GoPro Hero6 Black Review

GoPro Hero6 Black Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Hero6 Black supports 4K 60fps and 1080p 240fps video recording
  • Other improvements include a Touch Zoom mode and 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • The GoPro Hero6 Black is priced at Rs. 37,000 in India

GoPro’s latest flagship action camera, the Hero6 Black, arrived in India last year at a rather steep price of Rs. 45,000. However, the company cut that down to Rs. 37,000 in January. While this is still higher than what it retails for in the US, it’s a welcome improvement. The new model brings the Hero series up to speed with support for newer video codecs such as HEVC for capturing 4K video at 60fps or 1080p video at 240fps.

There are other improvements as well, such as the ability to digitally zoom in to your shot, HDR still photography, and improved stabilisation. Let’s take a look in our review of the GoPro Hero6 Black.

 

GoPro Hero6 Black design

Looking at the exterior of the camera, the Hero6 Black looks and feels very much like the Hero5 Black. It has the same blocky design with a grey rubberised coating over most of the body. You get a large shutter release button on the top, and a smaller Mode/ Power button on the side. The Hero6 Black doesn’t have any built-in storage so you’ll need to invest in a microSD card. There’s a microSD slot on the bottom of the camera, along with the compartment for the removable 1220mAh battery.

There’s a small non-backlit display in the front just beside the lens, which shows you what shooting mode you’re in, and the battery level. You also get a touchscreen at the back, which is useful for framing your shots and changing settings. The Hero6 Black has a flap on the side, which protects the USB Type-C port and a Micro-HDMI port. This flap can be removed with a gentle tug, allowing the camera can be used with accessories like the GoPro Karma Grip. There are also three microphones, and three red LED status lights placed around the camera so you can always see at least one.

GoPro Hero6 Black top ndtv GoPro

 

The Hero6 Black ships with the same set of accessories as most GoPro cameras. In the box, you get a flat and a curved adhesive mount, the mounting cage, and a baseplate. The cage is needed to attach the Hero6 Black to any GoPro accessory. The camera is backwards-compatible with accessories designed for previous Hero models,  so you can use you existing mounts, if you have any.

GoPro Hero6 Black features and specifications

The Hero6 Black features a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor that’s capable of shooting up to 4K video at 60fps. There’s also a new GP1 processor, which promises to deliver nearly twice the performance as that of the Hero5 Black. A new 4K (4:3) aspect ratio mode is now available with this model as well. Just like before, there’s a wide selection of lower resolutions and framerates to choose from, including 2.7K, 1440p, 1080p, and 720p. GoPro has dropped the 960p resolution option, along with the Narrow and Medium field of view (FOV) options, leaving you with SuperView, Wide, and Linear. SuperView shoots 4:3 video and then stretches it horizontally to 16:9. While this gives you wider frame, it also creates the most barrel distortion. The Hero6 is water resistant up to a depth of 10m without the need for any external housing.

GoPro Hero6 Black screen ndtv GoPro

 

You can issue voice commands to the Hero6 Black just like before, by using the keyword ‘GoPro’ followed by the command. We found this to work pretty well provided you speak in a slight accent and are loud enough. You can even wake the camera up from standby with your voice, which is handy. However, it isn’t very effective in a noisy environment or if the camera is too far from you.

Electronic image stabilisation helps smoothen out footage when there’s motion. Three-axis stabilisation was previously limited to only a handful of modes with the Hero5 Black, but on this model, it can work at up to 4K 30fps.

The Hero6 Black now uses the 5GHz Wi-Fi band for connecting with your smartphone, so transferring content is slightly faster. Bluetooth and GPS are also available.  The camera syncs with the GoPro app, which is available for Android and iOS. You can change settings remotely, use your phone’s display as a viewfinder, and transfer all your footage to your phone. The Hero6 Black also works with QuikStories, which is GoPro’s automated story creation tool.

GoPro Hero6 black ndtv GoPro

GoPro Hero6 Black performance and battery life

The Hero6 Black is easy to set up and get started with. A swipe right on the home screen takes you to your recorded media, while swiping left takes you to advanced settings such as Protune, stabilisation, and wind noise reduction. Protune has been around for a while, and what it does is let you set the ISO and other exposure settings manually. Swiping down from the home screen takes you to the Wi-Fi, voice control and other system-wide settings.

Its touch response is good and navigating the menus is simple enough to master, even for first-time users.  We found the default brightness level to be adequate during the day, although you can increase it if you wish. The shooting modes and settings indicators are displayed prominently in a bar at the bottom of the screen, and it only takes a few taps to change the resolution or framerate.

The main shooting modes include Photo, Video, and Time Lapse, and they have nested modes such as Burst in the photo mode and a few low-light options for time lapse and photo modes. Sadly, GoPro has ditched the Video + Photo mode, which we last saw on the Hero5 Black. In this mode, the camera saved a still photo every few seconds while recording video.

There’s a new Touch Zoom option in the video mode, which lets you perform a digital zoom before you start shooting. The option is available only with certain resolution, framerate, and field of view combos. It’s a nice addition but video quality is degraded, especially when you’re shooting in low light. During the day, the Hero6 Black captures good footage. We took most of our videos at either 4K 30fps or 4K 60fps, and we’re quite happy with what this little camera can achieve. The higher framerate at 4K does add some nice fluidity to videos. Contrast levels are very good, and the camera is quick to adapt to varying light conditions.

Shot using Photo mode (Tap to see full-sized GoPro Hero6 Black camera sample)

 

Shot using Night Photo mode (Tap to see full-sized GoPro Hero6 Black camera sample)

 

When using the SuperView FOV, objects towards the edges of the frame exhibit a lot of barrel distortion, and this is slightly better when using the standard Wide FOV. You can now shoot slow-motion footage at 1080p at 240fps, which looks very nice. However, we noticed that such footage does require a relatively powerful PC or smartphone for smooth playback. This is mainly due to the newer HEVC or H.265 codecs being used, which isn’t widely supported just yet. You can check and see if you desktop machine or mobile device will be able to handle such high bit-rate videos on GoPro’s website.

We found that stabilisation worked decently. Even when we had the Hero6 Black mounted to the front of a motorcycle, it managed to compensate for vibrations quite well. When using the camera handheld, it also coped well, although jarring movements did result in some jerkiness in our test footage. Photos turned out nicely too, although in low light, we found it best to switch to Night Photo mode, which automatically adjusts the shutter speed based on current conditions. Handheld shooting at night isn’t recommended, as even slight movements will lead to blurring.

You can choose from several burst rate options, the highest being 30fps, just like on the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. A Class 10 microSD card is the minimum requirement in this mode, and for our testing, GoPro sent us a Lexar 32GB UHS-II microSD card.

 

Low-light stills and videos were decent as long as there was ample artificial light around. However, when shooting at night with only streetlamps illuminating the scene, there was a noticeable loss in detail in distant objects, and darker regions had a bit of graininess. Dynamic range is still handled quite well, and the sensor is able to capture colours decently well.

Like most GoPros we’ve tested before, the Hero6 Black tends to run hot when shooting video. Battery life varies a lot, based on the resolution you’re shooting at and whether you have Wi-Fi and GPS turned on. On average, we managed to get about an hour’s worth of recording time at 4K, which is not bad. Keep in mind that leaving the camera idling or playing around with the shooting modes will also eat into your expected battery life.

Verdict
The GoPro Hero6 Black is an iterative upgrade to the Hero5 Black, and the main appeal here is the support for newer video recording standards. There’s wider resolution support for the electronic stabilisation, and other little improvements such as faster Wi-Fi connectivity. GoPro cameras are often used for professional filmmaking too, for example in action sequences that would typically not permit the use of traditional cameras. For use cases like this, filmmakers will appreciate the extended framerate support at 4k and 1080p. For regular users, Rs. 37,000 is still a significant investment, especially you’re only going to be using the camera on occasional weekend getaways. For many casual users, the Hero5 Black is still worth considering, because at Rs. 27,000, it offers most of the features of the newer model.

For those who want the convenience of a touchscreen but want to save even more money, GoPro has recently announced the GoPro Hero priced at just Rs. 18,990, and the balance of value and features that it offers could be good enough for a lot of people.
Price (MRP): Rs. 37,000

Pros

  • Waterproof, rugged body
  • Supports 4K 60fps recording
  • Good video in daylight
  • Easy-to-use app

Cons

  • Struggles in low light
  • A bit expensive

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4.5
  • Performance: 4
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 4

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GoPro HERO Sports and Action Camera Launched in India: Price, Specifications

GoPro HERO Sports and Action Camera Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoPro Hero Sports and Action Camera exclusively available on Flipkart
  • Pre-orders will start on March 30, and the camera goes on sale next week
  • Camera comes with a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor

Popular action camera brand GoPro has launched a new waterproof camera in India. The rugged GoPro HERO sports action camera is waterproof up to 10 metres and comes with features like wide-view, voice control, and stabilisation, the company has claimed. It will go on sale in the country on April 2 exclusively via Flipkart. The e-commerce website has teased the upcoming device under its “No Kidding Days” sale which will run on April 1 and April 2. The GoPro HERO price in India has been set at Rs. 18,990.

Flipkart has already listed the GoPro HERO sports action camera on its website. Interested buyers will be able to pre-book the GoPro Hero via Flipkart on March 30.

The GoPro HERO with model number CHDHB-501-RW sports a 10-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor which is capable of shooting HD videos (1440p60 and 1080p60) and 10-megapixel photo performance (1440p30 and 1080p30 also available). It has an ISO range of 100 – 1600. It bears a 4.95cm touchscreen with a 320×480 pixels resolution. It has 4GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). It measures 32x62x44.5mm, and weighs 117 grams.

As mentioned, the GoPro HERO has voice control feature that gives hands-free control using commands. It also comes with stabilisation functionality that lets users capture stable videos even when using a GoPro mount.

To recall, GoPro has three other cameras in India – HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO5 Session – priced at Rs. 37,000, Rs. 27,000, and Rs. 18,000 respectively.

Commenting on the launch, Meghan Laffey, GoPro’s SVP of Product, said, “HERO is a great first GoPro for people looking to share experiences beyond what a phone can capture. HERO makes it easy to share ‘wow’ moments at a price that’s perfect for first-time users.”

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GoPro Hero5 Session Review

GoPro Hero5 Session Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The GoPro Hero5 Session supports 4K video and voice commands
  • The new model features a 10-megapixel sensor and wide-angle lens
  • The GoPro Hero5 Session is priced at Rs. 29,500

GoPro officially launched its latest range of action cameras in the Indian market around December last year, and they are now available across online and offline retail stores. We reviewed the Hero4 Black and Silver last year but didn’t have the chance to test the Hero4 Session, which we felt was the most interesting camera of the lot.

This time, we begin with the Hero5 Session, a brand new action camera that offers most of the capabilities of the older and more expensive Hero4 Black along with some new features that are exclusive to the Hero5 series. Being a premium action camera, the Hero5 Session doesn’t come cheap. For those looking at a solid, one-time investment, does it offer the best bang-for-buck?

GoPro Hero5 Session design and build

GoPro has streamlined its lineup into three models: there’s the flagship Hero5 Black, the Hero5 Session just below it, and a third one called the Hero Session, which is essentially a rebadged Hero4 Session. Physically, the Hero5 Session is extremely compact, with a cube shape that makes it easy to place it pretty much anywhere. Its body is sturdy and has a nice rubberised coating. There’s provision in the front to attach a lanyard, which is thoughtful given how easy it could be to misplace such a device.

There’s a small monochrome display next to the shutter button on the top, along with a secondary button at the back. This combination of buttons is used to navigate the menu and change settings, although it does get a bit tedious after a point. It’s much easier to set everything up using the Capture app on a paired device. There’s a speaker and a microphone grille on the back, and two LED lights on the front which tell you what state the camera is in. You can disable the status lights altogether from the app if you wish to go full stealth.

GoPro HEro5 Session display ndtv gopro

There’s a water-sealed flap on one side which covers the USB Type-C port and SD card slot. The Hero5 Session requires at least a Class 10 or UHS-1 rated SD card in order to function optimally. It’s nice to see GoPro adopt the current USB standard for connectivity.

Sadly, this camera still doesn’t have a tripod mount. Instead, it ships with a plastic casing which you’ll need if you want to mount the camera onto things. The casing is also smartly designed, giving you cutouts on three sides so you can position the camera depending on which direction you want to mount it in. This is especially useful as GoPro doesn’t provide any pivoting arms with the Hero5 Session.

You get two adhesive mounts (one flat and one curved) in the box, along with a Type-C cable. The base of the housing is compatible with older Hero 4 mounts, so you can use your existing accessories. Overall, the camera is built superbly and we love its inconspicuous design.

GoPro Hero5 Session features

Physically, it’s hard to tell the new Session from the previous model but there are big changes once you get into the specifications. For starters, the Hero5 Session gets a 10-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, and the video recording resolution now maxes out at 4K. It also gets a much higher burst rate of 30 frames in one second. Waterproofing stays the same, with the unit capable of functioning immersed up to 33 feet or 10 meters deep without need for an additional housing.

GoPro HEro5 Session flaap ndtv gopro

The Hero5 Session also supports video stabilisation for resolutions up to 2.7K, and a new voice control feature which lets you trigger actions like starting a timelapse or burst. We found this to be a very handy addition and it works well, provided there isn’t too much ambient noise. The list of commands is accessible from the Capture app, in case you forget them. The camera supports automatic uploading to the GoPro Plus cloud, which is a subscription-based service. It isn’t currently available in India, but GoPro tells us it will be launching here soon.

There’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connecting the camera to the Capture app on your smartphone. Available for Android and iOS, this app lets you control all the camera’s settings and also shoot remotely. You can download files from the camera to your device and edit them using the Quik app. This app also lets you add background music and effects to your videos along with applying quick fixes. For more advanced editing like getting rid of barrel distortion, etc, you can use the GoPro Studio desktop app.

GoPro Gero5 Session app ndtv gopro

GoPro Hero5 Session performance

Under good lighting, the Hero5 Session manages very good videos and images. Pictures have sharp detail with punchy colours, and the video framerate is rock steady throughout. Low-light video clips tend to be a bit noisy, which is our only real gripe with the camera in terms of image quality. Just like the Hero4 Black, the Session’s outer body gets warm quickly when shooting in 4K.

Even with the latest firmware, we ran into some bugs intermittently. For example, the camera sometimes wouldn’t sync properly with its app.

It’s most fun to use the camera when mounted onto something. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any of the other mounts to play with, apart from the adhesive ones.

(Tap to see full-sized GoPro Hero5 Sesssion camera sample)

When shooting stills, it’s best to switch to ‘Linear’ mode if you want to avoid distortion, but that crops the frame. On the other hand, ‘SuperView’ offers the widest field of view but distortion can be jarring. For this reason, we found it best to stick to the ‘Wide’ view for video as it offers the best balance.

The GoPro Hero5 Session lacks certain video features that are restricted to the Hero5 Black, such as SuperView at 4K resolution, and higher framerates at resolutions above full-HD. The higher-end model is also the only one with RAW format support and built-in GPS.

Battery life will vary drastically depending on the resolution you’re shooting at, and whether or not you have features like stabilisation and the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios switched on. We were able to get about an hour’s worth of 4K footage, and dropping the resolution to 1080p gave us a lot more time. Having Wi-Fi on has big impact on battery life, so if you’re not going to be using the app, we suggest turning it off. Battery life is another area in which we wish the Hero5 Session performed better.

GoPro HEro5 Session mount ndtv gopro

Verdict
There’s a lot to gain in upgrading from the Hero4 Session to the new model, and for professional users, it might be worth the investment. The Hero5 Session offers excellent video quality in good lighting, and plenty of shooting modes to play around with for both video and stills.

The added voice control functionality makes this camera easier to use, and electronic stabilisation results in smoother videos. Battery life is still of a pain point, and it’s still disappointing not to have a native tripod mount. Also, for Rs.29,500, we expected more than just two adhesive mounts in the box. Some pivot arms would be really welcome, especially for buyers who don’t have accessories lying around already.

Overall, the GoPro Hero5 Session is one of the best action cameras in the market right now and is recommended, if you can stomach the price.

Price (MRP): Rs. 29,500

Pros

  • Rugged and inconspicuous design
  • Very good image and video performance
  • Big upgrade over its predecessor
  • Voice control is useful

Cons

  • Bundle feels sparse
  • Battery life isn’t great
  • Expensive
  • Low-light video could be better

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4.5
  • Performance: 4
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5

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