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Compare the GoPro HERO 5 to the HERO 6

At first glance, the GoPro HERO 6 looks the same as its predecessor, the HERO 5. That makes sense, as they didn't change anything about its appearance. Both models have voice control, image stabilization, and a touchscreen. I'll tell you what the real difference is in this comparison article.

In short

GoPro HERO 5 GoPro HERO 6
Frames per second 4K 30 60
Frames per second Full HD 120 240
In low light Yes Yes
Number of voice commands 12 13
Photos in HDR No Yes
Zoom via screen No Yes

On the inside

GoPro HERO 5

The HERO 5 is equipped with image stabilization, which ensures your photos and videos will be of better quality. The 3 integrated microphones have noise reduction. That means the microphones filter out annoying noises. Noises such as wind are barely noticeable in your audio recordings. The camera records at a maximum resolution of 4K at 30 fps and records videos as MP4 (H.264) files.

GoPro HERO 6

One of the most noteworthy details of the HERO 6 is the new GP1 chip. This chips ensures even better image stabilization to let your record smooth and stable video. The camera is slightly better at recording than the HERO 5. The camera records in 4K at 60 fps and then stores your videos as MP4 (H.265) files. A new feature is capturing photos in HDR. The camera will take multiple photos in a row and combines them into 1 photo with high contrast and vivid colors.

Look

GoPro HERO 5

The HERO 5 looks tough with its black/gray matte body and rounded corners. The body is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters. That means you don't have to worry about a rain shower or a dive in the pool. You operate the camera via the 2-inch touchscreen or the buttons.

GoPro HERO 6

I hear what you're thinking: Is this the same picture as the one of the HERO 5. No, this really is a picture of the HERO 6. As you can see, nothing has changed in terms of appearance. Just like its predecessor, the HERO 6's camera is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters and it has a 2-inch touchscreen. The separately available casing will make the camera waterproof to a depth of 60 meters.

Controls

GoPro HERO 5

You can control the action camera using the touch screen or buttons, but also with voice commands. Think of commands like: "GoPro, take a photo" or "GoPro start filming". Connect the camera to the Capture app to control the HERO 5 remotely. That comes in handy when taking a group photo.

GoPro HERO 6

The camera is controlled in the same way as its predecessor. However, the HERO 6 has an extra command to control it, namely: "GoPro turn on". Unlike the HERO 5, the 6 does allow you to zoom in and out on the screen. The improved WiFi functionality lets you quickly transfer your photos and videos to your phone. Even faster than the HERO 5. Note; your phone will have to support 5GHz WiFi.

Conclusion

These action cameras look a lot alike. The difference between the HERO 5 and 6 is not one of looks, but of technical specifications. The HERO 6 is a bit faster, can do a bit more, and thanks to the new chip, its recordings are smoother and more stable. You have to decide for yourself whether those advantages are worth the upgrade.


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