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.
Main Board + Lens Module = Working GoPro
- GoPro 6 Main Board: https://bit.ly/2YkmYHz
- GoPro 6 Lens/Sensor Module: https://oscarliang.com/product-as94
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.
What Else You Might Need?
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.