GoPro aims to impress with new Hero6 Black and Fusion
By Chong Jinn Xiung October 3, 2017
- Takes action camera recording to new heights with smoother 4K and Full HD videos
- GoPro enters the 360-degree camera ring with their Fusion camera
ACTION camera makers GoPro have unveiled their latest addition to its range of sports camera with the introduction of the new top-of-the-line Hero6 Black.
It boasts a new level of performance that includes the ability to capture stunning 4K resolution videos at buttery smooth 60 frames per second and regular Full HD videos at 240 frames per second.
All these new video abilities are packed in a rugged, waterproof (up to 10m in depth) and go-anywhere design without the waterproof housing of old.
GoPro claims to have made improvements to the camera’s dynamic range and low-light performance. In addition, there is a new digital zoom to help you get closer to subjects.
QuikStories is a new feature within the GoPro app that lets Hero6 and Hero5 models seamlessly stitch together stories from videos captured.
The Hero6 Black also has the ability to capture images in RAW format the offers greater flexibility in post-processing and an HDR Photo mode.
The new Hero6 Black is available through GoPro’s authorised distributor FunSportz and other authorised dealers for a retail price of US$567 (RM2,399).
Bringing videos 360-degree around
Apart from the Hero6 Black, GoPro also announced another new camera during its international launch in California the Fusion, a new 360-degree camera that is said to capture an immersive 5.2K resolution experience at 30 frames per second.
The Fusion is perfect for those who want to try filming for Virtual Reality (VR) and other modern filming styles.
The 360-degree footage is, of course, best viewed with VR goggles or a 360-enabled browser.
What is interesting is the GoPro’s OverCapture feature that is built into the GoPro app for desktop, though it will be coming in early 2018 to mobile devices, that allows users to manually select an area they are filming and pick the best angles and export it as a normal full HD video.
This new way of filming practically takes action cameras to the next level with the new Fusion Studio software for desktop computers allowing users to edit 360-degree videos.
GoPro claims the Fusion boasts smooth stabilisation abilities, removing the need for a gimbal and frees creators up to a wealth of different possibilities.
The Fusion also capture audio in full 360-degree direction too so it keeps you immersed in the moment in the footage.
It can also capture 18-Megapixel spherical photos and create time-lapse videos. Apart from that, it has GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass all built-in. Users can also control the Fusion via voice commands.
There is no need for an external casing for the Fusion as it is said to be waterproof down to 5m and has wireless connectivity via WiFi and Bluetooth.
While no official price has been announced for the GoPro Fusion in Malaysia though it is expected to arrive in the first half of 2018, the camera is available for pre-order in the United States at US$700 and is expected to ship by Nov 30.