The original action camera now has more competition than ever, but GoPro is staying in the game with the launch of the GoPro Hero6 Black, with enhancements across the board.
The big change is the step up to 60 fps 4K, a much faster frame rate for keeping motion smooth. In order to do that, GoPro had to develop their own processor capable of handling the high resolution at fast rates, the GP1. GoPro says the Hero6 has twice the performance and better low light performance to boot.
The Hero6 also brings a new feature that's much-needed in the action camera category: image stabilization. While the Hero5 has electronic image stabilization, Hero6 factors in optical stabilization, as well as a hybrid system for steadier mounted videos.
The Hero6 keeps the housing-free body that allows the camera to head 33 feet under water. The touchscreen is also intact, with the added ability to zoom, though that's only a digital zoom. Integration with QuikStories allows the camera to upload video with Bluetooth and the app automatically creates a short, shareable video with those clips. Like the Hero5, the Hero6 also includes voice control, expanded with more commands.
The Hero6 sees a number of improvements -- and only a year after the launch of the Hero5. The changes are excellent to see and while GoPro now has more competitors with options from Garmin and Sony, the Hero6 keeps the company's flagship status.