GoPro CEO says Hero6 action camera is gonna be bitchin’
GoPro’s outspoken CEO Nick Woodman doesn’t sugarcoat answers to questions with buzzwords and jargon.
During a fireside chat with press at the Mountain Games, Woodman talked at length about a number of topics, touching on his company’s upcoming Fusion 360-degree camera, the current state of VR and its future, and dropped a hint for the Hero6.
Though it doesn’t seem that way, GoPro’s got a history of releasing new action cameras annually.
The Hero HD came out in 2010, HD Hero2 in 2011, Hero3 in 2012, Hero3+ in 2013 and Hero4 in 2014, Hero4 Session in 2015, and Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session in 2016. There were a bunch of variants in between, but GoPro smartly axed them from the lineup because there were just too many models confusing buyers.
The Hero5 released in 2016 brought with it some big changes, including a new waterproof design (no housing required), touchscreen, and voice commands, to name a few notable features.
Naturally, even though the Hero5 could probably last through two years before needing a refresh, the high-stakes action camera market forces GoPro to launch new versions, or risk getting undercut by no-name brands.
Woodman didn’t spoil the Hero6, which will launch sometime by the end of the year (if it’s not delayed), but did excitedly say “it’ll be bitchin'”.
“You all are gonna flip. You’re gonna love it.” Never change, dude. Never change!
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman: Hero6 “is gonna be bitchin'”. 😂
— Raymond Wong 📱💾📼 (@raywongy) June 9, 2017
Woodman did hint at an actual feature we should see on the Hero6: better color.
“We’re doing a better and better job of getting you better and better color in the camera itself so that’s something we improve on all the time,” Woodman said. “Hero6 definitely makes some significant advancements in that area. So look forward to that.”
And that’s all we know about the Hero6. But having checked out the Fusion, both the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session, and the company’s Karma drone, I wouldn’t bet on the Hero6 deviating too far from the lineup. I’m expecting something very similar to the Hero5 Black with upgrades internally (think better image quality, low-light video, and maybe even some kind of optical image stabilization or at the very least electronic stabilization that’ll work in 4K capture).