On the GoPro HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black, you can choose between two image formats for still photos: JPG and RAW. Here's a quick overview of what the difference is and when to use which.
GoPro HERO6 Black
Released in July 2017, the GoPro HERO6 Black is GoPro's flagship action camera and the only one to bear the HERO6 name. In terms of features, it's a fairly modest update from the HERO5 Black. It offers video modes up to 4K60 and 1080p240, uses the newer H.265 (HEVC) video codec for the top-end video modes, has improved video stabilization, and improved photo and video quality. From the outside, it looks identical, but the big innovation is inside, being the first model to use a system chip developed in-house (known as the GP1 chip).
GoPro's QuickCapture feature is designed as a one-press way to power the camera up and start shooting immediately. There are a few tricks to using it, though.
The new HERO (2018) and the HERO6 Black look the same, but there are lots of differences in features and capabilities. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how they compare.
How to Add Polarizer and ND Filters to the GoPro HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black with the PolarPro Venture Filter 3-Pack
If you're looking to add polarizing or ND filters to the GoPro HERO5 Black or HERO6 Black, PolarPro has a 3-pack kit of snap-on filters specifically for these camera models. Here's my hands-on review.
While there aren't a lot of options for external batteries for the GoPro HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black, there are some. Here are the best options I've come across for powering your GoPro for more than a couple of hours at a time.
Wondering whether you can run the GoPro HERO6 Black with external power without having the internal battery installed? Yes, you can.
Wondering if you can use a 128GB microSD card in your GoPro? So long as you're using one of these models, you can.
If you're getting an error message on your computer when you try to open a video shot on the GoPro HERO6 Black, it might be because it isn't compatible with the HEVC (H.265) codec used in some of the HERO6 Black's video modes. Here are some workarounds.
If you're wondering why your image is suddenly cropped when you turn on the stabilization feature, here's why it happens.
One of the headline features of the GoPro HERO6 Black is better in-camera video stabilization to smooth out shaky footage. Here are some side-by-side examples to illustrate its effectiveness.
The GoPro HERO6 Black promises better results from its in-camera stabilization. So I've been putting it to the test side-by-side with the HERO5 Black.
The GoPro HERO6 Black has built-in video stabilization. Here are some side-by-side examples of how it compares with the stabilization in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC's War Stabilizer.
Here's a rundown of the field of view options available in the GoPro HERO6 Black. Some FOV settings have been removed and replaced by the new zoom. Others are only available in some shooting modes.
This is an ongoing and growing list of common questions on GoPro's HERO6 Black.
Here's a rundown of the various Protune options that are available on the HERO6 Black and what each of them does.
Not every SD card will work well in the new GoPro HERO6 Black with its 4K and fast 1080p video modes. Here are some recommendations.
If you're trying to decide whether to get the HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black, here's a detailed side-by-side comparison of the core features.
The GoPro HERO6 Black has new headline features of 4K60 and 1080p240 video modes. While there's a lot of overlap with the HERO5 Black, there are also some new options and some that have gone away.
The HERO6 has a new processor and promises improved image quality over its predecessor, the HERO5 Black. Here are some side-by-side comparisons.
Among the GoPro HERO6 Black's Burst Mode options is a new Auto setting. Here's what it does.
A rundown of the photo modes available on the HERO6 Black.
If you need to reset the wifi password of your GoPro HERO5 Black or Session for some reason, it's easy enough to do. But there's a bit of a catch.
Here's a rundown of the options for charging your GoPro depending on the model of camera you're using.
Ugly water drops on the GoPro lens can really ruin the shot. The XClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors are designed to solve this problem. Here's my take on how well they work.
Here's a workaround that lets you apply linear FOV, or something very close to it, to GoPro's RAW photo format.
Wasabi Power has come out with a new extended battery for the GoPro HERO5 Black that they claim gives you up to 4 hours of recording time. I've been putting it to the test.
If you're looking to get split photos of above and below the water line, a dome port is what you want. Here's a rundown of how they work with GoPros.
NiteCore is releasing a new charger for GoPro HERO5 Black batteries. It adds a few little nice tweaks to make it stand out from the competition.
You might have noticed your camera getting very hot to the touch. In general, that's normal, but there can be some consequences.
It's always a good idea to format the SD card in the camera. Here's a rundown of how to do it with recent GoPro models.
The Wasabi Power Hand Grip is an external USB battery and hand grip in one. It's a convenient way to add extra battery power to extend your GoPro filming.
Wondering if the touchscreen on the back of GoPro HERO5 Black or HERO4 Silver works underwater?
A Troubleshooting Checklist if your GoPro's Battery is Draining even when the Camera is Switched Off
If you find that your GoPro's battery is draining quickly even when the camera is switched off, here's a troubleshooting checklist of things to try.
Wondering what the LRV and THM files are that appear when you shoot GoPro videos? Here's what they do.
With a recent firmware update, GoPro killed compatibility with third-party batteries. Wasabi Power are out with a new version of their battery that fixes that and promises to be compatible with all future GoPro firmware updates.
If you'd prefer your GoPro not to draw attention to itself while filming, there are several options for making it more discreet.
There are advantages to using an Arca-style quick release plate with a GoPro, and yes, such plates do in fact exist.
GoPros have never had particularly good battery life. So having spare batteries on hand, along with an external charger, can help you keep shooting.
If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary run-of-the-mill GoPro stick, here are some that offer something more.
The newer GoPros have a new in-camera feature for something you could only do in post-production before: correcting fisheye in photos and videos.
Some GoPros, like the HERO5 Black, offer a choice between two color modes in the photo mode: GoPro and Flat. Here are some examples and when they're best used.
Some GoPro models give you the option to choose between high, medium, and low levels of sharpening. Here are some examples to help demystify what these different settings do.
Can you use a GoPro as a travel camera? Absolutely. But before you rely exclusively on your GoPro for that once-in-a-lifetime trip, here’s a rundown of what I see as the main pros and cons.
If you're looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos, using an external mic will make a big difference. Here's a rundown of what mics will work with which GoPro.
If you're wondering why your GoPro is breaking your videos up into smaller segments, it's not an error and you're not doing anything wrong. It's normal--here's why.