GoPro’s next breakthrough camera is the Fusion, its first consumer 360-degree camera capable of capturing 360/VR video in 5.2K resolution.
It looks mighty sick. Bitchin’, even. It’s one thing to look at an amped-up, highly produced trailer video, but something else when you’re looking at your own footage.
We won’t waste more of your time. Here’s some of the world’s first real-world footage captured straight from the GoPro Fusion.
All of the 360-degree videos way down below were shot with a pre-production Fusion camera by GoPro reps or CEO Nick Woodman himself. For nerds who care, the spherical videos are H.264 and 4,096 x 2,048 resolution. OverCapture-plucked videos are 1,920 x 1,080.
GoPro’s not talking editing software — these videos were most likely edited with desktop software — and it’s unclear if there will be a mobile app for editing when the camera launches in limited release later this year.
Woodman did hint at a mobile-first approach during a fireside chat with a small group of media attending the Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.
“We determined that previously spherical workflows are gonna be predominantly desktop, and we just want to align everything that we do to mobile,” Woodman said. “That’s really one of the main reasons why we have not yet commercially launched a spherical product because GoPro is a company that makes storytelling solutions for consumers that are easily good enough for professionals. We’re not a company that makes solutions for professionals that can be used by consumers.”
“That line’s been a little blurred over the couple of years and we’re determined to be very focused in our approach to be consumer-centric. That’s also why we decided to make Fusion available in limited release later this year initially as a prosumer experience that will then evolve into a consumer experience.”
Assessing the video quality … I’m a little less impressed, but still impressed. The patchiness at the base (distorted tripod or selfie stick) and the small pinch at the top of the camera is visible in some of the videos. And the stitched seam between the two cameras is sometimes noticeable, too, but it’s definitely better than on many other consumer 360 cameras I’ve tested before.
GoPro Fusion product lead Jess Foley told me the patchiness was most likely painted out in post for the camera’s “Relive Reality” launch trailer. She couldn’t elaborate on whether the patchiness would be resolved for the commercial release, but if it’s there … that’d be a bummer and definitely knock the Fusion down just a bit.
But again, this is pre-production footage, so just enjoy it. It still looks damn solid.