First off I should point out that I am talking about non-professional travel photography and if you are capturing travel related photos for paying clients, stock agencies, magazines and publications etc. the Go Pro 6 isn’t capable of capturing photos that will meet the minimum requirements.
If you want travel photos for personal use, sharing with family and friends, uploading to social media, for your blog etc. the Go Pro 6 is plenty good enough to capture stills and, of course, video footage that will impress.
So what are the 5 reasons why the Go Pro 6 is such a great camera for travels and adventures? …..
1. The Go Pro 6 is small, light and portable
Size matters when travelling, and the smaller you can get away with the better. Measuring just 44.6mm x 62mm x 32.7mm, and weighing in at a meagre 117g the Go Pro 6 is a very small camera, and you’ll struggle to find a camera with the same specification and built to the same standard that is smaller.
The Go Pro 6 is a small package you can easily tuck away in your backpack, your handbag/man bag or even your pocket. There are many “pocket” cameras out there that will actually fit in a pocket, but the Go Pro 6 will and with room to spare.
2. The Go Pro 6 is discreet
Because of its small size the Go Pro 6 often goes unnoticed as it is small enough not to attract attention from onlookers. One of my pet hates using my dslr camera is being watched, and whilst I am sure most people couldn’t care less that I am taking photos, it still bothers me. When I use the Go Pro 6 I never feel like I am being watched.
There are times when I definitely don’t want to attract attention, such as in bad/rough areas where there is high tourist crime. Before I had my Go Pro I used to pack my dslr away in dodgy looking areas, and miss many photo opportunities. Now I have my Go Pro I carry on snapping away.
3. The Go Pro 6 is tough, durable and pretty much bombproof
The Go Pro 6 was built for action and extreme sports, such as ski-ing, off road biking, kayaking, rock climbing etc. A camera for extreme sports and outdoor pursuits needs to be well built, and I guarantee the Go Pro 6 is well built. This little camera is shock proof, waterproof and bomb proof. Sure, you can break the Go Pro 6 but you have to give it a lot of abuse to do so, and abuse of this amount is not ‘normal use’.
The Go Pro 6 is a product you can use, throw in your back pack and forget about until the next photo or bit of video footage.
4. When using the Go Pro 6 there is no faffing around
You can tweak the exposure with the Go Pro 6 but the manual settings are limited. This is not such a bad thing as the less settings there are to play around with the less time you’ll spend messing around trying to get the ‘perfect’ exposure. I like to think of the Go Pro 6 as an advanced point and shoot camera, which means I can find the subject, frame the subject, make a few tweaks, fire off a few shots and move on before my other half gets bored.
When I use my Go Pro 6 I find I work quicker and more efficiently, and my photos don’t seem to suffer. Less faffing around not only means a wider variety of shots but also a less bred and annoyed other half.
5. The Go Pro 6 doesn’t require loads of accessories
Whilst there are loads of accessories available for the Go Pro 6, most of them ae not needed. In fact, in order to get the best out of the Go Pro 6 you need very few accessories, and the accessories you do need are small, portable and affordable.
Let’s put this in to perspective….. When I am out with the dlsr camera I have a spare lens, a speed light, lens filters, lens cleaning equipment, a tripod, a remote shutter release, spare memory cards, spare batteries and a few other odds and sods.
When I am out with the Go Pro 6 I take spare memory cards, a small power bank (instead of spare batteries), lens cleaning cloth, polarizing filter and that’s it. When I go out with the Go Pro 6 I take the smallest amount of gear, and I have to say I seldom want for anything.
So there we have it, 5 reasons why you should consider the Go Pro 6 for your travel camera.
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