The GoPro Hero 6 comes with a hefty price tag for an action cam, but it is also one of the best offers from the brand. Without being attached to any equipment, the camera is waterproof and can survive up to 10 meters underwater. There are many new features, including the ability to shoot 4k videos at 60 fps. The results can be reduced to half speed and they look incredible in slow motion.
How does it compare to others in the lineup? Several aspects are enhanced, such as Image Stabilization. It used to be limited to 2.7k, but now it is possible for 4k videos. While it does a great job to record in broad daylight, the low-light performance has gotten better as well. Even when there’s much light around, the broad dynamic range will ensure that you capture as much detail as possible. There is also a new zoom slider option which gives so much flexibility to get extremely close looks at objects. You will also benefit from dual 2.4GHz/5GHz. Downloading can be done faster even for larger files. Simply put, the new cam packs some great features for the price point. (Also read: Sony Alpha A6500 review)
The design feels familiar, so it won’t take long to get used to it. You can easily hold it with one hand. The housing is also carefully designed to hold the camera securely. The 2-inch touchscreen might be small, but it is functional to say the least. There is no problem while using it outdoors since it emits a considerable amount of light for outdoor viewing. Another LCD screen can be found on the front. It serves to display information like power level, recording status, and others. However, it is specifically designed for daytime use since the screen has no backlight. The text won’t be readable if the light isn’t sufficient. Overall, the design is compact, but it comes at a price. The microSD card, for instance, is a bit hard to pull out. There is one compartment that houses the battery and memory card slot. Ports like USB-C and HDMI are located in another side of the device. Thankfully, they are all sealed tightly to prevent water intrusion.
The performance of the GoPro Hero 6 is impressive. For those who have used the other GoPro cameras before, you will notice that there is a significant increase in low-light performance and dynamic range. The former allows you to record high quality videos in dark conditions, while the latter adjusts exposure to push detail to the forefront. This means the footage won’t look washed out because it can distinguish areas of shadows from highlight very well. The video stabilization works well despite the fact that it’s electronic based instead of an optical one like that on the latest Sony offering. Not just the video, image stabilization has also been improved. GoPro claims it mainly has to do with the new chipset. Ambarella was the one included in its products, but the new series gets a custom-designed GP1 processor.
GoPro Hero 6 Key Features:
- New GoPro’s GP1 Processor
- 4K shooting at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps
- Better Dynamic Range and Low-Light Performance
- Waterproof to a depth of 10 m
- Improved Video Stabilization
- GPS, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope
- Faster Offload Speeds via 5GHz Wi-Fi