GoPro Launch Fusion 360-Degree Camera

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Today GoPro have launched their Fusion 360-degree camera, designed for shooting spherical video for virtual reality, or interestingly, editing more traditional rectangular framed video from said 360-degree footage. It shoots at 5.2K resolution using front and back cameras, and UK price is £699.99 and it’s shipping on or before the 24th of November (edit: at the time of writing, that’s what the site states, but the release states shipping now). Details on the GoPro site, and full release copied below.

Without some means of viewing it in 360-degrees, the footage looks quite trippy though your viewing results may vary depending on your broswer. One intersting thing about they way they’ve shot and composed most of the footage in their launch videos is that quite a lot of it centres people, rather than the stunts and scenery that most sports POV footage tends to.

One thing made possible by 360-degree footage and GoPro’s software is that the editor can pan a frame around within the video to make very dynamic shots that would be near-impossible with a traditional action camera and grip equipment. It also means a video can transition from a typical perspective shot that feels very much in the action, to reverse perspective shots. Shooting from afar and compressing the full sphere of capture into the frame seems to give the feeling of looking inward at a strange diorama. It’s all shown here in GoPro’s promotional video, though the usual caveats apply: these are world class athletes, performing rare feats in one of a kind locations and probably optimal lighting conditions, natch:

GoPro Fusion
Selfie, or not? Both!

Full release follows:

“SAN MATEO, Calif., (November 14, 2017) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) ushered in a new era of creativity with the announcement of its 360-degree camera, Fusion, which begins shipping to US and European customers today. With its ability to capture immersive 5.2K 360-degree spherical content, Fusion captures everything around you, so you’ll never miss the shot. And gimbal-like stabilization makes sure it all looks super smooth.”



GoPro Fusion
This sort of looks like prop survey equipment from a science fiction film. Hopefully you’ll just get some rad footage instead of being stranded by a relativistic time difference or eaten by Xenomorphs.

“The GoPro app enables users to control the camera, live preview their shots, and stitch, trim and share content right from their iOS smartphone (Android coming soon). On desktop, Fusion Studio (with Adobe Premiere Pro CC plug-ins) enables OverCapture, which lets you re-frame and save traditional fixed perspective videos “punched out” from the large 360-degree video. Fusion, together with its apps, enables people to capture and share unique perspectives that are not possible with traditional single lens cameras.

“A mobile OverCapture experience and new visual presets including Tiny Planet and PanoFlow will be released in early 2018, while ongoing software updates will continue to enhance the experience for users.

“Fusion is already receiving praise for its outstanding design and engineering, earning a CES 2018 Innovation Award in the digital imaging category.”

GoPro Fusion
It’s not filming itself, that’ll be a second one on his head. If you look closely at his shoe, you can see where the mount must be.

Fusion – $699.99 (US); €749.99 EUR

  • 2K30 and 3K60 Spherical Video
  • 18MP Spherical Photo
  • OverCapture Allows for Traditional Video Creation from 360 Footage
  • Advanced Stabilization
  • 360 Audio
  • Waterproof to 16ft (5m)
  • Time Lapse Video + Photo, Night Lapse and Burst Modes
  • Voice Control in 10 Languages
  • GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • In-box with: Fusion Grip, protective case, sticky mounts, battery, charging cable

“GoPro Fusion is currently available on and shipping today to USA, Canada, United Kingdom and the European Union. To learn more about Fusion visit our news page, The Inside Line.”

GoPro Fusion
These kind of (GoPro’s name) TinyPlanet shots took either special lenses, or a lot of editing/programming knowhow to achieve in the past. GoPro are including the software.

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

Comments (1)

    That thing where it creates an image as though in front of itself is properly weird – and good!

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