The following GoPro tips come from GoPro Sr. Engineering Tools Specialist and night photography guru Shreenivasan Manievannan

HERO10 Black offers twice the frame rates, as well as image quality improvements with low light and local tone mapping. This means you can shoot super crisp slow-motion videos in resolutions up to 5.3K.

But how do you pick the right frame rate for the rate activity in the right resolution? That's what we're here to answer.

Think of the following as the ultimate guide to HERO10 Black frame rates with suggestions on what speeds to use and what resolutions to pair them with depending on your activity.

Frames Per Second (fps): Benefits of 60fps, 120fps, 240fps

60fps
HERO10 Black can shoot 60fps up to an impressive 5.3K resolution. The benefits of shooting 60fps video are:

  1. 60fps can be slowed down 2X to create amazing, cinematic slow motion.
    PRO TIP: The easiest way to create slow-mo videos is with the GoPro Quik app. Once you’ve transferred your video to the app, use the Speed Ramping tool to adjust playback speeds. Then, share directly to social or save to your phone’s camera roll. 
     
  2. A 5.3K 60fps video output can be cropped to a 4K resolution (if rendering as a final 4K video) or even further to 1080P video (if rendering for social media, for example) without losing image quality.

  3. You can finetune 60fps output with Protune settings. Our recommend settings are:

    1. Shutter Speed: Set to 1/120th of a second or auto, allowing  the camera to pick a shutter speed based on available light. 

    2. Aspect Ratio: Opt for 4:3. This is available in 4K60 and is a great option for anyone looking for the full sensor readout to better enable further post processing. 

120fps

For the first time with HERO10 Black, 120fps videos can be captured in up to 4K resolution. The benefits of shooting 120fps video are similar to 60fps but even better as follows:

  1. 120fps video can be slowed up to 5X when rendering as a 24fps video or up to 4X when rendering it as a 30fps video.
    PRO TIP: The lightning clip in the intro video was captured using 4K 120fps. This setting allowed the camera to capture the lightning flashes with such precision that the video could be slowed down dramatically to showcase the movement of the strike.

  2. 120fps video can be cropped to 1080p (social-media optimized) and preserve top-notch image quality in the final render.

  3. You can use a large ISO range. 120fps demands an even faster shutter speed—1/240th of a second—so it's recommended to set your Shutter Speed to AUTO and keep your ISO’s range from 100-1600. This will allow the camera to pick the appropriate ISO based on the scene.

  4. Similar to 60fps, 4:3 ratio is also available for 120fps when shooting at 2.7K resolution.

240fps

With HERO10 Black, you can capture an incredivle 240fps in up to 2.7K resolution, making capturing ultra-slow-motion easier and more dertailed than ever before. The benefits of 240 fps are:

  1. 240fps can be slowed up to 8X when rendering as a 30fps video.

  2. 2.7K provides incredible image quality that can be cropped to 1080p resolution without losing any detail. 

  3. Similar to 120fps, you can use an ISO range of 100-1600. 240fps demands a shutter speed as fast as 1/480th of a second. We recommend pairing this ISO range with Auto Shutter to allow the camera to pick the best possible shutter speed. 

PRO TIP: When using these settings to shoot in low light, we recommend keeping the camera stationary and turning HyperSmooth OFF. If you need to use HyperSmooth in low-light conditions, keep the shutter speed to 1/120s or faster (which requires a higher ISO to compensate for loss of light).

Zooming in on a 5.3K HERO10 Black image

The original image above was taken from 5.3K video (top left). The corresponding three images show image quality when cropping in.


Night Lapse Videos and Photos

Like the rest of HERO10 Black, the quality of Night Lapse Video and Photo modes have improved year over year. Use the following tips for these modes to achieve the best possible results:

Sunset taken on HERO10 Black

Night Lapse Photo: Sunset/Sunrise

  • Use a tripod
  • Set Shutter Speed and White Balance to AUTO
  • Set the capture interval to 5s or 10s, depending on how fast the scene is unfolding. 
    • Pick a shorter interval if shooting fast moving objects like fog/clouds
    • Pick a longer interval (not shutter speed because you already set that to Auto) if there are fairly clear skies when shooting sun/lightSet ISO to 100.
    • The best possible quality from any camera sensor comes from using the base ISO—stick with ISO 100 to get the highest image quality. This ISO is perfect for capturing vibrant morning and evening scenes
  • Set output to GoPro RAW (GPR) when you are planning to edit in post. This provides the highest possible image quality

Settings used for the photo above:

Mode: Night Lapse Photo

Shutter: Auto

Interval: 4 seconds

White Balance: Auto

ISO Min + Max: 100

Color: Natural

Sharpness: Low

Output: RAW/Video (4K 4:3)

Night Lapse Photo from HERO10 Black at twilight

Night Lapse Photo: Sunset/Twilight

  • Set Shutter Speed and White Balance to AUTO
  • Set capture interval to 10 seconds or more—this enables longer exposures
  • Set an ISO range of 100 to 800—this helps to capture darker scenes, like twilight

Settings used for the photo above:

Mode: Night Lapse Photo

Shutter: Auto

Interval: 10 seconds

White Balance: Auto

ISO Min + Max: 100 and 800

Color: Natural

Sharpness: Low

Output: RAW (Video: 4K 4:3)

Lightning photography with GoPro HERO10 Black

Night Lapse Photo: Night Sky

  • Pick a shutter speed (10, 15, 20 or 30 seconds) depending on the light availability
    • Darker skies require slower shutter speeds
  • Set ISO to either 800 or 1600, depending on how dark the conditions are
  • Set output to RAW photo
    • Capturing photos allows you to stack individual images in post-production. An example of this can be seen in lightning photography shown above. This image is a composite stack of multiple lighting strike photos captured using the Night Lapse Photo mode and stacked together into one image.

Settings used for the photo above:

Mode: Night Lapse Photo

Shutter: 15 seconds

Interval: Auto

White Balance: 4000K

ISO Min + Max: 800

Color: Flat

Sharpness: Low

Output: RAW

To learn more tips about masterting the modes on HERO10 Black, visit the Tools of the Trade page on The Inside Line.