GoPro announced the advanced Hero6 Black and Fusion, the first 360-degree camera

September 29, 2017

GoPro announced the advanced Hero6 Black and Fusion, the first 360-degree camera

Good news for all the snowboarding fans! When you head out on your first snowboarding adventure this winter, you will be able to strap a brand new GoPro action camera to your helmet before you start your snowboarding action.

Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced the release of its two new cameras at a San Francisco media event yesterday. The Hero 6 Black is visually identical to its predecessor but offers better technology.

In addition to the GoPro HERO6 Black, the market leader for action cameras has also introduced the new GoPro FUSION, the real star launched for this season. With the launch of the FUSION, GoPro immerses itself into the world of action cameras capable of recording in 360º.

GoPro Hero 6 Black

The new Hero 6 Black comes in the same housing as the Hero 5 Black. This is also good, after all, the manufacturer had only changed this at the last model and adapted the new accessories including drone to this format. Thus, the Hero 6 Black is also waterproof up to ten meters.

Inside, however, a lot has happened: the new heart of the GoPro-Action camera is a specially developed processor. The GP1 is intended to ensure that you can now record with more frames per second, but it also improves the picture quality. This is especially evident in the dynamic range and in the case of recordings with little light. In addition, according to GoPro, scenes, and settings are analyzed better to their content, in order to create more beautiful automatic videos, the so-called "QuickStories". These are created in the GoPro app on your smartphone. The calculated image stabilization is now so well due to the presence of GP1, that even without a gimbal the camera record quite steady. The data transmission with the new Hero 6 Black from the camera to your smartphone is to be three times faster than before.

You can now record 4K videos (3840 x 2160 pixels) with 60 instead of 30 frames per second. Also, the slow motion has been improved: with the full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) you shoot videos with up to 240 instead of 120 frames per second. This results in a slowdown that is ten times slower than real-time.

Here is an overview of the official technical specifications:

  • Specially designed GP1 processor
  • 4K video with up to 60 fps and full HD video with up to 240 fps
  • The camera captures photos with 12 megapixels and HDR
  • Better image stabilization
  • Digital Zoom
  • Improved dynamic range, improved recording in low light
  • RAW and HDR recordings are possible
  • 3 times faster data transmission from the camera in 5GHz WLAN
  • Waterproof up to ten meters
  • Compatible with the GoPro Karma drone, the Karma Grip, and other GoPro mounts
  • Voice control in ten languages
  • GPS, Acceleration Sensor and Gyroscope
  • WLAN, Bluetooth

The new Hero 6 Black is now available for $500.

The 360-degree camera Fusion comes in November

Already in April this year, GoPro presented its first 360-degree camera. The GoPro Fusion allows spherical recordings for the first time, which are then mounted to 360-degree videos or photos. The recordings can also be played in the app in such a way that they look spherical like a world globe.

The GoPro Fusion sensors record video in 5.2K at 30 frames per second, or in 3K at 60 frames per second. You can either use the videos as content for your VR headset or use the "OverCapture" function to dynamically select a perspective and post or record the recording as a normal video. This particular mode will be updated by the beginning of 2018.

Here are the technical specifications of the new GoPro Fusion camera:

  • Spherical videos in 5.2K quality (30 frames per second) or 3K quality (60 frames per second)
  • 18-megapixel resolution for spherical photos
  • Compatible with the GoPro app
  • "OverCapture" feature cuts a traditional video with only one perspective from the 360-degree material
  • Improved image stabilization
  • 360-degree audio
  • Water-resistant to five meters
  • Compatible with most GoPro mounts
  • Supplied with the Fusion Grip Mount (hand-held)
  • Voice control in more than ten languages
  • GPS, Acceleration Sensor, Gyroscope, and Compass
  • WLAN, Bluetooth

Now the GoPro Fusion also has an approximate release date: In November, it comes on the market. You can preorder it now for $699.