GoPro’s newest flagship motion digicam, the Hero6 Black, arrived in India final 12 months at a reasonably steep value of Rs. 45,000. Nevertheless, the corporate cut that down to Rs. 37,000 in January. Whereas that is nonetheless larger than what it retails for within the US, it’s a welcome enchancment. The brand new mannequin brings the Hero collection up to the mark with assist for newer video codecs comparable to HEVC for capturing 4K video at 60fps or 1080p video at 240fps.
There are different enhancements as nicely, comparable to the power to digitally zoom in to your shot, HDR nonetheless pictures, and improved stabilisation. Let’s have a look in our evaluation of the GoPro Hero6 Black.
GoPro Hero6 Black design
Wanting on the exterior of the digicam, the Hero6 Black seems to be and feels very very like the Hero5 Black. It has the identical blocky design with a gray rubberised coating over many of the physique. You get a big shutter launch button on the highest, and a smaller Mode/ Energy button on the facet. The Hero6 Black doesn’t have any built-in storage so that you’ll must spend money on a microSD card. There is a microSD slot on the underside of the digicam, together with the compartment for the detachable 1220mAh battery.
There’s a small non-backlit show within the entrance simply beside the lens, which reveals you what capturing mode you’re in, and the battery stage. You additionally get a touchscreen on the again, which is beneficial for framing your photographs and altering settings. The Hero6 Black has a flap on the facet, which protects the USB Kind-C port and a Micro-HDMI port. This flap will be eliminated with a delicate tug, permitting the digicam can be utilized with equipment just like the GoPro Karma Grip. There are additionally three microphones, and three crimson LED standing lights positioned across the digicam so you may at all times see at the least one.
The Hero6 Black ships with the identical set of equipment as most GoPro cameras. Within the field, you get a flat and a curved adhesive mount, the mounting cage, and a baseplate. The cage is required to connect the Hero6 Black to any GoPro accent. The digicam is backwards-compatible with equipment designed for earlier Hero fashions, so you should use you current mounts, when you have any.
GoPro Hero6 Black options and specs
The Hero6 Black incorporates a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor that’s able to capturing as much as 4K video at 60fps. There’s additionally a brand new GP1 processor, which guarantees to ship almost twice the efficiency as that of the Hero5 Black. A brand new 4K (four:three) side ratio mode is now accessible with this mannequin as nicely. Identical to earlier than, there’s a wide array of decrease resolutions and framerates to select from, together with 2.7K, 1440p, 1080p, and 720p. GoPro has dropped the 960p decision possibility, together with the Slender and Medium area of view (FOV) choices, leaving you with SuperView, Extensive, and Linear. SuperView shoots four:three video after which stretches it horizontally to 16:9. Whereas this offers you wider body, it additionally creates essentially the most barrel distortion. The Hero6 is water-proof as much as a depth of 10m with out the necessity for any exterior housing.
You may challenge voice instructions to the Hero6 Black similar to earlier than, by utilizing the key phrase ‘GoPro’ adopted by the command. We discovered this to work fairly nicely offered you converse in a slight accent and are loud sufficient. You may even wake the digicam up from standby together with your voice, which is helpful. Nevertheless, it isn’t very efficient in a loud setting or if the digicam is just too removed from you.
Digital picture stabilisation helps smoothen out footage when there’s movement. Three-axis stabilisation was beforehand restricted to solely a handful of modes with the Hero5 Black, however on this mannequin, it might probably work at as much as 4K 30fps.
The Hero6 Black now makes use of the 5GHz Wi-Fi band for connecting together with your smartphone, so transferring content material is barely sooner. Bluetooth and GPS are additionally accessible. The digicam syncs with the GoPro app, which is out there for Android and iOS. You may change settings remotely, use your cellphone’s show as a viewfinder, and switch all of your footage to your cellphone. The Hero6 Black additionally works with QuikStories, which is GoPro’s automated story creation instrument.
GoPro Hero6 Black efficiency and battery life
The Hero6 Black is straightforward to arrange and get began with. A swipe proper on the house display takes you to your recorded media, whereas swiping left takes you to superior settings comparable to Protune, stabilisation, and wind noise discount. Protune has been round for some time, and what it does is allow you to set the ISO and different publicity settings manually. Swiping down from the house display takes you to the Wi-Fi, voice management and different system-wide settings.
Its contact response is sweet and navigating the menus is easy sufficient to grasp, even for first-time customers. We discovered the default brightness stage to be sufficient in the course of the day, though you may improve it if you want. The capturing modes and settings indicators are displayed prominently in a bar on the backside of the display, and it solely takes a number of faucets to alter the decision or framerate.
The primary capturing modes embrace Picture, Video, and Time Lapse, and so they have nested modes comparable to Burst within the photograph mode and some low-light choices for time lapse and photograph modes. Sadly, GoPro has ditched the Video + Picture mode, which we final noticed on the Hero5 Black. On this mode, the digicam saved a nonetheless photograph each few seconds whereas recording video.
There’s a brand new Contact Zoom possibility within the video mode, which helps you to carry out a digital zoom earlier than you begin capturing. The choice is out there solely with sure decision, framerate, and area of view combos. It’s a pleasant addition however video high quality is degraded, particularly while you’re capturing in low gentle. Throughout the day, the Hero6 Black captures good footage. We took most of our movies at both 4K 30fps or 4K 60fps, and we’re fairly pleased with what this little digicam can obtain. The upper framerate at 4K does add some good fluidity to movies. Distinction ranges are excellent, and the digicam is fast to adapt to various gentle situations.
When utilizing the SuperView FOV, objects in direction of the perimeters of the body exhibit a number of barrel distortion, and that is barely higher when utilizing the usual Extensive FOV. Now you can shoot slow-motion footage at 1080p at 240fps, which seems to be very good. Nevertheless, we seen that such footage does require a comparatively highly effective PC or smartphone for easy playback. That is primarily because of the newer HEVC or H.265 codecs getting used, which isn’t broadly supported simply but. You may verify and see for those who desktop machine or cell machine will be capable to deal with such excessive bit-rate movies on GoPro’s website.
We discovered that stabilisation labored decently. Even once we had the Hero6 Black mounted to the entrance of a bike, it managed to compensate for vibrations fairly nicely. When utilizing the digicam handheld, it additionally coped nicely, though jarring actions did lead to some jerkiness in our check footage. Pictures turned out properly too, though in low gentle, we discovered it finest to change to Evening Picture mode, which robotically adjusts the shutter velocity based mostly on present situations. Handheld capturing at evening is not advisable, as even slight actions will lead to blurring.
You may select from a number of burst price choices, the very best being 30fps, similar to on the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. A Class 10 microSD card is the minimal requirement on this mode, and for our testing, GoPro despatched us a Lexar 32GB UHS-II microSD card.
Low-light stills and movies have been first rate so long as there was ample synthetic gentle round. Nevertheless, when capturing at evening with solely streetlamps illuminating the scene, there was a noticeable loss intimately in distant objects, and darker areas had a little bit of graininess. Dynamic vary continues to be dealt with fairly nicely, and the sensor is ready to seize colors decently nicely.
Like most GoPros we’ve examined earlier than, the Hero6 Black tends to run scorching when capturing video. Battery life varies quite a bit, based mostly on the decision you’re capturing at and whether or not you have got Wi-Fi and GPS turned on. On common, we managed to get about an hour’s value of recording time at 4K, which isn’t unhealthy. Needless to say leaving the digicam idling or taking part in round with the capturing modes may even eat into your anticipated battery life.
The GoPro Hero6 Black is an iterative improve to the Hero5 Black, and the primary attraction right here is the assist for newer video recording requirements. There’s wider decision assist for the digital stabilisation, and different little enhancements comparable to sooner Wi-Fi connectivity. GoPro cameras are sometimes used for skilled filmmaking too, for instance in motion sequences that might sometimes not allow using conventional cameras. To be used instances like this, filmmakers will recognize the prolonged framerate assist at 4k and 1080p. For normal customers, Rs. 37,000 continues to be a big funding, particularly you’re solely going to be utilizing the digicam on occasional weekend getaways. For a lot of informal customers, the Hero5 Black continues to be value contemplating, as a result of at Rs. 27,000, it affords many of the options of the newer mannequin.
For many who need the comfort of a touchscreen however need to save much more cash, GoPro has just lately announced the GoPro Hero priced at simply Rs. 18,990, and the steadiness of worth and options that it affords might be ok for lots of people.
Value (MRP): Rs. 37,000
- Waterproof, rugged physique
- Helps 4K 60fps recording
- Good video in daylight
- Straightforward-to-use app
- Struggles in low gentle
- A bit costly
Scores (Out of 5)
- Design: four.5
- Efficiency: four
- Worth for cash: three.5
- General: four