GoPro Hero10 Black Bones it is official: it is practically the same version of the action cam presented in recent months, but subjected to “slimming treatment” with the specific intent of being mounted on drones that use an FPV (First Person View) driving system. The reasoning is: the integrated video camera is used to monitor the flight, while the GoPro takes care of capturing photos and videos to be used later for the creation of content.
The “slimming cure” to which GoPro has subjected its flagship can be defined as extreme: goodbye screen, goodbye speaker, goodbye water resistance and even goodbye battery: every gram saved is precious. To connect it to the drone circuitry it is even necessary to be able to solder tin. The choice of the US company is extreme, but it responds to a precise need of the market: in fact, the company observes that the pilots of FPV drones were already trying their hand at reducing GoPro to the essentials to mount them on their devices, and so it decided to offer them an even better optimized and ready-to-use package.
Hero10 Black Bones weighs just 54 grams all included, compared to 153 of the retail version we reviewed last fall, and is probably the lightest action cam ever – at least in the GoPro home, beating the 2015 Session by 20 grams as well. The case is well ventilated. and has a heat sink. The lens protector is removable, which is good in case of a crash. It will be available only in the USA, at least for now, and exclusively from the official GoPro website itself, at the price of:
- $ 350 for existing subscribers
- $ 400 for with an annual subscription included ($ 50 value)
- $ 500 for those who only want the action cam without a subscription. It is not a mistake, at least on our part: these are the prices indicated in the press release.
GoPro had said in the past that it intends to expand its offer by delving into the darkest niches of the sector shooting. The leadership position of the action camera market allows it a maneuvering capacity that competitors probably cannot afford. And certainly FPV drone pilots will not be frightened in front of a soldering iron, since it is with that tool that in most cases components such as motors and propellers are mounted on the drone.
Hero10 Black Bones offers three contacts: two for the battery (among other things there is an integrated regulator circuit that is able to adapt the energy delivery of practically all standard batteries on the market, from 5 to 27 volts and from 2S up to 6S) and an optional one for make it maneuverable via the drone controller – one more choice for an already large arsenal, which includes two physical buttons on board, compatibility with the proprietary Quik App, with the official The Remote, with GoPro Labs QR codes, or with third-party apps such as BetaFlight thanks to Dedicated API.