GoPro Unveils Hero6, Launches Fusion Spherical Camera
GoPro on Thursday unveiled its next-generation action camera, the Hero6.
Powered by GoPro’s custom-designed GP1 processor, the Hero6 is capable of capturing 4K, 60 frames per second and 1080p240 video. It also features “the most advanced video stabilization ever achieved in a GoPro,” the company said.
GoPro also today launched Fusion—a waterproof, mountable 5.2K spherical camera it’s been testing since April—plus new mounts and accessories, and new Follow and Watch modes for its Karma drone.
The Hero6 Black offers “dramatically improved dynamic range and low-light performance,” plus an all-new touch zoom, and three times faster footage transfer to your phone than its predecessors via 5GHz Wi-Fi, GoPro said. It’s waterproof to 33 feet (10m) and compatible with Karma and existing GoPro mounts. You can control it with your voice in 10 languages.
The Hero6 is designed to work with the QuikStories, a feature in the GoPro app that automatically creates short, shareable videos from your footage.
“Hero6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone,” GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said in a statement. “It’s never been easier to live it, then share it… using GoPro.”
The new GP1 processor enables “twice the video frame rates” over previous Hero camera generations, GoPro said. It also advances GoPro’s computer vision and machine learning capabilities, allowing the Hero6 to analyze visual scenes and sensor data for better QuikStories.
The new Fusion virtual reality camera has two lenses: one on the front and another on the back; it captures immersive, 5.2K spherical video and 18MP spherical photos. It’s waterproof to 16 feet (5m) and offers advanced stabilization; 360-degree audio; and a bunch of different modes, including time-lapse video and photo, night lapse, and burst.
It also offers voice control and is compatible with the GoPro app, from which you can play back and share your footage as VR content. A cool new app feature called OverCapture will let you create traditional, fixed-perspective video from your 360-footage, GoPro said.
Fusion is available for pre-order now for $ 699, and is slated to start shipping in November.
Meanwhile, GoPro’s Karma drone is getting two new auto-shot paths: Follow and Watch. The Follow path trails the Karma Controller, framing you in the shot while the new Watch auto-shot path will keep the Controller (and you) in frame while the drone hovers in place.
Finally, GoPro also today announced a new pocket-sized extension pole and tripod called Shorty; an updated floating handgrip with a quick-release mounting feature called The Handler; and the Bike Mount + Floaty, which the company said is “ideal” for point-of-view shots.