GoPro HERO6 Black Action Camera Review - Performance

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GoPro HERO6 Black Performance 

The performance section is where we look at the video/image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

A big selling point of the GoPro HERO6 Black is 4K video at 60fps but it's not the first action cam to offer this as the YI 4K+ also shoots at this resolution and frame rate. However, the GoPro also features electronic stabilisation and quicker frame rates. You can also capture 240fps in FullHD so slo-mo fans will be happy and it's all down to the new GP1 sensor that's built in. 

Stabilisation may be electrical but it will be a welcomed addition for many although, it's not available when shooting 4K at 60fps (along with a few other resolutions) which is a bit annoying. In use, it works well but I'd still use a support where possible for peace of mind. 

If you've not used a GoPro before, they shoot footage with a very wide field-of-view. In fact, a fish-eye look on the world is definitely a fitting way to describe images and video footage captured with the HERO6 Black. There are options to adjust the field-of-view so it's not quite as wide but if you want to shoot in 4K, you've got to live with the extra wide view of the world. Just remember to keep fingers out of the way and check the frame edges for unwanted detail. 

No matter what resolution you choose to shoot in, you can always rely on the GoPro's auto video mode if you don't feel comfortable adjusting white balance and so forth. Alternatively, there are several manual adjustments you can apply to tweak the results you capture. To be honest, I left the camera to it most of the time and the results aren't disappointing. Colour reproduction is good, sound is clear, footage is sharp and there's no stuttering thanks to the higher frame rates you can use (something you don't tend to find on less expensive action cameras). Another plus point is there's no obvious vignetting which is certainly a plus when you consider how wide the built-in lens is. Even the footage captured indoors at the gym isn't too dark, although it could have been improved with the use of the auto low light feature. Bright skies can look a little garishly blue when using auto mode but overall, the camera coped well in situations with mixed light as well as travelling from well lit to darker areas. 


GoPro HERO6 Black Video Samples 




Of course, we're a photography website so we've got to talk about image quality and the GoPro HERO6 Black captures 12Mp stills in JPEG as well as RAW. Although, you can't currently open up GoPro HERO6 Black files in Lightroom but you can open them up in Photoshop.

There's an HDR mode to help you capture better-balanced images and for a slightly narrower field of view, you can switch field-of-view modes. Plus, there's also a time-lapse function and burst mode available should you wish to use them. When put to the test, burst mode captured 30 individual shots of our pool table which is plenty to ensure you capture at least one good shot. 

When used outdoors, images were reproduced with good colours that certainly 'pop'. The GoPro HERO6 also managed the balance of shadows and lighter areas well but images captured indoors on auto mode did need a little exposure tweaking to brighten them up. Having said that, colour reproduction was still good with the reds certainly standing out on the wall ball shot. 

Even though selfies aren't really what GoPros are designed for, everyone takes them and as there isn't a front screen, they're a little difficult but they're not impossible. Do remember the GoPro camera has a wide-angle of view set automatically to capture as much of the world as possible but this can add a little creative twist to your portraits. However, do remember you can switch modes if you'd prefer to capture a little less in your frame.  

One mode I do have to praise is night shot as it allowed plenty of detail to still be present in scenes that were certainly under-lit. The camera does use longer shutter speeds when in this mode so ideally, you'll need a support to stop camera shake but I didn't actually use one and the night images have turned out fine.

For those who want a little more control over how the camera captures images, there are several manual adjustments you can make under advanced settings.   

GoPro HERO6 Black Sample Photos

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Photographs taken using the GoPro HERO6 Black

Evening at Durdle Door, DorsetMorning light off Sandgate BeachMorning swim at Sandgate beachAfternoon light at Sandgate.Big Waves At Sandgate Beach.

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Oxygenum 7 3 Poland
11 Oct 2017 10:11AM
Compare to cheap alternative witout 4K Wink

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