The GoPro HERO 10 is the latest release in the GoPro HERO camera series. In this article, we compare the GoPro HERO 10 to the GoPro HERO 9 and GoPro HERO 8, the two previous releases in the series. We discuss the differences between the three cameras and help you decide which one is right for you.
GoPro HERO 10 vs 9 vs 8
Design & Build
The HERO9Black has a live-view, full-color front screen. The HERO8Black has a black-and-white screen that is used only for status information.
The HERO9Black now features a full-color, front-view preview screen that you can use to view live-view images. This screen can be used to view the live preview of what is in the frame, which is useful for vlogging or selfies. Instead of pointing at the camera, guessing and hoping, you can actually see what’s inside it.
Although it is smaller than the screen on the back, it can be very handy if you are in front of your camera and want to ensure that the shot is exactly how you want. Although technically, you can do this with the HERO8Black, it requires separate accessories or mods to add a flip-up display from the back. The Display Mod also works on the HERO9Black but is much less relevant since that camera already has the preview screen built-in. This new approach is much simpler and doesn’t require you to purchase an accessory.
You can also use the front screen in a variety of ways. It can be used as a live preview in full color. It uses far more power than it needs, so you should not leave it on constantly.
It can be used as a status screen to show the usual information such as shooting mode, remaining battery life, SD card storage capacity, and duration. It is sharper and more practical than the older style on HERO8 Black due to its larger size and better resolution.
You can also have the device turned off, which is a good option for conserving battery power.
GoPro Hero 9 vs 10
- Hero 10: 153 grams
- Hero 9: 158 grams
- Both: Waterproof up to 10m/33ft
- Both: Removable lens covers
- Hero 10: Waterphobic and scratch-resistant lens cover
We see little difference between the two models in terms of design. It’s not surprising, considering that the Hero 9 Black was the first significant design change in many years.
GoPro’s 2020 model has a larger camera and a color display on the front. This allows you to frame your own videos. The new lens cover can be removed and replaced with a new lens. This makes it easy to swap out the lens for another lens or a replacement if your original one breaks.
The Hero 10 lens cover has been improved to be more durable. It is more scratch-resistant than the Hero 9’s and more hydrophobic, so water will slide off it easier. It will also reduce ghosting when the video is shot through it.
The only difference in the design is the bright blue color of the Hero logo and GoPro’s logo. It is approximately 5 grams lighter than the inner frame. The camera’s outer frame is darker and has a rougher texture. It’s otherwise almost identical.
Both cameras are waterproof up to 10m/33ft. They also have the same battery door design and water channel. They both come with integrated mounting arms on their undersides, so you don’t have to buy additional cases to mount them to GoPro accessories. The Hero 10 can be used with all Hero 9 Black Mods, including additional lights, microphones, and displays.
The GoPro Hero 10 Black and Hero 9 Black are almost identical with a 10 percent larger size than the Hero 8 Black. The touchscreens on both cameras are 2.27 inches wide, compared to 1.95 inches for the Hero 8 Black. The Hero 10 & 9 Black have a full-color screen front, as opposed to the monochrome Hero 8 Black. Vloggers will find the color screen especially useful as they can frame their shots without having to access the rear screen.
The GoPro Hero 10 Black’s 23MP sensor is the most powerful GoPro camera. Hero 9 has a resolution of 20MP. This is almost twice the resolution of Hero 8 Black’s sensor. Hero 9 and 10 can shoot 5K and 5.3 videos, respectively. Hero 8’s maximum resolution is 4K. This means that the new GoPro models produce sharper images with more detail than their predecessors.
Video and Photo Capture
Hero 9 vs 10
- Hero 10: 5.3K/60fps, 4K/120fps, 2.7K/240fps
- Hero 9: 5.3K/30fps, 4K/60fps, 2.7K/120fps
- Hero 10: 23MP photos, up to 19.6MP frame grabs
- Hero 9: Up to 14.7MP frame grabs and 20MP photos
GoPro’s new camera is twice as fast as its predecessor when it comes to video recording. This means that the camera can capture twice as many frames per second, thanks to its new GP2 processor.
The Hero 9 can record 5.3K video at 30fps, while the Hero 10 can capture that same resolution at 60fps. It can also shoot 4K at 120fps, which is 60fps for the Hero 9. The higher resolution still frame grabs are possible due to the larger processor and sensor.
If you shoot at 5K with a 4:3 ratio, you can export a still 19.6-megapixel frame. You can see a lot more detail compared to the Hero 9’s 12-megapixel frame grab in a 4:3 ratio from 4K. It can frame grab 15.8 megapixels in 16:9 at 5K resolution, compared to 14.7 megapixels for the Hero 9 shooting 5K.
GoPro claims that it has also improved low light performance, so noise levels on the Hero 10 are much lower.
Hero 8 vs 9
- Hero 8: 4K/60 FHD/240 footage
- Hero 9: Up to 5K/30, 4K/60, FHD/240
- Both: Live streaming at 1080p
The ‘digital lenses,’ which are integrated into Heros software, allow for a wide variety of resolutions and frame-rate combinations at different focal lengths.
The Hero9 is the best in resolution. It can capture up to 5K resolution in a 16/9 ratio using wide, narrow and linear ‘lenses. It can shoot at 4K resolution up to 60 frames per second and at 1080p up to 240 frames a second. You can also shoot at 2.7k resolution and at various resolutions up to 4K at a 4:3 ratio. Hero 8 is similar to Hero 7, except that it can shoot at 4K resolution. The horizon leveling feature is not available in certain settings.
Both cameras can be used to stream live at 1080p resolution. The cameras use an EIS and algorithm combination to stabilize footage with a HyperSmooth feature. The Hero 9 has a smoother camera, and the horizon leveling function is now available. You can also get horizon leveling for everything if you purchase the Max lens, even if the camera is rotated 360 degrees.
All three cameras have Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, so they can be connected to smart devices with the GoPro App. These cameras support Livestream at 1080p. These cameras were designed with vlogging in mind. Each camera comes with its own Media Mod (sold separately), which adds a directional microphone that is ideal for vlogging. Other useful accessories for vlogging are also available, such as Display Mod, Light Mod and so on.
HyperSmooth 2.0 was introduced by GoPro Hero 8. GoPro has been upgrading its EIS continuously to the latest versions ever since, including HyperSmooth 3.0 for Hero 9 Black and HyperSmooth 4.0 for Hero 10 Black. You can apply stabilization at higher resolutions on the Hero 10 Black (5.3K30 to 4K60 and 2.7K120).
TimeWarp – A fun Hyperlapse mode that creates super-smooth motion times lapses. It’s even better when you use TimeWarp 2.0 on Hero 8 or TimeWarp 3.0 for Hero 9 and 10 Black. Without the 10% crop, you can get stunning hyperlapse shots. It’s also available at all frame rates, resolutions and settings on the most recent GoPros.
Swappable Lens Cover
All GoPro Hero Black models had a swappable lens cover until the Hero 7 Black. GoPro made this obsolete with the Hero 8 Black. The lens port was glued to the body, and it became non-removable. GoPro has returned to the swappable lens with the Hero 9 and 10 Black. The Max Lens Mod, an interchangeable lens modification created by GoPro, is also available.
All three GoPro cameras are wirelessly controlled via the GoPro mobile app through WiFi or Bluetooth. The Hero 9 and 10 Black are not compatible with the Smart Remote or Remo Remote, but the Hero 8 Black is.
GoPro increased the battery capacity to 1720mAh with the Hero 9 Black’s launch. The same battery is also used in Hero 10’s latest version. Comparing it to its predecessor, the Hero 8 Black (1220mAh), this battery increases the camera’s stamina by around 30%. It can also handle extreme cold conditions better because of its larger battery size.
GoPro HERO 10 is the newest camera in the GoPro lineup. It offers 4K video at 60fps and 1080p video at 240fps. It also has a new sensor that allows for better low-light performance and improved image quality. The GoPro HERO 9 is the previous generation camera and offers 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps. It also has a slightly older sensor, which results in slightly worse low light performance and image quality.GoPro Hero 8 Black has a max video resolution of 4K/60fps and can shoot 1080p/240fps.