GoPro, the US-based tech firm better known for its action cameras, has introduced the successor of its Hero 5 action camera, which was launched in the US back in September last year and in December in India, the Hero 6. Along with the Hero 6, the company has also introduced its first ever action camera for shooting spherical videos, called as the Fusion. In addition, the GoPro Karma drone gets a couple of new modes.
Three accessories namely the Shorty, The Handler and Bite Mount + Floaty have also been introduced.
GoPro Hero 6
Hero 6’s highlight is the ability to shoot 4K resolution videos at 60 frames per second, something Xiaomi introduced with its YI 4K+ action camera back in January this year. GoPro cameras have been sporting 4K video recording feature for a few generations, but a higher frame rate is a welcome change.
The Hero 6 will be all about slow motion, too, because users will now have the option to shoot in 120 fps when shooting in 2.7K resolution, and 240 fps in 1080p. Some of the other features included in the camera include voice control, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.
The new action camera can shoot in either JPG or RAW image formats using its 12-megapixel lens. It can also take shots in Wide Dynamic Range mode.
The Hero 6 sports a robust and rugged build as the Hero 5. It is also water resistant up to 33 feet. There is a 2-inch LCD touchscreen alongside the GP1 processor. It has been said that the custom processor is made for GoPro devices by Socionext. The processor can capture ‘vibrant’ videos and ‘stunning’ photos.
GoPro Fusion can be called as the company’s first ever 360-degree camera. It can capture videos in 3K and 5.2K resolution videos at 60fps and 30fps. The piece of hardware makes use of the OverCapture feature that is built into the GoPro app. OverCapture lets users shoot full-HD 360-degree videos and show it on 2D screens. These can be used to create ‘tine world’ views, miniature planet and more. The camera shoots 18MP spherical images. It has been added that the GoPro app will be arriving in early 2018 on both the major platforms – Android and iOS.
To make the process of editing 360-degree videos easier, GoPro has introduced Fusion Studio software for the desktop users.
On the design side of things, the Fusion seems to be a bigger version of the Hero 6 but with slight design changes. It has a protruding 180-degree camera on the front and at the back. At the front there is a quick capture button, pressing which starts recording video or taking photos. The monochrome LCD display is also present.
There is another button on the right side to access the modes and highlights. Like in other action cameras, the GoPro Fusion too supports multi-accessory mount underneath it. At the top users get 3 microphones placed in a triangular layout. Waterproof up to 5 meters, the GoPro Fusion is compatible with varied environments.
Besides sporting a GPS, the GoPro Fusion also has the usual array of sensors fitted inside such as an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Like the previous Hero-branded action cameras, it supports voice commands in 10 different languages. This lets users simply call out the camera to shoot videos and images. Users can record videos for up to 80 minutes with 3D audio for better VR viewing experience.
Two new modes for the GoPro Karma Drone
The Karma drone now has two new shooting modes called ‘Follow’ and ‘Watch.’. The ‘Watch’ feature lets the drone shoot users without moving whereas the ‘Follow’ feature lets the drone track the controller while shooting.
GoPro says that the drone will be able to follow the Karma Controller using GPS while users are “on the go, keeping them framed in the shot”. The Karma update brings some other features including an expanded Cable-Cam auto-shot path and ‘Look Up’ camera tilt capability.
Three new accessories
GoPro has brought three new accessories in the market. The first one is called as Shorty, which is an extendable pole and a tripod. The Handler is a floating handgrip with a quick release mounting feature. Bite Mount + Floaty is a camera mount that can be held with the mouth whereas Floaty keeps the action camera afloat.
GoPro Hero 6, Fusion and accessory prices
The star of the show, GoPro Hero 6 costs Rs 45,000 in India while the GoPro Fusion costs $699.99 (roughly Rs 45,700). Fusion is currently not available in India. Shorty costs $39.99 (roughly Rs 2,600), while the Handler and the Bite Mount + Floaty cost $29.99 (roughly Rs 1,900) each.