Introduction to the Fusion and OverCapture

The GoPro Fusion ships with an extendable selfie stick that doubles as a small tripod.

GoPro might have bounce began the motion digital camera market, however the Fusion is completely different than all of the GoPros that got here earlier than it: it is a true 360 digital camera. As a substitute of utilizing a single forward-facing lens, its two ultra-wide angle lenses seize a full 360 spherical picture of every thing round it.

In contrast to most 360 cameras, the Fusion is designed to create each spherical and normal HD movies, doubtlessly providing motion digital camera customers extra functionality than they’ll get from their present motion digital camera – one thing that is change into progressively tough in a extremely commoditized market. If motion/journey is your recreation and your workflow is geared in the direction of cell and net, the GoPro Fusion stands out as the digital camera you’re on the lookout for.

Key options

  • 360 video: 5.2K/30p, 3K/60p
  • 360 photograph: 18MP 5K 360 photographs (5760 x 2880)
  • OverCapture for creating HD movies
  • Picture stabilization
  • Spatial audio (four microphones)
  • Waterproof (5m/16ft.)
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
  • Smartphone app + desktop software program
  • Contains two 32GB SD playing cards (75 minutes report time)
  • Detachable battery (75-80 minutes report time)
A view of the Fusion’s twin offset lenses.

What makes the Fusion most enjoyable, and what’s arguably its primary promoting level, is ‘OverCapture’, a characteristic that permits you to pull normal 1080p HD movies from anyplace throughout the 360 sphere.

That is a wholly completely different means of manufacturing video content material. Because you’re capturing each single path directly, you possibly can body your shot after you’ve got shot it. For an motion digital camera person, this unshackles you from the confines of recording a single, unchanging perspective and opens the doorways to producing advanced digital camera strikes for extra compelling footage.

OverCapture is a wholly completely different means of manufacturing video content material. You may body your shot after you’ve got shot it.

To be honest, the Fusion is not the primary client digital camera to offer this performance. The Rylo Digicam provides an analogous characteristic, and as we mentioned in our overview of the Rylo it really works impressively nicely. (The primary distinction between the Fusion and the Rylo comes right down to the way you edit over-captured video: the GoPro permits you to pan/tilt your telephone to observe the motion, whereas the Rylo gives wonderful topic monitoring to observe the motion. Each strategies work nicely.)

Let’s check out an actual world instance. To create the 2 movies beneath, I set the digital camera in the midst of a skate-park and requested Colin Flynn, founding father of Idiot’s Gold Surf, to skate round it. Within the first video, you possibly can drag round to see all of the angles or, should you’re watching utilizing a VR headset, you possibly can simply go searching in any path.

That is an instance of 360 video captured with the GoPro Fusion. You may drag across the picture to look in numerous instructions.

The second video was created from the very same digital camera footage, however utilizing OverCapture to observe Colin’s motion on the cell app (actually by transferring my telephone round as if I used to be recording in real-time), then exported as an ordinary HD video.

This video was created from the very same clip because the one above, besides that I used OverCapture to observe the motion on my telephone after the clip was recorded, then exported it as an ordinary HD video.

You are able to do all of this – and share it – from the cell app. You are able to do the identical with the desktop software program, although as we’ll see, there are some obvious variations between the 2 and OverCapture does have its limitations.

Regardless of being GoPro’s first foray into the 360 digital camera area, the Fusion will get quite a lot of issues proper and performs nicely.

In actual fact, one necessary consideration when utilizing OverCapture is that whereas the digital camera could also be excessive decision, you are exporting a 1920×1080 HD video (if shot on 5.2K), or 1280×720 HD video (if shot in 60fps 3K). Moreover, should you zoom in, you’re shedding extra decision relative to how a lot you’re punching in on that OverCapture body, so if 4K is important to your wants, otherwise you’re within the Fusion primarily for motion footage utilizing OverCapture, these are belongings you would possibly need to take into consideration.

Regardless of being GoPro’s first foray into the 360 digital camera area, the Fusion will get quite a lot of issues proper and performs nicely. The issues it would not do nicely may, for probably the most half, be remedied by firmware and software program updates, and we’ll check out a few of these issues within the following pages.

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