Go Pro 6 - an Awesome action camera but it does drop frames
The Go Pro Hero 6 action camera is an excellent bit of kit and it is my go to camera of choice for capturing time lapses. The Go Pro 6 is tough, durable and man enough to cope with anything I can throw at it, and I know that when I leave my Go Pro 6 outside capturing time lapse photos, which of course can take several hours, when I return the camera will still be working and the images will be recorded on the SD card. There is no camera tougher than the Go Pro 6, and this is why I use one.
Whilst I have no complaints regarding the build quality of the Go Pro 6, it is not perfect and whilst using it for my time lapses I have noticed a weakness and that is partially dropping frames, and even dropping frames in their entirety.
In my experience the Go Pro 6 drops frames using short intervals in less than perfect light. I use my Go Pro 6 to capture moving time lapses of my cycle rides where an interval of 2 seconds is perfect. In blazing sunshine using an interval of 2 seconds won’t cause any problems but in any other light than this, the Go Pro 6 will drop frames.
The Go Pro 6 simply can’t deal with capturing a photo and writing it to the card every 2 seconds in anything but perfect light. I use a Sandisc Extreme Pro card, which is one of the fastest available, but even this isn’t fast enough. Sure, the Go Pro 6 will correctly capture some photos in these conditions, but many will fail.
Ideally, you want only want the complete photos in a time lapse but if you haven’t captured enough your final time lapse will not work. You can, of course, leave the dropped frames in the time lapse and if you want to see how dropped frames affects the final time lapse, check out the following.
The random flickering in the time lapse is caused by the dropped frames, as are the strange and random marks.
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I needed 717 photos to create the time lapse above and more than half of them were dropped. Basically, had I removed the dropped frames the time lapse would have been less than half its duration, i.e. not worth bothering with, and wouldn’t have made sense because the photos would be totally random along the route rather than at regular intervals.
The Go Pro 6 dropping frames in these circumstances is annoying and a bit of a disappointment, especially since the light wasn’t that bad. Okay, it may have been a little dull and overcast but the light wasn’t horrendous.
Increasing the time between photos would solve the problem, but doing this would reduce the amount of photos captured during the ride, which creates more problems, the main one being if you can’t capture enough photos you can’t make a time lapse.
This issue has shown that using the Go Pro 6 for short interval time lapses is possible, but you do need to consider the ambient light.
The Go Pro 6 really is a great camera, and you can check the price on:-
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