GoPro has just released its newest and best model yet, the HERO 6 Black. The size and look of the camera hasn't changed, but it did get a bit of a bump in performance. Let's take a look at what has improved in this new model and if it's worth upgrading.
For an action camera, having stabilization built in is a pretty big deal. With the HERO 5 Black we saw it added with resolution up to 2.7K (10% crop). Thats pretty cool but everyone is so hyped for 4K resolution on everything I'm sure a lot of you were let down. The Hero 6 now brings stabilization up to 4K 24fps max. It does this with only a 5% crop. So if you are excited about having less shaky footage than this first improvement may be enough for you to jump to the GoPro Hero 6. There is also video stabilization with 1080 120fps footage which you can all appreciate when capturing that new trick you just learned in slow motion.
The improved picture and video quality comes from a new GP1 chip. This also means you can read, write and offload data much fast than before. The other improvements listed here are a result of this new improved chip.
The HERO 5 Black was limited to 120fps. The new HERO 6 Black can do an astonishing 240fps slow motion. This is pretty huge to have slow motion like this coming from small camera that costs only $499. Now the 240fps will not come with some quality loss and flaws. This is not a Phantom Flex, so your slow mo isn't going to come out like the movies unfortunately. Is the extra feature of 240fps in 1080 worth buying the HERO 6? You'll have to decide on that one. Shooting 4K? Well that also got a jump from 30fps max to 60fps. This is probably one of the most exciting features for me.
Compared to the previous HERO 5 model, the Hero 6 seems to have improved dynamic range. This meanings they may be using an improved sensor and improved color science. The details in the shadows and highlight will be retained a little bit better than the previous model. I have not done any test as of yet so I have no way to confirm this myself. I am just sharing from what some others have reported up to the time of this posting. If its true, than it is definitely a welcome improvement for such a tiny camera.
Dynamic range refers to the range of which a camera can successfully capture the lightest and darkest areas of an image without losing detail.
The new model GoPro also received a little bump in the quality of video and photos you will capture in low light situations. When shooting with previous models you will notice noise or grain heavily if the lighting is not ideal. Having sunlight or good artificial lighting on what you are recording will help tremendously. Now with this new camera you will see some improvements even if your lighting is not the greatest.
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