GoPro's first all-in-one 360-degree camera -- the 5.2K-recording Fusion -- still doesn't have an Aussie release date. But we finally know how much it'll cost.
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You know the old adage, "It's what's on the inside that counts." That's just what GoPro is banking on with its new flagship camera, the $749.95 Hero6 Black. Physically, it looks identical to last year's Hero5 Black, and that's not a bad thing. Under the hood, though, there's a hell of a lot more power.
Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions.
GoPro needs a nice, clear-cut win. The company that makes such good action cameras it's become nearly synonymous with the product has had a rough time. Last year, it had to lay people off and delay the release of its drone after declining sales and improved competition put a severe dent in its coffers. Then, that new drone was recalled because it kept falling out of the sky. After that, the latest iteration of the GoPro action camera was released and sales were sluggish. So, in an effort to fabricate a win, GoPro is begging people in the US to trade in their old GoPro camera for a new one.
Video: Watching brave kayakers navigating tumultuous whitewater rapids is terrifying enough, but Rush Sturges and Ben Marr decided they needed a more exciting way to risk their lives. So they dragged a tandem kayak up to the top of a drainage ditch in the bush, and then hopped in for a ride back down that looks more thrilling than any roller coaster.
GoPro hasn't had the best of times recently. First, there was the recall of its malfunctioning Karma drone, which it only just started selling again. Now it appears the company lost a chunk of money last year, to the tune of $US373 ($485) million.
Video: Mounting a GoPro onto a sword and then watching it chop the hell out of things is awesome, but it isn't as easy as I thought. You can't just tape a camera down on one end of the blade and hope for the best, because the shot will look all wacky. The sword moves too fast so it's all blurry, the camera angle is capturing the wrong thing and everything is bad.
Unless you've dropped tens of thousands of dollars on a Hollywood-calibre drone that can hoist full-sized cameras, the carrying capacity of your hobby quadcopter is probably limited. So instead of designing a thermal imaging accessory that works alongside a GoPro, FLIR just created its own action camera that can also capture Predator-like thermal imagery from the skies.
We use a lot of GoPros here at Gizmodo. We use them to shoot timelapse battery tests for phones and 360 degree videos of multibillion dollar transit hubs and test runs of quarter million dollar cars on a dirt track. So a new GoPro action camera with a lower price tag and badass features has us pumped. We'd love for this to be the camera we choose to update our own fleet of GoPros -- more on that in a second -- but the Hero5 is definitely the one we'd recommend to a bike nut friend who wants to get into the action cam game.
Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use is on the rise as a result.