Action cameras are compact, full of features and incredible sturdy – and the GoPro Hero 9 is one of the best. Only now, GoPro has released an even better product; the Hero 10.
Similar in looks to the previous model, the Hero 10 builds upon the Hero 9 formula with a more powerful processor under the hood – and with it, the brainpower for even higher quality video and stabilization features. But is it worth upgrading? Read our bike-focused review to find out.
It looks pretty similar
As you’d expect from GoPro, the Hero 10 looks an awful lot like the Hero 9 that came around a year before it. Like the 9, the Hero 10 is a little chunkier than the previous GoPro models. Despite that, it's actually lighter than the previous model, with the Hero 10 weighing 153g compared to the Hero 9 at 158g. It's not much, but it's something.
Thanks to an identical footprint to its predecessor, the Hero 10 can be used with almost all cage-based mounts as the GoPro Hero 9. It also uses the same hinge as most other GoPro cameras (integrated into the bottom of the device) so it’ll work with most of your older attachments.
We found it light enough to mount via adhesive mount on our helmet, and after hours of use, there were no signs of stress on the mount at all. What’s more, it’s not noticeable if stowed away in a pocket or rucksack.
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 for riding in bad weather or gravel.
Performance and specs
The GoPro Hero 10 offers more than before, giving you more recording modes. 5.3K footage is here, but the Hero 10 doubles the Hero 9’s 30fps and gives you a smooth 60fps. It’s the same with 4K: the Hero 9 can capture 4K footage at 60fps, but the Hero 10 doubles it with 4K at a ridiculous 120fps.
The extra frames really come in handy if you’re slowing down your footage or trying more creative shots – but in practice it’s overkill for most onboard, helmet-mounted videos. What’s more useful is the Hero 10’s improved 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.
Is HyperSmooth 4.0 much better? When watching your road footage back, you’ll hardly notice the difference between this version of the stabilization software and the last – but it could be useful if you use the action camera for more extreme, off-road riding. What’s more, stabilization software is a matter of taste; in our opinion, too much stabilization robs footage of an exciting, dynamic element.
The cost of the GoPro Hero 10 can fluctuate massively: sometimes it can be had for around £330, making it even cheaper than the Hero 9. These deals are unpredictable, though, and it will usually sit closer to £500.
Those with a Hero 8 or before should seriously look at a Hero 10 for recording their rides, but those with a Hero 9 will find fewer reasons to upgrade.
It may look the same as the Hero 9, but the Hero 10 offers a collection of small improvements that make it a more powerful versatile camera than its predecessor. However, the majority of these upgrades don’t come in handy when using the camera in a biking setting.
An increased frame rate in most shooting modes certainly widens the envelope of the new Hero 10 – and improved stabilization is a nice option to have – but we found the improved touchscreen the most obvious upgrade.
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