GoPro continues to fight against growing competition with the GoPro Hero 6, one of the latest action cams from this major player in the action market. The Hero 6 improves on the overall performance of the product both internally through higher framerates and with improved accessories and mounting systems.
Shooting speed: The Hero 6 boasts a new processor chip – the GP1 – that allows the new generation to shoot 4k video faster. It can shoot at a whopping 60p (60 frames per second).
Recording capabilities: To efficiently store the videos made with these super-high speeds, the GoPro Hero 6 also takes advantage of High-Efficiency Video Coding (H.265). This allows for more efficient compression of the videos.
Low-light shooting: While not the best, the Hero 6 does improve upon GoPro’s lower light functioning. If you use professional modes, you can adjust the footage to get better quality in low light.
HIGH SPEED SHOOTING
The GP1 processor allows the Hero 6 to shoot at near-lightning speed. Professional filmmakers and videographers will appreciate the improved ability to capture high resolution images, although to the average amateur user the differences may not be that apparent or appreciated. The increased data has to be stored somewhere, and that’s where the HEVC comes into play – a more efficient compression allows for better storage. The only problem is that some operating systems have yet to catch up and might not be compatible and if your PC is lacking in power, you may get some glitchy playback.
Low light shooting is improved over earlier generations, but still the Hero 6 does not thrust GoPro into the lead in low-light imaging. Also, there is a lot of room to improve on image stability. That’s where the improved mounting and accessories can help – stability is improved more if you have the camera mounted as opposed to holding it in your hands. Either way, the Hero 6 uses digital stabilization, which does not work as well as some smartphones.
As a trade-off for the higher speeds, more frames per second, and improved storage, the battery life is pretty sub-par. The battery drains unusually quickly even when you’re not shooting and even if you try to shut down non-essential functions. For any significant shooting stints, you’ll probably want to grab a couple of replacement batteries for about $20.00 each.
For professionals, the Hero 6 is a great improvement that may be well worth the $499.00 price tag. Amateurs and hobbyists will likely not find the value in the improvements, especially since they might make the camera incompatible with much of the hardware that the films will run on. Some experts recommend that beginners stick with older versions that come in at lower prices and more universal compatibility.
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