Hot on the heels of Samsung’s Gear 360 and Facebook’s new VR app Spaces, GoPro are entering the world of VR video. Grabbing everyone’s attention in a press release, they announced Fusion - their new 5.2K Spherical Camera.
What is a 5.2K Spherical Camera?
‘Spherical Camera’ basically means it’s a camera that shoots 360-degree footage and the 5.2K is the resolution.
Why is it important?
Fusion is the first GoPro to shoot 360 video. But while most 360-degree cameras lack the resolution of standard cameras, the Fusion cam takes things to a whole new level - capturing both VR and non-VR videos and photos in stunning 5.2K resolution.
To give some perspective, the GoPro Fusion will shoot in higher quality resolution (sharper and clearer image quality) than the latest 4K UHD TVs.
What can it do?
The question is, what can’t it do? GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, said: ‘Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one.’
Fusion basically films everything. You can then choose what footage to use in post-production. This covers everything from fully immersive virtual reality content, to ‘normal’ non-VR videos and photos. GoPro call this OverCapture or reframing and say ‘it’s like having a camera team with you when you shoot, capturing your primary and b-roll footage.
As well as all the amazing spec, the major benefit of Fusion’s capabilities is that you don’t need to worry about framing a shot or missing the action. You can go as fast, high and far as you want - Fusion will be right there, getting it all on camera.
GoPro aren’t releasing Fusion until the end of 2017 after they’ve spent the summer testing it. So look out for awesome content over the next couple of months.
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