The GoPro Hero 6 was never in doubt: CEO Nick Woodman confirmed that the action camera would launch in 2017. Now it's official and we've got all the details on the new flagship action camera including release date, price and specs.

"Hero 6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization and three times faster QuikStories performance makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your smartphone," said CEO, Nicholas Woodman. "It’s never been easier to live it, then share it…using a GoPro."

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When is the GoPro Hero 6 release date?

Hero 6 Black release date: 28 September

As predicted, GoPro announced the Hero 6 Black at its launch event on 28 September. The follow up to the Hero 5 Black is available to buy straight away.

How much will the GoPro Hero 6 cost?

As predicted, the Hero 6 Black price in the US is $499 and although we had our fingers crossed this wouldn't translate directly into Sterling, that is the case. So UK buyers will have to buy it for £499.

Visit the GoPro shop to order the new Hero 6. Or you can buy it from Argos.

The Hero 5 Black still costs £399 should you want to opt for the older device. And GoPro has also updated the Karma to be compatible with the Hero 6 Black.

View the entire range in our Which GoPro should I buy? and all action camera reviews.

GoPro Hero 6

What are the GoPro Hero 6 specs?

Here's a summary of the specifications:

  • Recording up to 4K at 60fps
  • Faster slo-mo: 1080p at 240fps
  • Custom-designed GoPro GP1 processor
  • Waterproof to 10m without a case
  • Touch zoom

The big update, then, is the ability to record 4K at 60 frames per second. That could be enough - along with the waterproof design - for owners of older cameras to upgrade.

Plenty of enthusiasts prefer to shoot at more than 30fps, and that meant a Hero 4 Black or Silver was just as good as a Hero 5 Black since the 5 is limited to 30fps when recording in 4K.

The new camera still shoots in 12Mp for photos - in JPG or RAW formats -  with GoPro’s Wide Dynamic Range mode. However, it will supposedly offer better low light performance  than the Hero 5 Black.

A lot of the new features and performance are down to that new GP1 processor. It's a new custom chip created specifically for GoPro by a company called Socionext.

GoPro is also touting the best stabilisation to date, although it remains the digital variety rather than optical.

The Hero 6 Black also uses 5GHz Wi-Fi to transfer footage to your smartphone three times faster, according to GoPro. Other features include GPS, a 2in LCD touchscreen and voice controls.

QuikStories are enabled which is a feature that automatic videos from your footage on the appe. More interesting is the addition of Touch Zoom. This does what you're expecting, allowing users to zoom simply by touching the Hero 6's screen.

  Hero 6 Black

Image Recording Format

JPEG, RAW

Max Video Resolution

3840 x 2160

Frame rate (max resolution) 60 fps
Image stabilisation Electronic

GPS

Yes

Effective Photo Resolution

12Mp

HDR

Yes

Low Lux / Night Mode

Yes

Voice control

Yes

Time-lapse recording Yes
Audio recording Stereo
Wind noise reduction Yes
LCD Display Touchscreen
Wireless Bluetooth, Wi-Fi