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by Neal Rogers
September 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Russia court issues arrest warrant for doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov; Sacha Modolo moves from UAE Emirates to EF Education First-Drapac for two years; After six years with Orica-Scott, Jens Keukeleire to Lotto-Soudal for 2018-19; Toms Skujins leaves Cannondale-Drapac, signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo; Davide Martinelli renews contract with Quick-Step Floors for two years; TT world champion Van Vleuten to pursue cyclocross, mountain-bike, and track aspirations; GoPro launches Hero6 Black and Fusion 360; Red Bull Last Stand eliminator criterium returns to Alamo Plaza in San Antonio; Colorado man who shot cyclists with pellet gun faces only misdemeanor charges.
GoPro have released two new high-end action cameras, the Hero6 Black and an all-new 360-degree unit called the Fusion.
Sharing a similar rectangular form to the original Hero, the Hero6 Black (US$500 /AU$750) receives a number of performance enhancements over the previous Hero5 Black, many as a result of a new processor that’s claimed to offer double the power. In addition to improved digital image stabilisation, the Hero6 offers 1080p (Full HD) recording at up to 240fps (ultra slow-mo), and 4K recording at up to 60fps. Dynamic range is said to be improved for better footage in extreme light conditions. Additionally, the WiFi has been upgraded for faster footage transfer to a smartphone.
Otherwise it’s much the same camera as the Hero5 Black, including the rubberised exterior, waterproofing to 10m/33 feet (without an extra housing) and 2-inch touchscreen. It’s available now.
The new Fusion (US$700 / AU$1,000) marks GoPro’s entry into the 360-degree consumer camera market. Capable of producing Virtual Reality-type footage, the Fusion features two lenses (one front, one rear). It’ll record at 5.2K/30fps and is able to automatically remove its own mount from the shot. A feature coming to GoPro’s app called ‘OverCapture’ will let you record in 360, then manually select a subject of the film to focus on and then export non-360-degree Full HD footage. We can see such a feature being useful for Vlog-style recording from the handlebar. This camera is expected out in November.
GoPro’s Karma drone receives a few software updates, including a much-needed ‘Follow Me’ feature. For those seeking the most compact option, the company’s existing Hero5 Session is still the pick.