If you’ve been around this site long enough, you know I occasionally go down rabbit holes. And by ‘down’, I mean I find myself a rabbit hole – go and acquire a large drilling platform, and go so far down and through that rabbit hole that one might be left asking where the rabbits are.
In this case, after nearly a month of testing the GoPro Hero 10 Black in daily use (actually, two cameras), I posted my full in-depth review, both here on the site, and on YouTube. In general as I’ve said before, for action cams and drones, YouTube is where it’s at these days in terms of where most people look for that kind of content. Nonetheless, I know many athletes use GoPro cameras – so I tend to cover action cam bits here too on the written site.
In any event, after launch, I had seen some reports of overheating on the Hero 10. Of course, overheating of cameras and action cameras is nothing new. Be it past GoPro’s, or even my phone – in the right hot conditions a camera will overheat. Just ask my iPhone how many times this past summer at the beach it overheated and had to be left alone for a bit. But generally speaking, such overheating usually comes from lack of airflow over a device – something that didn’t really impact my GoPro Hero 10 testing.
After all, I mainly test an action camera doing actiony things. Cycling, running, hiking swimming, paragliding, etc…
Still, at the same time, I also use GoPro’s constantly for more static filming, be it attaching to the ceiling above rocker plates to show how movement works, or using it as an alternative angle inside the gondola in the DCR Quarantine Corner series. Part of the appeal of an action camera is the places you can stash it and still get the shot.
But in all my action testing – I saw zero overheating, while others were seeing overheating while sitting at a desk in certain high-end resolutions frame rates as low as 18 minutes. So, I set out to test it.
What I thought would be a simple video ended up turning into a rabbit hole of astronomical proportions. Some 40 tests in all, including dive cases to the bottom of the lake, superheating my bathroom to 104°F, and a never-ending bout of cycling in circles to try and figure out when and where it’ll overheat. Since the point of this project was a video more so than a post, you’ll find all the details above. There’s some pretty interesting surprises in there too! But I figured I’d at least post it here to the site, so folks that aren’t subscribed to the DCRAINMAKER YouTube channel would see it.
Thus go forth and enjoy this rando rabbit hole! Thanks for watching!
Oh, update: Here’s the consolidated sheet from the video with all the actual test data.