I would have a hard time telling them apart, certainly based on camera performance. At least, if youre looking at any of these cameras, youre going to want to watch this video so lets get into it now Music stuart cairo here pleasure to talk to you as always. Now, why is the dji action 2 on the table? I hear you ask: dji, has the resources, both in terms of money and engineers to innovate, their ability to take risks and create new products is certainly unlike some of their competitors. You just need to look at djis new ronin, 4d camera gimbal system theyve. Given us a full frame camera that is relatively small and its attached to a 4 axis, gimbal weve never seen anything like it in the camera world before so. If i was gopro, i would be breathing a huge sigh of relief that dj. I chose to go down this route and thats an important point. They chose to go down this route based on their understanding of what the customer wants now time will tell whether theyre right on that or not, but they chose to. I think we all understand by now that this gopro 10 is a gopro 9 with a slightly updated chip. If youve not heard any of this discussion yet were going to get into in a second, but this is the camera the gopro had to give us so gopro make the most of the next 12 months, because it will be interesting to see what dji does.

If this product is not a success and if they revert back to the old form factor, you better come out with an absolutely spectacular hero 11.. Before some of you jumped down my throat for talking down gopro, let me be clear: we love gopros, do you know which camera we would buy out of this lot if we didnt own them already, gopro hero8 its reliable, its got a fantastic picture, quality, fantastic stabilization, Good audio and its not that expensive its got everything you could ask for in an action, camera and thats exactly the problem that gopro has. If you cant make a case for buying the camera thats two years younger with marginal performance enhancements and is considerably more expensive, then you know that your rate of product development has plateaued its not a phenomenon thats unique to gopro. I have here a dji mavic 3. A very expensive, very beautiful drone, but for a lot of people the case for making an upgrade from the three year old, mavic 2 pro to this mavic 3 is not that strong, because the mavic 2 pro is absolutely fantastic. Now this is better in many ways, but the mavic 2 pro is already absolutely amazing, were seeing this kind of plateau when it comes to product development and other things like gimbals and so on. Weve enjoyed these incredible developments. These gimbals. These are things that we couldnt dreamt of 10 years ago, but now the rate of progress has slowed thats what happens with technology.

So, as i say, the pick of the bunch on the table here for us is the hero. 8, this action. 2.. I think its a very nice camera, but it is quite expensive, its a first generation product theres, a few things that need to be ironed out. Here we have an eighth generation product that has stood the test of time, and we know it is good. Just as a point of clarification. The reason im not really talking about the hero 9 is a because we didnt buy one and b, because its identical physically in every way shape and form to the hero. 10.. There was a really good teardown done ill put a link to it down below. So you can see theres really been no change in the hardware whatsoever, which is why we can somewhat sarcastically refer to this hero 10 as a hero 9.5. Its not my intention to go through every single feature here: ill just focus on the big ones that affect us as video creators primarily and first and foremost, picture quality. The picture quality from a gopro is really really nice. With the new gp2 chip that we get in the hero 10, we get higher resolutions at higher frame rates, so our 5.3 k goes all the way up to 60 frames per second and we get 4k at 120.. Now, if were making a comparison with the hero8, for example, we only get 4k up to 60 frames per second, but heres the thing when you compare these two images, they both have a 1 over 2.

3 inch sensor, so that extra resolution you get on the hero. 10, its a slightly artificial way of doing things, because youre chopping up the same sensor into more pixels, so youre, sacrificing pixel size and therefore like gathering ability to get resolution in return now personally, from an action camera perspective, that is a trade off worth making. We give up on the idea of low light performance with all of these cameras just forget about it, and the extra resolution really is beneficial because we have an electronic image stabilization system that requires that extra resolution to punch in and realign those frames electronically in camera Is called hypersmooth on the gopro on the hero8 we have hypersmooth 2.0 and on the gopro 10 we have hypersmooth 4.0. Now. The issue we have here is that whilst there was a jump in hyper smooth from hypersmooth 1.0 and the hero 7 type of smooth 2.0 on the hero8, if were talking about hypersmooth 4.0 and hero 10, you kind of have to squint to see a difference in The performance here we have hypersmooth switched off gopro 8 on the left, gopro 10 on the right very shaky, as you would imagine, switch on lowest settings for both cameras and the results are amazing were not done with picture quality. Yet, though, because the plot thickens from here on in when we compared the hero 10 with djis action 2, we actually preferred the colors of the hero 10.

. There was a warmth to them and there was more dynamic range captured. Those shadows just looked a little bit more pleasing theres, a little bit more detail in there. Now, if you zoom in it, comes at the expense of sharpness and theres, some noise reduction digitally added, so you dont want to be cropping in too much. But overall the picture did look really really nice and i wondered ha. Why is that the answer, or so i thought was, the answer – was local tone mapping in video mode added with the hero 10 theres, some buzz words to help market the hero 10.. Now, unlike hdr, where you take a bunch of different exposures and jam them all together to get extra dynamic range, local tone mapping is just a fancy way of saying a contrast, adjustment that takes place at the time of capture its been available since the hero 7. I think in photo mode or super photo mode and its now available in video mode. The only issue is when i compared the picture from the hero 10 with the hero 8. I could not tell any difference whatsoever. So if there has been local tone, mapping applied its either so small that its imperceptible or it was already applied on the hero8, either way. The outcome is the same. Now. That outcome is good, as i say, its preferable in many ways to the action too. But if were comparing these two gopros side by side, theres certainly no reason to be paying up for the gopro 10s local tone.

Mapping in video mode pro tip, gopros evaluative metering, always over exposes shots, especially if there are bright highlights in the composition, set your ev compensation to minus 1.5 or minus 2 to protect those highlights. Next up is audio and the internal audio on both of these cameras is absolutely fantastic. This is a test of the gopros internal microphones, with my arm at full stretch, vlogging style. This is a test of the gopros internal microphones, with my arm at full stretch, vlogging style. You can take these cameras out and vlog with them, as is the camera, could be. You know 90 centimeters away from your face, lets, say and youre still going to get nice crisp audio as long as theres, no wind and its something that we did all the time. I really really love the ability to just stick. A gopro on a selfie. Stick walk around and vlog, however, if you want to use an external microphone with either of these gopros, you need to buy a 50 adapter that converts your usbc port on the camera into either a functioning usbc port or a 3.5 millimeter jack into which you could Plug a lav mic, for example, are you joking 50 dollars or you could buy the eighty dollar media mode? This kind of stuff drives me potty, im, not gon na lie, taking advantage of brand loyalty with wildly overpriced and unnecessary. Quite frankly, accessories i dont think is very cool at all now, given that the hero 10 is the most expensive hero you can buy and it brings you small performance enhancements over the two year old hero 8.

save your money, buy the hero8, and if you want To stick in this ecosystem at least youll have some cash left over for these accessories now dont get me wrong. The hero 10 is a superior camera to the hero 8 im. Just trying to give you some food for thought when it comes to value for money. So if we talk about that, gp2 chip again its giving us some extra frame rates and resolutions which may or may not be useful for you, but it also gives us a smoother operating experience on that touch screen. It is nice, its quick, its responsive, its good on the hero 10.. Now i should say the touchscreen on the hero8 is nice and responsive, also its just not as fast gopro introduced the excellent integrated mount on the hero8 and im glad to see it continued with the hero, 9 and 10. scheduled capture is a pretty nice feature fully Implemented on the hero 10., its perfect, if you want to set your camera for those 3, am night lapses. You can actually get this feature on the hero8, but you have to do it via gopro labs via the website. You download some special firmware, use your computer to transfer it to your gopros micro sd card and then update your camera. Accordingly, then, with a special app you can download, you can set all kinds of parameters, including schedule capture, youll, get a custom qr code. You can then show to your gopro and youre good to go.

One thing we cant get on the hero8, however, is hindsight mode where the camera records the previous 15 or 30 seconds prior to pressing the shutter button, its a nice safety feature. If you need it, if you do take photos on your gopro, then yes, the hero 10 is better 23.6 megapixel stills and you can extract a 19.6 megapixel still from your video footage now, given that, generally speaking, we dont shoot with nd filters on action. Cameras so were not going to have motion blur its a useful function being able to extract those high resolution stills. By contrast, the hero8 takes 12 megapixel photos. The hero8 doesnt have a replaceable lens cover. The hero, 10 does and thats a good thing at the end of the day. Having said that, i suspect that 90 of people that buy action cameras dont, really use them for motocross and such like. So if youre using it for casual, vlogging and holiday trips, i dont think youre going to have to worry about that too much now. This one took me a while to figure out, and you might need to know this – the gopro quick app, the app by which you control your gopro remotely has restricted functionality, and that depends on which camera you are using lets say we have this on the front Of our car, the suction cup, its something we do quite a lot and then you monitor the footage on your phone.

You want to be able to start and stop recording you want to be able to change your exposure settings and so on and so forth. Well, in the past, with the gopro 8, we were comfortably able to change our exposure settings the protune settings and, of course we were able to stop start recording and we were able to monitor that recording while it was taking place, obviously otherwise, whats the point in The app well according to some patent dispute or something like that that functionality has been taken off the app for the gopro 10.. So you cant change your exposure settings remotely. Nor can you monitor the live view, while the camera is recording and that renders the app virtually pointless for me because i wouldnt be using the app if i was standing right next to the camera, to change the settings and monitor it on the back of the Screen thats the whole point of the app is so you can do things remotely, so that needs to be sorted out, because that is just madness. The gopro hero 10 has a front facing screen thats the same one. The hero 9 had obviously given that its the same hardware after all, but it performs a little bit better because we have a nicer chip in there no front facing screen on the hero8. Now the logic is if youre vlogging, you can compose your shots by looking at that front facing screen while youre pointing the camera towards yourself and it does have value.

But personally i never use the front facing screen it drains the battery. Far too fast and at the end of the day, its a wide angle lens. So if i just point that camera at me, i know im going to be in the center of the frame. It doesnt really take any practice to figure out how to point that camera at yourself. So its certainly something im willing to sacrifice if money is an issue and on that one, the hero 8 again represents much better value, as youve probably gathered im. A huge fan of the gopro hero 8.. When you look at the 9 and 10, all that extra cost, i dont, think, is outweighed by those incremental benefits that come with those two subsequent iterations of the hero camera. If we look at the new dji action 2., we have 4k 120 on this camera. We dont have those 5k resolutions and we have 4k 60 here they both perform very well but its again, a different proposition. Do you value the small size and the magnetic modularity and all this kind of stuff thats a different conversation for another day, but if were talking about gopros, as i say its up to you to spend your money as you wish. But i just hope that gopro comes out with an absolutely extraordinary hero 11, with some big step changes in performance, because dji is just around the corner learning from their experience with the action 2, and it will be very interesting to see what they do next anyway.

I hope you found this conversation a little bit interesting. A little bit thought provoking its a little bit different to just rattling through camera specifications and looking at side by side comparisons. What does it all mean? Do leave your comments below? We learn a lot from you.