GoPro has traditionally upgraded its flagship Hero camera line each September, and the company continues that pattern with the release of the Hero 6, which comes a year after the last major update, the Hero5.
Powered by GoPro’s custom-designed GP1 processor, the Hero6 is capable of capturing 4K, 60 frames per second and 1080p240 video. It also features “the most advanced video stabilization ever achieved in a GoPro,” the company said.
Thanks to the GP1 chip, the Hero6 Black shoots twice the video frame rates of the previous generation Hero5 line, as well as better dynamic range, low-light performance, and video stabilization.
The camera features technology such as higher computer vision and machine learning functionality, which allows the device to generate automated films, easier than ever, based on footage from the Hero6. Known as Quick Stories, the GoPro app-based tool is meant to automatically and quickly compose the films and transfer them from the camera to the smartphone-based app.
Interestingly, while GoPro did upgrade its flagship Hero line, it didn’t announce a new version of its smaller, less expensive Session camera. It’s not clear if the company plans on doing so in the future. The Hero6 is available now and costs $499 USD, or $649 CAD on Amazon.ca.