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.