With the capability of shooting 5.3K footage, the latest (2021) offering by GoPro – the GoPro Hero 10 Black – includes some top-notch specs. Thanks to a much faster processor, it can shoot high-quality footage at higher frame rates than its predecessor. It means that you can now shoot slow-motion shots with GoPro Hero 10 even at higher resolutions, including 5.3K & 4K.
What is a Slow Motion Shot?
Before proceeding further, let’s first discuss what a slow-motion shot actually means. A slow-motion shot, as the name suggests, refers to a video the speed of which is slowed down. Slow-motion shots look really appealing to the eye and do an amazing job of highlighting important actions and details in the film.
Slow Motion Shots on GoPro Hero 10
The GoPro Hero 10 Black is capable of shooting 5.3K videos at 60fps, and 4K videos at 120fps. So, you can get some great slow-motion shots with this camera even at the highest resolutions! We’ll discuss more on this in the next section.
GoPro Hero 10 Slow Motion – Settings
Here are the three settings that let you capture the best Slow Motion shots on your Hero 10 Black:
- Frame Rate
Video Frame Rate is the most important setting for recording slow-motion videos. The higher the video frame rate, the more you can slow down the video without adversely affecting its quality.
When you shoot a video at, say, 24fps or 30fps, you’ll achieve cinematic shots at normal speeds. However, if you attempt to slow the footage down with such frame rates, it won’t look appealing. Now, if you increase the frame rate to, say 60fps, you’ll be able to slow the footage down by up to 2x (to achieve 30fps) and you’ll still get a great-looking shot. Similarly, footage recorded at 120fps can be slowed down by up to 4x. And, for those who want super-slow-motion footage, go for 240fps. In such a high frame rate, you’ll be able to slow the footage down by a whopping 8x.
It’s actually a no-brainer that for good-quality shots, you need to record the footage at a high resolution. The same goes for slow-motion shots too. And, the good news is that, on the GoPro Hero 10 Black, you can have slow-motion shots at resolution as high as 5.3K!
Yes, with the GoPro Hero 10 Black, you can slow down the videos shot at 5.3K resolution by up to 2x. And if the resolution is 4K or 2.7K, you can slow it down by up to 4x. At 1080p HD resolution, you can shoot super-slow-motion footage with speeds reduced by 8x.
To understand better how the resolutions and frame rates work, here’s the rundown of frame rates offered by the GoPro Hero 10 Black at different resolutions:
- 5.3K: 60, 30, 24 fps
- 4K: 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
- 2.7K: 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
- 1080p: 240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
When you choose higher frame rates in your shots, you must keep one thing in mind – Higher frame rates mean that your camera’s shutter will be opened for a shorter period. As a result, less light enters the sensor of the camera. This makes the footage darker and grainy looking.
Therefore, it’s recommended that you don’t go overboard with increasing the frame rates in low-light scenarios. Consider using a light source if you want super slow-motion footage, but it’s dark around.
Best Slow Motion Settings for Different Activities
Here are the recommended settings for shooting different activities with the GoPro Hero 10 Black:
- For Fast action activities like surfing, rafting, or skiing in broad daylight, choose 1080p/240fps for the high-quality super-slow-motion footage.
- For Slow Motion shots of activities like biking, motorcycling, and driving, 4K/120fps is the best setting.
- Shooting in low-light? 5.3K/60fps is the best setting to avoid the graininess or noise in the footage.
How to Record Slow Motion Footage on GoPro Hero 10?
Recording slow-motion footage on GoPro Hero 10 is very easy. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Tap the Slo-Mo shortcut to change the recording speed of your video before you start shooting.
- Use the slider to choose 2x, 4x, or 8x slow motion.
- Lastly, Press the Shutter button to start recording.
Please note that available speeds will vary based on the resolution and digital lens selected. For example, if you’re shooting in 4K resolution, the available speeds will be 2x and 4x, but in the case of 1080p, you’ll also get 8x.
In addition, you can also edit a normally recorded GoPro footage for Slow Motion shots on your phone using the GoPro app. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Launch the GoPro app and create a new edit (or open an existing one).
- From the preview screen, click on the clips button at the bottom of the screen.
- Now select the clip that you would like to add the slow-motion effect to.
- A larger preview of the clip will appear. Now click on the scissor icon that is labeled trim (at the bottom).
- On the next screen, set the toggle labeled Slow Motion to ON. When you’re done click OK.
- Now you should be able to preview the slow-motion clip.
That’s it! Save, export, and share the slow-motion footage.
Final Words of Advice
While it’s usually recommended that you shoot high-resolution shots at high frame rates to achieve great-looking slow-motion footage, there are some exceptions to this rule. Let’s have a look at these exceptions:
- When you’re low on space, you should not use high resolutions like 4K or 5.3K. Even 1080/60fps setting will offer decent-looking footage, and you won’t run out of space quickly.
- If the lighting is not good, don’t go for higher frame rates like 120 or 240fps. That’s because high frame rates don’t go well with low light, and you may end up with dark and noisy-looking videos.
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