GoPro HERO6 Black

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  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black
  • GoPro HERO6 Black

The GoPro Hero6 Black instantly becomes the best action camera you can buy based on the specs.

- Phil Hall, Matt Swider, TechRadar 


It's not cheap, but it's a worthy upgrade for anyone looking to maximize their creative options from the rugged little camera.

- James Trew, Engadget 

Specs / Features


Specification

Video Features
4K Yes
Photo Features
Megapixels 12 MP
Usability Features
Ports USB-C
Brand GoPro
Model CHDHX-601

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Image stabilization for 4K videos
  • Sharper and more colorful videos out of the box
  • More controls over ISO, shutter speed, etc.
  • Linear zoom option great for framing shots better

What's bad

  • Poor battery life
  • HEVC file format not universally supported
  • Colors sometimes too saturated

While competition is steadily increasing for action cameras, GoPro still has a firm grip on the market and hopes to gain an edge with the GoPro Hero 6 Black.

But without being the only name in the game, does it still do the trick?

Find out more below!

GoPro’s design motto seems to be “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s identical to the Hero 5 Black. In fact, reviewers suggest you put a mark on one camera if you own both so you can tell them apart.

The back of the device comes with the same 2-inch screen, but reviewers were happy to find the colors were more vivid than earlier models. And while the screen offers a touch interface which most used with no issues, it also comes with voice control.

Though the similarities add confusion, there is a benefit to having the exact same design as the previous model. The Hero 6 Black works with existing mounts and accessories, so you don’t have to buy new ones or wait for accessory makers to adapt to the new design.

It also kept other features such as waterproofing up to 33 feet with no housing and a sturdy plastic chassis. Experts dropped the GoPro several times without running into any issues.

So if the design hasn’t changed, what has? GoPro has introduced their first chipset—the GP1 processor—boosting the camera’s recording ability. It now offers 4K video capture at 60 frames per second (fps). If you want to add a dramatic effect to your videos, it now can record 1080p video at 240fps or 2.7K at 120fps for a slow-motion effect.

While GoPro isn’t the first action camera to offer 4K at 60fps, reviewers agree it is the best on the market in terms of video quality. They were impressed with the overall sharpness of images. Most of the videos also offered excellent contrast and color though they add sometimes colors appeared too saturated.

Luckily, you can adjust the color and a range of other options—such as shutter speed, adjusting white-balance, more in-depth ISO control, and more—using the camera’s intuitive controls.

But frame rate and resolution is not all that sets it apart from its predecessors. GoPro has expanded their image stabilization system to include 4K footage at 30fps. Reviewers were impressed with how much smoother and more natural the videos looked, even when comparing it to the previous generation. It also made it easier for them to take handheld or mounted recordings on shaky surfaces.

If you also want to take pictures on the go, the Hero 6 Black can also capture 12MP images (same as the previous model) but it now includes a built-in HDR mode.

One final update is the new linear-zoom option. You simply adjust a slider to change your field of view so it only shows what you want in the frame. While it might seem like a lackluster feature, experts were happy with it as it allowed them more creative freedom.

If there was one area to complain about the cameras, it is battery life. When recording in 4K/60fps, critics drained the battery in around an hour. With 1080p/30fps, the battery lasted almost two hours. With that said, most argue that shooting 4K isn’t practical for most people since it takes up a lot of space—even with GoPro’s use of the more compressed HEVC format. So if you’re planning a long day out, you’ll need multiple batteries or you’ll need to drop the resolution.

Despite its higher price point, reviewers highly recommend the GoPro Hero 6. Trusted Reviews states, “It’s the best action camera you can buy today.” Techcrunch adds, “The Hero 6 Black delivers excellent performance that bests its predecessors in several key metrics.”

Critic Reviews


The Wirecutter

The best action camera for most people

from The Wirecutter

Come for the great-looking high resolution and slow-motion footage, stay for the nifty GoPro extras: waterproofing, a smart touchscreen, voice control, electronic image stabilization, and the GoPro suite of accessories.

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Come for the great-looking high resolution and slow-motion footage, stay for the nifty GoPro extras: waterproofing, a smart touchscreen, voice control, electronic image stabilization, and the GoPro suite of accessories.

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NDTV

An iterative upgrade

from NDTV

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.

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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.

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The Telegraph

The best action camera, with compromises

from The Telegraph

If you are after an action camera then your best option is almost certainly a GoPro. While it is, in my view, the best in its class, it does come with some compromises, such as poor battery life and hit-and-miss reliability and connectivity issues.

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If you are after an action camera then your best option is almost certainly a GoPro. While it is, in my view, the best in its class, it does come with some compromises, such as poor battery life and hit-and-miss reliability and connectivity issues.

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Tom's Guide

The best action camera

from Tom's Guide

The Hero6 Black includes some internal upgrades that'll make it worth the higher price for professional photographers or videographers, but casual users might want to buy the previous-generation model.

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The Hero6 Black includes some internal upgrades that'll make it worth the higher price for professional photographers or videographers, but casual users might want to buy the previous-generation model.

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Alphr

Superb quality, but you pay for it

from Alphr

The Hero 6 Black is an accomplished action camera, and the best on the market in my opinion, but there are a couple of serious issues that prevent it from gaining my wholehearted recommendation.

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The Hero 6 Black is an accomplished action camera, and the best on the market in my opinion, but there are a couple of serious issues that prevent it from gaining my wholehearted recommendation.

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Expert Reviews

The best action camera but pricey

from Expert Reviews

In all, the GoPro Hero 6 is a cracking camera, but whether you should buy the GoPro Hero 6 is a tricky question. On the one hand, it’s an excellent all-rounder. It has all the features you need, coupled with great image quality, superb image stabilisation, waterproofing, ruggedness and admirable on-camera ease of use.


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In all, the GoPro Hero 6 is a cracking camera, but whether you should buy the GoPro Hero 6 is a tricky question. On the one hand, it’s an excellent all-rounder. It has all the features you need, coupled with great image quality, superb image stabilisation, waterproofing, ruggedness and admirable on-camera ease of use.


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TechCrunch

Offers some notable improvements

from TechCrunch

The little action cam that could continues to be deliciously fun and shockingly powerful for its size. The HERO6 Black delivers excellent performance that bests its predecessor in several key metrics. With the HERO5 Black currently selling for $299, the decision to buy the HERO6 Black becomes a l...More

The little action cam that could continues to be deliciously fun and shockingly powerful for its size. The HERO6 Black delivers excellent performance that bests its predecessor in several key metrics. With the HERO5 Black currently selling for $299, the decision to buy the HERO6 Black becomes a lot tougher for first-time owners, but if you’re looking to take the plunge for $499, you’re getting a whole lotta camera.

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T3

Undoubtedly the most powerful action camera

from T3

The GoPro Hero6 Black is undoubtedly the most powerful action camera the company has created yet, but it’s also the most expensive and still has a few areas, like compatibility, price and stabilisation, left to improve on. The new frame rates for 4K 60fps and 1080p 240fps slow-motion are brilli...More

The GoPro Hero6 Black is undoubtedly the most powerful action camera the company has created yet, but it’s also the most expensive and still has a few areas, like compatibility, price and stabilisation, left to improve on. The new frame rates for 4K 60fps and 1080p 240fps slow-motion are brilliant additions, as is the faster 5GHz Wi-Fi transfers. But with editing issues and lack of stabilisation on some settings it’s not quite perfect.

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Gadgets Now

Good performer but pricey

from Gadgets Now

The GoPro Hero 6 Black is one of the best action cameras available in the market right now. The only issue is the price of the device.

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The GoPro Hero 6 Black is one of the best action cameras available in the market right now. The only issue is the price of the device.

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Gizmodo

King of action camera

from Gizmodo

On the 4K side, the Hero6 looks great. When it first launched there were some issues with colors being massively oversaturated, and that was somewhat blinding in 4K, but GoPro just pushed out a firmware update and now the colors look far more accurate but still have plenty of vibrance. The Hero6...More

On the 4K side, the Hero6 looks great. When it first launched there were some issues with colors being massively oversaturated, and that was somewhat blinding in 4K, but GoPro just pushed out a firmware update and now the colors look far more accurate but still have plenty of vibrance. The Hero6 is also a still camera, I found that the HDR shots tend to be a bit over-the-top.

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