We’ve been hearing a lot about GoPro’s Fusion 360 VR camera. Now we have availability and pricing details for you. The company teased the Fusion back in April, touting it as “six GoPro cameras fused into one” for 360-degree capture in 5.2K resolution. GoPro has partnered with several organizations, including Fox Sports, USA Today, Getty Images and Accuweather, to test out broadcasting with the spherical camera in a pilot program.
Fusion also has all the requisite sensors and radios, like GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, as well as an accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass that the camera uses in concert to stabilize the spherical footage. There’s even voice control. And compared to GoPro’s professional 360-degree solutions, it’s a much more approachable camera. It looks like a GoPro.
The GoPro Fusion features a total of 18 megapixels using two CMOS sensors, one on each side. It is compatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards, and has a 16:9 display. Accessories in the box include a carrying case, Fusion Grip, and a USB cable.
The GoPro Fusion requires two high-performance microSD cards (not bundled) to operate. The action cam comes with 360-degree audio thanks to multiple microphones, water resistance up to 5 metres, voice commands, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a USB Type-C port, and fast charging support.
As previously mentioned, the Fusion has two cameras; one front, one back. These enable 360-degree video and photo capture.
A full 360-degree photo boasts 18-megapixels, while you can capture video at 5.2K resolution at 30 frames-per-second, or 3K resolution at 60 frames per second. It also features advanced electronic stabilisation, to ensure videos are as smooth as possible.
One of the great features of the GoPro Fusion is OverCapture. It means you shoot everything at once, and then choose afterwards what angles, panning, zooming and transitions you want. That means it has the potential to look great both in VR and on a flat screen.
The GoPro Fusion was launched in the US back in April last year at a price of $699 (roughly Rs. 46,700). The action cam, ever since launch, has been available to ship directly to India at a shipping cost of $80 (roughly Rs. 5,300). But now its directly available in India at Rs. 60,000
Earlier this year, GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman confirmed that the company will launch its Hero 6 action camera this year. It’s expected to come with enhanced camera sensors and video recording capabilities. To recall, existing Hero 5 range devices can record up to 4K resolution videos at 30fps.