TL:DR; GoPro have unveiled their latest offering the GoFusion, a 360-degree camera. New features include: VR in 5.2K video, captures spherical video and photos as well as sound, incorporates voice commands and is waterproof to 16ft (5m). It retails, at the time of writing, for $898.
Recapturing Market Share
It’s no secret that GoPro has been falling by the wayside in recent years. Their market share has definitely shrunk since competitors bought out cheaper versions of action cameras. Then, drones suddenly took off and before you could say selfie stick, every Tom, Dick and Harry starting bringing theirs to the beach to get aerial footage and angles that are just plain unachievable through use of a GoPro or similar.
So, GoPro’s task of recovering market share from the likes of DJI Phantom, Yuneec, Syma etc. has not been an enviable one. So what has been their answer? The GoPro Fusion is a 360-degree camera that packs a sucker punch and a half. It has a lot of sophisticated features, with each one worthy of their own post. However, as we like to keep things simple at Shaka Surf we’ll just focus on some of the main features.
With the GoPro Fusion you can capture at a 5.2K/30fps using its spherical camera to create a 360 view. The video camera performs very well in both low light and high light environments, surpassing many of its competitors. Its battery life is impressive, especially when compared to other spherical cameras. The GoPro fusion also you to reshoot VR video using traditional video. This option is great if you’re not so aufait with spherical cameras. We admit there is a bit of a learning curve here.
Alright, so what are its drawbacks
Good you should ask. Well, there are a few disadvantages the camera has. It’s worth also noting that GoPro have admitted this is still Work in Progress so the iterations will probably be seen in future models and also in the GoPro 6.
For one, the price tag is quite hefty at $898/£649. This puts it at the mid-range for spherical cameras. We also found that transferring footage through the app is slow and more difficult than it should be.
At the time of writing Android users have no support for the use of OverCapture a built in feature of the GoPro Fusion. the ability to capture from every single angle and enhance the footage afterwards.
Don’t forget we stock GoPro accessories such as mouth mounts for as little as $13.99.
TL:DR; As surfers and ocean lovers we all have a duty to protect our playground. A lot of information has come to light about the use of petrochemical plastics in surfcraft equipment. More environmentally friendly products are being released onto the market.
Seeing that most surfers and ocean lovers alike have a vested interest in protecting their ocean environments, one would assume buying a surfboard would be a “green” or sustainable option. Sadly surfboards made from sustainable and non-toxic materials haven’t always been easy to find and it wasn’t until the last decade that some shapers made the shift towards “cleaner” materials. It is no longer a secret that plastics and harmful chemicals go directly into our water sources, particularly the ocean, and that these delicate eco-systems are being adversely affected by our consumer choices.
Luckily in 2018, surfers can now pick up wooden fins and boards from their local surf shops, as well as“Eco-boards”. Eco-boards are boards that now have bio-based blanks, bio-based and low-VOC resins, or sustainably sourced wood. In addition, wooden surfboard fins, or “skegs” are now an option instead of the all fiberglass/ resin alternatives. Although they still include small amounts of fiber glass and resin, wooden fins, such as, “The Twinny”-made by Future Fins, are incredibly sturdy, aesthetically pleasing and less-toxic than traditional alternatives.
As surfers our boards are our most prized possessions, but what many surfers may not be aware of is that most boards use polyurethane glassed in polyester resin blanks (the foam core of the board) and glassed with resin filled with VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Sadly, these materials are not the least bit friendly to the environment and are hardly sustainable. For surfers who already invest in sustainable gear, and even walk or bike to the beach, why should their surfboard choices be any less than “green”?
Check out more eco-friendly materials like bamboo, used in the “Sunrise Bamboo & Honeycomb Fiber glass FCS Quad Fins” or if you haven’t already, make sure you keep an eye out for plant based/bio based epoxy resins now hitting the market that replace the chemical alternatives. Although greener boards and fins are making their way into the surfing market, it is still going to take vigilance and conscious navigating on the part of the consumer.