September 28, 2017
Today, GoPro announced two new pieces of hardware, GoPro Fusion and GoPro Hero 6, to their camera lineup and several software updates to the existing tech. The biggest news out of today’s event was the confirmation and release date of GoPro’s virtual reality/360-degree camera dubbed the Fusion.
Teased since CES in 2016, the Fusion builds upon the success of their existing cameras and has a few minor changes from the existing 360 camera lineup on the market. In addition to the Fusion, GoPro also announced the new Hero 6 camera with updated specs across the board. The company also announced several software updates, most of which are for the new Fusion VR camera; however, one in particular will apply to most current-gen cameras in their lineup.
VR Camera: GoPro Fusion
GoPro is officially entering the world of virtual reality and 360-degree footage with the GoPro Fusion. The upcoming camera is said to produce 5.2K video at 30 frames per second, which will beat out the more popular 4K offerings from Samsung and Nikon. Although they have yet to fully detail the specs it will feature dual, off-set cameras for better stitching, built in stabilization, waterproofed up to 16 feet of water, and can be activated with voice commands.
Besides the 5.2K capture quality, the Fusion will also include a feature called Overcapture. Overcapture will allow users to capture stills, photo bursts, and regular video from the existing footage that is captured in 360-degrees. The feature will also allow you to make it look like a pro videographer is traveling behind/around the subject when used as a stationary camera. During the announcement GoPro had a skater roll past the Fusion, then edit the shot to just follow behind where they were traveling. For now it looks like Overcapture edits will be done through the GoPro app; however, they will be launching the Fusion Studio that will connect in with After Effects and Adobe Premiere.
Angel View on the other hand is designed for even cleaner action shots. While most VR cameras include some odd spots of a tripod or extension pole, Angel View is designed to hide the included grip. While some other VR cameras include a version of it, GoPro Fusion will also allow you to have a Timeshift effect that appears to freeze and rotate around the subject area (sort of like the Matrix, but not exactly), and something called Panoview for increased stabilization in a panoramic sweeping motion. It will also feature the more standard effects such as tiny planet and slow-mo.
- Offset lenses for better switching (dual)
- Stabilization built in
- 5.2K video at 30 FPS
The Fusion will be available in November and cost $699, but preorders are now open. It will also include the Fusion Grip, which is a tripod/selfie stick.
GoPro Hero 6 Black
In addition to the new VR camera, the camera company announced the GoPro Hero 6 with a brand new processor dubbed the GP1. Building upon their flagship line of cameras, the Hero 6 will include improved stabilization (2x), improved dynamic range and low light capture, beefed up wifi for faster data transfers, 4K capture at 60 frames per second or 1080P at 240 frames per second, touch to zoom, and voice commands.
In addition to improved specs, GoPro also announced a new software feature called QuikStories. The new feature will automatically import photos and video into the GoPro app, automatically edit the footage together, and in turn produce an easily sharable moment. QuikStories will be made available in a free update in 2018.
The GoPro Hero 6 is now available and cost $499.
GoPro COO CJ Prober will be speaking at Innovate Celebrate 2017 in San Francisco. Read his speaker announcement here on TechCo
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