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In the tech world, there is an expectation that we will get more for our money next year than we do this year. Or, that we’ll be able to get today’s features for a lower price tomorrow. GoPro apparently has a different philosophy. The company recently introduced a new flagship action camera, the Hero6 Black, at $500. The Hero5 Black remains in the product line at $400 — the same price it held when it launched a year ago (the Hero5 Session also stays on at its original price of $300). This gives customers a less than ideal choice: get last year’s features at the same price, or spring for the latest and greatest at a new and higher price.
The first thing that jumps out about the Hero6 Black is, well, nothing. It looks identical to the Hero5 Black, save the “HERO6” branding and a power button logo on the, um, power button (the Hero5 labeled the button for its secondary function, HiLight tagging). It is very easy to mistake the Hero6 for the Hero5, so if you own both cameras, you might want to put a sticker on one to clearly differentiate it.
But don’t let the familiar exterior fool you; the Hero6 is no mere incremental upgrade. It introduces a host of new features, many of which are possible thanks to a custom-designed processor called the GP1. Frame rates have been boosted across the board: 4K can be shot at 60 frames per second (fps) and Full HD 1080p at up to 240 fps, both of which are twice what the Hero5 could do at those resolutions.
If you’re an early adopter and don’t mind shelling out a little more money, you will be very happy with the Hero6 Black.
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