Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Great New Stuff -

If there’s one com­pany that needs a win, it’s Go­pro. The brand is syn­ony­mous with the per­sonal video rev­o­lu­tion we cel­e­brate in this is­sue, yet hem­or­rhages money. This cam­era is a step in the right di­rec­tion. Front and cen­tre is the com­pany’s home­brewed im­age pro­ces­sor called the GP1. With this chip Go­pro is tak­ing the fu­ture of its bread and but­ter prod­uct into its own hands. The re­sults are im­pres­sive. Not a quan­tum leap from the Hero 5, but a good enough bump in the dy­namic range on a sim­i­lar 12 MP sen­sor to make a dif­fer­ence. Im­por­tantly the Hero 6 records 4K at up to 60 frames per sec­ond and 1080p at an iphone 8-equalling 240 frames per sec­ond. There’s a big em­pha­sis on slow mo­tion in the new cam­era and it works very well. South Africa also gets the new Hero at a rel­a­tively cheaper price than the com­pany’s home mar­ket. The US see launch prices rise by a full $100 from Hero 5 to Hero 6, while we only pay R500 on the new cam­era’s de­but. The Hero 5 and equiv­a­lent Ses­sion cam­eras both see full R1 000 drops in pric­ing to keep the line-up sen­si­ble.

Along­side the new cam­era comes a re­design of the Cap­ture app, now sim­ply called Go­pro. Data trans­fer be­tween cam­era and smart­phone is now much faster and there’s a new fea­ture called Quik Sto­ries built in. It’s es­sen­tially a paired down Quik app that tries to do even more rapid au­to­matic ed­its.

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