GoPro has announced that it will be releasing a firmware update for its newly launched Hero10 Black action camera soon. According to the company, this upcoming release will introduce several new performance-based recording modes, as well as a crucial fix for a reported overheating issue on the device.
In regards to the latter, some users have encountered an issue where their GoPro Hero10 Black cameras would overheat and shut down after 20 minutes of recording footage in high resolution and frame rates. YouTuber GadgetsBoy (via PetaPixel) says that the cause of this problem may be due to the sealed nature of the device – a design that is intended to protect it from certain elements such as water and so on. He added that this would also prevent any airflow into the camera, which would cool its internals as well as vent out heat.
As mentioned earlier, not all users ran into this issue on their respective Hero10 Black units – with some even claiming to have recorded over an hour’s worth of footage without issue. GoPro, on the other hand, doubts that the overheating is due to the product’s design. Given that the company is addressing it with a software update, it is likely that the flaw may have been caused by a bug in the Hero10 Black’s firmware.
Included together with the patch, GoPro will also be introducing three new Video Performance Modes to the Hero10. First being the Maximum Video Performance, which enables the action camera to record at “maximum resolution and frame rates for the very best image quality and ultra-slow-motion video. Extended Battery mode would let you shoot at an optimal resolution and frame rates for the “longest possible video recording times and maximum battery life.” Lastly, Tripod/Stationary Video Mode optimises the camera’s settings as well as disabling GPS and HyperSmooth stabilisation in order to record long video clips at “the highest resolutions and frame rates” in situations where there would be no motion or airflow to cool the camera.
According to GoPro, the new firmware would allow a 5.3K recording at 60fps to run for 47% longer, with an average of 29 minutes per clip. Alternatively, users can experience a claimed 154% increase to an hour and three minutes total when recording at 4K/60fps.
In the same announcement, the company also announced a new high performance battery for the GoPro Hero10 Black and Hero9 Black cameras, known as the Enduro. It claims that the new battery is designed to operate at extremely cold temperatures at -10°C, while offering a significant boost in performance when recording 5.3K 60p and 4K 120p videos at moderate temperatures.
GoPro says that the firmware update for the Hero10 Black action camera is expected to be rolled out by late October 2021. Meanwhile, the new Enduro battery is slated to be shipped out in late November, and will retail at US$25 (~RM104).