Go Pro Hero 10 Review for Surfing
From a surfer's perspective, our Go Pro hero 10 review. As a water photographer and keen surfer we are always interested in the latest action cameras. Last season after reading some great reviews we decided to purchase the Go Pro Hero 10 Black. Here is our review, thoughts and some tips on using the camera.
Image Quality: The GoPro Hero 10 has a 23.6-megapixel camera that can shoot 5.3K video providing incredibly sharp, high-quality footage. This camera is capable of capturing stunning footage especially in good lighting. The camera's Hyper Smooth 4.0 image stabilization system also works great. We love the 4k video at 120 frames per second and for some super slow motion you can shoot 1080p at 240 frames per second.
Durability: The GoPro Hero 10 is designed to withstand harsh environments and is rugged enough to endure getting thrown around in the surf. It is waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters) making it the perfect camera for any water photographer. I have used the camera in all sorts of conditions, and it has held up remarkably well. The waterproofing is great but for extra safety I would advise using the water housing that go pro sell as an extra accessory. Make sure you use the antifog papers to help prevent the housing steam up.
Ease of Use: The GoPro Hero 10 is incredibly user-friendly, with simple controls that are easy to navigate. The camera can be operated with just one hand, which is very convenient when you're in the water. Additionally, the camera has a touchscreen interface, but we keep this locked when we are in the surf to prevent changing settings by mistake.
Battery Life: GoPro advertise an impressive battery life of up to 2.5 hours with continuous use. We found out it was more like an hour continues shooting. One tip is to shoot on free capture mode to increase Battery life. We usually get 3 hrs when using this setting. If you're struggling with battery life on your go pro take a look at our recent post 10 tips on how to improve your Go Pro Battery life
Additional Features: The GoPro Hero 10 comes with a variety of features that make it a great camera for surfers. We really like the slow motion settings. Additionally, the camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to transfer footage to a smartphone or other device for editing and sharing.
Conclusion Overall the GoPro Hero 10 is an excellent camera and produces impressive image quality. Its durable, easy to use and we would highly recommend the camera. Here are some of our key points to shooting with the Go Pro Hero 10 black.
Water Housing - Purchase the water housing to keep the camera extra safe. We like using the dome port housing to capture split shots especially when shooting in clear water. The cameras are fully water proof but we like to be cautious and over time the saltwater doesn't do the camera any good
Leash - Use a leash so you don’t lose the camera. We like using the mouth mount when we are surfing and the floating selfie stick when we are filming surfers. You can also get a mount for the top of your water housing plus there are plenty of other good accessories for mounting the camera.
Quick Capture Mode - Use the Quick capture mode to save battery life. We usually get over 3 hrs battery life when shooting with the quick capture mode
Clean - Rinse the water housing with fresh water after use. Use silicone gel on the seals and use the antifog papers for inside the water housing. Make sure inside the housing is clean and dry. Use your saliva to keep the lens port free of water drops.
Enduro Batteries - Purchase spare batteries and memory cards so you have backups. We like the Sandisk 256 MB miniSD cards and the Enduro extra life batteries.
Slow Motion - Favorite shooting mode 4k at 120fps. We love shooting in slow motion. When shooting surfers, we use the Linear field of view setting. If you're surfing with the Go Pro then try the Super view field of view setting
Good Lighting - Shoot in good sunlight, we had some of our best results on sunrise and sunset. Avoid cloudy days and low light conditions.
Double Check - Fully charge batteries before you head out into the surf. Double check your battery is fully charged and you have the correct settings on your camera. Check your memory card is in and formatted ready to go.
Here is a link to the Go Pro Hero 10. We purchased our camera direct from the Go pro website but there are some good deals online. Shop around for your best price. If your buying a used go pro double check all the functions and give the camera a good test before purchasing. For any more details on the camera please email us.