GoPro HERO6 Black Review

October 31, 2017 | Amy Davies |
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Image Quality

The Go Pro HERO6 Black produces the best video quality of any GoPro to date, and it’s great to be able to use it with a variety of different frame rates, depending on your particular needs.

You can only use the image stabilisation setting if you shoot at 30fps (when shooting 4K), so it’s best to shoot at this resolution if you’re working without any other kind of stabilisation, such as a gimbal, or a tripod. With it switched on, the stabilisation offers an impressive amount of stability - producing very smooth video when doing something reasonably sedate like walking or cycling on a steady path, and a reasonable amount when doing something a little more active, such as running.

Auto exposure has been fine tuned for this version of the Hero, which in essence means that if you move between areas of bright and dark, it catches up well to produce well balanced and well exposed videos.

When it comes to stills shooting, it’s safe to say that the HERO6 isn’t going to displace your ordinary camera, or even your phone, but it takes decent pictures. Certainly, it’s good to have if you want to take a stills shot in places you might not be able to use other devices, such as underwater.

Noise

There are 6 ISO settings available on the GoPro HERO6 Black for JPEGs and RAW files. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)
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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

1x

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Digital Zoom

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Long Exposure

The GoPro HERO6 Black's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.

Night

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