Review: Hero10 Black Bones – The Naked GoPro 10 for FPV Drones

by Oscar
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Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Lens Protector

GoPro just released their first-ever FPV camera – the “Naked” GoPro 10. It is essentially the beloved HERO10 Black, but stripped down to just the bare Bones (hence the name). The Hero10 Black Bones is purpose-built for FPV, keeping only the essential features for FPV pilots to make it as light weight as possible, allowing them to be used on smaller drones.

What’s a Naked GoPro?

The term “naked GoPro” was invented when the FPV community started stripping down GoPro’s to keep the weight to a minimum. It’s a fairly risky and tedious DIY task to do, and 3rd party power boards aren’t always reliable. It’s great that GoPro finally stepped in and offer Naked GoPro as an official product!

Here are the articles I have written on the different naked GoPro cameras if you want to learn more:

Where to Buy?

Product Page (not affiliate link): https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/cameras/hero10-black-bones/CHDBO-101-master.html

All HERO10 Black Bones cameras come bundled with the new GoPro Player + ReelSteady V2.0 software.

In the box, you get a manual, mounting fingers, and a power cable as accessories.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Unbox Accessories

Specs and Features

The image quality and stabilization of the Naked GoPro 10 are basically identical to the original Hero10 Black, as they both use the same image sensor and processor:

  • 1/2.3” image sensor
  • GP2 system processor
  • 5.3K60 + 4K120 Video
  • HyperSmooth 4.0 Stabilization
Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Compare Full Size

Left: full size Hero 10 Black; Right: Hero 10 Black Bones

Flight on my 5″ FPV drone:

Here’s another flight on a smaller 3.5″ drone:

However the Hero10 Black Bones is made much slimmer and lighter by removing everything but the essential. This reduces the weight from 158g to merely 59.9g (my measurement is slightly heavier than GoPro’s claimed 54g, maybe they didn’t include the lens protector).

Despite the huge reduction in weight, it’s still considerably heavier than the older Naked GoPro’s (double the weight).

  • Naked GoPro 6 with BetaFPV V2 case: 25.7g
  • Naked GoPro 8 with GEPRC case: 27g
  • Naked GoPro 9 with NamelessRC case: 30.5g
Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Compare 9 8 6

From left to right: Hero10, 9, 8, 6

But a 60g camera is still manageable for most 3″ and even some powerful 2″ FPV drones and Cinewhoops.

The Naked GoPro 10 is also noticeably larger in dimensions than the older naked GoPro’s.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Compare 9 8 6 Size

The input voltage is 5V to 27V (as stated in the manual), meaning it can be powered directly from pretty much all the common LiPo batteries we use on FPV drones (2S – 6S). However some users have reported issue with the camera stop recording randomly when powered by 5V, so perhaps it’s best to power it from a higher voltage power source.

It has an onboard microphone for recording audio.

Unlike previous Naked GoPro’s you have to tear it down and assemble it in an aftermarket case all by yourself, the Bones comes fully assembled, ready to use out of the box.

When you buy the Hero10 Bones, you get a free copy of Reelsteady V2.0 ($99 value).

The best part? GoPro offers damage protection and replacement for GoPro subscribers!

Closer Look at the GoPro 10 Black Bones

At only 60g, the Hero10 Black Bones is the lightest camera GoPro has ever launched (even the next lightest, the Hero5 Session weighs 74g).

The minimal weight is achieved by removing the displays, battery, speaker and GPS module in the Hero10 Black. They also replaced the metal enclosure with a lightweight plastic enclosure still offers some degree of protection.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera

Inside the well-vented protective housing, there’s a heatsink for cooling.

I wanted to take a look inside the camera, at the PCB and what they are using to power the GoPro main board. However the plastic case seems to be glued together, there’s no screws on the outside so it can’t be open easily. I don’t want to risk breaking the camera enclosure before testing it, so I will leave it for now :)

But I took a screenshot from GoPro’s promotion video showing the BEC that powers the main board, and the heatsink. The heatsink appears to be similar to the original heatsink, which is pretty heavy. Probably explains why the Bones is so heavy.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Pcb Tear Down Decase

The Bones has the exact same removable/replaceable cover glass as the original Hero10, it offers protection to the lens and it can be swapped on your favourite 3rd party ND filter.

The SD card slot is located on the right side. I wish they had some sort cover to prevent the micro SD card from accidental ejection in a crash, but I’ve tested this camera for a few days now with numerous crashes, it has not caused any issue so far.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Sd Card

There are two buttons on this camera just like the original Hero10 Black – Shutter and Mode/Power. They are located on the back.

The power input is also located on the back, it’s a Molex PicoSPOX (1.5mm pitch) 3-pin connector, which is an unusual connector and is hard to find. They were initially going to use GH 1.25 3-pin connector same as the one on the GEPRC BEC, but in the end they changed it hence it still says that on the manual but different on the final product. That doesn’t fit at all as the shape is different. Some say Molex PicoBlade (clones are sold as Micro JST1.25) sort of works but not recommended, because it’s slightly bending the pins due to the different pitch and the connection is not secure. Another option is JST ZH, pitch is the same so might be a better fit but yet to be confirmed.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Back

There’s a mounting hole right behind the lens, when mounted on a drone, it keeps the lens right in the center.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Mount

With the mounting fingers provided, you can mount the camera on a standard GoPro mount adapter or 3D printed mount for a drone.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Mounting Fingers Drone

This is on my 5″.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera 5 Inch Drone

On my GEPRC Smart (3.5″ FPV drone).

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Micro Drone

Input Power

The Naked GoPro 10 takes 5V to 27V input power, so it’s possible to power the camera directly from a 2S, 3S, 4S, 5S or even 6S LiPo battery. Since I will be using this camera on my 4S FPV drones, I soldered a 4S balance connector to the power cable.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Power Cable Balance Connector

So I can just plug the camera directly to the battery’s balance port.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Power Cable Drone

Notice there are 3 wires in the provided power cable – red, black and yellow. The yellow cable is for connecting to your flight controller’s TX pin of a spare UART. This allows you to start and stop recording using a switch on your radio when you set it up in Betaflight. I don’t see myself using this feature very much, since I will be mostly using the physical button on the camera for that, so I just left the yellow cable unconnected.

Here’s the power consumption under different modes:

  • Idle – 0.15A @ 16.4V (2.46W)
  • 1080p 60fps (highest bitrate) – 0.29A @ 16.4V (4.76W)
  • 4K 60fps (highest bitrate) – 0.34A @ 16.4V (5.58W)

If you are powering the camera at a different voltage, just divide the wattage by the voltage and you will get a rough estimation of what the amp draw would be. Take amp draw into consideration if you are using a voltage regulator between the power source and camera, I think this would be a popular approach as it adds an extra buffer/protection against voltage spikes.

Changing Settings

To change camera settings, there are many ways:

  • Using the Quik app (Android/iOS) over Bluetooth/WiFi
  • Scanning QR codes
  • Theoretically you can also use the physical buttons – but there’s no display so you wouldn’t know what you are pressing

I’ve found using the Quik app the easiest, it was easy to pair and change settings. The preview is really useful to check your exposure level since there’s no screen on the camera..

Also it’s good to learn that you have full control of Protune settings in the app, including bitrate, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, sharpness, etc.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera App Quik Settings

Here’s the manual that comes with the camera explaining the basics.

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Manual

Should You Get The Bones?

The Hero 10 Black Bones is surprisingly tough. I had a crash (lost video, the drone free fell from about 50 meters), it broke the arm of the drone but the camera was completely fine!

Naked Gopro 10 Hero10 Black Bones Fpv Camera Crash TestWith that said, the Hero10 Black Bones is not really made for crashing, and it’s a lot easier to break than the full size Hero10.

But it’s definitely the best you can get right now as a 60g camera in terms of image quality, and I think it’s a fantastic tool for the professional cinematographers and skilled pilots. However it’s not for everyone, not only because it’s less crash resistant but also it’s limited to FPV use only due to the lack of internal battery and displays, you can’t really use it for everyday recording like the original Hero10.

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29 comments

Chris S 24th April 2022 - 6:39 am

I wasn’t able to get mine working off of a 5V pad from the FC. My multimeter showed about 5.2v coming off of the pad. The gopro app would see the camera, but the preview mode wouldn’t work, and I couldn’t get the shutter to turn on/off when using the button on the camera.

I switched over to a 12v pad and now everything works as expected. I’m tempted to go with the battery balance cable connection shown above. I like the idea of having a removable cable.

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JinxFPV 29th April 2022 - 2:25 pm

You’re not supposed to power it off a 5V pad. Keep in mind naked GoPros run off a BEC, which steps DOWN voltage. Feeding it 5V is barely enough to keep it running and if that happens to briefly dip just below 5V, the camera isn’t going to work. Typically these solder to a BAT pad or straight to the leads.

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Patrick Tuxbury 17th April 2022 - 2:56 pm

Oscar, can you tell me something about your Smart35 build. When I put this camera on mine, the motors behave badly (front right, back left get very hot). I thought it might be imbalanced, so I made a new 3D print to move the camera back as far as I could, but I still get the issue, though not as bad.

When I take the camera off, the Smart35 seems fine. I’ve also put it on a Cinelog 30, and while it struggles a bit, at least the mirrors don’t get hot.

My Smart35 is running a Beast F7 AIO with T-Motor 1404 3800 kV motors. These motors seem shaker than their Xing counterparts, so maybe the motors are actually smaller than spec’d. I have a set of Xing 2 motors in order to see if this fixes it. Also, I may actually try to increase the battery size (currently running 550mAh 4S) to get the weight evened out a little more.

Any thoughts?

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Patrick Tuxbury 17th April 2022 - 2:57 pm

“Shaker” was supposed to read “smaller”.

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Aerial-Pixel 14th April 2022 - 3:50 am

Hey Oscar, just a heads up the preproduction model used a GH1.25, the Production one is a 1.5mm pitch plug that I have been unable to find any pre-made cables for. It appears to be this connector: https://www.te.com/usa-en/product-1775441-3.html

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Moose 15th April 2022 - 1:30 pm

They really have to get a super suit and sell their own drones

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Mr. Tux 16th April 2022 - 12:57 am

I believe this is the correct connector. You can also buy wires w/pins already crimped from here too. I bought 20 connectors and a bunch of pins. I’m going to try putting on more flexible silicone wire, instead of the very stiff wire my production Bones came with.
digikey.com/en/products/detail/molex/0874390301/3264708?s=N4IgTCBcDaIOoFkCMBmMBOA7AWgHIBEQBdAXyA

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Alessandro 16th April 2022 - 11:12 am

Anyone luck finding some pre crimped ones? Silicone or not?

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Patrick Tuxbury 17th April 2022 - 9:03 pm

The digikey link I left above will lead you to some crimped leads, but they aren’t cheap!

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RyanTrax 23rd April 2022 - 5:32 am

Here you go:
aerial-pixel.com/dronepilots/#!/GoPro-Hero-10-Black-Bones-Power-Connector-Cable-6-Long/p/461156012/category=0

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Chris 17th April 2022 - 7:49 pm

I haven’t bought the Bones yet, but what gauge wire does the included cable use? I’d like to know what gauge wire I should be using if I decide to crimp my own cable with silicone wire.

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Chris S 21st April 2022 - 6:18 pm

I purchased a few of those pieces and they do fit. ( EMIX CONN., 1.5MM PITCH, RCPT, HSG, 3P)

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Max 13th April 2022 - 7:52 pm

I don’t see an option for $349 on their website. I’m an existing subscribers.

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Blue Jay 13th April 2022 - 7:34 pm

$349 for existing subscribers is not real.

I actually just contacted GoPro customer support trying to get one at that price and they said it’s not true. I cited this review to them and they said they will have their marketing team reach out to oscarliang to get this sorted out.

It’s a real shame though. $349 would have been a good price point. At $399, I have a hard time making the purchase unfortunately. I will hold out for the black Friday discount later this year.

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Oscar 14th April 2022 - 11:43 am

The pricing were from a document they sent me prior to the release. They haven’t contacted me yet about pricing either.
Anyway I will remove that one just so i don’t get anymore question about it, people can’t check prices anyway by going to GoPro’s website.

Edit: They contacted me and admitted there was a mistake in the document they sent me. Please refer to their website for actual pricing. I will remove the pricing in the review for now.

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Patrick 13th April 2022 - 2:38 am

It would be awesome if they would sell just the case and BEC!

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Lucas C 12th April 2022 - 7:05 pm

Hey! Is the power port on the back of the Bones the same that’s on the back of the Naked Hero 8 form GepRC? (basically, can I use the power cable that’s already on the Cinelog25 to power this as well, and just swap out the batteries?)

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Lucas C 12th April 2022 - 7:10 pm

cameras* not batteries

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Amiel Leandro De Guzman 14th April 2022 - 3:26 am

GERPC website shows the naked hero 8 as GH1.25-3P Connector
(geprc.com/product/naked-gopro-hero-8-full-camera/)

Oscar mentions in the article that the hero 10 bones uses GH 1.25-3P Connector so I am assuming it is the same?
I just ordered one and I was wondering the same thing since I also have a naked hero 8.

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Aer 15th April 2022 - 3:44 am

It isn’t the same, mine arrived yesterday, it has a 1.5mm pitch in a connector type that isn’t readily available anywhere that I’ve found.

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BaconNinjaFPV 19th April 2022 - 12:26 am

It is apparently a Molex Pico-SPOX and I haven’t found any either :( really disappointed that all it will take is snagging this cable to out my camera out of commission. Wish they at least had extras on their site.

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RyanTrax 23rd April 2022 - 5:39 am

The only place I’ve seen it available is here:
aerial-pixel.com/dronepilots/#!/GoPro-Hero-10-Black-Bones-Power-Connector-Cable-6-Long/p/461156012/category=0

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MyopicFPV 12th April 2022 - 5:47 pm

The $349 existing-subscriber price does not appear to be an option from gopro for existing subscribers. I’m working with their support to fix their site pricing or clarify that it’s really 399 for everyone.

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BrettW 14th April 2022 - 4:10 pm

GoPro clarified that it’s 399 out the door for everyone, regardless of existing subscription. No actual discount for existing subscribers. You’ll pay an extra $100 ($499) if you don’t want a new subscription for some reason which doesn’t make sense. Everyone pays $399.

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Jens Eser 12th April 2022 - 5:19 pm

On the GoPro website it still shows $399 (instead of $349) for existing subscribers. – Is it a mistake on your side, or where did you get the pricing from?

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upyopyo 12th April 2022 - 4:43 pm

Hi, I was looking for the same handily way to use the balance connector to SMO-4k, instead of making a XT30 adapter or direct soldering. And I have one question. You connect wires to the both end of the connector only. Is that right idea? In other words, does goPro power supply consume each cell evenly with that wire method? Or actually using one of cells? This is because I am not sure how exactly balance connector connect to battery cells internally. Thanks!

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Alessandro Garabaghi 12th April 2022 - 3:11 pm

is it possible to turn on / off the bluetooth on the camera?

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GoNutsFPV 12th April 2022 - 2:31 pm

Its a shame its US only!! Hopefully gets shipped over the pond soon..

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NilssonFPV 12th April 2022 - 1:06 pm

To bad they didn’t include a usb port.
Could really do with a Naked Gopro 10 for my hdmi video transmitter ;) My current 6″ build is a bit of a brick with the full 10, media mod and a “naked” hdmi vtx.

Feel free to poke your Gopro contacts about one with the hdmi out chip from the media mod and the usb plug !

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