GoPro Hero 10 Black Creator Edition: Same great camera with great battery backup

GoPro makes vlogging with its camera a little easier with Hero 10 Black Creator Edition. The setup packages of the great little Hero 10 Black camerareleased in September, and three accessories including a brand new hand grip that is both a backup battery and a remote control.

At the center of the Creator Edition is the Hero 10 Black, the current top camera from GoPro. Its features include video recording at up to 5.3K at 60fps or 4K at 120fps for slow-mo and a host of other photo and time-lapse recording options, and it has incredible image stabilization. And the camera, which has screens on the front and back, is also rugged and waterproof to a depth of 33 feet without a case.

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But the camera is just the camera and it’s really the accessories that make the Creator Edition so interesting. Bundled with the camera are two mods from GoPro, the Light Mod and the Media Mod, as well as the new Volta mount.

Hero 10 Black Creator Edition introduces the new Volta Grip.

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The Media Mod is a camera body that adds a micro HDMI output, a 3.5mm microphone jack and a USB-C pass-through for charging. It also has an integrated shotgun microphone with a removable foam windscreen, as well as two cold-shoe mounts.

The included Light Mod fits into one of these shoes. It’s a compact LED light with four brightness levels, including an overdrive mode to get up to 200 lumens of brighter light for 30 seconds. There’s also a strobe setting so you can use it as a security light. It’s bright enough to illuminate your face at arm’s length. It’s also waterproof.

Both mod add-ons have been available for a while, but the Creator Edition bundles them with the camera and the new Volta mount. The Volta combines a handle with a Bluetooth remote control and a battery pack. A coiled USB-C cable connects to the Media Mod, and GoPro said it can power the camera and mods for up to 4 hours of recording in 4K at 30fps. I tested it and ended up with 4 hours 3 minutes, so that’s spot on. Without the mods, the camera can run at 5.3K at 30 fps for 4 hours.

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The Volta powers the camera via a USB-C cable, but control requires Bluetooth.

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The Volta can also turn the camera on and off, switch capture modes and start and stop recording, take photos or start a time-lapse. And since it’s wireless, you can use it when the camera is mounted elsewhere. The cable on the Volta is for power only, so it needs the Bluetooth connection to control the camera, but it’s easy and quick to connect. When the cable isn’t connected to the camera, there’s no way to remove it or attach it to the Volta so it just sticks out.

The Volta has built-in legs that fold down so you can use it as a tripod, and the top mount swivels all the way around to put the camera in the best shooting position. It also has a set of pop-out mounting fingers so you can quickly attach it to another mount like a suction cup or chest mount so you can still take advantage of the extra battery life. It’s a shame the Volta doesn’t extend at all, but it does have a tripod mount on the bottom, so it’s easy enough to put on a selfie stick when a little more reach is needed.

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The Volta has pop-up mount fingers.

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Notably, while the individual parts are weatherproof/waterproof, once the Volta is connected to the Media Mod, they are no longer weatherproof. Standing around in the snow or rain while you vlog is not something you want to do with them.

Well, as you might expect, this doesn’t come cheap as the bundle includes the Hero 10 Black. The Hero 10 Black Creator Edition is priced at $785, £760 and AU$1,205. For GoPro service subscribers, the package costs $582, which is actually not bad. The best deal will be for new subscribers, bringing the total price down to $532. If you already have the Media and Light mods or just want the Volta, the price is $130.

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