GoPro is releasing a firmware update that includes new “video performance modes”. These are not new creative tools, but are designed to prevent the cameras from turning off due to overheating when shooting in certain situations. The company is also introducing a new “Enduro” battery that should improve performance in cold weather.
Shortly after the launch of Hero 10, some critics complained that their cameras overheated and turned off after about 20 minutes of continuous shooting. The problem did not seem to be universal, in our review I performed such a test (before I heard the above complaints) and I managed to get more than an hour of recording. Other detailed tests also did not initially encounter a problem. But enough users had a problem that the company obviously had to consider.
Today, GoPro confirmed that a new firmware update is coming with the above video performance modes – maximum video performance, extended battery and tripod / stationary. The first on that list sounds like the current mode. Extended Battery, as the name suggests, provides optimal settings for longer battery life. The latter assumes that the camera will not move and thus removes things like GPS and HyperSmooth stabilization to probably ease the load on the new processor in situations where there is no movement or airflow to cool the camera.
According to GoPro, with the new firmware, 5.3K recording at 60 fps will take 47 percent longer (an average of 29 minutes per clip). Alternatively, at 4K / 60fps you can enjoy a 154 percent increase to a total of an hour and three minutes.
As for the new Enduro battery ($ 24.99), GoPro states that it will extend the recording time to an average of 56 minutes of 5.3K / 60 videos at 14F / -10C. When used at moderate temperatures, 5.3K / 60 shots should have a 28 percent increase in duration, while 4K / 120 videos will enjoy a 40 percent improvement in record time. The new cell will be compatible with both Hero 9 Black and Hero 10 Black and luckily it comes in a different color so you won’t mix it with your standard batteries.
GoPro stops saying what the new battery does other than use “revolutionary technology”. In any case, regardless of your case of using Hero 10, by the end of the month you will be able to update your firmware for new modes or you can download a new battery at the end of November.
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