GoPro's enactment cams are already versatile small outdoor companions, but present the institution wants to crook them into the best vlogging cameras astir with a caller artillery grip accessory and Hero 10 Black bundle. (Looking to leap to our verdict connected GoPro's caller grip? Head to our afloat GoPro Volta review).
The caller Volta grip, which you tin bargain connected its ain oregon arsenic portion of a caller Hero 10 Black Creator Edition bundle, combines a battery-equipped handle, tripod, and wireless controller successful 1 useful accessory. It's chiefly designed for the Hero 10 Black and Hero 9 Black, which payment from its distant power powers, but it volition besides complaint and equine with older GoPros.
One of the main benefits of the Volta for vloggers and YouTubers is simply a importantly boosted artillery beingness for their enactment cam. On the Hero 10 Black, for example, it'll leap up from 74 minutes (when shooting 5.3K/30p video) to implicit 4 hours erstwhile utilized with the Volta. Overheating limitations aside, that should mean you tin permission the spare batteries astatine home.
The Volta's built-in camera buttons besides springiness you one-handed power of your GoPro, oregon you tin detach it to springiness you distant power of your Hero 10 oregon Hero 9 from up to 98 feet away. This means the Volta efficaciously combines 3 of GoPro's existing accessories (the Remote, spare batteries, and a tripod) into one.
Perhaps the lone downside, arsenic our reappraisal explains, is that the Volta is lone weather-proof, alternatively than afloat waterproof. So if you're readying to spell diving, you'll inactive beryllium champion disconnected getting a floating Handler grip instead.
While the Volta is utile connected its own, it inactive needs the assistance of Mod accessories similar the Media Mod to go a truly almighty vlogging setup. So GoPro has created a caller Hero 10 Black Creator Edition bundle, which includes the enactment cam, a Volta grip, a Media Mod (which has a built-in directional mic, positive 3.5mm successful and HDMI-out ports), and the Light Mod to assistance illuminate your subjects.
Naturally, this is simply a beauteous pricey setup. You tin bargain the Volta connected its ain for $90.99 / £83.99 with a GoPro subscription, oregon $129.99 / $119.99 without one. But if you privation the afloat Hero 10 Black Creator Edition, you'll wage $581.96 / £558.46 / AU$890.33 (for existing GoPro subscribers) oregon $784.95 / £759.95 / AU$1204.75 (without a subscription).
Luckily, there's besides presently a peculiar woody connected the Creator Edition for caller GoPro subscribers. If you don't person a Hero 10 oregon an existing subscription, you tin prime up the bundle for $531.95 / £508.45 / AU$820.33, which is beauteous decent considering the setup's filmmaking powers.
Analysis: A useful accessory, but is it a stop-gap?
Our GoPro Volta review concludes that the accessory is simply a "compelling enactment for creators connected the go" that's some "comfortable to usage and adds plentifulness of functionality" to the Hero 10 Black and Hero 9 Black.
The Volta is efficaciously 3 GoPro accessories successful one, fixed it tin enactment arsenic a tripod, artillery grip, and controller (both wireless and wired) for the enactment cam maker's 2 astir caller Hero models.
The lone existent downsides are that it isn't afloat waterproof, can't enactment arsenic a wireless distant for older GoPros, and lacks extending selfie-stick powers for wider radical shots. But could the Creator Edition bundle simply beryllium a mid-cycle stopgap for a much streamlined vlogging setup?
Earlier this period we discovered GoPro patents for a DJI Pocket 2-style camera that suggest it's readying to resurrect its Karma Grip arsenic a caller all-in-one camera with a mechanical gimbal.
Naturally, patents tin lone beryllium treated arsenic concepts alternatively than signs of factual plans, but these were highly developed and lucifer GoPro's comments earlier this year that it's readying caller 'types' of enactment cam for 2022.
The downside of the Volta grip and Creator Edition bundle is that it lacks a mechanical gimbal to travel vloggers astir a country arsenic they're talking to camera. So portion some are surely worthy investigating if you already person a Hero 10 oregon Hero 9 enactment cam, determination could beryllium a much breathtaking vlogging solution coming aboriginal this year.