GoPro Hero6 black

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

GoPro Hero6 Specs

GoPro Hero6 Specs

 

GoPro Hero6 black – Specs

Photo Resolution
The photo resolution of 12MP indicates that a 12MP sensor (4:3 format) is being used. Other cameras recently turned to a 8MP 16:9 size sensor, I guess for video optimisation (Sony FDR-X3000, Xiaomi Mijia).

Video Resolution & Frame Rate

  • 4K – 60fps
  • 1080p – 240fps

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.

What’s interesting: Hero6 can only do 50/60 fps in 720p according to GoPro’s website.

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
The packaging and website only states “advanced video stabilization”, Thanks to Branislav who wrote a comment, the manual states 4K 30fps as max resolution / frame rate for image stabilization.That’s similar to YI 4K+ which offers EIS up to 4K 30fps, whereas Hero5 offers EIS up to 2.7k with 60fps.

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

Codec & bitrate
Hero6 will shoot in MP4 with H.265/HEVC codec but h.264 is also listed. I’m not sure if you can switch or if h.265 is limited to certain resolutions and frame rates. In contrast to Hero5 the max. bitrate was pushed to 78 Mb/s, but only in ProTunes setting. Without it is the same as Hero5, which is 60 Mb/s.

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

 

Price

Unfortunately GoPro Hero5 doesn’t get cheaper so far, price stays at 399 USD, whereas GoPro Hero6 is 499 USD.

GoPro Hero6:




GoPro Hero5:




 

GoPro Fusion

GoPro’s 360° VR camera with 5.2K resolution was introduced as well, but will be released later on. More infos here: GoPro Fusion.

GoPro and current competitors

 GoPro Hero6 blackYI 4K+ Action CameraGoPro Hero5 blackSony FDR-X3000YI 4K Action CameraXiaomi Mijia SJCAM SJ7 StarFirefly 8STHIeye T5
GoPro-Hero6-symbolYI 4K PlusGoPro Hero5 blackSony FDR X-3000YI 4K Action CameraXiaom-Mijia-Action-Camera-Symbolsj7-star-symbolFirefly 8Sthieye-t5e-symbol
Sensor12 MP
?
12 MP Sony
IMX377
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
ProcessorGP1Ambarella H2Ambarella A9BIONZ X image processorAmbarella A9Ambarella A12Ambarella A12Ambarella A12Ambarella A12
LensF/2.8, 170° FOVF/2.8, 155° 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. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fpsmax. 30fps
Bitrate in 4K78 Mbps135 Mbps60 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps100 Mbps70Mbps70Mbps
2.7K Resolutionmax. 120fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 60fpsmax. 60fps-
(2.5K in 30fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
max. 30fps
(2.5K in 60fps)
1080p Resolutionmax. 240fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 100fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fpsmax. 120fps
720p Resolutionmax. 60fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 200fpsmax. 200fpsmax. 240fpsmax. 240fps
Photo Resolution12 MP12 MP12 MP8 MP12 MP8 MP12 MP12 MP12 MP
RAW photoyes
GPR Format
yes
DNG Format
yes
GPR Format
noyes
DNG Format
yes
DNG Format
nonono
Display2″ Touchscreen2,19″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreendata only2,19″ Touchscreen2,44″ Touchscreen2″ Touchscreen2" live view2" live view
Battery (Capacity)1220 mAh1400 mAh1220 mAh1240 mAh1400 mAh1450 mAh1000 mAh1200 mAh1100 mAh
Image Stabilizationyes
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 4K 30fps
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
Wifiyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Bluetoothyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Remote Controlleryes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extrayes, optional extra
AppGoPro App
iOS, Android
Yi Action 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 64GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)microSD (up to 128GB)
USB PortUSB-C portUSB-C portUSB-C portmicro USB portmicro USB portmicro USB portmini USB portmini USB portmicro USB port
A/V Outputyesyesyesyesyes?yesyesyes
external Microphoneyes
via USB-C
yes
via USB-C
yes
via USB-C
yes
via 3,5mm
nonoyes
via mini USB
yes
via mini USB
yes
via 2.5mm plug
HDMI Portmicro HDMInomicro HDMImicro HDMInonomicro HDMImicro HDMImicro HDMI
Voice Controlyesyesyesnoyesnononono
Special FeatureGPS recordingFacebook Live BroadcastingGPS recordingGPS recordingFacebook Live BroadcastingAluminum Frame Body
MountsGoPro System on frame/case1/4" thread on body
GoPro System on case
GoPro 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
40m with case10m without case
60m with case
splash proof without case
60m with case
40m with casewith case30m with case30m with case30m with case
Included AccessoriesFrameMany offers include caseFrameUnderwater Case--
kits will be available later
Case & MountsCase & MountsCase, 2nd battery
Best PriceAmazon: $498.90Amazon: $299.99Amazon: $349.00Amazon: $348.00Geekbuying: 179.99 USDGearbest: 89.99 USD
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