Two minute review
GoPro makes some of the best action cameras money can buy. The GoPro Hero 10 Black is our top pick thanks to its unparalleled image and stabilization quality, and the Hero 9 Black still holds its own after more than a year on the market. What also helps GoPro cameras stand out is the brand’s dedication to accessories, the latest being the battery-grip hybrid tripod – the GoPro Volta.
The Volta is a very practical addition to the GoPro Hero 9 or Hero 10 black, packed with practicality and perfect for anyone who doesn’t need a waterproof grip. It’s comfortable to use and adds a lot of functionality to the line, turning into a tripod, extending your camera’s battery and providing both wired and wireless remote control for your Hero. For a really polished vlog setup, get the Volta as part of the Hero 10 Black Creator Edition, which also includes some mods.
The fixed USB-C cable reel on the back of the Volta is clunky when unplugged, and getting the USB-C connection into the port can be a breeze, whether you’re using a camera in that position -alone or as part of the Media Mod system. However, once everything is set up and plugged in, the Volta helps allay battery fears and delivers a comfortable handheld shooting experience and stable shooting in tripod mode.
If you don’t already own a Hero 10 Black, the Creator Edition is a smart call for YouTubers or vloggers looking to create a compact movie rig with external audio. The Media Mod helps capture high-quality audio, and the excellent lighting mod is a brilliant tool for photographers and videographers, whether used as part of the GoPro setup or stand-alone in remote shooting. Read our GoPro Hero 10 Black review and find out how it performs.
Prices GoPro Volta and Hero 10 Creator Edition
While the Volta is a great accessory on its own, when paired with the Hero 10 Black, Media Mod, and Light Mod, it becomes part of a powerful mini-movie rig, known as the Creator Edition Bundle.
You can buy the Volta standalone for $90.99 / £83.99 with a GoPro subscription, or $129.99 / $119.99 without one, although prices get a little more confusing when you consider picking up the Creator Edition. to fetch.
New GoPro subscribers get the best deal on the Creator Edition – $531.95 / £508.45 / AU$820.33 – not bad considering how powerful the system is, especially when paired with a microphone like the DJI microphone or Rode Wireless Go II†
If you’re an existing GoPro subscriber, expect to pay $581.96 / £558.46 / AU$890.33, and for anyone who doesn’t have a membership, the Creator Edition bundle costs above odds at $784, 95 / £759.95 / AU$1204.75. Since GoPro plans cost $49.99 / £49.99 / AUS $69.99 per year, it’s a good idea to get one.
One quick look at the Volta and you probably know what it’s doing. For starters, it’s a handhold. The coiled dangling USB-C cable suggests it’s charging your action camera, while the side buttons clearly control shooting modes and content capture. At the base there’s also a tripod thread, meaning it can be mounted too – and of course you can mount your GoPro on it.
There are a few hidden highlights if you inspect the Volta more closely – a USB-C port under a cover so you can charge the Volta’s battery, and a hidden action camera mount, which must be released in plain sight with the push of a spring. -loaded button.
This means you can mount the Volta on your handlebars or hood without having to disassemble your GoPro. Finally, the front of the grip flaps flip open, turning the Volta into a tripod.
It’s also worth noting that the Volta’s main mount pivots, allowing you to rotate your GoPro Hero and lock it in 90-degree increments – a saving grace when mounting the cumbersome, coiled USB-C cable into your camera.
Installation and usability
Connecting your action camera to your Volta is easy enough, as long as you work with the latest firmware. The Volta comes with a battery cover that replaces the standard cover, allowing you to connect the handgrip to your camera.
This lowers the waterproofing to the weatherproofing, but means you can not only power your camera, but also control it without having to pair it with your Volta. For wireless control, it’s a simple case of Bluetooth pairing in the camera’s menu – no fiddling with the GoPro app.
As for real-world use, the Volta’s grip is comfortable, the features make sense, and for the most part, the design does a great job of getting even more out of your GoPro. It easily converts to a tripod, when the legs are locked in ‘grip mode’ it’s secure, and the ability to mount the Volta is incredibly handy.
The main area where the Volta dropped the ball for us was clumsiness. We’ve already mentioned the USB-C cable. It is a coiled dangling thing that hangs from the handle and cannot be removed. We would have preferred a removable USB-C cable instead of a fixed, or some other more elegant solution.
The Volta is also relatively slow to charge, charging in about two hours with a fast charger. Considering some smartphones like the OnePlus North CE 2 with similar battery capacities, booting up in just over 30 minutes, fully charging the Volta can make waiting frustrating in a hurry.