GoPro HERO10 Video Bitrate Chart

Here’s a master list of the bitrates used for the various video modes of the GoPro HERO10 Black. Updated for the new Video Performance Modes.

GoPro HERO10 Black Video Performance Modes - Maximum Video Performance Mode
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The rollout of the GoPro HERO10 has been, shall we say, a bit bumpy. The biggest issues have been related to overheating and poor battery life. But other issues have frustrated users, such as the delayed rollout of Max Lens Mod compatibility and a botched firmware update (v1.15).

GoPro has released a new firmware version (v1.16) that makes an effort to address the overheating and poor battery performance issues (and fixes the automatic rebooting that 1.15 introduced).

The 1.16 update added some new video shooting categories:

They’ve removed the previous options to choose between Standard and High bitrate when shooting video. Instead, the shooting categories function as bitrate selectors.

I was curious to see how these new video categories worked with video bitrate. As I expected, they actually relate to lowering the bitrate. By doing that, it means less processing for the GP2 chip and less data being written to the memory card. Both of those things will help reduce the heat that’s naturally generated as overhead. 1 The Tripod/Stationary Video mode also disables HyperSmooth and GPS.

So it’s a logical way to help users have fewer issues with overheating, although it falls more into the category of a workaround than a solution. It doesn’t actually solve the efficiency and physics issues related to the heavy in-camera processing and power demands of the GP2 chip, writing large, sustained streams of data to flash memory, and a small physical package with few heatsinking opportunities. 

So here’s the master list of video bitrates used for each combination. For now, this refers only to HEVC video. H.264 compression is still available in some video mode combinations on the HERO10 Black, but I haven’t yet added those here. These bitrates were taken from real-world tests using a GoPro HERO10 Black running firmware v.1.16. 2

ResolutionFramerateMaximum Video PerformanceExtended BatteryTripod/Stationary Video
5.3K 4:330100--

How to Switch Video Performance Modes

There are two ways to switch between the new Video Performance Modes.

On the Camera:

  • On the HERO10’s back screen, swipe down to get the dashboard. The bottom-left icon represents the Video Performance Modes. A lightning bolt icon represents the Maximum Video Performance Mode. A battery icon represents the Extended Battery mode. And a camera on a tripod represents the Tripod/Stationary Video mode. If you click on that icon, you’ll get the Video Performance Modes menu.
GoPro HERO10 Black Video Performance Modes - Maximum Video Performance Mode
  • Use the slider at right to choose which Video Performance Mode to use.
GoPro HERO10 Black Video Performance Modes - Maximum Video Performance Mode

On the GoPro Quik Mobile App:

  • Put the app into video recording mode.
  • Click on the wrench icon at the top right of the screen to open Camera Preferences.
  • Scroll down to Video Performance Mode.

What Size SD Card to Get for the GoPro HERO10 Black?

The video bitrate is important for video image quality. And it’s also important with respect to the storage capacity of your recording media, in this case, the microSD card.

Bitrate vs SD Card Calculator

So I created this simple calculator to give a general idea of how much video footage from the HERO10 Black can fit on an SD card of a particular storage capacity. Choose the size of the memory card in the selector.
Calculator Notes:
  • This is approximate and is obviously affected by any other data you have on the memory card (including the extra LRV files that the camera generates automatically).
  • I’m using the maximum bitrate here, but not every video mode uses the maximum bitrate. Some use lower bitrates, and if you’re shooting with one of those, the corresponding file sizes are smaller, which in turn means you can fit more video on the SD card.

SD Card Recommendations for the GoPro HERO10 Black

I have a more in-depth post on the best SD cards for the GoPro HERO10 Black, but here are some quick recommendations.

SanDisk Extreme V30 UHS-I
  • Type: microSDXC / microSDHC
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS-Speed Class: UHS-I
  • Write speed of at least 30 MB/s
Lexar Professional 1066x Silver V30 UHS-I
  • Type: microSDXC / microSDHC
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS-Speed Class: UHS-I
  • Write speed of at least 30 MB/s
Samsung EVO Select V30 UHS-I
  • Type: microSDXC / microSDHC
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS-Speed Class: UHS-I
  • Write speed of at least 30 MB/s
Delkin Devices V30 UHS-I
  • Type: microSDXC / microSDHC
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS-Speed Class: UHS-I
  • Write speed of at least 30 MB/s
PNY Elite-X V30 UHS-I
  • Type: microSDXC / microSDHC
  • Video Speed Class: V30
  • UHS-Speed Class: UHS-I
  • Write speed of at least 30 MB/s

Things Worth Knowing

Another firmware update is expected in mid-December 2021 to include Max Lens Mod compatibility. It will also include some new resolution/framerate combinations, and tweaks to which modes SuperView is available in. That firmware is currently in beta, but you can download and manually install it prior to the official release.

GoPro has posted a bitrate chart, but at the time of writing it still refers to the pre-1.16 way and is outdated (i.e., there are no Video Performance Modes and a choice between High and Standard bitrates).

Memory Card Tools

Here are a few other related tools I’ve put together that can be useful when working with memory cards and data rates.

Converting Mbps to MB/s & X Speed Rating to MB/s

Another related and common calculation that often needs to be done when working with memory cards is converting the convention for measuring video bitrate (Mbps, Mb/s, or megabits per second) to the convention for measuring the speed of memory cards (MBps, MB/s, or megabytes per second).

So I’ve put together a simple calculator for that separately. You can find it here:

Memory Card Size Calculators

If you’re trying to figure out what size memory card to buy, it can be useful to know how much video footage from the camera you can fit on a card. Here are a few tools that can be useful for that:

Working with Memory Cards

Here are some related posts for making sense of memory cards and working with them.

  1. There may also be some other unannounced tweaks under the hood, but they’re not immediately apparent.[]
  2. These settings are precisely the kind that GoPro can tweak with firmware updates, and it’s possible that a future firmware update might produce slightly different results. If so, I’ll do my best to update here with the newer firmware.[]

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New Model: GoPro HERO12 Black

Released in September 2023, the HERO12 Black is GoPro's newest model.

GoPro HERO12 Black
  • 5.3K60 / 4K120 / 2.7K240 Video
  • 27MP Photos
  • Waterproof to 33ft/10m
  • HyperSmooth 6.0 Stabilization
  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • HDR video up to 5.3K30
  • Horizon Lock keeps level even during movement
  • Take 27MP photos (5568 x 4872 pixels)
  • 1/1.9" CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m, so you can take it swimming, paddling, surfing, or snorkeling without a separate housing
  • Built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 6.0 In-camera Video Stabilization creates smooth video without a gimbal
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion
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