We’re at GoPro’s global launch event at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The camera maker’s CEO and founder Nick Woodman announced new products—the HERO6 Black and the official launch of the 5.2K spherical Fusion camera, in addition to feature updates to the Karma drone and three new accessories. You can watch the event below.
(In fact, you’ll probably be able to see my head, as I got a front-row seat and am in front of the cameras.)
The media assembled early this morning and headed to the launch event, which is being held inside the planetarium of the California Academy of Sciences (360º coverage, planetarium, get it? Someone on the GoPro PR team should get a bonus for this idea).
Live updates will appear below the livestream video, from oldest to newest during the event, so refresh for updates. Below that you can read about the highlights of the new gear and the official GoPro press release.
And stay tuned to our website and our social-media channels, as we share additional details on the new products.
9:03 – After a 360-degree video introducing the camera, Woodman talked about the GoPro product line being a celebration of our life, right now.
Footage is stabilized automatically “so you can relive the movement just as you remember it.”
Fusion, says Woodman, isn’t just a VR camera. They use OverCapture to capture a 360-degree view and then select angles after you capture it.
“This is where cameras are headed. You shouldn’t have to point your camera,” says Woodman, you should just be able to capture it.
9:07 – Angel View allows the camera to be mounted and record “as if an angel” were floating above you, with the mount design hiding the pole holding the device.
Pano Flow allows for smooth video panoramas.
Little Planet creates a small video that looks like you’re photographing The Little Prince.
9:10 – Showing off the OverCapture feature, Woodman is displaying a video shot by a skateboarder who put the camera in the middle of a skateboard bowl, started recording and then used the OverCapture feature to edit THE FOOTAGE as if a cinematographer had been following him.
9:12 QuikStory is a feature that allows footage to be quickly made into an edited movie, without any additional work. Working much like automatic tools on photo tools like those from Apple, Google and Facebook.
9:14 – Karma is getting new features, including the ability to capture footage *above* it. The camera doesn’t capture the blades of the GoPro and the video they’re showing off looks like gimbal work, with the Karma flying under a row of palm trees.
9:16 – “Hey,” says Woodman. “What if we wanted to add new features to the Hero?” The camera would need a whole new processor, and Woodman enthusiastically launched into a display of footage shot on the new Hero 6.
If you get a chance to look at GoPro footage from a planetarium, I highly recommend it. While the domed surface has some limitations in image quality, it’s a great way to see your footage of kids riding bikes. 🙂
There are some super-crisp shots here, and some that are displaying some artifacts. I’m assuming the ones with artifacting were shot wide and cropped, or perhaps the projector just has issues with certain types of movement. The majority of the footage is breathtaking.
This screen is IMAX-like in it’s overall dimension, and much of this footage could be B or C camera work on a movie and A or B camera work on TV production.
“The Hero 6 is the best of everything GoPro,” says Woodman. It has better resolution, and faster WiFi transfer (up to three times faster). The GP1 processor that is at the heart of the GoPro Hero 6 gives 4K 60p and 1080 240p.
The camera can detect faces and use audio detection, plus GPS and the accelerometer to improve footage in the QuikStory mode.
9:20 – The Hero 6 is shipping now for $499. The Fusion is $699, and the bundled GoPro and improved Karma is $1,199.
9:25 – Woodman thanks the crowd and leaves the stage.
The new HERO6 Black features a custom-engineered GP1 processor, 4K60 and 1080p240 video capability and improved video stabilization—the most advanced in any GoPro camera, reports the company—all designed to deliver higher-quality images, faster. Additional improvements include better dynamic range and low-light performance, plus RAW and HDR photo modes.
The camera is rugged and waterproof to 33 feet, and when used in conjunction with the GoPro app, users can share their QuikStories short videos from smartphones—three times faster than previous GoPros.
Here’s a snapshot of 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
The 5.2K spherical Fusion camera was originally introduced as part of a pilot program, and now the Fusion is available for the masses 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.
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 mount feature, and the Bite Mount + Floaty, a versatile bite mount with a float, ideal for POV shooting.
Compatible with the HERO6 Black, the Karma drone 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.
The Karma’s max speed is 35 mph, with a max distance of up to 9,840 feet and a max flight altitude of 10,500 feet. It 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. The bundled GoPro and improved Karma is $1,199.
See the initial press release below.
WITH HERO6, GOPRO SETS NEW BAR FOR IMAGE QUALITY, STABILIZATION AND SIMPLICITY
Features Custom GP1 Processor, Next-Level Video Stabilization and 3X Faster QuikStories
Fusion Spherical Camera Launched – A New Era of Creativity Begins
SAN MATEO, Calif., (September 28, 2017) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today unveiled HERO6 Black, the most powerful and convenient GoPro, yet. Powered by GoPro’s custom-designed GP1 processor, HERO6 achieves an entirely new level of performance including stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video and the most advanced video stabilization ever achieved in a GoPro. GoPro also launched Fusion, its bar-setting waterproof, mountable 5.2K spherical camera. Additionally, GoPro introduced new mounts and accessories plus a new Follow mode for its Karma drone.
“HERO6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone,” said Woodman. “It’s never been easier to live it, then share it…using a GoPro.”
With stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video packed into a rugged, waterproof, go-anywhere design, HERO6 Black and the GoPro App automatically transform your adventures into cinematic QuikStory videos you can share with the world. HERO6 also has dramatically improved dynamic range and low-light performance to really make things pop, and an added digital zoom just to get crazy.
- Powered by GoPro’s Custom-Designed GP1 Processor
- 4K60 and 1080p240 Video
- QuikStories Enabled, GoPro App Compatible
- Most Advanced Stabilizationof any HERO camera
- All-New Touch Zoom
- 3x Faster Offload Speeds via 5GHz Wi-Fi
- Waterproof to 33 Feet (10m)
- Compatible with Karma and Existing GoPro Mounts
- Improved Dynamic Range and Low-Light Performance
- RAW and HDR Photo Modes
- Voice Control in 10 Languages
- GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
- WiFi + Bluetooth
Developed from the ground up to maximize a GoPro’s capabilities, GP1 enables twice the video frame rates, improved image quality, dynamic range, low-light performance and dramatically improved video stabilization over previous HERO camera generations. Importantly, GP1 automates all of these benefits, allowing users to capture vibrant videos and stunning photos without messing around with complex image settings. GP1 also advances GoPro’s capabilities in computer vision and machine learning, enabling HERO6 to analyze visual scenes and sensor data for improved automated QuikStories.
QuikStories is an app feature that makes it easy to share short videos of your adventures. HERO6 is optimized for QuikStories with 3X faster WiFi. This means your footage will rapidly transfer from your GoPro to your phone where the GoPro App will automatically create QuikStory videos for you.
With its ability to capture immersive 5.2K spherical content, GoPro Fusion marks the beginning of a new creative era. Fusion captures everything around you so you’ll never miss the shot, and gimbal-like stabilization makes it all shockingly smooth. Use the GoPro App to play back and share your footage as VR content or use the app’s OverCapture™ feature to recapture and share your spherical shot as a traditional fixed perspective video.
- 2K30 and 3K60 Spherical Video
- 18MP Spherical Photo
- GoPro App Compatible
- OverCapture Allows for Traditional Video Creation from 360 Footage
- Advanced Stabilization
- 360 Audio
- Waterproof to 16ft (5m)
- Time Lapse Video + Photo, Night Lapse and Burst Modes
- Works with Most GoPro Mounts
- Includes Fusion Grip Mount
- Voice Control in 10 Languages
- GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass
- WiFi + Bluetooth
KARMA – Take the Lead. Karma will tag along
Karma is ready for HERO6 Black and features two new auto-shot paths: Follow and Watch. Using GPS, Karma can now automatically follow the Karma Controller while you’re on the go, keeping you framed in the shot. The Watch auto-shot path will keep Karma hovering in place while it rotates, keeping the Karma Controller in frame wherever it goes. Other new Karma updates include an expanded Cable-Cam auto-shot path and “Look Up” camera tilt capability.
- Now HERO6 Black compatible
- Follow – Follows the Karma Controller, framing you in the shot
- Watch – Automatically keeps the Karma Controller in frame while hovering in place
- Cable Cam – Set up to 10 waypoints for more complex shots
- Look Up Tilt – Allows camera to tilt upwards to look above the horizon
Current Karma owners may unlock new features via firmware update, available today.
Additional New Products
- Shorty – The ultimate pocket-able extension pole and tripod, perfect for any activity.
- The Handler – An updated floating handgrip with a quick-release mounting feature.
- Bite Mount + Floaty – A versatile bite mount with an easy-to-spot float, ideal for POV.
Learn more about GoPro’s new mounts and accessories HERE.
About GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO)
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