GoPro clearly wants its Hero line to mix it up with the best vlogging cameras around, thanks to accessories like its new Volta battery grip. And while the latter is certainly a useful companion, as you can see in our GoPro Volta review, it’s not as great as the modular vlogging camera we recently discovered in some fascinating patents.
Before we consider what might happen, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of GoPro’s new accessory. The new Volta Grip, which you can buy on its own or as part of a new Hero 10 Black Creator Edition bundle, combines a battery-equipped grip, tripod, and wireless controller into one convenient accessory. It’s primarily designed for the Hero 10 Black and Hero 9 Black, which benefit from its remote control powers, but it will charge and mount with older GoPros as well.
One of the major benefits of the Volta for vloggers and YouTubers is dramatically increased battery life for their action camera. On the Hero 10 Black, for example, it will go from 74 minutes (when recording 5.3K/30p video) to over four hours when used with the Volta. Overheating limitations aside, that should mean you can leave spare batteries at home.
The Volta’s built-in camera buttons also give you one-handed control of your GoPro, or you can detach it to let you remotely control your Hero 10 or Hero 9 from up to 98 feet away. This means the Volta effectively combines three of GoPro’s existing accessories (the remote control, spare batteries and a tripod) into one.
One of the few downsides, as our review explains, is that the Volta is weatherproof only, rather than fully waterproof. So if you’re planning on diving, you’re always better off getting a Handler floating grip instead. The Volta also doesn’t, like the GoPro concept below, have a mechanical gimbal that would allow it to follow you around a stage, like the DJI Pocket 2.
While the Volta is useful on its own, it still needs the help of mod accessories like the Media Mod to become a truly powerful vlogging setup. So GoPro has created a new Hero 10 Black Creator Edition bundle, which includes the action camera, a Volta grip, a Media Mod (which has a built-in directional mic, plus 3.5 HDMI in and out ports). mm) and the Light Mod to illuminate your subjects.
Naturally, this is quite an expensive setup. You can buy the Volta on its own for $90.99 / £83.99 with a GoPro subscription, or $129.99 / $119.99 without a subscription. But if you want the full Hero 10 Black Creator’s Edition, you’ll pay $581.96 / £558.46 / AU$890.33 (for existing GoPro subscribers) or $784.95 / £759.95 / AU$1204 AU$.75 (without subscription).
Luckily, there’s also a special offer on the Creator Edition right now for new GoPro subscribers. If you don’t have a Hero 10 or an existing subscription, you can grab the bundle for $531.95 / £508.45 / AU$820.33, which is pretty decent considering the achievement powers of the configuration. But should you wait to see what GoPro has in store for you later this year?
Analysis: A very practical accessory, but is it a last resort?
Our GoPro Volta review concludes that the accessory is a “compelling option for on-the-go creators” that is both “comfortable to use and adds a lot of functionality” to the Hero 10 Black and Hero 9 Black.
The Volta is actually three GoPro accessories in one, given that it can act as a tripod, battery grip, and controller (wireless and wired) for the action camera maker’s two newer Hero models.
The only real downsides are that it’s not fully waterproof, it can’t double as a wireless remote for older GoPros, and it doesn’t have extended powers for larger group shots. wide. But could the Creator Edition pack also be a mid-cycle stopgap for a more streamlined vlogging setup?
Earlier this month, we discovered GoPro patents for a DJI Pocket 2-style camera that suggest it’s planning to resurrect its Karma Grip as a new all-in-one camera with a mechanical gimbal.
Naturally, the patents can only be treated as concepts rather than signs of concrete plans, but these were highly developed and match GoPro’s comments earlier this year that it is planning new “types” of cameras in the future. action for 2022.
The downside of the Volta grip and Creator Edition set is that it lacks a mechanical gimbal to follow vloggers around a scene as they talk to the camera. So while both are certainly worth investigating if you already have a Hero 10 or Hero 9 action camera, there might be a more exciting vlogging solution coming later this year.