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GoPro enters the VR game with Fusion 360-degree camera

28 September 2017

GoPro on Thursday unveiled its next-generation action camera, the Hero6.

The new camera still shoots 12-megapixel photos, in JPG or RAW, and GoPro's Wide Dynamic Range mode.

The most notable updates in the Hero 6 are UHD 4K 2160/60p video, up from 30p, and 240fps fps capture in HD, up from 120fps. It also comes with enhanced video stabilization, a built-in zoom that can be controlled from the touch screen, and packs 5Ghz for faster video offloads.

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GoPro says the Fusion is waterproof, has the same voice controls as other GoPro cameras, and boasts impressive video stabilisation.

"Hero 6 is the very best of everything GoPro". Woodman said that the company developed its own processor, dubbed the GP1, to make the camera's advanced image stabilization possible. The only details unknown prior to the announcement were pricing and availability: It's shipping now for $499, £500 or AU$750.

This is a fully mountable and waterproof camera (to a depth of 5m) capable of capturing 5.2K resolution video at 30 fps, or 3K content at 60 fps (or indeed 18MP spherical photos).

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GoPro's CEO Nick Woodman revealed the new camera today, which already has a major free software update planned for early 2018. It will also feature the more standard effects such as tiny planet and slow-mo.

GoPro's OverCapture feature will enable users to recapture and share their footage in a conventional fixed perspective video. For GoPro to really turn the corner, it will need more than just one 360-degree camera, which is now available for pre-order for $700 (it will officially be out in November).

Meanwhile, GoPro's Karma drone is getting two new auto-shot paths: Follow and Watch.

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Finally, GoPro also today announced a new pocket-sized extension pole and tripod called Shorty; an updated floating handgrip with a quick-release mounting feature called The Handler; and the Bike Mount + Floaty, which the company said is "ideal" for point-of-view shots. With "Watch", the drone will hover in place while ensuring that the Karma controller remains in-frame, "Follow" predictably chases after the controller so it an capture your high-speed antics.

GoPro enters the VR game with Fusion 360-degree camera