GoPro unveils latest Hero6 with 360-degree camera for virtual reality video

  • GoPro unveils latest Hero6 with 360-degree camera for virtual reality video

GoPro unveils latest Hero6 with 360-degree camera for virtual reality video

Powered by GoPro's custom-designed GP1 processor, the Hero6 is capable of capturing 4K, 60 frames per second and 1080p240 video. 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.

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.

Action-camera maker GoPro ( GPRO ) on Thursday announced two new cameras for the holiday shopping season: a new flagship model and the company's first 360-degree camera for taking videos that can be played back on virtual-reality headsets.

The camera looks like an outsized version of the company's rectangular Hero cameras, making it compatible with numerous mounts that GoPro has made over the years. The former follows you - or whoever is holding the drone controller - around to capture footage. GoPro has suffered in the last two holiday shopping seasons, after Woodman admitted to a poor pricing decision on the Hero 4 in 2015 and the company faced production issues with new products past year. 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.

Naturally both cameras include Global Positioning System, an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass plus Wi-Fi + Bluetooth. It also advances GoPro's computer vision and machine learning capabilities, allowing the Hero6 to analyze visual scenes and sensor data for better QuikStories. Let's get right into it and start with the GoPro Hero 6 Black, which is shipping today. It's waterproof to 16 feet (5m) and offers advanced stabilization; 360-degree audio; and a bunch of different modes, including time-lapse video and photo, night lapse, and burst. (High-end editing software uses a very similar process.) The resulting footage should look similar to what you'd get if you strapped an older GoPro to their stabilized Karma grip.

The Fusion sells for $699 and ships in November.

GoPro's OverCapture feature will enable users to recapture and share their footage in a conventional fixed perspective video.

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

GoPro stock fell 1.8% to 11.48 on the stock market today.