GoPro Fusion: The Future Of Immersive VideoIzak Van Heerden
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The Internet revolution, thriving on the wings of the social media movement, has made a bit of an amateur photographer of just about everyone in the world. By putting cutting edge technology into the hands of amateurs, we’ve got a generation of folks interested in the world of video in a way that people in the past didn’t have the tools to even dream of. And here we are: The GoPro Fusion. It’s the next big thing in the world of 360 degree video, but is it the BEST thing? That’s what we’re here to examine.
During this brief review, we’ll take a look at a few of the general specs of the GoPro Fusion, let you know how it performed in the field, and what purposes it might serve for you if you purchase one. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of whether or not it can capture the moments you need it to capture. And of course, you’ll get a few examples of the GoPro Fusion so that you can get an idea of the video quality you can expect. Let’s get started!
GoPro Fusion Overview and Features
What is it?: A 360 degree camera that lets you easily share the videos you create to your social media and/or website. People have good things to say about its general build and sturdiness, but what about video quality? That video gives you a general overview of what the camera captured in test videos and might give you a good idea of whether it’s right for your needs.
- Waterproof to 16 feet
- Battery life of about 75 minutes at 5.2K resolution
- Two 32GB Cards
- Films footage up to almost an hour with no trouble at all
- USB-C port will let you power the camera externally
- The GoPro app proves as handy as it ever has
- Can be mounted to capture your active sports activities (such as to a bike helmet)
- Durable in comparison to other products in the market
Before you rush out to buy, you might want to test out the sample footage of a cyclist doing their routine on a busy road. It gives you an idea of the kind of footage that you’re going to get once you get the hang of the many features that the camera gives out to you.
Using the Software
In today’s busy social media universe, it can be difficult to get your material out there to your users if you don’t select the right camera. You don’t just need to be able to capture amazing 360 degree video. You need a way to instantly share that footage with your followers, and the GoPro Fusion makes it easy to do with their software for the Fusion.
- ProTune lets you set things like your ISO Limit, Flat Rate Color Profile, and Exposure Compensation
- Transfer rate is about 30 seconds of footage per 1 and a half minutes on average Wi-Fi connection
- One cool feature is that you can create a fixed-frame video from your 360 capture
- Adobe Premier Pro adds a lot of functionality to the software and will improve your experience tremendously, so consider buying it as a companion
- GoPro routinely updates their app as the user experience unfolds, so you can surely expect more features to be added as time goes by
- Chromatic aberration is minimized compared to many other cameras out there on the market, so expect good things in this area
The software overall allows you to easily transfer your 360 degree videos (or fixed rate videos) to your social media accounts at a click of the button once you get everything set up just the way you want it, leaving you with a tremendous option for medium sized social media profiles. Is it a great value? Yes, for a camera of this power and this price, you’re going to enjoy a lot of professional features you just won’t find on many other 360 degree cameras out there.
Final Verdict on the GoPro Fusion
The GoPro Fusion isn’t perfect by a long shot. Sometimes the Wi-Fi transfer can take a long time depending on the size of the video, image quality is far from perfect yet, and there’s a lot of areas where the software can improve, but GoPro has shown in the past that they’re willing to stick with a software program and improve it based on the feedback of their users. For a 360 degree camera of this price, the technology is far ahead of the price tag, and it’s obvious that many people are going to appreciate the ease at which they can share their videos via social media, a crucial focal point in today’s busy social media universe where dollars are made by transferring the experience you capture in these videos. And for a personal user who just wants a way to document their personal sporting events, it’s going to perform above and beyond what you would expect.