September 30, 2017

HERO6 is Officially Here and It's the Smartest, Most Powerful GoPro Yet

GoPro has upped the ante with the HERO6 Black with 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 260fps, better dynamic range, and a brand new processor to handle it all.

The new spherical VR Fusion camera wasn't the only big announcement that came from GoPro the other day. The action cam company also unveiled the latest in their HERO line, the HERO6 Black, which comes with upgrades many filmmakers and hobbyists will get excited about. HERO6 Black includes features such as 4K at 60fps, 2.7K 120fps, 1080p at 260fps, waterproofing at up to 33 feet, in-camera image stabilization, better dynamic range, and an all-new GP1 chip that can handle the added performance, all for $499.

Check out the launch video to see what it can do:

Though most filmmakers will get hyped over the high definition slow(er) motion, there are plenty of other features worth getting excited over, including Touch Zoom, which allows you to touch the screen and zoom in on the action, waterproofing at up to 33 feet without a housing, and advanced image stabilization. But perhaps the biggest achievement in this camera is the GP1 chip, which gives the HERO6 double the performance of its predecessor. It's the engine that makes it possible to shoot higher frame rates at higher resolutions. Not only that, but it allows for 3x faster file transfers with its beefed up Wi-Fi, upgraded image stabilization, and better dynamic range.

Here's a more in-depth explanation of each of the HERO6's key features:

The HERO6 also comes with a new feature called QuikStories, which automatically uploads your photos and videos to your phone where then the GoPro app edits them into a video for you. This feature is aimed more at casual users and hobbyists, perhaps even travel vloggers.

The GoPro HERO6 is available now for $499.

Technical Specifications

  • Supports 4K60, 2.7K120, 1080p240 Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Ultra-Wide-Angle Glass Lens
  • Waterproof to 33'
  • Voice Control
  • Rear Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Interval Capture for Time-Lapse
  • Linear Video Mode Corrects Distortion
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
  • Price: $499

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Just look out for new Casio and XM Yuntab Warrior lowlight. The previouse ones got a lot of low light compared to others. I regret not buying one. The GS1 may not have been much of a large action cam without a screen, but using with phone, it's a fine idea. Even the phone camera is such a struggle. Android has been shoot in the foot again. The shooting button near the home and other buttons is just plain stupid, the new volume control shot control near the off screen button is another issue. During awkward shots these things get in the way. More well spaced control buttons are needed, just having a good sensor doesn't make it a good camera phone. The interface is just dumbed down, there should be full version controls available, fully customisable GUI and control layouts, with any plug in codec at any datarate you want.

Now, when you take shots and to to check them on my phone to see if I have to redo them or do more, there is incredibly long delays for things to come through to photos, leaving you unable to see photos you just took, and when they turn up, seeing them in global view even longer, and deleting something leaves the system in limbo things not dissapearing, different photographs to what is selected, blocking moving through photos, until after an incredibly long delay it re-registers everything correctly, and it works again. I had to reboot my phone to get it working.

The USB transfer function now makes I hard to do file modifications through corrupting files, and is slow, which means you have to pull the card otherwise be forced to use very unfriendly limited date modifying file managers on Android. Extremely bad, not justifyable to use so.

All these things are on Android 7 on my phone. So, these sorts of cameras that can bypass Android's camera controls, compression and record themselves l, along with good control, viewer and file apps, are needed for anybody serious in photography/video. But, most of these cameras are far to limited. If they want to sell more, open it up to more markets.

October 1, 2017 at 3:13AM

Wayne M
Director of a Life

Dear Friends and colleagues, in order to get a more accurate technical description of the GoPro Hero 6, let me suggest to carefully read the User Manual. You can access it here:
AND, then try it in real... Best, Paul

October 6, 2017 at 3:38PM

Paul G Ranky
Director of Photography