GoPro announces new 360 spherical camera

GoPro Fusion
Neal Romanek
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April 20th 2017 at 2:41PM : By Neal Romanek

The camera will become available in limited commercial release by the end of 2017

GoPro has announced the Fusion camera, designed for capturing fully spherical content from VR to still photos. Fusion can shoot a spherical 5.2K image at 30fps and will be compatible with a range of GoPro’s mounts and handheld accessories.

Content creators can apply to participate in a pilot program, expected to roll-out during the summer of 2017. Details on pricing will be available when the camera officially launches later in the year with a limited commercial release by the end of 2017.

In an announcement on the company's website, Jess Foley, GoPro senior product manager of spherical solutions, said: "Thanks to Fusion, our users will be able to record their moments in all directions and then go back and choose the composition they want. This is referred to as overcapture or reframing. It’s like having a camera team with you when you shoot capturing your primary and b-roll footage. From there, you have the flexibility in post-production to pick and share all sides of your story in conventional HD.

“Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one,” said GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman. “Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.”

Those interested in participating in the Fusion pilot program can apply now at www.GoPro.com/Fusion.

GoPro has posted the following video as an example of the capabilities of Fusion. GoPro's YouTube page says the video was shot "100% on the Fusion camera":