GoPro announced a new camera to capture 360° videos in 5.2K resolution at 30 fps. It will also take fully spherical photos and is called GoPro Fusion. Capturing conventional footage will be possible as well. The camera is expected to hit the market end of 2017. Prices were not announced at the moment. GoPro already introduced Omni, a six-camera-rig, and Back-Bone offers a 220° FOV lens to modify a GoPro which needs 2 cameras for 360° videos. With Fusion there will be a single-camera solution from GoPro. Most likely it will be a cheaper way than mentioned solutions.
Just one picture is available at the moment. The design of GoPro Fusion looks similar to GoPro Hero5 black, therefor I expect it will be waterproof without a case as well. (When you look closely on the buttons on the side). According to GoPro “Fusion is compatible with a broad range of GoPro’s mounts and handheld accessories”.
Seems the 360° and VR video trend is now finally picking up. Samsung re-released their camera as Gear 360 (2017) edition, Yi Technology announced their 5.7K YI 360 VR at NAB in Las Vegas, Xiaomi Mijia 360 was released in April 2017 and last year Nikon already introduced their line of action cameras highlighting the VR camera KeyMission 360.
Pilot Program – looking for test users!
You can apply for GoPro Fusion Pilot Program on GoPro’s website where GoPro is looking for content creators to test the new camera. Roll-out of the pilot program is in Summer 2017, registration already started.
Interested in 360° cameras? Join the Facebook Group to discuss: 360° VR Action Camera Group
Alongside the press release, GoPro also posted a demo video of GoPro Fusion:
(For best viewing experience you should watch the video within YouTube App on your Smartphone or with Chrome Browser.)