GoPro Hero 6 Black
Shoot incredible 4k action images at 60fps
The GoPro Hero 6 Black is a little beauty of an action camera, allowing you to capture incredibly high quality images of you, your mates, or total strangers ripping.
When they released the 5, the screen was a game-changer, suddenly allowing you to see what you’re shooting, as well as zoom in, change settings and watch what you’ve already shot. Now the 6 Black comes with a bunch of upgrades (twice the quality, in a nutshell), even the screen boasts higher res images.
Now, for those of you who aren’t turned on by talk of frame rates, resolution and formats, for whom this kind of chat makes your twig and berries wither, for whom even thinking about that kind of stuff feels like unpaid work, allow one of your own (me) to break it down.
“You can shoot 240fps (that’s really, really slow, like normal footage, slowed down 10 times) at 1080 (full HD). At 4K, you can shoot 60fps”
Basically, the higher resolution you shoot, the lower the frame rate a video camera is capable of. That’s essentially your trade off, your drivey vs loose, to use a surfboard analogy.
The good news here is you can shoot 240fps (that’s really, really slow, like normal footage, slowed down 10 times) at 1080 (full HD). At 4K, you can shoot 60fps. Kinda mental for a camera small enough to hide up your rear end.
We can’t think of any reason why you’d want to, except maybe a PoW scenario like Butch from Pulp Fiction’s dad in ‘Nam, only when you’d been captured just after nailing the tube of your life on the camera? Maybe?
If you’re swimming and shooting people surfing past you, i.e. in barrels at La Grav, you want to go slow, otherwise each image with be like traffic passing on the highway. Another tip is to turn off wide, and shoot ‘linear’, much more similar to your own eye. Wide is cool for being inside big kegs of course, and for PoV in general, but for shooting others, especially given the constraints of swimming in the surf, linear is your best bet.
We shot clips for the location videos in this product guide with the GoPro Hero 6 Black and they cut in fine with images from bigger, more powerful cameras that cost ten times the price. Is it easy to use? Very. The opening sequence in the Skunkworks vid was shot by our ad sales dude Giles (star of the Ion vid), and that was in fact the first time he’d ever shot one in the surf, or anywhere. So yeah, pretty easy to use.
GoPro Hero 6 Black
Shoots: 4k@60fps / 1080@240fps
Weight: 164g (with mount)
Other upgrades include an image stabiliser, 5GHz wifi transfer, better low light images, GPS, voice control and improved sound.
Now get out there and get into some pits. Super slo-mo, Ultra HD pits.