Price: ₹ 45,000/-
Recently GoPro announced their latest action cam – the GoPro Hero6 Black which looks like an incremental update. It may look the same from the outside, but the latest GoPro is packed with huge changes on the inside. The new chip has dramatically change the image quality of both photos and videos. I’ve been testing the GoPro Hero6 Black for a bit now, giving me a good grasp of how well the cameras work, both the good and the bad.
How does it feel out of the box?
Now before we dive into details like the video and photo quality, Let’s first cover some basics. First up is that the Hero6 Black is waterproof for up to 10m/33ft without any additional housing. As long as you’ve got your battery compartment and charging door closed, you’re good to go. The GoPro Hero6 Black offers a touchscreen, but cannot be used when diving under the water. For that, the one tap physical button will help you to capture or starts/stop recording. Another button on the side can quickly change modes or turn ON/OFF the GoPro. The GoPro Hero6 Black also features voice commands which were first implemented in the Hero5 series. It has an ability to turn ON the camera with voice commands. GoPro says this will only impact battery life for about 3-5 minutes at most. Talking about the battery, there hasn’t been much change in battery capacity with the Hero6 Black over the Hero5 Black.
How does it perform?
The GoPro Hero6 Black has been integrated with its first proprietary processor named GP1. This new processor allows Hero6 to capture double framerates as compared to the Hero5. The Hero6 Black can shoot 4K video’s at 60fps, as well as 2.7K at 120fps and 1080p videos at 240fps. This camera really ups the game when it comes to slow motion capture. The camera records in H.265/HEVC format, which is kind of a pain to deal with right now because most computers and phones don’t natively play those files. The best part of the GoPro Hero6, in my opinion, is the new image stabilization. It uses new electronic image stabilization to capture non-shaky smooth videos at super wide. The Hero6 can also work as still camera. It can shoot both RAW and HDR images. I found that the HDR shots tend to capture oversaturated images which looks surreal. In general, you’re better off shooting in RAW and then tweaking the levels in Lightroom. Another new addition to the Hero6 is WiFi 5GHz band which allows you to transfer footage to your phone faster than the Hero5. GoPro’s Quik app has a “Quik Stories” feature that is supposed to leverage sensor data and some new machine learning built into the GP1 chip, smash it together, and automatically create videos for you(can be edited).
Overall, I’m impressed with the new GoPro Hero6 Black. It is one of the best action cameras available in the market right now. We are impressed with the integration of GP1 chip that offers high-end specification including the option to record 4K video at 60fps and 1080p slow-motion video at 240fps. Battery life still continues to disappoint and even the touchscreen is nowhere close to being perfect. If you are looking out for the best action camera and aren’t bound by a budget, then GoPro Hero6 Black should be your preferred choice.
- 2-inch Touch display
- Record 4K at 60fps
- 12MP camera sensor
- Voice control
- Electronic Image Stabilization