GoPro Hero 10 Black review: Fully evolved

Two-minute review

The GoPro Hero 10 Black is the latest in a long line of Hero action cameras that stretches all the way back to 2005. It’s the most polished, powerful GoPro so far thanks to its new GP2 processor, but it’s also only a relatively minor upgrade over its Hero 9 Black predecessor.

Every so often GoPros make a big leap forward: the GoPro Hero 5 Black was waterproof without needing a case, and the Hero 7 Black introduced HyperSmooth stabilization. Despite its momentous name, the Hero 10 Black isn’t one of those models. But it does refine (and fix) most of the new features we saw on the Hero 9 Black, while adding a sprinkling of new shooting modes and better usability.

The Hero 10 Black is built around the same 23MP 1/2.3-inch sensor as its predecessor and is waterproof down to 10 meters, but it’s that new GP2 processor that unlocks most its new talents. Chief among these are some new shooting modes, including new 5K/60p, 4K/120p and 2.7K/240p options. The latter two are fun, slow-mo affairs that are perfect for social media cut-scenes or b-cam footage, particularly as GoPro’s revamped Quik app will happily do some of the editing for you.

The GoPro Hero 10 Black action camera sitting on a wooden bench

(Image credit: Future)

Other improvements include a much more responsive touchscreen interface (the Hero 9 Black fell down here), a handy new wired data transfer mode for phones, and some under-the-hood image quality boosts, including local tone mapping and improved low-light noise reduction. There are certainly some small improvements to video quality as a result, but the Hero 10 Black can still only do so much with its relatively small image sensor.

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