Best Part of the GoPro Launch is the Software

Sharing the story below from our partner publication, DPMag, not so much for the Hero 6, but the immersive video, and they’re software. If you’ve been paying attention to Sony’s RX0, probably wondering too how are you going to edit the footage? Well, in this case, GoPro oversamples the scene and then you edit in their app by just dragging your finger over the scene and controlling the camera.

So imagine you’re riding a BMX bowl, and the camera’s in the middle, you shoot once and then afterwards just drag to where you want it to crop, from any angle. So you could follow the guy in the bowl and then spin the “camera” around to look at the person behind you, and “pivot” up to watch someone jump over your.

If that sounds complicated, basically they made a good way to turn 3D into useful 2D, and it’s called OverCapture™ GoPro hasn’t released the desktop version yet, but you know we’re not the only ones thinking about combining shots…..

Anyway, read on.

The big news from GoPro is the introduction of the HERO6 Black camera. Also announced at the event are updates to the Karma drone, the official launch of the 5.2K spherical Fusion camera and three new accessories.

The new HERO6 Black features a custom-engineered GP1 processor, 4K60 and 1080p240 video shooting and improved video stabilization—the most advanced in any GoPro camera, says the company—all designed to deliver higher-quality images. Additional enhancements include improved dynamic range and low-light performance, in addition to RAW and HDR photo modes.

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GoPro Bite Mount + Floaty Accessory

The HERO6 Black has a rugged form factor and is waterproof to 33 feet, and when used with the GoPro app, users can share QuikStories short videos from smartphones—three times faster than previous GoPro cameras.

Here’s a look at additional features:

  • All-new Touch Zoom
  • Three times faster offload speeds via 5 GHz WiFi
  • Compatible with the Karma drone and existing GoPro mounts
  • Voice control in 10 languages
  • GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope incorporated
  • WiFi + Bluetooth-compatible
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GoPro Handler accessory

Getting an update is the compact and portable Karma drone. Compatible with the just announced HERO6 Black, the Karma has two new Auto modes: Follow mode follows the Karma Controller, framing the user in the shot, and Watch mode automatically keeps the Controller in frame while hovering in place while rotating.

Max speed is 35 mph, with a maximum distance of up to 9,840 feet and a maximum flight altitude of 10,500 feet. The Karma has a 5-inch screen with 720p screen resolution and 900 nits of screen brightness

Current Karma drone owners can get the new features via a firmware update, available now.

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Also announced is the official release of the 5.2K spherical Fusion cameraOriginally introduced as part of a pilot program, the mountable, waterproof camera is now available globally for creating immersive 5.2K30 and 3K60 spherical video content with 360 audio, as well as 18-megapixel spherical photos. Shooting modes include Time Lapse Video + Photo, Night Lapse and Burst, and the camera has gimbal-like stabilization. A Fusion grip mount is included.

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Among the additional features are:

  • GoPro app-compatible
  • OverCapture allows for traditional video creation from 360 footage
  • Waterproof to 16 feet
  • Works with most GoPro mounts
  • Voice control in 10 languages
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass incorporated
  • WiFi + Bluetooth compatibility

The new accessories introduced at the launch are the Shorty, a pocket-able extension pole/tripod, the updated Handler, a floating handgrip with a quick-release mounting feature, and the Bite Mount + Floaty, a versatile bite mount with a float, ideal for POV shooting.

The HERO6 Black is shipping now for $499 from Amazon. The not-yet-shipping Fusion is priced at $699, and the bundled GoPro and improved Karma is $1,199.

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