GoPro Hero 6: A First Time GoPro User Review

This is the right time to buy the GoPro Hero 6.

A week ago, I was on stuck deciding which action camera to get. It is between the Sony HDR-AS300, which is really my first choice, and the GoPro Hero 5. So I came over to one of the electronic store here in Dubai (Jumbo Electronics) to check this 2 camera. Surprisingly, they dropped the price of GoPro Hero 6 for 400 aed (around $100) which makes it the same price range of the Sony HDR-AS300. So now, I am more confused which one to buy since the GoPro Hero 6 will be better than the Hero 5.

But before buying my first action camera, I was thinking of getting a small camera that I can just carry around (aside from my a6000) that I can just literally put on my pocket all the time, stabilized video, and featured pack. I read and watched a lot of reviews between the GoPro Hero 5, and Hero 6, and the Sony HDR-AS300, I was first discouraged to get the GoPro hero 6 because people are saying that it has a lot of bugs but that was just before the release of v1.6 firmware update. Ok, getting back to the Sony, I liked the Sony HDR-AS300 first because:

  1. Image stabilization is amazing
  2. Has better dynamic range, means better in low light
  3. I don’t need 4k resolution
  4. Better audio quality
  5. Has microphone jack
  6. Cheaper

But the downsides for me are:

  1. Separate live view screen
  2. Still needs a waterproof case
  3. Limited accessories options
  4. Not really that user-friendly.

The downsides I mention on the Sony action camera isn’t really a big issue to me. It is still my first choice because it produces better video quality and stabilization.


Things have changed when I came to the store. I asked one of the salesmen if what he thinks is a better choice. As expected, he recommended the GoPro Hero 6. Because the GoPro Hero 6 is the leader in action cameras on the market and has a big price drop, from 1,999 AED(Around $500) to 1,599 AED ($435). I was deciding for like an hour before I make the purchase. Going back and forth to the store to check the GoPro and Sony action cameras. Then, I finally decided to get the GoPro Hero 6.
GoPro Hero 6 with Case

Here’s why I chose the GoPro Hero 6:

  1. Ease of use & featured-pack
  2. Really small & water resistant without a separate case
  3. Durability (Actually dropped it without the case included.)
  4. Improved Image stabilization (Compared to the Hero 5 based on other videos)
  5. Different field of view options
  6. Touchscreen live view screen
  7. 240 FPS 1080p Video recording (I can achieve super smooth slow-motion.)
  8. Easily connect to the GoPro App
  9. Voice Command (I don’t really use this feature, but it might be useful for other situations)
  10. A wide range of resolution options.
  11. Future proof (I don’t really need 4k now, but who knows I might use it in the future.)
  12. Fast charging (Fully charges within 1hour or less)

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Like the Sony action camera, the Hero 6 has its own downsides:

  1. Gets hot when transferring photos
  2. Sometimes freezes when viewing photos and videos.
  3. Will crop 10% of video when stabilization is on
  4. No stabilization at 1080p 240fps.

I’ve been using the GoPro Hero 6 for the past few days. Just like I want, I put it in my pocket every day. Click on the shot button, and point to my subject, then click the shot button again to stop recording and it will automatically turn off. That is what I really love about this product. Click > Record > Click > Stop & Off. I also tested the video stabilization and quality, and it was all good. I am not expecting a DSLR like-video quality from this small camera, but everything is just fine, especially in good lighting situations. During low-light situations, it won’t perform the best especially when set at higher frame rates.

These are my GoPro Hero 6 video settings during the day and night situations with ProTune turned on:

Morning outdoor walk around setup:

  • Resolution: 2.7k
  • Frame rate: 24-60fps
  • Color profile: GoPro or Flat(For color correction in post)
  • Shutter speed: auto
  • Sharpness: Medium
  • ISO Min: 100
  • ISO Max: 400
  • White Balance: Auto

Night low light outdoor walk around setup:

  • Resolution: 2.7k
  • Frame rate: 24fps or 30fps
  • Color profile: GoPro or Flat(for color correction in post)
  • Shutter speed: auto
  • Sharpness: Low or Medium
  • ISO Min: 100
  • ISO Max: 800
  • White Balance: Native or Auto

What is the main reason why I buy an action camera?

My main purpose of buying an action camera especially the GoPro Hero 6 is to create short film videos where I can just carry it around every day shooting videos without drawing attention to other people. I can also do POV shots, walking, running and creative shots from different angles without the worries of shaky footage and without any use of external gimbal. I think this tiny beast can suit what I really want to achieve.


GoPro Hero 6

As a first time GoPro user, the Hero 6 wasn’t really that bad (compared and based on a lot of angry people online complaining about the GoPro Hero 6) and I actually liked it. Using the camera just after you open it might get you disappointed. But what you just need to do is just upgrade the firmware version from v1 to v1.6 to fix all the out of the box GoPro Hero 6 Problems. The improved stabilization is really good even if I am walking or running. The frame rates, video resolutions options, the field of view options, and ProTune are really amazing features and very flexible if you want to shoot a different type of angles and views.

GoPro Hero 6

Overall, for me, the GoPro Hero 6 is really a good buy even there are a lot of negative reviews online. Don’t just depend on them. You wouldn’t know how good the Hero 6 if you haven’t had or tried it.

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What are your concern or comments about the GoPro Hero 6? Do you have this or still reading other reviews? Ask me by commenting below, I will help as much as I can.