You only get one chance to record the most exciting times in your life so make sure you do it right. Using a GoPro camera is the best way to get quality footage when on the move, but the variety of models available can make selecting one difficult. That’s why we have compared the essential specs and features so that you will know exactly what you’re getting.

Video Resolution

The whole point if a GoPro is to record your life’s most exciting moments. Now don’t expect to end up with thrilling video footage if the camera isn’t up to scratch. That’s why video resolution is perhaps the most important aspect of any GoPro.

We have compared the frames per second(fps) for each GoPros’ main video formats. These are (from lowest quality to highest quality) 720p, 960p, 1080p, 2.7K, and 4K. Obviously, the higher the frame rate, the better the video quality.

Model4K (fps)2.7K (fps)1080p (fps)960p (fps)720p (fps)
HeroNANA30NA60
Hero+NANA60NA60
Hero+ LCDNANA60NA60
Hero 3 WhiteNANA303060
Hero 3+ SilverNANA60100120
Hero 3+ Black156060NA120
Hero 4 SessionNANA6060100
Hero 4 Silver153060100120
Hero 4 Black3060120120240
Hero 5 Session304890100120
Hero 5 Black3060120120240
Hero 6 Black60120240NA60

The Hero 6 Black has the most powerful camera with the ability to capture 4k at 60fps as well as 2.7K at 120fps.

+1 for the Hero 6 Black

Capturing Photos

While many people only focus on video footage, GoPro’s can actually be used to capture some excellent still photos as well. Check out the table below to see the Megapixels for each model’s camera.

ModelMegapixels
Hero5
Hero+8
Hero+ LCD8
Hero 3 White5
Hero 3+ Silver11
Hero 3+ Black12
Hero 4 Session8
Hero 4 Silver12
Hero 4 Black12
Hero 5 Session10
Hero 5 Black12
Hero 6 Black12

+1 for the Hero 3+ Black

+1 for the Hero 4 Silver

+1 for the Hero 4 Black

+1 for the Hero 5 Black

+1 for the Hero 6 Black

Size/Portability

Each GoPro Model weighs between 70g and 130g. Unless you’re trying to climb Everest, these differences don’t really affect anything, as 70g and 130g are both exceptionally light. However, what may matter is the size. You will find that the Hero 4 session and Hero 5 Session have a different design to the rest of the models. They are basically small cubes with dimensions of around 37.9mm (width) by 37.9mm (height) by 36.1mm(depth). This makes them approximately half the size of other models.

If portability is of utmost importance to you then the Hero 4 Session and Hero 5 Session are the way to go.

+1 for the Hero 4 Session

+1 for the Hero 5 Session

Battery Power

It’s hard to give exact figures when it comes to battery life because it depends on how you use your GoPro, the temperature, and the age of the battery. However, we have given some approximate figures below. These are for continuous recording of 1080p video with no other features turned on.

ModelApproximate Battery Life (hours)
Hero1.3
Hero+1.3
Hero+ LCD1.3
Hero 3 White1.5
Hero 3+ Silver1.5
Hero 3+ Black1.5
Hero 4 Session2
Hero 4 Silver1.5
Hero 4 Black1.5
Hero 5 Session2
Hero 5 Black2
Hero 6 Black2

Be aware that enabling features such as Wifi, Bluetooth, and Voice control can noticeably reduce battery life. Repeatably turning a GoPro off and on also drains a lot of power.

+1 for the Hero 4 Session

+1 for the Hero 5 Session

+1 for the Hero 5 Black

+1 for the Hero 6 Black

Touch Screen

Touch screens are handy to have as they make operation much smoother. In fact, people have become so used to using them on their phone and tablets that it can be frustrating not to have one available. Add to the fact that when you’re on the move, you don’t want to be messing around with clunky buttons. The Hero+LCD, Hero 4 Silver, Hero 5 Black, and the Hero 6 Black all include this feature.

+1 for the Hero+LCD

+1 for the Hero 4 Silver

+1 for the Hero 5 Black

+1 for the Hero 6 Black

Voice Control

This is an awesome feature to take advantage off when you’re doing extreme sports or other challenging activities. Voice control allows you to give your GoPro commands without using your hands. The only models equipped with this feature are the Hero 5 Session, Hero 5 Black, and hero 6 Black.

+1 for the Hero 5 Session

+1 for the Hero 5 Black

+1 for the Hero 6 Black

Waterproof Depth

GoPros can reach a depth of 40m with the use of their protective housing. The Hero 4 Session, Hero 5 Session, Hero 5 Black, and Hero 6 Black can also reach 10m without any protective housing. They are the only models that can go into the water naked.

Now there are some accessories that can allow GoPros to go even deeper. These are shown in the table below.

HousingCompatible WithAllows For Depth of Up To
Super SuitHero 5 Black60m
Diving Protection BoxHero 3, Hero 3+ (Silver and Black), Hero 4 (Silver and Black)60m
Spire Lamella Protection BoxHero 3, Hero 3+ (Silver and Black), Hero 4 (Silver and Black)60m
Isotta Underwater HousingHero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black200m
Subal Underwater HousingHero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black300m

Now unless you’re a diver you will never be going beyond 10m of depth, so we don’t really think these figures are that relevant to the typical person. However, we do reckon its pretty handy for users to be able to inadvertently drop their GoPro into a water source without destroying it so, therefore…

+1 for the Hero 4 Session

+1 for the Hero 5 Session

+1 for the Hero 5 Black

+1 for the Hero 6 Black

Price

Check out the approximate Amazon prices for each model below. These are subject to change without notice, so it’s a good idea to check for yourself. Also, note that these prices are for new models only.

ModelApproximate PriceCheck Current Price
Hero$220
Hero+$270
Hero+ LCD$170
Hero 3 White$250
Hero 3+ Silver$125
Hero 3+ Black$120
Hero 4 Session$150
Hero 4 Silver$210
Hero 4 Black$280
Hero 5 Session$200
Hero 5 Black$230
Hero 6 Black$400

The newly released Hero 6 Black is obviously the most expensive at $400. The rest of the models fluctuate a bit randomly in price. However, we see the cheapest deal on the Hero 3+ Black at $120.

+1 for the Hero 3+ Black

Total Scores

Its decision time so checks out the total scores below.

ModelOverall Score
Hero0
Hero+0
Hero+ LCD1
Hero 3 White0
Hero 3+ Silver0
Hero 3+ Black2
Hero 4 Session3
Hero 4 Silver2
Hero 4 Black1
Hero 5 Session4
Hero 5 Black5
Hero 6 Black6

1st: Hero 6 Black

2nd: Hero 5 Black

3rd: Hero 5 Session

Which Is Best Overall?

It’s clear that the Hero 6 Black is the most powerful overall. It can record the best video footage (which is a GoPro’s primary function), so we can’t help but rank it at the top. It also includes a range of other convenient features such as a touch screen and voice control. Of course, it does have the steepest price tag.

Which Is The Best Value For Money?

We reckon the Hero 5 Black is the best value for money. It is only $230 and has the second-best camera for recording video. Its also has a touchscreen, voice control, and is just an all-around powerful machine. If you can’t quite afford the Hero 6 Black then just get the next best thing at around half the price.

Other Factors To Consider

If portability is essential to you, then you may want to consider the Hero 4 Session or Hero 5 Session. They are noticeably more compact than the other models and can slide in an out of your pocket with ease. And if you happen to drop them into a pool of water they will survive.

If you’re a diver then the Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black are still your best options. Just make sure you invest in an underwater housing system that can handle the pressure.