Friday, September 29, 2017

GoPro Hero 6 and GoPro Fusion 360 unveiled

The action camera market has seen a relative boom during the past few years . Although much of the success can be attributed to Chinese brands like Xiaomi's Yi,  SJcam  (and hundreds of GoPro knockoff brands ) . The main player is still GoPro and therefore their latest announcement is important not only from a company standpoint , but also as a major driving force in the industry .

The Hero 6 improves on the Hero 5 in many areas,but the design and core functionality has not changed .Therefore the Hero6 is a faster Hero 5 with the major changes being The new 4K 60fps , the new quickstories function and the faster wifi plus GoPro's custom image processor .While these features are expected of a high end action camera ,the Hero6's success will mostly depend on how well the 4k/60fps holds up against the new wave of high end smartphones which can do just that . But so far the  preliminary round of  videos shot on the new camera does point out that the Hero6 will indeed be a hit .

The Fusion on the other hand is probably the unsung hero of the whole event . With its 360 video and good stitching from both camera sensors , the device will certainly fill the camerabags of hobbyist and mid level videographers who might need a (VR) broadcast quality video  recorder for under a thousand bucks .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Press Release 

With HERO6, GoPro Sets New Bar For Image Quality, Stabilization And Simplicity

Features Custom GP1 Processor, Next-Level Video Stabilization and 3X Faster QuikStories
Fusion Spherical Camera Launched - A New Era of Creativity Begins

SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today unveiled HERO6 Black, the most powerful and convenient GoPro, yet. Powered by GoPro's custom-designed GP1 processor, HERO6 achieves an entirely new level of performance including stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video and the most advanced video stabilization ever achieved in a GoPro.

GoPro also launched Fusion, its bar-setting waterproof, mountable 5.2K spherical camera. Additionally, GoPro introduced new mounts and accessories plus a new Follow mode for its Karma drone.

GoPro's founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, introduced the HERO6 Black and Fusion cameras to an international audience at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California.

"HERO6's next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone," said Woodman. "It's never been easier to live it, then share it...using a GoPro."

HERO6 BLACK – $499.99

With stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video packed into a rugged, waterproof, go-anywhere design, HERO6 Black and the GoPro App automatically transform your adventures into cinematic QuikStory videos you can share with the world. HERO6 also has dramatically improved dynamic range and low-light performance to really make things pop, and an added digital zoom just to get crazy.

*Powered by GoPro's Custom-Designed GP1 Processor
*4K60 and 1080p240 Video
*QuikStories Enabled, GoPro App Compatible
*Most Advanced Stabilization of any HERO camera
*All-New Touch Zoom
*3x Faster Offload Speeds via 5GHz Wi-Fi
*Waterproof to 33 Feet (10m)
*Compatible with Karma and Existing GoPro Mounts
*Improved Dynamic Range and Low-Light Performance
*RAW and HDR Photo Modes
*Voice Control in 10 Languages
*GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
*WiFi + Bluetooth

Developed from the ground up to maximize a GoPro's capabilities, GP1 enables twice the video frame rates, improved image quality, dynamic range, low-light performance and dramatically improved video stabilization over previous HERO camera generations. Importantly, GP1 automates all of these benefits, allowing users to capture vibrant videos and stunning photos without messing around with complex image settings. GP1 also advances GoPro's capabilities in computer vision and machine learning, enabling HERO6 to analyze visual scenes and sensor data for improved automated QuikStories.

HERO6 Black is now available on and at select retailers worldwide.

QuikStories is an app feature that makes it easy to share short videos of your adventures. HERO6 is optimized for QuikStories with 3X faster Wi-Fi. This means your footage will rapidly transfer from your GoPro to your phone where the GoPro App will automatically create QuikStory videos for you.

FUSION – $699.99

With its ability to capture immersive 5.2K spherical content, GoPro Fusion marks the beginning of a new creative era. Fusion captures everything around you so you'll never miss the shot, and gimbal-like stabilization makes it all shockingly smooth. Use the GoPro App to play back and share your footage as VR content or use the app's OverCapture™ feature to recapture and share your spherical shot as a traditional fixed perspective video.

*5.2K30 and 3K60 Spherical Video
*18MP Spherical Photo
*GoPro App Compatible
*OverCapture Allows for Traditional Video Creation from 360 Footage
*Advanced Stabilization
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
*Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

KARMA – Take the Lead. Karma will tag along
Karma is ready for HERO6 Black and features two new auto-shot paths: 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. The Watch auto-shot path will keep Karma hovering in place while it rotates, keeping the Karma Controller in frame wherever it goes. Other new Karma updates include an expanded Cable-Cam auto-shot path and "Look Up" camera tilt capability.

*Now HERO6 Black compatible
*Follow - Follows the Karma Controller, framing you in the shot
*Watch – Automatically keeps the Karma Controller in frame while hovering in place
*Cable Cam – Set up to 10 waypoints for more complex shots
*Look Up Tilt – Allows camera to tilt upwards to look above the horizon
*Current Karma owners may unlock new features via firmware update, available today.

Additional New Products


The ultimate pocket-able extension pole and tripod, perfect for any activity.

The Handler 

An updated floating handgrip with a quick-release mounting feature.

Bite Mount + Floaty 

A versatile bite mount with an easy-to-spot float, ideal for POV.

About GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO)

GoPro makes it easy for people to celebrate and share experiences. We believe life is more meaningful when shared. We build cameras, software and accessories that help the world share itself in immersive and exciting ways.

GoPro, HERO, Karma, Quik, QuikStories and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by GoPro is under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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