Review: GoPro Hero6, The Best Action Camera Money Can Buy

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Tried and Tested – Arabian Gazette’s Aman Ali reviews GoPro Hero6 and tells us the pros and cons of the action camera, with his final verdict saying it’s the best action camera you can buy in 2017

GoPro Hero 6. Badass. Tiny. Camera.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

They say big things come in small packages and that sticks very well to the new GoPro Hero 6. At Arabian Gazette, you may have noticed that we release our product reviews a lot later than other gadget blogs. That’s because we subject all our review products to real world testing from a conventional human being’s perspective.

The Good

  1. Now shoots 4K at 60 Frames Per Second (FPS) and 1080p at 240 (FPS)
  2. Electronic Video Stabilization is phenomenal
  3. Runs on a beefier processor chip called the GP1 which was developed by GoPro themselves for better image and video processing leading to improvement in overall quality of content.
  4. Waterproof up to 10m without a case
  5. 12 Megapixel Camera provides improved low light performance and better dynamic range.

The Bad

  1. Voice Controls are still dicey. Doesn’t pick up anything if you’re in a noisy environment
  2. Lack of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is a bit of a downer
  3. More expensive than the Hero 5 at launch
  4. Average Battery life if you’re going to make use of the integrated Wifi and GPS modules

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Are action cameras really worth it?

Well that truly depends on the kind of user you are. If you are an adventure seeker who’s into sports or probably does a lot of traveling, GoPro gives your content a different perspective altogether — thanks to its extremely wide-angle lens. Also, the small and compact size of the GoPro perfectly fits in your pocket for a quick point and shoot. Underwater shots are stellar.

One thing that most people don’t realize is that a GoPro is almost completely useless without its accessories like the head, chest and palm straps. Or a floating pole for underwater selfies or vehicle mounts. The list goes on, and so in a long term perspective it does become a pricey affair. But in all honesty, it’s definitely worth it.

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Build Quality

The GoPro Hero 6 has this sort of a rubberized texture so it seems like it’s less prone to scratches. It’s not too light but it’s not heavy either. Being waterproof up to 10 metres without an additional case gives 10 points to Gryffindor. Just kidding. But you get what I mean? Definitely feels like a solid action camera without too much bulk.

GoPro Hero6 technical Features

  • Powered by GoPro’s Custom-Designed GP1 Processor
  • 4K60 and 1080p240 Video
  • QuikStories Enabled, GoPro App Compatible
  • Most Advanced Stabilization of any HERO camera
  • All-New Touch Zoom
  • 3x Faster Offload Speeds via 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • Waterproof to 33 Feet (10m)
  • Compatible with Karma and Existing GoPro Mounts
  • Improved Dynamic Range and Low-Light Performance
  • RAW and HDR Photo Modes
  • Voice Control in 10 Languages
  • GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • WiFi + Bluetooth

Final Verdict

Though are subtle upgrade from the previous generation Hero 5 camera, GoPro has mentioned that not all capabilities of the GP1 processor in the Hero 6 have been unlocked. 4K recording at 60 FPs is a huge deal for future proofing the camera for many generations to come. If you aren’t that keen on spending so much money on an action camera, you could look at other alternatives like the Yi Camera. But honestly given the rigid built body and buttery smooth video recording, this is the best action camera of 2017 hands down.

Watch this space for more videos shot on GoPro Hero6!

Video – Hero6 Launch

Hero6 was launched in September with much fanfare by GoPro’s founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, who introduced the HERO6 Black and Fusion cameras to an international audience at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California.

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