Since our children have grown up, I certainly do not take much video. Especially because my wife and I can only be so entertaining on camera on our own. So any video I capture these days is thought on location and through the lens of my smartphone. The quality is acceptable but really flat. Yet there are always things I see that I want to capture. And over the past few years, instead of shooting something directly, I’ve often taken a video instead and then gone through frame by frame to choose the best frame to use as a photo. But the quality often degrades when I do that.
No more. I grabbed the GoPro HERO10 Black Creator Edition – touted as an all-in-one content capture powerhouse that makes vlogging, filmmaking, and live streaming easier than ever. This system features professional-grade 5.3K video, Emmy-winning HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization, enhanced audio, LED lighting, and four hours of 4K recording per charge. Honestly, I never thought I would go back to a standalone video camera. But this is by no means my old Sony Handycam. It’s much more portable, lightweight and durable. This particular Creator Edition package comes with a camera, mini tripod, waterproof light pod, media pod with microphone, battery grip, carrying case, battery, wireless remote, sticky mount for bicycle helmets, clips, etc. The only thing I needed to provide was the microSD card.
I don’t do a lot of action sports – there’s no mountain biking, skateboarding, surfing or off-roading in my repertoire. Still, I still found a lot of applications for this camera. I use it as a helmet camera on my bike and e-scooter rides, record my golf swing at the driving range, and track my dog too. I made both time-lapse and slow-motion videos. Video stabilization is crazy. I grabbed images – at 19.6 megapixels, mind you – of videos to use as photos. I can also see it being used as a security camera or dash cam. You can play back videos and photos on the camera itself or on the smartphone companion app. One thing I really like about the camera is that it has two screens: one on the back and another on the front near the lens. The latter is important because if you film yourself talking – and you’re alone – you can actually see whether you’re in frame or not. And for what it’s worth, the sound is exceptional. It even chokes the wind.
For those of you who are new to starting a family, buying a GoPro HERO 10 seems like a no-brainer. It would be great to take videos and photos of your kids especially at their various sporting events and birthday parties. The portability of this one is amazing, since it’s so small. Plus, the camera turns on instantly and the battery seems to last forever. Believe me, dragging the Sony 20 years ago was often tedious. And now I’m stuck with movies on two different tape sizes – the drives are no longer available so I have to digitize them eventually. I also owned a mini-DVD camera that lasted three years. So I can no longer watch the videos on the camera – and I don’t have a DVD player either. What I mean is, having all your videos on a microSD card that you can instantly save digitally in the cloud is priceless. And by the way, the companion app offers unlimited cloud backup.
Believe me: years from now, you’ll want to watch these videos and remember them. This camera is a great way to preserve your memories.