GoPro Debuts Hero6 Black and Fusion
29 September 2017 | Category: Motion
GoPro has ended months of speculation and officially launched the HERO6 Black, introducing its new flagship action camera that it’s calling its ‘most powerful and convenient’ camera yet, alongside the Fusion, giving you totally spherical footage. Chief among the Hero6 Black’s new features is a GP1 processor, designed and manufactured by GoPro itself, marking a break from the Ambarella processors the company has used in the past. GoPro’s custom-designed GP1 processor enables the Hero6 to now shoot 4K video at 60fps and 1080p video at 240fps for ultra slow motion sequences. What’s more, GoPro says the GP1 chip gives the Hero6 Black the most advanced video stabilization ever achieved in a GoPro camera. In particular, GoPro says the new GP1 automates all of these benefits, allowing users to capture videos and images without having to fiddle around excessively with complex image settings. GoPro says the GP1 processor also advances the camera’s capabilities in computer vision and machine learning, meaning the Hero6 Black can also now analyse visual scenes and sensor data for better automated QuikStories videos.
The new action camera comes equipped with GoPro’s QuikStories app, which automatically generates shareable video clips from your day’s images and video files once connected, and it’s also compatible with the existing Karma and other GoPro mounts. GoPro says users of the Hero6 Black will get more from this QuikStories feature because the action camera offers 3x faster WiFi than its predecessor. This means your footage should transfer from your GoPro to your phone much quicker, and the GoPro App will automatically create QuikStory videos for you to share straightaway.
Touch Zoom, Dynamic Range
Interestingly, GoPro has also introduced a new Touch Zoom feature, allowing Hero6 Black users the opportunity to zoom digitally closer into their scenes. GoPro says it has also dramatically improved the Hero6 Black’s dynamic range and low-light capabilities. Other features include built-in GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope functionality, as well as RAW and HDR photo modes. The GoPro Hero6 Black is also WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled, and waterproof to depths of 33 feet (10 metres). The GoPro Hero6 Black is priced £499 here in the UK, and is available for purchase now. As always, though, a more economical way of testing a camera’s capabilities for what you want it to do is to hire it first and put it through its paces on one of your shoots.
GoPro also announced its first 360 camera, revealing the GoPro Fusion which can capture immersive 5.2K spherical videos. Most interesting among the Fusion’s feature set is its OverCapture functionality. This allows users to capture 360 spherical video and then later on choose their favourite perspective to break out and save in a normal video format.
GoPro says the Fusion also offers gimbal-like stabilization and is compatible with the GoPro App to play back and share your footage as VR content. Other features of the GoPro Fusion include:
5.2K30 and 3K60 Spherical Video
18MP Spherical Photo
GoPro App Compatible
OverCapture Allows for Traditional Video Creation from 360 Footage
360 Audio · Waterproof to 16ft (5m)
Time Lapse Video + Photo, Night Lapse and Burst Modes
Works with Most GoPro Mounts
Includes Fusion Grip Mount
Voice Control in 10 Languages
GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass
WiFi + Bluetooth
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