While GoPro still hasn’t attained a generic brand name status like a Walkman or Xerox did, it still is the first name that pops up in your head when talking about action cameras. And that’s for a good reason as the company is a name to reckon with when it comes to manufacturing some of the best action cameras out there. Gone are the days when people lugged around DSLR cameras to get “adventurous shots” as action cameras have seamlessly replaced them. Any time GoPro launches a new device it manages to create a sense of excitement and that is the case with its recently-launched Hero 6 Black. It boasts of an improved processor and packs in new features for better user experience. We used the device for quite some time and here is what we think of it
Design and display
GoPro Hero 6 Black looks similar to its predecessor Hero 5 Black. In terms of the design aspect nothing much has changed and it looks quite identical to its sibling Hero 5 Black. The compact action camera comes with a rubberised body and a touch screen placed on the rear panel. The front of the device houses a lens along with the GoPro logo and a small screen. The top and bottom corners in the front consist of the LED lights, which become s functional when you charge the camera. The right side has a flap which comprises of a USB Type C charging and mini HDMI port ports. The bottom of the camera has another flap which stores the battery and microSD card. The power button is located on the left side of the camera and the rear consists of a touchscreen display which enables users to control the device. The top of the camera consists of the shutter button. The best part of owning both Hero 5 Black and 6 Black is that you don’t have to purchase new accessories with it. The accessories used for Hero 5 Black can work with the Hero 6 Black as well.
Talking about the performance, the Hero 6 Black doesn’t disappoint us in any way when it comes to the image quality or video recording. The Hero 6 Black gets dynamic colour reproduction and also enables you to take wider shots. Apart from the rich colours, the camera also offers in depth detailing to the images. The Hero 6 Black comes with an improved zoom feature which allows you to capture faraway objects in good quality. Users just need to tap on the display and slider will appear on the right side of the screen. Using the slider you can adjust the zoom — when we used this feature, the images turned out to be very smooth and clear.
The camera also impressed us in the video recording segment. The electronic image stabilisation and the improved HDR technology save the videos from any kind of noise and shakes. The images captured both during day and night turned out to be pretty good and there was no noise visible. We personally loved the slow motion videos captured by the camera. The only problem we had we the device was in the voice command section. Many a times the camera doesn’t recognise your voice.