GoPro Hero 5 Vs. Hero 6: Which Action Cam Suits You Best?
The GoPro Hero 5 was launched way back in 2016 and has been very successful. After a year, GoPro has launched the Hero 6 featuring less but focused improvements. Now, the big question can be ‘which one suits you best?’ let’s find out with a comparison.
Appearance and User Interface
When it comes to appearance, the GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6 have no difference in dimensions. Both of the models are waterproof up to 33 feet and don’t necessitate a case. The Hero 5 and Hero 6 feature a USB-C port for charging as well as connecting to current-gen smartphones.
These devices can be controlled through its 2.1-inch LCD touchscreens, or by giving out voice commands. But then, there are some changes made to enhance the Hero 6’s responsiveness. Aside from that, its touchscreen’s colors are a little more vibrant, and the infrequent failure to react to touch commands seen with the Hero 5 is totally gone.
On top of its great receptiveness, the Hero 6 also sports wake-on-voice feature. This puts the gadget into sleep mode if the user turns it off using a voice command. This mode is can be used for 8 hours.
Processor and Video Quality
The GoPro Hero 5 is capable of shooting 4K at 30 FPS, while the Hero 6 can capture silky-smooth 60 FPS. The Hero 6 has support for new 4:3 aspect ratio in 4K as well. The 1080p has seen its share of enhancements as well. In fact, the maximum of 120 frames per second for Hero 5 has been doubled to 240, making the Hero 6 more accurate when it comes to the slow-motion footage. It is also worth mentioning that the Hero 6 can shoot at 2.7K / 120 fps mode.
The GoPro Hero 5’s electronic image stabilization has already accomplished a decent job, but only for 1080p video at 60 fps or lesser. But then, the EIS pushes the Hero 6’s G1 chip to its parameters with flawlessly stabilized 4K footage at 30 fps. With this device, your slow-motion videos can now be stabilized at 1080p up to 120 fps.
Both the GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6 flaunt a 12MP sensor that’s capable of shooting 4000×3000 photos in either JPEG or RAW formats. Both can also shoot up to 30 images per second using the burst mode. Meanwhile, the Hero 6 is the slightly better option since it is equipped with higher max ISO setting of 3,200, it has support for HDR that can be used for lifelike stills, and has a trifling default contrast setting that conveys more detail all over the spectrum.
Battery Life and Price
The GoPro Hero 5 and the Hero 6 have an equal 1220mAh battery. Provided that the users turn all the frills like the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS off, the user can expect to obtain up to two hours of footage on each charge. This is half as much if you’re recording exclusively in 4K.
As for the price, the Hero 6 is tagged at $499, which indicates an increased price compared to the more affordable initial price point of the GoPro Hero 5. Luckily, it seemed that GoPro has realized it and priced the Hero 6 now $100 cheaper. On the other hand, the GoPro Hero 5 has received an even more extreme price cut as it sits at $250 price tag.
These are the features and specs that the GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6 have. Hopefully, with the aforementioned details about these action cams you’re able to decide which suits you best.