GoPro Launches HERO6, More on Fusion 360, and the Karma Drone Gets Smarter

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

I received an email a few weeks ago from GoPro, asking me to come to San Francisco for a special event. And right then and there, I knew, the HERO6 is here! And it’s the most power HERO camera yet.

“HERO6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone. It’s never been easier to live it, then share it…using a GoPro.” – Nick Woodman, CEO GoPro

HERO6What makes the next generation GoPro Hero so powerful? GoPro has custom designed their own processor to get the job done. Known as the GP1, this new image processor gives the Hero 6 the ability to record 4K at 60 fps and up to 240 fps in 1080p, making it ideal for those cool slow motion tail grabs on the slopes.

Not only that, but the GP1 also gives the Hero 6 twice the video frame rates, improved low light performance, and GoPro has upgraded the image stabilization for video to improve the image quality while the camera is in motion. The HERO6’s dynamic range has also been expanded to capture more detail in light and shadow, and GoPro also added a digital zoom option so that shooters can shoot wide in 4K, and then zoom in for a secondary camera angle.

But the best part of the GP1 is that it eliminates the need to navigate through that old clumsy menu system that has plauged the Hero line since the very beginning. Through the use of machine learning, the GP1 analyzes each scene through the sensor metadata and automatically sets the best image settings so all you need to do is hit record. Then, thanks to WiFi transfer speeds that are three times faster than the pervious model, QuikStories can craft a custom video and still image presenation and upload it via your smartphone within minutes.

Other specs of the GoPro hero 6 include:

  • 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
  • Control in 10 Languages
  • GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • WiFi + Bluetooth

Now granted, the HERO6 is essentially a dot upgrade which adds a few new features and incrementally beefs of the Hero’s performance to the next level, but the GP1 is an important new step for GoPro, future proofing the HERO platform as it looks over the horizon. So I’d say it’s a solid dot upgrade that may make shooters consider upgrading.

Fusion

Meanwhile, in the world of 360° video, GoPro has tweaked their new Fusion 360 to be even more capable than when it was announced a few months ago. The Fusion is capable of capturing spherical image content in the round at 5.7K.

Additionally, thanks to GoPro’s new OverCapture feature, users can essentially “punch out” a 2D scene from anywhere within the 360° spectrum for a flat image scene. That means the Fusion is essentially several cameras in once when you use the GoPro Studio workflow. Nice!

Other specs include:

  • 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
  • WiFi + Bluetooth

gopro-karmaThe GoPro Karma is getting smarter. GoPro’s premiere drone isn’t the next generation Karma 2 that we were hoping for but the firmware update, adds some important auto shot path modes including Follow, Watch and Cable Cam gets expanded.

With Follow, the Karma will now keep the Karma controller (aka the user) framed in shot while moving, while Watch will keep the Karma hovering on station while it rotates and keeps the controller in frame as it moves. Cablecam gets expanded with auto shot waypoints, and Karma also has a look up mode for camera tilt.

Other new features include:

  • 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

The best part is, that the firmware update is available today to all Karma owners, making their drone essentially a brand new UAV.

Rounding out today’s product announcement were new GoPro mounts including the Shorty pocket extension pole and tripod, the Handler, a floating hendgrip with quck release mount, and the Bit Mount with a Floaty option.

But what was missing from today’s Fall lineup was a HERO6 Session, making me wonder if GoPro’s ultra compact cubic camera has been sunsetted as the company streamlines it’s product lines in order to focus on boosting it’s sales lines.

About Heath McKnight 15 Articles
Former Editor-in-Chief and Writer at doddleNEWS, from April 2012 to December 2017. Heath helped grow doddleNEWS into an industry-leading filmmaking news, reviews, and education site. He's been a news editor and writer for over 15 years, and a producer/director/editor in film and video for over 24 years. He's written for TopTenREVIEWS, Digital Media Net, Videomaker, MovieMaker, MacWorld, and other sites and magazines.

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