This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first GoPro, and thus the release of the 10th generation GoPro. But the problem with having the best action camera on the market is that it’s hard to release a truly mind-blowing update without either drastically increasing the price, or changing the shape and rendering last year’s accessories incompatible.
So, the GoPro line is celebrating its birthday with a generational update that focuses on speed, screens and resolution, while sticking with the same themes and body-shape.
The GoPro Hero 10 can now shoot in 5.3K definition, a resolution which isn’t supported by most screens, but does mean you can easily crop up a 4K video in a professional editing program. You can also have 4K at 120 frames per second, or 2.4K at 240, which should be more than enough to show off your really cool action moments in slow-mo.
You can enjoy these fancy resolutions more smoothly as well, with Hypersmooth 4.0 making footage taken on the bumpiest of bike rides look like it was filmed on a gimble.
These new features are all powered by the new GP2 chip, which also allows for faster uploading over WiFi. The Hero 9 took an age to transfer anything to the mobile app, and while the Hero 10 still takes a long time, it’s more tolerable.
Speaking of uploads, though, there is one element of this new release that leaves a sour taste in the mouth: the heavier focus on GoPro’s subscription service. If you already have a GoPro subscription (ordinarily $69 a year), the Hero 10 is $599. If you get it bundled with a year of subscription for new subscribers, it’s $599. If you don’t want the subscription, it’s $749.
The subscription itself offers a pretty good service for frequent GoPro users: unlimited cloud backup, auto uploads to the cloud from your GoPro while it’s charging, 50 per cent off accessories, and no-questions-asked camera replacement (for a fee) if you somehow manage to break yours (they are nigh on indestructible).
But these days everything has a subscription, even when it really doesn’t need one, and it’s just getting a bit exhausting.