Jefferson Graham reviews the new GoPro Hero6 camera from a seaplane above San Francisco and an ice cream museum, where the shots are steadier than with previous models on TalkingTech.
SAUSALITO, Calif.Â â Flying over the Golden Gate Bridge while in a seaplane is a pretty awesome experience.Â
In the past, attempting to get video footage in a rickety 6-seater manufactured in the 1950s would have resulted in some pretty shaky video footage.Â
Well, hello GoPro Hero6.Â
The new $499 camera, introduced Thursday at a press event here, is billed as the first GoPro model to have real image stabilization. And in our first look, it didn’tÂ disappoint, although it wasn’tÂ steady 100% of the time or as universally shake-free as mounts known as gimbals.
But in ourÂ shots Thursday in the air and on the ground at the Museum of Ice Cream and California Academy of Sciences, the results are pretty solid. Be sure to watch the accompanying video above to see examples.Â
The beauty of the GoPro cameras is that they are tinyÂ and easy to attach to bicycles, surfboards,Â skateboards and even dog collars, resulting in video footage that could look reallyÂ stellarâonce you went in and edited out all the shakes.Â
In my clips from Thursday, I had far less of those moments to eliminate.
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said his goal was to make the Hero footage look as steady as that of a drone, which is a lofty wish, and one not fully realized with the Hero6. It is a tiny GoPro camera without a gimbal, after all.Â
Sure, there are still shakes, like in those moments when I ran across the dock by the sea plane, or even walked slowly on it.Â Â
But for more normal situationsâlike panning the wall of ice cream posters or sitting in aÂ pool of sprinkles…