It has only been a year since the GoPro Hero5 was released, but now we have the Hero6, and even though it looks the same…it couldn’t be more different. In this video, we compare the two in great detail. Check it out:
First off, the Hero6 has a totally new processor in it designed by GoPro. They are calling it the G1. The previous models had processors that could be bought off the shelves. This new processor gives GoPro an edge on the competition because now they have full control of its development.
The power of the G1 shows when you compare the dynamic range and noise performance on these two images that were shot and edited in GoPro raw.
When it comes to resolution, both the Hero 5 and Hero 6 can shoot in 4K all the way down to 720p but where they differ is in the frame rates. The Hero 5 maxes out at 4K 30fps, 2.7K 60fps, 1080p 120fps. The Hero 6 maxes out at 4k 60fps, 2.7K 120fps, 1080 240fps. Granted…all three of the high-speed Hero 6 files are shot in the very new and hard to read H.265, or HEVC codec. For now, you may have to convert your footage to something else using an app like EditReady 2.0 which is what I used. If you are on a Mac and use the new High Sierra OS, then you don’t need to convert.
One thing we noticed about the Hero 6 is that the colors seem to be more accurate. They also are more saturated and punchy. The normal profile seemed to render very different results on both cameras. We prefer the look of the Hero 6 the most.
Lastly, the image stabilization. Both the Hero5 and 6 have IS, but its the Hero6 that really shines. First off, the 5 doesn’t let you use IS when shooting 4k. So if that is something that you need, then you’re going to need to buy the 6. Secondly, when you do get to use the IS on the 5 (2.7K mode and below) it doesn’t seem to be doing all that much. When we compared the 5 to the 6 stabilization, we found that the 6 was radically better.
If you are in the market for a new GoPro, the Hero 6 is truly the best GoPro ever made and you will be pleased with the results you get. It’s still no low light king, but GoPro has really nailed the things that get used most often with these cameras like slow motion and image stabilization. If you haven’t seen our GoPro Hero 6 Review you can watch that here.