster clock rate, some extra features no one wants, and boom easy marketing blurbs
  • 3 0
 wow I'm 7 models late by now
  • 3 1
 I got a black 9 and black 5....i tend to use the 5 if I bother because its smaller. I'd suggest a hero 8.
  • 2 0
 Got the H8 Black for a great price not long after it came out and it has been a game changer. Had a H3 Silver before and thought the quality was good on that. The H8 is small enough to wear on the peak of my full-face without obstructing the view (just need to take the goggles off when I stop). The quality of the footage is outstanding.
  • 3 0
 If I live-stream in TimeWarp mode will I time travel?
  • 3 0
 Do people still use gimbals with newer GoPros?
  • 5 0
 I never see it because HyperSmooth is so good.
  • 1 0
 @cogsci: Nice. Camera tech has come a long way. Good to know that one wont need a bulky expensive gimbal for smooth video capture.
  • 1 0
 still a no-gopro because it doesn't have a "Session" recognition feature... how am I supposed to know if something looks like a Session or not?
  • 1 0
 But is it still as janky as the last few models?

Will I still get random freezing, corrupted video files and the occasional super unresponsive touch screen?
  • 1 0
 What is it all good for? My PC has a problem with playing videos from GoPro 3 and let alone of these new models.
I can search for GOPRO HD HERO or max HD HERO 2
  • 3 0
 GP2 engine... ARGH!
  • 1 0
 Every time a new one launches i want it ... and then I continue to use my Hero 4 black...
  • 2 0
 Is there a better option than go pro now?
  • 1 1
 Seth made a decent review of new Gopro, for now I will stick to my old H7B as with my pc and skills I wouldn't squeez anything more from this camera Smile
  • 1 0
 Wonder if it will still suck in low light. I have Seven, Session and Session Five. All gathering dust.
  • 1 0
 Time to do my annual/biennial purchase of the previous generation camera for dirt cheap.
  • 1 0
 Still have my Hero 4 that not many people can tell the difference in looks and video quality.
  • 2 0
 Doesn't look enough like a Session
  • 1 0
 Tis the season to drop a new gopro
  • 1 0
 I prefer my camera to have a V8 engine
  • 2 0
 Or at least a Turbo or two
  • 1 0
 Okay so what is a "GP2 engine" exactly?
  • 2 2
 Nothing about actually making the sound better or not have crackling.
  • 2 4
 spoiler alert: its shit
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