GoPro Unveils Hero6, Launches Fusion Spherical Camera


Now we have availability and pricing details for you, thanks to an event in San Francisco today.

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.

Powered by GoPro's custom-designed GP1 processor, the Hero6 is capable of capturing 4K, 60 frames per second and 1080p240 video.

GoPro's drone, unveiled in the summer of 2016, recalled in the fall, and re-released this spring, received mixed reviews and has since been surpassed technologically by some of its competitors.

The camera looks like an outsized version of the company's rectangular Hero cameras, making it compatible with numerous mounts that GoPro has made over the years. We know the iPhone 8 already shoots the same 240 fps, but action cams like the GoPro, which you can strap to your chest or helmet, are better at capturing this kind of slo-mo footage, and we can't wait to see what users do with it.

GoPro is also including new Fusion Studio software for desktop computers to bolster the 360-editing process. It also has Wi-Fi, the standardised GoPro mounting system for attaching accessories, and works with the GoPro smartphone app.

In fairness, this isn't a completely new feature, the Insta360 One has a similar feature, which it calls FreeCapture.

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Transferring video from the camera shouldn't take almost as long, either, thanks to new 5G Wi-Fi support (GoPro says users can expect 3X offload speeds). It also advances GoPro's computer vision and machine learning capabilities, allowing the Hero6 to analyze visual scenes and sensor data for better QuikStories. Hero6, which is also waterproof, is now available on GoPro's website for $499, $100 more than Hero5.

The Fusion's specs are impressive: Its six onboard cameras can capture VR and non-VR in 5.2K resolution, with 360-degree audio. Similar to the Hero 5, the Hero 6 can record 12-megapixel still images in JPEG and RAW files, the Hero 6 is waterproof, has Global Positioning System and 2-inch touchscreen.

Utilizing the OverCapture feature, users will be able to pull traditional HD-quality videos or stills from the overall image.

The Fusion camera is available for preorder for $699.99 and starts shipping in November.

Lastly, GoPro announced it updated its Karma video drone with two auto-shot features called Follow and Watch.

Using GPS, Karma can now automatically follow the Karma Controller while you're on the go, keeping you framed in the shot.

GoPro stock fell 1.8% to 11.48 on the stock market today.