GoPro HERO6 Black
When it comes to action, GoPro reigns supreme. Its latest camera packs an impressive spec, but is more power everything?
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.