GoPro today announced the launch of what they are calling Volta, which as the name might suggest, involves power.
Actually it’s a bit more than that as it is a combination of a “premium” battery as well as being a camera control grip.
Built in features include the ability to shoot over 4 hours of 5.3K recordings shot at 30fps via the built 4900mAh battery. And apparently you can marry the existing battery with the Volta battery to extend this further.
Integrated into the control grip are camera control buttons allowing single handed recording and doubling up as a remote control via wi-fi with a range of 98 feet or 32 and a bit metres (why it’s restricted to that I have no idea. Why not 100 feet for example?)
But wait there’s more as they say. It’s also a tripod plus its weather resistant (rain and snow), and to cap it off, penguin and polar bear friendly as the Volta is made from 35% reusable plastics.
By itself, the Volta sells for AUD$199.95 and its compatible with the GoPro Hero 9 or 10, so if you have an 8 or less, tough.
Additionally, GoPro has put together a bundling deal where you can get the Hero 10 Black, the Volta, Media Mod and Light Mod together for AUD$1204.75 or if you are an existing subscriber, for AUD$891. Oddly new subscribers will save even more as they can get the bundle for AUD$820.33.
Not sure of the motivation there in terms of upsetting existing customers a little? And I am guessing as this is a direct deal, retailers won’t be over enamoured either.
By the way, if all you are after is a bit more grunt power wise and are not particularly fussed about the control grip and its benefits, another way is to buy an inexpensive power bank. With ratings starting at 10,000 mAh, that’s better than twice that of the Volta, and power banks up to 50,000 mAh are now becoming available.
You should be able to get a decent power bank for under $30.