Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles (upbeat music) - All right, I know. You see a GoPro in a thumbnail, you click on the video. You expect to see Becca, but you don't. You see me. That's because Becca's off doing Becca things. - Talking about me? - So you're gonna be stuck with me for a little bit because this GoPro video is actually a little bit different. (upbeat music) This is GoPro Bones. It is a GoPro made specifically for FPV drones. You see, for some time now, GoPro has been the camera of choice for FPV pilots due to its size, solid image quality, great built-in stabilization and even better post stabilization in ReelSteady which is also getting an upgrade. But for some pilots, the one key element missing from the Hero10 was what was not missing. Specifically, about 100 grams of weight. - My name is Reza Kurniawan. I am a drone pilot here in the San Francisco bay area. Today we're gonna tear apart some GoPro Hero10s, decasing them, entering 'em into naked GoPros. - Here's the thing. FPV pilots like Reza have been modifying their GoPros. Now, GoPro obviously isn't the heaviest camera to begin with, but when attached to an FPV drones, especially like Cinewhoop, which already have very limiting batteries, every gram is super valuable. And it's also important that the pilots keep their drones under 250 grams, which is the weight cut-off that the FAA said before you had to register your drone. So I reached out to Reza. I've been following him on Instagram for a while now. And it was also the first place when I saw someone just cut GoPros in half. - So we're making them naked GoPros to make them ultralight, to put 'em onto microdrones and to go under that sub-250 standard by the FAA, to fly over people and crowds and get really cool indoor shots. - For the past year or so Reza has been doing this to his GoPros. Full invasive GoPro surgery, every unnecessary bit, every additional gram, each element that is not essential to making the GoPro operate, winds up on the cutting room floor or workshop tray. I find that attention to detail fascinating. They even use Mavik 1 ND filters because the GoPro ones are just that much more heavier. - [Reza] So first thing is the battery. That saves the most weight. Then we take out the enclosure, the heat sinks, microphone, and we basically just keep the main board and the image sensor. We've been able to shave it down all the way to 36 grams at its lightest. You know, it's gotten faster over time but now I've gotten down to about an hour, hour and a half, with some stress testing. - So if you wanted the latest GoPro that would one, fit on a microdrone, and two, meet the FAA requirements, doing this was pretty much your only option or hiring people like Reza to do it for you since he does this as part of his business. That's why I wanted him to be the first person we asked to try out the new Bones. (upbeat music) Okay. So I left the Bones with Reza for a few days to go capture footage. And we'll check back with him a little bit later. For now, let's just go through what you actually get with this camera, starting with what's in the box. Which unsurprisingly isn't much. Bones, bare bones, bare bones, get it, get it? Okay. So here's the box that it comes in and you get the camera, these fingers as they're called and a three pin cable. That's about it. Okay, now internally it is the exact same GoPro as the GoPro Hero10. You get the exact same image sensor, the latest GP2 chip and it can shoot 5.3K60 video and 4K120 video. You still have multiple options to control your camera through the Quik app or the GoPro mode, or the QR codes. Even a couple of physical buttons. Lastly, this is obvious but still worth mentioning. This GoPro, probably like your drone, is not waterproof. And it also has GoPro's latest in-body stabilization in Hypersmooth 4, which not everyone uses for FPV. Most people tend to just go with ReelSteady which has now been renamed to GoPro Player + ReelSteady. It's also just faster with a few more editing options including more precise horizon lock which you're looking at right now. And here it is warded off. There's a little bit more shake and a bit more cropping. But it still works very well. Of course, with a device like this it's more about what you don't have. Obviously there is no display or speaker. There's these two physical buttons we mentioned, an LED indicator and a microphone. But there's no battery. It draws power directly from the drone it is connected to, and yeah, you do need to solder it on to it yourself. There's no door, no GPS or metal enclosure. It essentially does away with all the same things that Reza stripped from his Hero10. And in some cases even more. For example, there is no fan in here. GoPro instead says that the camera has a well-vented enclosure that promotes airflow cooling. So it is not exactly the same tear down. Not that we would expect it to be. But is it close enough to win over FPV pilots like Reza and save them hours spent in the workshop going full on Dexter on their cameras? (tense music) - I thought it felt pretty good. Yeah. When I took off it was noticeably a little bit heavier. Of course we pre-measured it and determined it was about 21 grams heavier. Taking off you can feel it, but it's not much. Today we were flying with a microdrone or Cinewhoop. I didn't really notice any changes in flight time, but if I were to pay attention to it hard enough and actually clock times, it would probably be a slight flight reduction due to the 21 grams. With the off-center mount I anticipated feeling something, but I actually didn't. I think there's still definitely a market for decasing GoPro Hero10s because they are 21 grams lighter, doing it ourselves. That's a very niche market I would say. I'll keep doing it.