GoPro launched the Hero 6 Black in the fall of 2017 with some incremental upgrades to its flagship device. YourTechDose took a thorough look at the external hardware and there were hardly any noticeable differences between Hero 5 Black & Hero 6 Black on the outside. The only obvious difference is the Hero 6 branding next to the lens cover. Other than that, everything is identical (including all ports).

While GoPro completely overhauled their Hero 5 Black in 2016, they adopted a rather subtle strategy for 2017. GoPro Hero 6 Black features the same body but adds much more fluidity to its UI (User Experience).

However, GoPro has completely revamped its internals for sheer performance & superb image quality. Here’s what has changed from the inside of Hero 6 Black:

  • Custom GP1 Processor (Say Goodbye to touch-Lag)
  • 4K @ 60FPS (Bumped up from 30 FPS)
  • Amazing EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • Better Dynamic Range & Low Light Performance

Improvements in GoPro Hero 6 Black

Hero 6 features an entirely new processor called the GP1, which is custom-made for the camera itself. Needless to say, when it is used alongside the Hero 5, it is significantly more responsive. Not only the touch animations have improved but the “Voice Commands” takes much less time to execute. In essence, the user experience has vastly improved on the Hero 6 Black.

Moving on to other incremental bumps, Hero 6 is now capable of capturing 4K resolution videos at 60 FPS. This makes it a perfect go-to action-cam for some crisp videos. Similarly, it’s slow-motion capabilities have also improved, which means that it can now capture FHD videos at 240 FPS (up from 120FPS in its predecessor).

GoPro has also improved the Dynamic range in the Hero 6, which captures more details and vivid colors than before. Similarly, the Low-light picture quality has also improved, although it is still not comparable to latest smart-phone cameras.

Zoom Feature on GoPro Hero 6

 GoPro has also introduced the Zoom feature in their Hero 6 Black. Before you get all excited, know that It’s a digital zoom which means that the camera software crops the original image to achieve the required focal length.

For starters, Hero 5 & 6 uses the following focal lengths for each of its modes:

Wide FOV= 17.2mm | Medium FOV=21.9mm |Narrow FOV=34.4mm(Source)

Although the Zoom Feature is exclusive to Hero 6 but it is only available till a maximum resolution of 2.7K, not available at 4K! Is it good? Well, its far from ideal as it compromises the image quality but still good to have, especially when other FOVs are not working for you!

Electronic Image Stabilization: “Gimbal Like”?

GoPro showcased their latest EIS at their Keynote by saying that it is almost as good as using a gimbal. According to our tests, Hero 6 has improved a lot when it comes to EIS. There are 2 main aspects in which Hero 6 takes EIS to another level:

  1. In Hero 5 black, EIS only worked at the maximum resolution of 1080P at 30FPS, Hero 6 is capable of stabilizing 4K footage recorded at 30FPS as well as 1080P at up to 120FPS. That deserves an applause!
  2. EIS has improved exponentially as compared to Hero 5 Black, it is much more stable and utilizes the GoPro sensors in a much effective way.

However, when we put it aside the Hero 5 mounted on FieyuTech G5 stabilization gimbal, the stabilization on the gimbal was relatively better. Nonetheless, the stabilization on GoPro Hero 6 works really well and it’s a major improvement over the Hero 5 Black.

Battery Life of Hero 6 Black

Hero 6 Black utilizes the same battery as the Hero 5 Black. It’s a 1220MAH battery which lasts about 1 Hour & 30 minutes with GPS turned on and about 2 Hours with GPS off (Recording 1080P @ 30FPS). Recording at 4K drained the battery much faster, we managed to get about 50-minutes of recording time from a single battery (GPS off). It charges via USB-C port which was introduced with Hero 5 Black in 2016.

Reasons to Upgrade to Hero 6 Black

This is where the Cost-Benefit Analysis comes handy! GoPro Hero 6 is currently retailing for $399(Amazon).Whereas, the Hero 5 Black retails for $100 less. To justify the extra $100, you get an amazing 4K stabilized footage with better Slow-motion quality and a fluid user interface.

The Plus side of upgrading to Hero 6 from Hero 5 is that you can keep all your accessories, mounts and even extra batteries and just upgrade the camera itself. Here are the Top 5 GoPro accessories according to YourTechDose!

Let us know in the comments what you think?

Our Verdict

GoPro Hero 6 is undoubtedly one of the best action-cams available in the market. From it’s usability to specs, everything is class-leading. The camera performs like a 2018 flagship should! During our extensive tests, we thoroughly enjoyed shooting with it, although it got a bit too hot at times!

 

Final Score: ★★★★★ Highly Recommended by YourTechDose

 

 

 


What is a gimbal & Why do you need one?

Content creators are experimenting with their creativity and to showcase their creative side, they need better equipment. This is where gimbals come into play. The primary purpose of a gimbal is to stabilize images/videos. Many modern cameras are equipped with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) but still most of them don’t provide stable footage. Take GoPro’s flagship cameras for example, GoPro Hero 5 Black does support video stabilization but it is far from ideal. Then came the Hero 6 Black and it was said to have a “Gimbal-Like” stabilization. Although with Hero 6 Black GoPro did improve the stabilization a lot but comparing it with a gimbal was a far cry.

Back in 2016, GoPro also introduced their own iteration of 3-axis Gimbal called the Karma Grip. It was a part of their Karma Drone which had a modular design and could be used as a stand-alone gimbal. However, it came with a $300 price tag (Amazon). Hence, there was a need for cheaper alternatives. This is where FeiyuTech G5 comes into play.

FeiyuTech is a Chinese company which has been making camera accessories for quite a sometime and they launched G5 at a price of $199 (Amazon). G5 is not only $100 cheaper than the karma Grip but also has a splash-proof body, which means, it can endure harsh environments pretty well.


 First Impressions & Unboxing of FeiyuTech G5

G5 comes with a very premium packaging with a minimalist approach. The front of the box boasts a GoPro Hero 5 Black mounted on G5. The list of supported cameras is provided on the lower-left side as well.

Once unboxed, the gimbal is snuck inside its carrying pouch which has a soft-fabric material for its protection. There is a 3000MAH user-replaceable battery in one of the cut-outs inside the box. Lastly, there is some pretty standard paperwork. Overall, FeiyuTech G5 provides a top-notch unboxing experience!


How to Operate FeiyuTech G5?

 It has 3 buttons on the front which includes a joystick for controlling the direction along with another button on the back for easy rotation. Once the camera is securely loaded and battery is inserted, pressing the power button for 3 seconds would bring the gimbal to life. It’s always a good practice to calibrate the gimbal by placing it horizontally on a flat surface and then starting the calibration through its app.

Next step is to download FeiyuTech’s app on your smartphone. It’s fairly functional but the UI needs to be improved. During our testing, it crashed more than twice.

We tested G5 with the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the difference in stabilization was very apparent from the start. The gimbal performed adequately well while walking at a normal to fast pace. There is also a dedicated button which can be pressed to initiate the “Selfie Mode”. It comes in very handy while vlogging.


Key Features of FeiyuTech G5

  • The sensitivity of the Joystick can be adjusted through the app
  • Time-lapse mode allows to set the start and end points along with it’s movement intervals.
  • One-touch selfie mode for quick Vlogging.
  • 8-hours of battery time.
  • It can charge the GoPro whilst recording, although it reduced the battery time to 3-hours.
  • Rugged build quality with a sturdy grip.
  • Splash-Proof, can be used under light rain.
  • Micro-USB charging.

Verdict 

 FeiyuTech G5 is priced $100 less than the Karma grip yet it performs extremely well. The overall built quality is also top-notch. There are a few nuisances though, putting on the camera takes a bit of practice and patience, as you need to screw/unscrew the front plate manually. This has left some marks on the front display of our GoPro Hero 5 Black.

Secondly, it is charged via Micro-usb port which means that you would have to carry 2 separate cables i.e. Usb-c for your GoPro and Micro-Usb for G5. Lastly, FeiyuTech’s app definitely needs some attention as it needs to be more intuitive and crash-free.

Apart from all these nuances, FieyuTech G5 is a very capable competitor of GoPro Karma Grip and performs just as well, if not better.


Overall rating ★★★★ [Recommended by YourTechDose]


 



GoPro has been around for many years and they have been known as the pioneers of the action cam industry. One of the primary reasons behind GoPro’s success is the portability of its cameras. These action cams can be held in the palm of your hand and yet they manage to offer class leading video quality. Quite Impressive! However, what’s more impressive is the fact that they can be used to make videos from virtually any angle. This is where the magic of GoPro accessories start. There are numerous accessories available for GoPro cameras to enhance their productivity. Interestingly, these accessories are not just made by GoPro, but there is a huge market for third party accessory makers. If you are searching for the latest GoPro action cam, then check out the exclusive review of GoPro Hero5 Black by Your Tech Dose.


List of Best GoPro Accessories

Before further ado, let us present you the list of Top 5 accessories of GoPro. Please note that these are based on personal use of over 1 month. Needless to say, the link for each accessory is also provided. You just need to click on the name of your desired accessory and you will be redirected to its amazon listing.

  1. JOBY Suction Cup with Locking Arms: This is ideal for capturing videos on the go. Whether you are taking a flight or going for a drive, this mount is strong enough to keep up will all sorts of turbulence! Currently it’s under $20, which makes it a great deal!
  2. Manfrotto Pixi Extreme Tripod: If you are into photography then chances are that you would be familiar with the brand, Manfrotto. Basically, they make some outstanding camera stands and tripods. This mini Tripod is no exception. It is portable, versatile and helps you capture steady videos on your GoPro. It’s just under $30 for now, must check it out before the price goes up!
  3. Wasabi Dual Battery Charger: If you are travelling often with your GoPro, then chances are that you would want to keep a few extra GoPro batteries with you as well. This is where this charger kicks in. It can charge up to 2 GoPro batteries simultaneously so that you never have to worry about running out of juice. Plus, It’s super economical at just $7.50.
  4. GoPro 3-Way Grip and TriPod: This is one of the best official accessories offered by GoPro. This Grip can be adjusted in 3 different angles for flexibility. Furthermore, it also comes with a detachable tripod stand which can be adjusted from the bottom. It is definitely one of the most functional accessories available. It can be yours for $69.
  5. GoPro Karma Grip: Last year, GoPro announced their first Drone, called Karma. Basically, it has a modular design, which means that it uses a combination of the GoPro Hero 5 camera, a 3-Axis camera stabilizer, and the quadcopter itself. The Karma Grip is basically the GoPro stabilizer, which could be the remedy for the shaky videos. Whether you are climbing a mountain or going for a sprint, this grip would ensure that all your footage stays perfectly balanced and jerk-free. It is available for $299.

What about the GoPro Karma Drone?

Your Tech Dose would have definitely recommended the drone as it provides a perfect combination of steady aerial and ground footage. However, the consumer reports are not in the favor of GoPro Karma. There are way too many complaints and dissatisfied customers to recommend one at the moment. Hopefully GoPro can resolve the issues soon and then we can add it to the list of recommended accessories!


 

 


The market for action cams has evolved a lot over time. With more players coming in the industry, it has become rather difficult to choose the right one. However, the pioneers of the actioncam industry, GoPro, has introduced their latest iteration of the ultimate camera, The Hero5 Black. I bought this camera in January and I have been using it along with the Hero 4 Silver. Hence, This review will briefly touch upon the comparison between the two generations of GoPro as well.


Unboxing Experience

The unboxing experience was quite similar to the previous generation of GoPro. It comes in a nice vertical box with the Hero 5 secured on the top with one of its mounts. Underneath the new matte textured Hero5 are a number of booklets which include instruction manuals, warranty information and GoPro stickers. There is also one removable battery included which has been redesigned with new charging pins and has a slightly higher capacity (1220 mAh/3.85V) than its predecessor (1160mAh/3.80V). Also included is the charging cable which has been upgraded to USB Type-C (step in the right direction).


First Impressions & User Interface

After putting everything aside and looking at the camera, the first prominent thing to notice is the newly developed 2″ capacitive touch screen. It is definitely more responsive, brighter and bigger than the Hero 4 Silver’s screen. Some new features that really makes the new Hero 5 standout include:

  • Voice Commands for easy control and more flexibility.
  • Completely waterproof body which allows the user to interact with the touch screen whilst inside its shell.
  • Although the resolution is still limited to 4K at 30fps, but it is also capable of recording 720P at 240 fps and 1080P at 120fps, which is great for slowmotion video recording.
  • The software is much more User friendly, probably due to more screen space.
  • The new USB type-C is definitely a welcoming change, as it makes it easier to use one cable for multiple devices.
  • Integration with Apple Watch makes it much easier to record and take pictures.

Room for Improvement

Although it is a significant improvement from the Hero 4 Silver, however there are still some flaws in the device

  • The Battery life has reduced marginally (about 10-15%), and the new battery terminal means that the Hero4 users won’t be able to use their charging accessories/batteries with the Hero5.
  • There are still a few glitches in the software specially regarding the Voice Command and touch screen interface.
  • The cost of waterproofing the body has translated into a bulkier Hero5 when placed next to its predecessor.

Verdict

After using the new GoPro for over 5 months, I can safely say that it is a worthy upgrade. However, there are a few bugs that limits the functionality of voice commands as at times it just simply ignores them. However, I am quite sure that the new software would easily solve this glitch. Furthermore, I would also much appreciate if the colors could be a bit more accurate. Nonetheless, it is definitely a significant improvement over its predecessor.