The GoPro HERO6 and Fusion Compared

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The HERO6 Black can be used with the Karma, GoPro’s long range drone. The Fusion has gimbal-like stabilization. GoPro claim that it is “the most versatile GoPro ever”. But how do these two compare and what can you do with one that you can’t do with the other?

Common features

  • GPS
  • Status screen
  • USB port (USB-C)
  • GoPro app
  • 5GHz Wi-fi for offload to your phone
  • Bluetooth®
  • Simple one-button control
  • Waterproof without housing to a certain depth
  • Protune
  • HiLight tag
  • Removable rechargeable battery
  • Fast charging

Audio / Sound

The Fusion is designed for virtual reality.

HERO6 Black

  • Stereo surround sound
  • 3 microphones

Fusion

  • 360 audio (sound from every direction)
  • 4 microphones

Battery size

The Fusion has a larger size battery.

HERO6 Black

  • 220mAh lithium-ion rechargeable

Fusion

  • 2620mAh lithium-ion rechargeable

Memory storage

Both will take a microSD with at least Class 10 or USH-l rating, though as an extra accessory.

HERO6 Black:

  • Space for 1 microSD

Fusion:

  • Space for 2 microSD

Modes

Both have modes of Photo, Burst, Night, Video, Time Lapse Photo, Time Lapse Video, and Night Lapse Photo.

Unlike the HERO6 Black, the Fusion does not have a looping mode.

Performance

HERO6 Black has twice the performance of HERO5 with its all-new GP1 chip.

Slow motion playback

HERO6 Black has 4K @60fps and 1080p 240 video that enables this slow motion playback.

View capture

For stills, the HERO6 Black features 12 megapixels, whereas the Fusion, 18 megapixels.

HERO6 Black:

This GoPro features 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) along with resolutions of 720p to 1440p and 2.7K.

The HERO6, however, has the continuous photo capture, unlike the Fusion.

It has exposure control, unlike the Fusion. It also has RAW photo (.GPR format) and audio (.WAV) capture.

The HERO6 has HDR photo capture.

Fusion:

The Fusion features 3K and 5.2K video resolutions. The 5.2K allows you to create immersive virtual reality experiences where you can feel like you are within your video.

The Fusion has an ‘overcapture’ feature where you can edit its capture of 360-degree videos to produce standard rectangular 1080p videos similar to those you would shoot with the HERO6 Black or other standard GoPro cameras.

The Fusion has spherical capture, meaning it captures the 360º view of the world around it. No stitch lines!

Reducing wind noise

The HERO6 Black has a 3-mic processing, whereas the Fusion has 4-mic.

Waterproofing

The HERO6 Black is waterproof without housing to 10 meters (33 ft).

The Fusion is waterproof without housing to 5 meters (16 ft).

Voice commands

HERO6 Black and the Fusion feature simple voice commands allowing some hands-free control.

Both have voice control but that of the HERO6 is more expanded. For example, it features a wake-on-voice command.

Image stabilization

Both, the HERO6 Black and the Fusion have advanced image stabilization.

The Fusion has the next level stabilization, and all without a gimbal.

Zoom control

With the HERO6 Black, you just touch the screen to zoom in and zoom out.

Nighttime footage

The HERO6 Black exhibits impressive performance under low-light with its night photo modes.

Accessories

The charger is sold separately in both cases.

HERO6 Black:

The HERO6 has 30+ accessories to help you capture your best shot.

The HERO6 Black is Karma compatible. The Fusion is not.

For the HERO6 Black, there are a 3.5 mm audio microphone in and a HD video out (sold separately). The Fusion is not designed for these.

Fusion:

Included is a Fusion Grip with a built-in extension pole and tripod.

What does the GoPro HERO6 Black have that the Fusion doesn’t?

QuikStories is one.

Another is auto upload to the Cloud.

It has touch display.

GP1 Chip

A HDMI port taking a micro HDMI connection.

What’s the advantage of the Fusion?

The GoPro Fusion is designed to capture a full 360-degree view of the world. So it captures a spherical view of what’s around it.

What this is good for is for viewing with virtual reality headsets, which place you inside the recorded footage where you can turn your head and take in the scenes around you. It’s a whole new way of viewing the world unveiling with this technology.

How much is a GoPro HERO6 Black vs Fusion?

The Fusion is a few hundred dollars more than the HERO6 Black.

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