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Hero 10 - One Hit and One Miss - Water Shedding Lens and Reduced Recording Time

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basicbill

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The new GoPro Hero 10 boasts a lens coating that helps to shed water droplets. As someone who often shoots in the rain, I appreciated this improvement. Recently, to try it out, I noticed on radar that a few showers were approaching. I set up the H10 in a time-lapse video mode. I then let the camera run until the battery was depleted and it shut off. I then checked the resulting video.

The was indeed a marked improvement in reducing droplets on the lens. You can see the result for yourself near the end of this video. Hero 10 cloud and rain time-lapse

What I was not prepared for however, was the reduction in run time. In the past, my Hero 9 ran for about three hours with the same settings. Not the under two hours in this video with the Hero 10.

So as an unscientific test, I charged both my H9 and H10 to 100 percent battery. Set both to the same time-lapse video settings as the above video. Then aimed them at a blank wall and started recording. The Hero 9 shut off at 3 hours and 38 minutes. While the Hero 10 only managed 2 hours and 3 minutes. A considerable difference! Perhaps the new processor in the H10 is a battery hog.

With many of my time-lapse videos with the GoPro I use an external battery. So this not a big deal to me. But I think it is something to be aware of. Perhaps I'll retro-fit the H9 with an H10 lens and have the the best of both.
 
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blmeanie

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i have neither of those cameras you tested but have seen somewhere that you can set the front/rear screens off somehow to save battery time? Does the improvements in screens I've seen shown in a review or two have impact on battery length?
 

basicbill

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i have neither of those cameras you tested but have seen somewhere that you can set the front/rear screens off somehow to save battery time? Does the improvements in screens I've seen shown in a review or two have impact on battery length?
I've not tested that but I'm sure it makes a bit of a difference. Mine were set to go dark after five minutes. I did test GPS on versus off on the 10 and there was about a 6 minute difference.

Bill
 
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