It’s a big day for GoPro as they have announced two new camera products, hoping to turn the tide and get their company back on the track they were on a few years ago.
GoPro has officially unveiled its new Hero 6 Black action camera at an event in San Francisco ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season. The Hero 6 also allows you to shoot super-slo-mo videos at 1080p and 240fps. 4K is not the only resolution with a speed increase, the Hero 6 has numerous slow motion features including 2.7K recording at 240 fps and Full HD recording at 240 fps. GoPro says that the Hero 6 Black also comes with superior image stabilization and improved dynamic range for better videos and photos in low lighting conditions. “It’s never been easier to live it, then share it… using GoPro”. This will include the OverCapture feature on the day of launch, so you won’t necessarily have to wait for the app’s update. The new addition to the HERO line uses the new GP1 processor, which is twice as powerful as the one inside the HERO5 Black. This has presented itself as a huge threat to action camera companies such as GoPro and as such, has led to a negative impact on the stock performance. Finally, Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $8.50 target price on shares of GoPro in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Instead of sourcing chips from Ambarella, GoPro has developed its own chip. Taking advantage of machine learning, the Hero6 Black comes with a custom GP1 processor, better video stabilization and image quality.
It’s that improvement that we’re most excited about at Outside.
One of the major differences between the Hero 6 and Hero 5 is the processor. Rest of the key features include support for H.265/HEVC format, 12-megapixel still shots, support for voice commands, a new 5 GHz Wi-Fi chip for faster wireless transfers, waterproofing (up to 10m) and touchscreen activated zoom controls. Just like the earlier generations of the GoPro’s the device offers a 10 language voice control feature. It also features “the most advanced video stabilization ever achieved in a GoPro”, the company said.
The Fusion will be a spherical 360-degree camera that shoots 5.2K footage.
The company has also proposed a solution to the difficulty of editing 360-degree video down to standard size with a feature called OverCapture, which helps you recapture the footage into a fixed perspective video.
Fusion is a spherical capture solution for innovative, envelope-pushing content creators.
You can see the effect in the GoPro video below. This means when you’re in the moment you won’t have to worry as much about framing your shot as you know you can correct this later.
The GoPro Hero6 Black is also fully compatible with the Karma Drone and Karma Grip, which will also receive two new auto-flight path modes.