GoPro is the company that kickstarted the whole action cam industry, so although the market’s since been inundated by a whole swarm of rival brands, when GoPro announces a new camera it’s still big news. And when it announces two cameras not one, it’s bigger still!
GoPro Hero6 Black
The first announcement is the Hero6 Black, a replacement for its ultra-successful Hero5. It doesn’t offer 6K video, as some had hoped, but it does offer 4K video at twice the frame rate, topping out at 60p for super-smooth 4K 2x slow motion.
This is thanks to a new custom-designed GP1 processor, and the extra power also allows full HD 1080 video at speeds up to 240K, which is quite an achievement. The new processor also brings “dramatically improved” dynamic range and low light performance. Other new features include a touch zoom feature and what GoPro describes as its most advanced stabilisation yet.
One of GoPro’s big selling points with the Hero6 Black is its automated QuikStories feature. Footage is transferred automatically to the GoPro App and assembled into ready-to-share videos automatically, complete with music and effects. The Hero6 Black now has 5GHz Wi-Fi, meaning that footage transfers 3x faster. It also has Bluetooth, GPS, an accelerometer and a gyroscope, plus voice control in ten languages.
The Hero6 Black is waterproof to a depth of 10m (30ft) and compatible with Karma and GoPro mounts. It will sell for $499.99
Just as action cams changed the way we film a few years back, 360 cameras could do the same with regular ‘planar’ video, and the GoPro Fusion could be part of that revolution.
It can capture 5.2K 360 video at 30fps, a useful resolution boost over the 4K footage of some rivals becauses those pixels don’t go as far as you think when wrapped around the inside of a 360-degree sphere. If you want slow motion, it can capture 3K video at 60fps.
If you change your mind and wish you’d shot regular ‘flat’ video instead, the GoPro App has an OverCapture feature which can render normal video from your 360 footage.
The Fusion is waterproof down to 5m (16ft) and can be mounted with most GoPro mounts and comes with a Fusion Grip Mount. Other features include Time Lapse Video, plus Photo, Night Lapse and Burst modes. It comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS, an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It will sell for £699.99.