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GoPro HERO6 Black Announced – Time to upgrade?

- 7 years ago

The HERO6 Black camera has arrived! During the company’s global launch, today, GoPro also announced updates for 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. 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.

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 an overview of the 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

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 the frame while hovering in place while rotating.

Top 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.

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

GoPro Also announced is the official release of the 5.2K spherical Fusion camera. Originally 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 stabilisation. A Fusion grip mount is included.

Additional features include:

  • 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 during 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.

Pricing & availability:

The GoPro Hero 6 Black is available immediately and comes in at £499. 

See the press release in full below.


Features Custom GP1 Processor, Next-Level Video Stabilisation and 3X Faster QuikStories

Fusion Spherical Camera Launched – A New Era of Creativity Begins

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 Stabilization of 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)

GoPro makes it easy for people to celebrate and share experiences. We believe life is more meaningful when shared. We build cameras, software and accessories that help the world share itself in immersive and exciting ways.

GoPro, HERO, Karma, Quik, QuikStories and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by GoPro is under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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