GoPro HERO6 Black

When it comes to ac­tion, GoPro reigns supreme. Its lat­est cam­era packs an im­pres­sive spec, but is more power ev­ery­thing?

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GoPro’s had some ups and downs re­cently, but that hasn’t stopped it push­ing the bound­aries of what its ac­tion cam­eras can do. Its lat­est, the HERO6 Black, comes with a raft of new tech to make your ad­ven­tures look bet­ter than ever.

With a new pro­ces­sor in­side, dubbed GP1, it can record video at frame rates pre­vi­ously thought im­pos­si­ble in such a small form fac­tor.

It also boasts wa­ter­proof­ing down to 10 me­tres with­out a case – first seen in the HERO5 Black – and it’s tough too, with a rub­berised fin­ished that screams ‘go break me if you can’. In test­ing we dropped it onto con­crete from 10 feet, mi­nus a case, and we lost that chal­lenge.

There’s new Wi-Fi sup­port for the 5GHz band too, which means faster trans­fer of these big­ger, higher qual­ity video files. We did strug­gle to con­nect to some phones, how­ever, and could only trans­fer us­ing the slower 2.4GHz connnec­tion in such cases.

While the HERO6 Black looks much like the GoPro you know and love, it now fea­tures a full-colour, two-inch touch­screen with sen­si­tiv­ity that ac­tu­ally works well, when not in gloves at least. It’s more re­spon­sive and colours are no­tice­ably punchier than the HERO5. Voice con­trols are back on the HERO6 Black, mean­ing you can tell it to start a record­ing or power down with­out your busy hands get­ting dis­tracted. In re­al­ity, this works well in­doors but can strug­gle if you’re out­side with wind.

Shoot­ing is now pos­si­ble in 4K with up to 60fps, and you’ve got the op­tion of slow-mo­tion 120fps at 2.7K res­o­lu­tion or su­per slow-mo­tion 240fps at 1080p. This is also all recorded us­ing the lat­est HEVC (h.265) codec (as featured in the iPhone X), which is great for smaller files and faster trans­fers, but does mean some older de­vices strug­gle to play it.

While 4K at 60fps sounds great, im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion only works at 30fps. If you want smoother play­back, you’ll need a Karma Grip – or other gim­bal - for phys­i­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Then there’s bat­tery - with mixed use we were get­ting about two hours of use­age, but at 4K 60fps you’re real­is­ti­cally only go­ing to get around 45 min­utes be­fore the bat­tery gives up.

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