GoPro HERO6 Black Review Part 2: Why I Can’t Recommend This Camera

Hey there, and welcome to another episode of Tips & Tech Talk. I am your host, Ron, on this hot July day here in Southeast Michigan. Today we’re going to talk more about the HERO6 Black. Of course you know, if you watched last weeks’ Tips and Tech Talk, you know that I kind of gave it a little bit of a review.

But there’s some things you need to know about this camera. I just couldn’t leave the last video to stand alone because if I had to do it over again, now that I’ve had this camera for a week, I would probably go ahead and just buy the HERO5 again, and I’ll tell you why.

Because although the HERO6 Black has the ability to shoot at 1080 at 240 frames per second, which will give you silky smooth slow motion, as well as 4K at 60 frames per second, if you want to use those two settings, you’re going to need some kind of software. You will need software to convert it so that you can play it on the computer or you can edit it in your existing software.

I use Premier so I’m not going to be able to use anything that I record in 4K at 60 frames per second or at 1080 at 240 frames per second without converting it. I do have a converting software, but it doesn’t recognize the codec that is coming out of this HERO6 Black.

So, ultimately what you have here is you have a HERO5 with a little better video quality in low light situations which is something that very rarely will I use this camera for. This is a situational camera for me such as if there’s water involved, kayaking, maybe riding a bike. And like I said earlier, I might put this on Bailey, have a Bailey cam but I could have done that with the HERO5 and saved myself $150.

There are some other things that concern me about this camera when I was testing it out. As you can see from the footage there, that’s 1080 right there at 30 frames per second. It takes really good video, not the quality that you’re going to get with the Canon ADD, but ultimately, it’s pretty good video. But you get that same kind of quality video in daylight situations with HERO5.

One of the things that I ran into was when I was changing settings on this camera was it froze up. I had to take the case off and take the battery out, it was just a big mess. But ultimately, 1080, 120 frames per second, I can put that in my software and edit with it. Or 4K at 30 frames per second, still no problem. But when you get up to 1080 at 240 frames per second, 4k at 60 frames per second, it doesn’t recognize the codec, so you’re going to have to convert it before you can play it online or use it as a file in your editing software.

I will use the HERO6. It will serve its purpose in certain situations and I’ll use the camera. But if I had to do it again, I’d probably go back and re-buy the HERO5 because it’s basically the same camera. You don’t need 4k at 60 frames per second and you don’t need 1080 at 240 frames per second.

Go ahead and get the HERO5. There’s just too many problems with the HERO6. It’s been out six to eight months, so they should’ve figured it out by now. And maybe it’s indicative of why GoPro has kind of gone downhill a little bit. But all things being equal, it will serve its purpose, it’s a pretty good little camera.

But if you’re in the market for a GoPro, go ahead and buy the HERO5 because you’re going to save yourself some money. And in the long run, I think you’ll be happier with that. So it’s going to be a short video today, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you learned something. If you did, share it with your friends. Check out my YouTube channel and, of course, you can see more of my videos at ronrobinsonstudios.com. Thanks for joining us for another episode of Tips & Tech Talk. We’ll see you next time, thanks for watching.

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