GoPro Hero 6 BlackRs, 45,000
- Superb electronic image stabilisation
- Improved image quality
- Higher frame rates and resolution combinations
- Waterproof to 10m without a case
- Voice controls can be a little unreliable
- Most expensive GoPro Hero to date
GoPro Hero 6 Black
GoPro’s latest flagship action camera, the Hero6 Black, arrived in India last year at a rather steep price of Rs. 45,000. However, the company cut that down to Rs. 37,000 in January. While this is still higher than what it retails for in the US, it’s a welcome improvement. The new model brings the Hero series up to speed with support for newer video codecs such as HEVC for capturing 4K video at 60fps or 1080p video at 240fps.
There are other improvements as well, such as the ability to digitally zoom in to your shot, HDR still photography, and improved stabilisation. Let’s take a look in our review of the GoPro Hero6 Black.
GoPro Hero6 Black design
Looking at the exterior of the camera, the Hero6 Black looks and feels very much like the Hero5 Black. It has the same blocky design with a grey rubberised coating over most of the body. You get a large shutter release button on the top, and a smaller Mode/ Power button on the side. The Hero6 Black doesn’t have any built-in storage so you’ll need to invest in a microSD card. There’s a microSD slot on the bottom of the camera, along with the compartment for the removable 1220mAh battery.
There’s a small non-backlit display in the front just beside the lens, which shows you what shooting mode you’re in, and the battery level. You also get a touchscreen at the back, which is useful for framing your shots and changing settings. The Hero6 Black has a flap on the side, which protects the USB Type-C port and a Micro-HDMI port. This flap can be removed with a gentle tug, allowing the camera can be used with accessories like the GoPro Karma Grip. There are also three microphones, and three red LED status lights placed around the camera so you can always see at least one.
The Hero6 Black ships with the same set of accessories as most GoPro cameras. In the box, you get a flat and a curved adhesive mount, the mounting cage, and a baseplate. The cage is needed to attach the Hero6 Black to any GoPro accessory. The camera is backwards-compatible with accessories designed for previous Hero models, so you can use you existing mounts, if you have any.
GoPro Hero6 Black features and specifications
The Hero6 Black features a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor that’s capable of shooting up to 4K video at 60fps. There’s also a new GP1 processor, which promises to deliver nearly twice the performance as that of the Hero5 Black. A new 4K (4:3) aspect ratio mode is now available with this model as well. Just like before, there’s a wide selection of lower resolutions and framerates to choose from, including 2.7K, 1440p, 1080p, and 720p. GoPro has dropped the 960p resolution option, along with the Narrow and Medium field of view (FOV) options, leaving you with SuperView, Wide, and Linear. SuperView shoots 4:3 video and then stretches it horizontally to 16:9. While this gives you wider frame, it also creates the most barrel distortion. The Hero6 is water resistant up to a depth of 10m without the need for any external housing.
You can issue voice commands to the Hero6 Black just like before, by using the keyword ‘GoPro’ followed by the command. We found this to work pretty well provided you speak in a slight accent and are loud enough. You can even wake the camera up from standby with your voice, which is handy. However, it isn’t very effective in a noisy environment or if the camera is too far from you.
Electronic image stabilisation helps smoothen out footage when there’s motion. Three-axis stabilisation was previously limited to only a handful of modes with the Hero5 Black, but on this model, it can work at up to 4K 30fps.
The Hero6 Black now uses the 5GHz Wi-Fi band for connecting with your smartphone, so transferring content is slightly faster. Bluetooth and GPS are also available. The camera syncs with the GoPro app, which is available for Android and iOS. You can change settings remotely, use your phone’s display as a viewfinder, and transfer all your footage to your phone. The Hero6 Black also works with QuikStories, which is GoPro’s automated story creation tool.
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