Official lightweight GoPro
Released in 2017, the Hero5 Session is the only solution from GoPro that more or less meets the requirements of the drone hobby. After that, the manufacturer stubbornly refused to look in the direction of lightweight action cameras, even when enthusiasts continued to place GoPro on board their devices, sometimes at the expense of a rather complicated process of lightening providing the required weight savings. And, oh miracle! After a full five years, the head of the GoPro business unit still managed to convince his colleagues that the time to respond to competitors Insta360, DJI and BetaFPV, who managed to bite off market share, has come! The result is GoPro Hero10 Black Bones! Further in detail and in order! Let’s fly!
Appearance GoPro Hero10 Black Bones:
Simply put, Hero10 Black Bones is a GoPro Hero10 Black with the same specs in terms of resolution and fps (5.3K at 60fps, 4K at 120fps and 2.7K at 240fps), stabilization tools HyperSmooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, only in a smaller size and lighter weight. To be precise, it is 5 cm high, 6.8 cm wide, 2.9 cm deep, and weighs 54 grams without a removable lens cap and 60 grams with a removable lens cap. GoPro mount included.
What did you have to sacrifice for the sake of weight?
To go from 153 grams of GoPro Hero10 Black to 60 grams of Hero10 Black Bones, the weight loss diet did not rely on a miracle: the manufacturer ditched the battery first. Thus, power is now supplied from the FPV drone’s battery through the GH1.25-3P connector (included) with an input voltage of 5V to 27V (i.e. 2S to 6S, with built-in BEC). It follows that the user will have to work with a soldering iron before starting to use the action camera, although there is a high probability that FPV drone manufacturers will be able to quickly adapt and offer ready-to-use cables that eliminate the soldering process in the near future. As they say, wait and see!
Further, in order to save weight, GoPro decided to do without a display on the back of the camera. Now the developer offers five ways to control the camera: two buttons on the back of the case, the Quik mobile application, the remote control “The Remote” (offered as an additional option), drone control equipment, and a QR code system specially developed by GoPro Labs. Raw footage or footage already stabilized with HyperSmooth 4.0 can also be stabilized in post using the ReelSteady 2.0 app in the GoPro Player.
Price and availability
The Hero10 Black Bones action camera is priced at $577 directly from GoPro, which is the same price as the full size Hero10 Black. However, the offer only applies to US residents! Will it be available for sale in other countries? Perhaps, only at the moment the manufacturer does not report anything about this.
Fly safely. Peace and goodness to all!