GoPro makes camera vlogging a little easier with the Hero 10 Black Creator Edition. The installation includes thereleased in September, and three accessories, including an all-new grip that doubles as a battery backup and remote control.
Once again, at the center of the Creator Edition is the Hero 10 Black, GoPro’s current best camera. Its features include video capture up to 5.3K at 60fps or 4K at 120fps for slow motion and a ton of other shooting options for photos and time-lapses, and it has color stabilization. amazing picture. And the camera, which has screens on the front and back, is also rugged and waterproof up to 33 feet without a case.
But the camera is just the camera and it’s really the accessories that make the Creator’s Edition worth considering. In the box with the camera are two of GoPro’s Mods, the Light Mod and the Media Mod, and the new Volta mount.
The Media Mod is a camera box that adds a micro-HDMI output, a 3.5mm micro jack, and a USB-C pass-through for charging. It also has a built-in directional mic with a removable foam windshield as well as two cold shoe mounts.
The included Light Mod fits into any of these shoes. It’s a compact LED light with four brightness levels, including an overdrive mode to get up to 200 lumens for 30 seconds of brighter light. There is also a strobe setting so you can use it as a security light. It is bright enough to illuminate your face at arm’s length. It is also waterproof.
Both of these Mod add-ons have been available for a while, but the Creator’s Edition bundles them together with the camera and the new Volta mount. The Volta combines a handle with a Bluetooth remote control and a battery. A coiled USB-C cable plugs into 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 landed at 4 hours and 3 minutes, so it’s perfect. Without the Mods, it can run the camera at 5.3K at 30fps for 4 hours.
The Volta can also turn the camera on and off, change shooting modes, and start and stop recordings, take photos, or start a timelapse. And since it’s wireless, you can use it with the camera mounted elsewhere. The Volta’s cable is just for power, so it needs the Bluetooth connection to control the camera, but it’s easy to do and quick to connect. When the cable is not connected to the camera, there is no option to remove it or attach it to the Volta so that it somehow comes out.
The Volta has built-in legs that flip up so you can use it as a tripod and the top mount swivels all the way around to put the camera in the best position for shooting. It also has a set of flip-up mounting fingers so you can quickly attach it to another mount like a suction cup or chest mount, letting you take advantage of the extra battery life. It’s a shame the Volta doesn’t extend out at all, but it does have a tripod mount at the bottom, so putting it on a selfie stick is easy enough if a bit more reach is needed.
One thing to note is that although the individual parts are weatherproof or waterproof, once the Volta is connected to the Media Mod they are no longer weatherproof. Standing in the snow or rain while vlogging isn’t something you’ll want to do with them.
Now, as you’d expect, since the package includes the Hero 10 Black, it won’t come cheap. The Hero 10 Black Creator’s Edition costs $785, £760 and AU$1,205. For subscribers to the GoPro service, the plan is $582, which is actually not bad. The best offer will be for new subscribers, which brings the total price down to $532. Also, if you already have the Media and Light mods or just want the Volta on its own, its price is $130.