Moto rider back flipping with GoPro Hero10 Black
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GoPro HERO10 Black Launch: ‘Faster, Smoother, Easier’ Action Camera

GoPro HERO10 Black again raises the bar with better image quality and overall performance, thanks to a new GP2 processor.

Twice the frame rates, “dramatically improved” image quality, “impossibly smooth” video stabilization, and more make the HERO10 Black, “one beast of a GoPro,” according to founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman.

GoPro has become as synonymous with action cameras as Apple is with smart devices. And like Apple, the brand’s annual product launches attract anticipation, scrutiny, and fervor in equal measure.

And today’s unveiling of the HERO10 Black — the tenth iteration of the brand’s flagship product — brought with it one major upgrade: a whole new processor.

GoPro HERO10 Black action camera
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“It is a worthy successor to the GP1 we introduced back in 2017, as part of HERO6,” GoPro VIP of product, Pablo Lema, told assembled journalists in a video demonstration.

That new processing power enables the HERO10 Black’s key upgrades over its predecessors:

  • Twice the performance
  • Improved image quality
  • Next-gen stabilization
  • Increased responsiveness
  • Faster content offloading

Here’s the scoop on the latest action camera from GoPro, the HERO10 Black.

GoPro HERO10 Black Release

Image Quality

First off, the extra processing power allows the HERO10 Black to capture stunning video at a range of speeds. The HERO10 Black will shoot 5.3K video — 91% more resolution than 4K — at 60 frames per second (fps). It can also shoot 4K at 120 fps and 2.7K at 240 fps (slow motion).

GoPro also boasts that the HERO10 Black will capture finer and more realistic details, even in low light, thanks to its improved video algorithms.

As for stills, the HERO10 Black offers 23 megapixels (MP) photo resolution and can even pull 19.6MP stills from a video. That’s great news for adventure YouTubers who need a crisp thumbnail from their action videos.

Stabilization: HyperSmooth 4.0

Dirt biker tail whipping with GoPro HERO10 Black action camera
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The HERO10 Black also upgrades its video stabilization, nearly doubling its tilt limit from 27 degrees up to 45 degrees. It also possesses 360-degree horizon lock technology — a carryover from previous models.

Responsiveness

To help this little action camera keep up with the action-oriented user, the HERO10 Black — and its mighty new processor — claim better and faster responsiveness.

This exhibits as a front color display with a higher frame rate, allowing smoother live previews. And the rear display also receives a speed boost with touch display and touch zoom.

Offloading

GoPro HERO10 Black action camera wired offloading
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GoPro imbued the HERO10 Black with three ways to offload content from the camera to the cloud or other devices:

  • HERO10 Black will automatically upload users’ most recent content to their GoPro account while the camera is charging.
  • Utilizing the GoPro Quik app, the HERO10 Black can wirelessly offload content 30% faster than previous cameras.
  • HERO10 Black also now offers wired offloading to the Quik app, which is 50% faster than doing so wirelessly.

GoPro HERO10 Black Price, Specs

The GoPro HERO10 Black launches globally for sale today, September 16, on GoPro’s website and at select retailers. For existing GoPro subscribers and those who sign up for a one-year subscription, the HERO10 Black retails for $399.98.

For non-subscribers, the HERO10 Black costs $500. GoPro subscriptions are available for $50 for a year or $5 per month.

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Full GoPro HERO10 Black Specs

GoPro HERO10 Black Specs

  • All-New GP2 Processor
  • Video: 5.3K60, 4K120, 2.7K240
  • Video Stills: Up to 19.6 megapixels
  • Photos: 23 megapixels
  • Improved Low Light Performance
  • Local Tone Mapping (LTM) and 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)
  • Next-Gen HyperSmooth 4.0 Video Stabilization
  • Increased 45-degree Horizon Leveling Tilt Limit in 4K60, 2.7K120, and 1080p120 Video
  • Front Color Display with Higher Frame Rates for Smoother Live Preview of Your Shots
  • Faster, More Responsive Rear Touch Display With Touch Zoom
  • Faster Content Transfer
  • 3 Ways to Transfer Content: Cloud Upload, Wireless Offload, and New Wired Transfer to Your Phone
  • New Protective Lens Cover with Hydrophobic, Water-Shedding Design
  • Removable, Rechargeable 1,720mAh Battery
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed and Half Speed
  • 1080p Livestream featuring HyperSmooth 4.0. Video Stabilization
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools: HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, and Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR
  • Night Lapse Video
  • RAW Photos
  • Digital Lenses: Ultra-Wide (SuperView), Wide, Linear, and Narrow Perspectives
  • Voice Control with 13 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 Microphones With Advanced Wind-Noise Reduction
  • Stereo + RAW Audio
  • Custom Presets + On-Screen Shortcuts
  • Built-in Folding Mounting Fingers for Attaching the Camera to GoPro Mounts
  • Rugged + Waterproof to 33 ft. (10 m)
  • Fast-Charging Compatible
  • Compatible With Media Mod, Display Mod, Light Mod, and Max Lens Mod (support coming in post-launch firmware update)

HERO10 Black Million Dollar Challenge

time lapse of stars over Marmot tent with GoPro HERO10 Black camera
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For the fourth year in a row, GoPro will challenge its users to create the launch highlight reel for its new flagship camera. Open exclusively to owners of HERO10 Black, the Million Dollar Challenge will award an equal share of $1,000,000 to entrants whose video clips are chosen for the HERO10 Black Million Dollar Challenge video.

The video will launch in December 2021.

Beginning today, HERO10 Black users are invited to capture and submit their video clips for consideration to the Million Dollar Challenge on GoPro.com/MillionDollarChallenge. Submissions close December 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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Adam Ruggiero is the editor-in-chief of GearJunkie and a fan of virtually all sports and activities. From biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming — if it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.