GoPro Hero 6 Black shoots faster 4K video than your DSLR

Kelley Robertson
September 29, 2017

GoPro's CEO Nick Woodman revealed the new camera today, which already has a major free software update planned for early 2018.

The latest edition of GoPro's original line of cameras comes with a powerful sensor that can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second, or in HD at 240 frames per second. Like the newly-announced Hero 6 Black it has Global Positioning System, an accelerometer, gyroscope and a compass inside and can be voice controlled in 10 languages. The 6, like the 5, is waterproof to 33 feet and has a touch screen and voice control, but its WiFi is three times faster than the 5's. That processor will help set them apart from other action camera manufacturers and allow them to develop custom features. That's a big deal: stabilization has always been the Achilles heel of action cams. "It seems like GoPro's brand is strong enough to at least domestically withstand that onslaught", said Joe Wittine, an analyst at Longbow Research.

GoPro's shares had rallied 34 per cent since the start of the year through Thursday's close, suggesting investors believe cost cuts and updated products have stabilised the San Mateo, California-based company.

It's that improvement that we're most excited about at Outside. It has Global Positioning System, a 2-inch LCD touchscreen on the back, voice controls, and some neat instant-offloading and instant-editing features to help with the inevitable backlog of footage.

The company also provided an update about its 5.2K Fusion 360-degree camera which was seeded with some commercial testers over the summer.

Transferring video from the camera shouldn't take almost as long, either, thanks to new 5G Wi-Fi support (GoPro says users can expect 3X offload speeds).

That brings us to the Fusion.

The new Hero6 camera is compatible with the QuickStories application, which automatically creates short videos from the captured content. The Fusion can shoot up to 5.2K at 30fps and 18mp spherical photos.

Utilizing the OverCapture feature, users will be able to pull traditional HD-quality videos or stills from the overall image. "Watch" is a simpler follow mode where the drone simply hovers in place and rotates to keep the Karma Controller in frame.

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