The GoPro is so good that it’s almost become its own verb. This tiny action cam is waterproof, rugged and seriously powerful and has become the kingpin when it comes to on-the-go filming.
The new GoPro Hero6 swoops into a market peppered with cheaper action cams and into an industry where many smartphones are not only waterproof but can take pretty decent footage, so it’s clear the new Hero6 needs to bring something special to the table. And it doesn’t disappoint.
The video power has been beefed up and quality is superb – the Hero6 records 4K video at 60 frames per second and enables super, super slow-mo video, snapping 240 frames per second. It has dramatically improved dynamic range, low-light performance and added digital zoom.
The Hero6 also now responds to voice commands and allows you to start filming handsfree. Voice controls can start and stop recording, snap a photo while filming and one mode enables you to turn the camera on when it’s off – this works for up to eight hours after turn off and is pretty nifty when you’re underway.
Photo cred has also gone up a notch with an HDR mode that combines multiple photos. Users can also select up to a 10-second exposure for night shots and there is also a night-lapse mode.
Like the Hero5, there is an LCD screen at the front and a 1.5in colour touchscreen at the rear.
Waterproof without a housing down to 33ft (10m), it’s certainly got its sea legs and on test it proved fantastic for everything from wakeboarding and whizzing around on jet skis to underwater shots and filming underway.
The adventure world moves fast and now drones are fast becoming a must-have. Keen to keep at the forefront of the explorer community, GoPro has also launched its Karma drone, which is compatible with the Hero6, Hero5 and Hero4 and retails at £869.99 (without camera) and £1,299.99 with Hero6.
No fuss and whole lot of function – this is an easy pick for the MBY Cool 50. It’s hard to think of a more portable, powerful and durable action cam. Chuck it in your pocket and go!