GoPro just announced the latest incarnation of their flagship Hero line, and it looks like a worthy successor. The GoPro HERO 6 will shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second and slow-motion at 1080p (240 fps) – 10x that of a normal camera, which means you can play back your videos in ultra-slow motion without any skipping, jumping or blurriness. It also boasts of GoPro’s latest in stabilization technology – they describe it as “is beyond anything we’ve been able to accomplish at GoPro” and close to that of a gimbaled stabilizer. That means you’ll be able to bike, swim, run, surf – whatever it is you do – and still get crystal-clear, beautiful video. It accomplishes this by analyzing your footage frame by frame, then cropping it slightly to keep the image centered and drastically reducing shaking in the process – pretty impressive for a built-in device. There is a a 12MP camera, that shoots in both Jpeg and RAW, with GoPro’s Wide Dynamic Range, which and the whole body is waterproof up to 33 feet, so you can adventure anywhere with peace of mind.
Of course, The HERO 6 now includes 5GHz WiFi, and touch-zoom capability. The Wifi lets you connect with your phone and view the footage you took within seconds on the GoPro app. Its voice-command features received upgrades, and all of this is powered by a brand-new processor – the GP1, developed by GoPro themselves. It’s the first time GoPro has built their own chip, which will allow them to continuously innovate and differentiate themselves from other brands.
Overall, the Hero 6 looks like an upgrade worth making. It’s not a total overhaul from generations past, but definitely a step in the right direction. It’s also here right on time for extreme winter sports, like snowboarding and skiing, so if you were looking to upgrade – now’s the time.You can also pair it with their new Karma drone, which looks like a lot of fun.