GoPro today announced the release of the GoPro HERO6 Black action camera, as well as the GoPro Fusion spherical video camera, a few new mounts and updates to the GoPro Karma Drone.
The new HERO6 Black will use GoPro’s GP1 processor to deliver 4K recording at up to 60 frames per second and full HD video at up to 240 frames per second. The new action cam will also feature what GoPro calls their most advanced video stabilization ever.
“HERO6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone,” said GoPro CEO Nick Woodman. “It’s never been easier to live it, then share it… using a GoPro.”
It’s interesting to note that Woodman here positions this new camera almost as an accessory to your smartphone. Emphasized in this release is easy, automated sharing. Key to this are the computer vision and machine learning capabilities of the GP1 processor. Paired with the GoPro App, the HERO6 uses GoPro’s brand new GP1 processor to analyze scenes and sensor data to create better automated QuikStories, reducing the need to edit your footage before sharing it online. Complementing this, offload speeds are said to be increased by three times over Wi-Fi so videos can be shared faster.
The new GP1 processor also promises improved image quality, broader dynamic range and better low-light performance — a long-time weakness for the HERO series. RAW and HDR photo modes will be included as well. Additionally, GoPro claims the HERO6 will offer dramatically improved image stabilization over previous generations.
The HERO6 maintains the rugged, waterproof design of the HERO5. It’s waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters) and is compatible with Karma and existing GoPro mounts. Like the HERO5, the HERO6 features voice control in 10 languages and is outfitted with GPS, an accelerometer and a gyroscope as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The rear LCD screen is touch enabled with a new Touch Zoom feature.
Also announced today is the GoPro Fusion, a waterproof, mountable spherical video camera capable of capturing 5.2K video in 360-degrees. At the same time, GoPro showed off new mounting accessories — Shorty, The Handler, and Bite Mount + Floaty — as well as an update for their Karma drone that adds HERO6 compatibility as well as Follow, Watch, Cable Cam and Look Up Tilt modes to it’s list of features. Current Kama owners can unlock these features now with a firmware update.
The GoPro HERO6 Black is available now for $499. You can also buy the HERO 6 bundled with Karma for $1,199, or get the Karma alone for $799. Fusion is available for pre-order for $699 and will begin shipping in November. For complete details on today’s announcements, visit gopro.com.