When you look at it, the GoPro HERO6 is very close to the GoPro HERO5. Even though the two cameras look almost identical on the outside, under the hood they are quite different. What’s different? In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through the changes made to the features of the GoPro HERO6.
- When you just look at it, the GoPro HERO6 is very close to the GoPro HERO5. In fact, it's the exact same size, the exact same outer case, takes the same batteries and really it's very difficult to tell the difference. Except for a small label on the side of the camera where it says HERO5 versus HERO6. But the differences are really inside the camera. Now the GoPro HERO6 comes with a new processor. The chip inside the camera that basically processes the digital signal.
They call this the GP1. It's a brand new chip that they designed and it really offers some new features that weren't present in earlier cameras. First up, there is tone mapping. And tone mapping is really just the process of how you adjust the picture to show more dynamic range. So the GoPro HERO6 does a much better job with really bright and dark regions. Giving you better exposure particularly when shooting under natural light or harsh daylight conditions. It's also a bit more accurate with color.
What happens here is it's going to do a nicer job with natural and vibrant colors just because it has more information. And this is also partially tied to how the video is actually recorded. So instead of the older H.264 type video, this is using the High Efficiency Video Codec, HEVC. And this is a newer type of compression. What it essentially means is that the content is about half the data rate while still maintaining the same overall quality.
So this is actually great because it means that some of the throughput issues that were limiting 4K in the past have gone away. Additionally, the chip does a really good job with video stabilization. The GP1 has a dedicated hardware component that is going to dewarp the video and really help with the motion sensors in the camera to get rid of some of the warping or vibration. And it really can help stabilize the content. This also allows for a true zoom. Now it's not an optical zoom, it's a digital zoom.
But rather than just punching through the different levels of magnification, you can choose what you want. So if wide is too wide but medium field of view is too tight, no big deal. You can just drag the slider or use the remote app to adjust between those fields of view. In fact, it's actually pretty smooth so you can even use this for a in-camera zoom when recording. Another thing that I really like is the scene analysis that the GP1 enables. It's actually going to look at the footage as you're recording and it starts to record more data.
It uses the motion sensor, it looks at the scene for things like light balance and dynamic range and exposure. And I also like the fact that it has face detection. This really comes in handy later on when you start to use the intelligent editing app that's built in with GoPro. It can actually scan your footage, find the faces and do a great job of putting together a quick edit based on finding people and trying to pick the most interesting shots. Now another thing that's nice if you use this camera for taking pictures, the GoPro is capable of doing high dynamic range photos now.
It essentially uses an algorithm inside the camera to analyze it and then blend the shots together to get more information into the individual shot. Now I mentioned that the stabilization is better. This is across the board. So you're going to see that the electronic image stabilizer is going to give you much smoother results and stabilize video. Particularly when it's handheld. And this can be quite useful because the camera is really light. So it's really prone to bouncing as you move with it. And I find that if you use this on a body mount, a helmet mount, or maybe mount it to the handle bars of a bike.
It just looks so much better. The other thing that's a huge change is the connectivity, the file transfer speed. The GoPro now has a five GHz internal wireless frequency. So if you're using the HERO6, this is substantially faster. It tends to be about three times faster in fact, which makes it really easy to transfer the shots from the camera to the mobile app which allows you to edit. Now we'll take a look at this app later but it's really quite cool. It makes it very easy to pull out shots whether you want to just post a quick clip or you want to actually edit something and put it together.
Another thing that I like about the GoPro HERO6 is that the display is significantly brighter. Now if you're shooting indoors with the GoPro, no big deal. In fact, you can actually turn the brightness down. But when you're shooting outdoors, it's significantly brighter which is going to make it a lot easier if you want to do the zoom in and zoom out or just really judge what's happening in the shot itself. Now there's also a change in some of the frame rates that the camera supports. In the past, it did do 4K, but it was limited.
Now with that high efficiency video codec, we're able to get up to 60 frames per second for 4K which is quite useful. And if you're shooting 2.7K which is going to give you more than enough, a little bit of panning room if you're going to deliver in HD. You can shoot at 120 frames per second which really comes in handy for slow motion. Now that 60 frames per second is not usually slowed down, but gives you really smooth motion when shooting fast action for 4K. But if you do want slow mo, well, the camera can now shoot up to 240 frames per second.
Which is great for slowing down a trick, an activity or something dramatic. You shoot at the high frame rate and then you can slow it down and interpret it to something like 24 frames a second and you get a great slow motion shot. Now that high efficiency video codec is really useful. What's great about this is it means that you'll actually have more space available on the memory card. However, keep in mind that HEVC requires you to be using a newer operating system or computer. So if you're going to be shooting, you're going to need Windows 10 or at least MAC OS High Sierra in order to be able to work with this type of footage.
Also, if you're going to be using some of the higher frame rates, then the electronic image stabilization might not be available and that digital zoom features really going to be quite there if you're going to be working with things like HD video. In 4K, there's no room to zoom. Another feature that has been expanded in the GoPro HERO6 is voice command which is something where I'm going to take a look at later. But essentially, this allows you, without having to use your hands, to control the GoPro. You'll be able to use voice commands to do things to actually turn the camera on, start recording, switch into a mode like time lapse, etcetera.
And there are now 12 voice commands that are quite useful that you can actually do things with the camera without having to reach it. So maybe the camera's on the end of a snowboard, or mounted on top of your head. Well, quite useful, you can actually start and stop the camera as well as change the type of shot that you're capturing. Alright, now that you have an idea what's new about the GoPro HERO6, let's go ahead and show you how to get these unboxed and start working with the cameras.
- Choosing a GoPro model
- Understanding your GoPro camera's anatomy
- Charging the battery
- Tips to extend battery life
- Accessing video and photo shooting modes
- Setting white balance for videos and photos
- Shooting in Burst or Time-Lapse mode
- Shooting wirelessly
- Capturing VR with the GoPro Fusion
- Essential accessories for every GoPro owner