GoPros are best known for video. But they can also be an interesting and useful option for taking still photos. They don’t work quite the same as most other cameras out there, but if you’re willing to work with their quirks rather than against them, they can also be a great tool for taking photos.
On the plus side, the HERO10 Black, like the models before it, is tiny, rugged, and waterproof. So you can shoot photos in places that most cameras can’t. There are options for controlling them remotely, whether using a dedicated remote control or the GoPro Quik mobile app. And with auto-everything as at least an option, they’re quite close to foolproof.
On the negative side, you’re mostly stuck with the lens that comes with it. 1 The ultra-wide fisheye look works wonderfully for some scenes, but it doesn’t work well for other more traditional shots. Battery life is always an issue with GoPros. And they can be sluggish to use, at least compared to other more traditional cameras. 2
I’ve covered the GoPro HERO10 Black photo modes in detail separately.
To go along with that, here’s a selection of photos taken with the HERO10 to give a sense of how it can be used as a general travel camera. I realize these aren’t the kinds of photos that you see in GoPro marketing materials, but that’s rather the point—I want to focus on how GoPros can be used for a wider range of uses than just extreme action shot and to provide something different to the marketing shots.
This is a growing collection, and I hope to add to it from time to time.
Photos Taken with a GoPro HERO10 Black
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Can you take photos with the GoPro HERO10 Black?
Yes. In addition to video (and timelapse and hyperlapse), the GoPro HERO10 Black has a photo mode. It takes 23MP still images and saves them in JPG or RAW (.GPR) formats. There are burst photo modes, enhanced HDR and SuperPhoto modes, a limited choice of fields of view, and burst mode shooting for fast-action sequences.
Does the GoPro HERO10 Black have zoom?
The GoPro HERO10 Black has a digital zoom (not an optical zoom).
- The HERO10 Black does offer a few different FOV options as well as a digital zoom, but none of those work as well or as flexibly as an interchangeable lens system or an optical zoom.
- The HERO10 makes some improvements in responsiveness over earlier models, although it’s still slow to use if you’re looking to tweak the exposure settings.
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