GoPro Hero6 black

The new GoPro Hero6 black was released on Sept. 28th 2017!
The launch confirmed already leaked images: GoPro Hero6 will feature 4K resolution with 60fps, 1080p with 240fps, but there’s more:

GoPro Hero5 black vs GoPro Hero6 black (notice the coloured logo)

GoPro Hero5 black vs GoPro Hero6 black (notice the colored logo)

 

GoPro Hero6 black – Specs

Photo Resolution
GoPro Hero6 black holds a 12MP sensor (4:3 format), currently I’m not sure which type it is. I guess it’s the same Sony IMX377 also used in YI 4K+ Action Camera. Other cameras recently turned to a 8MP 16:9 size sensor, I guess for video optimisation (Sony FDR-X3000, Xiaomi Mijia). But in terms of photos it’s great to have the 4:3 option and larger photos. Of course RAW photo is available.

Video Resolution & Frame Rate

  • 4K – 60fps (compared to 4K 30fps max on Hero5)
  • 1080p – 240fps (compared to 4K 30fps max on Hero5)

Hero6 offers 4K resolution with 60fps. YI Technology already offers a 4K 60fps action camera – YI 4K+ Action Camera – using the Ambarella H2 processor, which became available after GoPro Hero5 was released. Might be the reason this feature wasn’t introduced in Hero5 already due to a earlier release date.
But GoPro Hero6 tops: YI 4K+ which offers 4K with 60fps but max. frame rate in 1080p is 120fps, similar to Hero5 & YI 4K. In contrast Hero6 will offer 240fps in 1080p. But with the increase of frame rates there also comes a limitation on the lower end. Hero6 only offers 50&60fps in 720p with no other option.

GoPro Hero6 black: 4K 60fps & 1080p 240fps

GoPro Hero6 black: 4K 60fps & 1080p 240fps (vs Hero5)

 

Processor & Sensor
GoPro moved away from Ambarella chipsets and now uses their own – GP1 processor. No word on the sensor so far, my guess it’s again a Sony sensor, most likely the 12MP IMX377 also used in YI 4K+. It’s not the IMX317 used in Xiaomi Mijia and Sony FDR-X3000 which is 8MP. The max. pixel amount is smaller as this model is a 16:9 format sensor.

Image Stabilization
Whereas GoPro Hero5 black offers image stabilization up to 2.7K resolution and 60fps, Hero6 tops this off. It’s the first GoPro camera to offer EIS in 4K resolution at 30fps.

Body
GoPro Hero6 uses the same body as Hero5, so it is compatible with all accessories including batteries which are 1220 mAh.

GoPro Hero5 black vs. GoPro Hero6 black - Battery

GoPro Hero5 black vs. GoPro Hero6 black – Battery

 

Codec & bitrate
Hero6 will shoot in MP4 with H.265/HEVC codec but h.264 is also listed as some settings (in terms of resolution/frame rate) require the HEVC codec. In contrast to Hero5 the max. bitrate was pushed to 78 Mb/s, but only in ProTunes setting. Without this setting it is the same as Hero5: 60 Mb/s. This seems a little low, since many other cameras like YI 4K+, even YI 4K, and also Xiaomi Mijia offer 100 Mb/s as standard.

QuickStories
This is a feature which I think will become more important with action cams. The ability to analyze your recorded footage to get you a short auto edited highlight video from your footage for easy sharing on social media. GoPro Hero6 will do so via Quick App on your Smartphone, let’s see how good it can analyze your recordings to get you the best shots into your highlights. Hero6 has a lot of sensors (GPS, accelerometer,…) that could benefit detection.

GoPro Hero6 - 4K 60fps, 1080p 240fps

GoPro Hero6 – 4K 60fps, 1080p 240fps

 

other findings

Besides the few options in 720p there seems to be another step back. Interestingly the option photo+video disappeared:

GoPro Hero6 black: no photo+video option

GoPro Hero6 black: no photo+video option

 

Price

Unfortunately GoPro Hero5 doesn’t get cheaper so far, price stays at 399 USD, whereas GoPro Hero6 is 499 USD. In the meantime the price was reduced to 299 for Her5 and 399 for Hero6.

GoPro Hero6:




GoPro Hero5:




 

GoPro Fusion

Along with Hero6 black another model was announced: GoPro’s 360° VR camera with 5.2K resolution, but will be released later on. More infos here: GoPro Fusion.

GoPro and current competitors

 GoPro Hero7 blackGoPro Hero6 blackYI 4K+ Action CameraSJCAM SJ8 ProGoPro Hero7 silverGoPro Hero5 blackSony FDR-X3000YI 4K Action CameraXiaomi Mijia SJCAM SJ7 StarFirefly 8STHIeye T5
GoPro Hero7 blackGoPro-Hero6-symbolYI 4K PlusSJCAM-SJ8-Pro-symbolGoPro Hero7 whiteGoPro Hero5 blackSony FDR X-3000YI 4K Action CameraXiaom-Mijia-Action-Camera-Symbolsj7-star-symbolFirefly 8Sthieye-t5e-symbol
Sensor12 MP
?
12 MP
?
12 MP Sony
IMX377
12 MP Sony
IMX377
10 MP 12 MP Sony
IMX ?
12 MP Sony
IMX317
12 MP Sony
IMX377
8 MP Sony
IMX317
12 MP Sony
IMX117
12 MP Sony
IMX 117
12 MP Sony
IMX 117
ProcessorGP1GP1Ambarella H2Ambarella H22?Ambarella A9BIONZ X image processorAmbarella A9Ambarella A12Ambarella A12Ambarella A12Ambarella A12
LensF/2.8, 170° FOVF/2.8, 170° FOVF/2.8, 155° FOVF/2.8, 170° FOVF/2.8, 170° FOVF/2.8, 170° FOV f/2.8, f=17 mmF/2.8, 155° FOVF/2.8, 145° FOVF/2.5, 166° FOVF/2.8, 170° or
F/2.8, 90° version
F/2.5, 170° FOV
4K Resolutionmax. 60fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fps
Bitrate in 4K78 Mbps78 Mbps135 Mbps65 Mbps60 Mbps60 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps70Mbps70Mbps
2.7K Resolutionmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 60fpsn/amax. 60fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 60fps-
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
1080p Resolutionmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 600fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fps
720p Resolutionmax. 240fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsnomax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 200fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fps
Photo Resolution12 MP12 MP12 MP12 MP10 MP12 MP8 MP12 MP8 MP12 MP12 MP12 MP
RAW photoyes
GPR Format
yes
GPR Format
yes
DNG Format
yes
.RAW Format
noyes
GPR Format
noyes
DNG Format
yes
DNG Format
nonono
Display2″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreen2,19″ Touchscreen2,33″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreendata only2,19″ Touchscreen2,44″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreen2" live view2" live view
Battery (Capacity)1220 mAh1220 mAh1400 mAh1200 mAh1220 mAh
built-in!
1220 mAh1240 mAh1400 mAh1450 mAh1000 mAh1200 mAh1100 mAh
Image Stabilizationyes
up to 4K 60fps
yes
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 2.7K 60fps
yes
up to 2.7K 60fps
yes (optical)
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 2.7K 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
yes
up to 1080p 60fps
Gyro Sensor"Hypersmooth""superior to Hero5"
I guess 6-axis
3-axis6-axisI guess 3-axisI guess 3-axisoptical stabilization!3-axis6-axis (3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer)3-axis6-axis3-axis
Wifiyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Bluetoothyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Remote Controlleryes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extra
AppGoPro App
iOS, Android
GoPro App
iOS, Android
Yi Action App
iOS, Android
SJCAM Zone
iOS, Android
GoPro App
iOS, Android
GoPro App
iOS, Android
Action Cam App
iOS, Android
Yi Action App
iOS, Android
Mi Home AppSJCAM Zone
iOS, Android
Firefly Cam
iOS, Android
Thieye HD
iOS, Android
StoragemicroSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 64GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)
USB PortUSB-C portUSB-C portUSB-C portUSB-C portUSB-C portUSB-C portmicro USB portmicro USB portmicro USB portmini USB portmini USB portmicro USB port
A/V Outputyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes(will be added)yesyesyes
external Microphoneyes
via USB-C
yes
via USB-C
yes
via USB-C
yes
via USB-C
noyes
via USB-C
yes
via 3,5mm
nonoyes
via mini USB
yes
via mini USB
yes
via 2.5mm plug
HDMI Portmicro HDMImicro HDMInononomicro HDMImicro HDMInonomicro HDMImicro HDMImicro HDMI
Voice Controlyesyesyesnoyesyesnoyesnononono
Special FeatureGPS recordingGPS recordingFacebook Live Broadcastingcomes with Touchdoor CaseGPS recordingGPS recordingGPS recordingFacebook Live BroadcastingAluminum Frame Body
MountsGoPro System on frame/caseGoPro System on frame/case1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
GoPro System on frame/caseGoPro System on frame/case1/4" thread on body
1/4" thread on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
GoPro System on frame/case1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
Waterproof10m without case
60m with case
10m without case
60m with case
40m with case30m with case10m without case
NO case available
10m without case
60m with case
splash proof without case
60m with case
40m with casewith case30m with case30m with case30m with case
Included AccessoriesFrameFrameMany offers include caseCase & Mounts
(Full Box)
FrameFrameUnderwater Case--
kits will be available later
Case & MountsCase & MountsCase, 2nd battery
Best PriceAmazon: $399.00Amazon: $349.00Amazon: $209.99Banggood:
189.99 USD
Amazon: $229.00Amazon: $219.00Amazon: Check on AmazonGeekbuying: 159.99 USDGearbest: 129.99 USDBanggood:
149.99 USD
Gearbest: 119.99 USDGearbest: 119.99 USD
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