GoPro just announced their new GoPro Hero 6 Black camera available for sale in stores and online.
Lets take a closer look:
It has the same exterior design as the GoPro Hero 5 (waterproofing included), probably to stay compatible with all the new mounts released for the Hero 5 and to be compatible with the GoPro Karma Drone.
GoPro ditched Ambarella chips for this camera and came out with their own GP1 chip, with the highlight features being increased frame rates and better overall image quality and speed. “[When testing the Hero 6] I didn’t have to touch the color at all.”-Abe Kislevitz (GoPro’s senior creative director). Besides frame rate, the new Hero6 Black also has faster Wi-Fi, now working on the 5GHz bands to speed up transfers.
As for the Camera itself, the biggest advancement has to come from the ability to shoot 4K footage at 60 frames per second (and 1080 at 240fps). GoPro is also promising improved image stabilization, but this time, it is going to be done from the hardware and not software end. You can also capture slo-mo videos at 2.7K resolution and 120fps and super-slo-mo videos at 1080p and 240fps. It comes with a built-in zoom that you can control from the touch screen. The digital touch-to-zoom was one of the most requested features by users.
The GoPro Hero 6 Black camera still has a 12-megapixel sensor, but it offers significant improvement over last year’s model. It can record both photos and videos in HDR which will make colors more vibrant and saturated, while offering an enhanced dynamic range. This improved dynamic range allows the camera to capture better footage in low-light and mixed sunlight conditions.
Another feature added to the Hero 6 Black is the auto exposure. Yes, finally! On the older Hero modles, the exposure gets lost for a few seconds when you move from recording indoors to outdoors as the camera tries to readjust to the new lighting conditions. The auto exposure on the Hero 6 makes the transition smoother than ever before.
GoPro has also improved the voice controls. You can activate the low-power “listening mode” to let the camera listen for voice commands. It consumes only 5-10% battery in eight hours. The Hero 6 offers the same battery life as the Hero5 which was a great upgrade from the Hero 4 models.
GoPro Hero 6 Price: $499