GoPro launches the Volta, a new 2-in-1 battery pack/camera grip, alongside the HERO10 Black Creator Edition
GoPro made its name as a maker of cameras geared toward capturing or following an 'extreme' or 'rugged' lifestyle; however, its latest version of the HERO10 Black is overtly pitched at creators instead. According to the company's CEO Nicholas Woodman, it is set up to deliver "professional-quality video when vlogging, filmmaking or even live streaming".
This may be because the new Creator Edition augments the HERO10 Black's up-to-5.3K resolution and 8x slo-mo by coming with one of GoPro's click-on Media Mods, not to mention a Light Mod, in the box. Furthermore, the bundle also contains a Volta, which may indeed support 'all-day shooting' thanks to its multifunctional nature.
The Volta acts as a handheld grip for a HERO10 Black (with buttons for remote control of the camera), but can also convert to tripod mode thanks to its fold-away legs (the new flagship action cam's apparently Emmy Award-winning HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization for video notwithstanding).
However, it can also replace the back-up batteries one might normally have to cart around with their GoPro, powering up to 4 hours of additional use (presuming the camera is used to record 5.3K/30fps video for all of this time). Then again, it is important to note that it is not waterproof, as the 10 Black is on its own.
The new accessory might be an almost patent response to the new Insta360 ONE RS and its modular system; however, it might prove worthwhile in itself, particularly as its coiled little USB type-C cable means some other, older GoPros can also work with it.
To this end, the Volta has also been released to the GoPro site as a standalone accessory, for US$90.99 to existing subscribers or $129.99 otherwise.
Similarly, the HERO10 Black Creator Edition has a normal price of $834.94 - however, GoPro is willing to let one go for $531.95 provided the buyer takes a subscription to its services as well. For reference, a standalone HERO10 Black is $450 on Amazon today (April 2, 2022).