Making a GoPro 6 from Spare Parts / Cheaper and Easier?

You can build a working GoPro Hero 6 with spare parts and it might be cheaper than buying the whole camera. If you want a naked GoPro this is way more convenient as you won’t have to spend time taking the camera apart.

What’s a Naked GoPro?

Main Board + Lens Module  = Working GoPro

These two components are all you need to make a working GoPro!

AliExpress seems to be only place you can get GoPro spare parts from. The source I linked above is legit as I bought two main boards before from there, both working as expected. Shipping to the UK took about 2 weeks.

The lens module had been out of stock for a long time, finally came back in stock recently. I just placed an order for the lens module so I will verify when it arrives. But I don’t know how long the stock will last this time :)

Update (26 July 2020): Just received the lens module and I can confirm it works as expected. Shipping took about 10 days.

You might want to put it in a case, like the BetaFPV GoPro Lite case, or use it with the Umma85 or Umma95 kit on the BetaFPV Whoops.

What Else You Might Need?

If you want to power the Naked GoPro via USB-C you will also need a USB-C module, but if you power it via other means you won’t need it:

You should definitely have the touch screen and buttons for the Hero 6 (the other components below are not necessary).

They are used to verify if the main board and lens module are working correctly, and you need the screen to get the WiFi password. To change camera settings, you can either use the touch screen, or just use the phone APP over WiFi.

You can get a spare touch screen and buttons from tearing down a GoPro, or you can get these as spare parts. The touch screen and buttons can be reused for your other Naked GoPro’s:

Here is a pin-out of the connectors on the GoPro Hero 6 main board:

If you’ve never owned a decased GoPro before, maybe you should tear one down first, then you’d have the screen and buttons. And you will also learn how the components are assembled.

14 thoughts on “Making a GoPro 6 from Spare Parts / Cheaper and Easier?

  1. babipsylon

    Anyone else who started from spare parts without ability to switch to English ( Chinese?)
    My guess is that the English language is not part of my firmware, as I can set it to English via the go pro app, but nothing happens. It’s already on 1.6 so another update file to 1.6 does not seem to run from the sd card.
    Only solution for that is to go to 2.1 and go back to 1.6 with the english language pack as part of the firmware, I guess?… Meer weergeven

  2. Dani

    So, maybe a stupid question but I couldn’t find the answer. When you order one of those boards does it comes with a firmware on it, no programming needed?just plug and play?

    Thanks for your tutorials Oscar!

    Cheers from Spain

  3. Emmett S

    Weird quesion, but do you think i can build a hero 5 black, and then using enough vibration dampening have similar results? if not do you think i could use a hero 5 lens on the 6, just cause its almost 40$ cheaper.

  4. Technicus fpv

    So what if prices went up, it’s natural when demands are higher.
    I did not know about this option before i read this article.
    Thank you for so many valuable advices Oscar.

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Jesper

    I have a broken gopro hero 7 black with dead mainboard.

    Can I use a hero 6 mainboard and keep screen and use with hero 6?

    1. Oscar Post author

      I’ve never tried this myself, I’ve heard the Gyro sensors are in different modules between 6 and 7 and that might cause issues when using Reelsteady. Not 100% sure really.

  6. Phil

    damn it, he showed how to do it, increased demand, and now you have to pay a few bucks more. next time, there should be no article about this at all, so that noone knows about it! solved!


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