GOPRO HERO 6 BLACK
If there’s one company that needs a win, it’s Gopro. The brand is synonymous with the personal video revolution we celebrate in this issue, yet hemorrhages money. This camera is a step in the right direction. Front and centre is the company’s homebrewed image processor called the GP1. With this chip Gopro is taking the future of its bread and butter product into its own hands. The results are impressive. Not a quantum leap from the Hero 5, but a good enough bump in the dynamic range on a similar 12 MP sensor to make a difference. Importantly the Hero 6 records 4K at up to 60 frames per second and 1080p at an iphone 8-equalling 240 frames per second. There’s a big emphasis on slow motion in the new camera and it works very well. South Africa also gets the new Hero at a relatively cheaper price than the company’s home market. The US see launch prices rise by a full $100 from Hero 5 to Hero 6, while we only pay R500 on the new camera’s debut. The Hero 5 and equivalent Session cameras both see full R1 000 drops in pricing to keep the line-up sensible.
Alongside the new camera comes a redesign of the Capture app, now simply called Gopro. Data transfer between camera and smartphone is now much faster and there’s a new feature called Quik Stories built in. It’s essentially a paired down Quik app that tries to do even more rapid automatic edits.