Which GoPro should you buy?

Updated 14/12/17: Two Heroes have just seen their prices plummet faster than India's temperatures...

In a world where action lurks down every YouTube link, three Heroes just aren’t enough.

No, when every leap, splash, crash and climb (no matter how insignificant or embarrassing) must be recorded in total clarity, a new Hero is needed.

A Hero that will capture every concussion in 4K at 60fps, before automatically editing them into a fame-worthy compilation of pain to share with your burgeoning fanbase. That Hero is the GoPro Hero6 Black.

What if you're not sure about spending ₹45,000 on a top-end action snapper, though? While the days of deciphering the differences between Silver and Black might be behind us, the GoPro range can still look bewildering to a novice.

Thankfully, we’ve sifted through the spec sheets to assess just which GoPro will suit your style of shooting – so you can get back to planning your Supermarket Parkour Compilation. We haven’t included the reality-bending GoPro Fusion, mind, as you can’t actually buy it yet.

BEST FOR…EVERYDAY STREET SHOOTERS

GoPro Hero Session (₹​22,750)

Haven’t got the readies for a pro-level shooter? Even in its trimmed down line-up, entry level doesn’t mean basic: GoPro’s Hero Session is a tough cube that's perfect for shooting videos destined for YouTube or smaller screens. 

The only survivor from GoPro’s previous array of action cams, the Session is an ultra-portable shooter designed for quick-click recordings.

Ditching a screen in favour of a compact shell, the Hero Session has a straightforward one-button interface for touch-to-go action. More advanced operation requires a smartphone, connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to frame, shoot and share.

It's not well-suited to longer shoots - the battery is good for just two hours - but for speedy, impromptu filming on a budget, it's tough to beat. 

Though it lacks 4K, recording in 1440p at 30fps is plenty good enough for most budding YouTube sharers, while 8MP stills will fare well against most smartphones – especially when you’re 30ft below the waves.

Read the full GoPro Hero Session review

BEST FOR…PRO ACTION SNAPPERS

GoPro Hero6 Black (₹​45,000)

So, you want to truly go pro? While the new Hero6 Black might look identical to the Hero5 Black, almost all of its shooting specs have been supercharged to deliver a properly top-end box of rugged recording.

What do you get for the ₹18,000 price hike over the 5? Everything that its predecessor had to offer (think touchscreen, Wi-Fi, case-free waterproofing and the rest) plus a chip. More specifically, GoPro’s new GP1 processor - and it makes the world look much, much nicer.

Take the image stabilisation: it might not be optical, but GoPro’s new three-axis digital offering is so darn good that it doesn’t need to be.

Frame rates have been dramatically increased, too, so you can now shoot in sumptuous 4K at 60fps, or create super dramatic slow-mo footage in 1080p at 240fps.

In fact, image quality generally is a cut above anything else in the range, with refined auto-exposure, more delicious dynamic range and stellar low-light performance. It all adds up to satisfyingly smooth, properly watchable videos that look good even on bigger screens.

You will, though, need hardware that can handle the new HEVC codec used to record 4K footage. If you don’t own a recent MacBook or Kaby Lake-equipped Windows machine, you’re probably better off with the the Hero5 Black.

If you do, though - and you’re happy with a battery that’s only good for 45 minutes of 4K/60fps recording - then the Hero6 is easily the best GoPro going.

Read the full GoPro Hero6 Black review