Are you an adventure enthusiast who relies on a GoPro camera to capture thrilling moments? Then you’re probably aware of the notorious overheating issue with previous GoPro models. Well, worry no more! In this blog post, we will delve into the latest GoPro Hero 10 and put it through a rigorous overheating test to see if it truly lives up to the promises made by GoPro. Additionally, we will explore GoPro’s response to the overheating concerns and how they have addressed this persistent problem in their latest flagship model. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of GoPro Hero 10 and uncover its heating capabilities and the solutions GoPro has to offer!
GoPro Hero 10 – Overheating Test and GoPro’s Response
Ah well, this is not the video that I thought I was going to make today. What I thought I was going to make was an updated GoPro accessories video, kind of showcasing all the new GoPro toys that I’ve been playing with and keeping in my bag. These are the things that have passed the test and I’m actually keeping and using on the regular. That was the original idea for today’s video. However, you guys lit me up in the Hero 10 video about the GoPro Hero 10 overheating and if I saw any overheating issues in my testing. Some reviewers and users experienced overheating problems with the Hero 10 at 5.3K60 and 4K120 after filming for around 20-25 minutes. Now, I don’t film for that long in my testing or in my regular use cases. Typically, I film for about 2-3 minutes at a time, or maybe 5-10 minutes at most. But if this camera does overheat at the 20-minute mark, then we need to know. It’s a very worthy test, something that needs to be figured out. So, here’s the Hero 10, and to make this test more scientific, we also have the Hero 9 and Hero 8 for comparison. Additionally, we have the Insta360 1R with the 1-inch mod and the DJI Osmo Action. But before we conduct this test, let’s talk about the challenges small action cameras face when it comes to overheating.
The Challenge of Heat Dissipation in Small Action Cameras
Small action cameras, like the GoPro, struggle with dissipating heat. All cameras face the challenge of filming at high resolutions and frame rates, which generates a lot of heat due to the processing power required. To mitigate this issue, camera manufacturers attempt to increase surface area to enhance heat dissipation. However, the smaller size of action cameras makes it difficult to achieve effective heat dissipation. It’s important to keep this in mind when evaluating the overheating performance of action cameras.
For this test, I’ll be using one of these infrared thermometers to ensure that each camera returns to the same temperature before conducting subsequent tests. Additionally, I’ll be swapping out the battery for each test to ensure a fair comparison. All cameras will have identical SD cards and 100% battery charge. While this isn’t a fully scientific test, it’s a decent approximation of one that will provide valuable insights. If you enjoy today’s video, please hit the like button, as it helps a lot.
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Test 1: Maximum Resolution and Frame Rate
The first test involved pushing all cameras to their maximum marketed resolution and frame rate. Although this may seem unfair, it’s important to evaluate the cameras based on how they are advertised. With room temperature at 82 degrees, here are the results:
- GoPro Hero 8 in 4K 60: 26 minutes and 42 seconds
- GoPro Hero 9 in 4K 60: 31 minutes
- GoPro Hero 10 in 5.3K 60: 12 minutes and 46 seconds
The Osmo Action and Insta360 1R both lasted for about 32 minutes before I decided to stop the test. Now, let’s move on to the next test.
Test 2: Common Denominator of 4K 60
The second test will focus on the highest common denominator between all cameras, which is 4K 60. This will allow us to compare how each camera handles this resolution and frame rate. Let’s see how they perform.
*Results for Test 2 will be updated soon.*
Test 3: Highest Resolution at 30 FPS
The final test will take place outdoors, where we will challenge the cameras with their highest resolution at 30 frames per second. This test is expected to be brutal, and I don’t foresee any of the cameras making it close to 20 minutes.
*Results for Test 3 will be updated soon.*
It has been three days since I started testing these cameras extensively. I conducted the initial tests, but there’s a twist that you’ll want to see later in the video. It’s worth watching the entire video for that surprise. However, bear in mind that this took a significant amount of time, so please smash that like button to show your support. Thank you.
*Results for subsequent tests will be updated in the video.*
Frequently Asked Questions – GoPro HERO 10
1. Does the GoPro HERO 10 experience overheating issues?
Yes, there have been reports of overheating issues with the GoPro HERO 10, especially during prolonged recording sessions in high-resolution modes.
2. What does GoPro say about the overheating problem?
GoPro acknowledges the overheating issue and states that it can occur in extreme shooting conditions or when the camera is used in modes that demand heavy processing or generate a lot of heat.
3. How can I prevent my GoPro HERO 10 from overheating?
GoPro advises users to follow certain guidelines to reduce the risk of overheating, such as:
- Avoid using the camera in extreme temperatures
- Allow the camera to cool down between long recording sessions
- Use lower resolution and lower frame rate settings when possible
- Ensure the camera is updated with the latest firmware
4. Does overheating affect the camera’s performance?
When the GoPro HERO 10 overheats, it may automatically shut down or display a temperature icon on the screen indicating overheating. This can affect the camera’s functionality until it cools down.
5. Are there any remedies provided by GoPro to address overheating?
While GoPro has not released any specific fixes for the overheating problem, they recommend using effective cooling methods, such as external fans or cooling accessories, to mitigate the issue.
It depends on the warranty terms provided by GoPro or the retailer. Some extended warranty plans may include coverage for overheating problems, but it’s important to check the specific terms and conditions of your warranty.
7. Does GoPro offer any replacement or exchange policies for overheating cameras?
If your GoPro HERO 10 experiences severe overheating issues that impact its normal operation, you may be eligible for a replacement or exchange within the warranty period. Contact GoPro support or the retailer from which you purchased your camera for further assistance.
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