Best GoPro Fusion Black Friday Deals 2020

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Thankfully, GoPro’s debut 360° camera goes beyond 4K. It actually records video in 5.2K resolution, and in 30 fps. Or in 3K resolution at 60 fps (3008×1504 pixels). It snaps still images in 18 MP. That’s all good, although Yi 360 VR does manage 5.7K resolution, as does the brand new Insta360 One X.

So what is there that other 360° cameras usually do not? Possibly the Fusion’s headline feature has nothing in connection with the 360° format at all. Called over-capture, software inside Fusion gives you first to fully capture the complete surrounding scene, then to post-frame the footage as a normal Full HD widescreen video. So, for instance, you could film a freestyle ski park in its entirety and later create a video of 1 skier performing tricks and jumps. Or create a widescreen video that follows your bike ride first-person, or the cyclist before you, but also peels off showing your surroundings. In addition, it means you can share videos – which retain a 360 feel – with anyone on any platform, really easily.

Is GoPro hedging its bets? Could it be really focused on the 360° format? We think so; over-capture is absolutely about one very important things in videography, and that is never missing another of the action. For the present time, it may appear such as a novel feature, however in future, we think that over-capture is a standard, must-have feature in virtually any video recording device. Its rivals include Insta360 One’s FreeCapture and the Garmin Virb 360’s HyperFrame.

Also unlike most 360° cameras, Fusion includes a ton of sensors, beefed-up audio, and voice control. However, there are several glaring omissions from its intensive features list; there is no 100fps slo-mo mode, nor will there be the chance to enjoy 360° live-streaming. Does anyone broadcast live 360° over the internet? No, they don’t really, and if that ever goes mainstream, it will likely be some time yet. So we don’t believe that’s a major issue.

Design
Rugged design
Waterproof to 5m
Weighs about 226g
Few 360° cameras are as tough and outdoorsy as the Fusion. To begin with, it’s waterproof to five metres, to help you take it onto the water. Which should please anyone going to make make use of it for extreme water-sports, and for skiers attempting to capture the action from the slopes in the wraparound format. In addition, it appears exceptionally toughly built, with a rubberised outer shell, rounded corners, and side panels that contain an integral grip strip. It’s built for the outside, however the 73 x 75x 23mm Fusion does weigh 226g using its 2,620mAh lithium-ion battery set up. Its square condition also isn’t as simple to put on a pocket as various other 360° cameras.

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Uniquely for the genre, the Fusion includes a slot either side of the battery for inserting microSD cards, one for every single lens. Better still, when you get the Fusion you get two free 32GB SanDisk Extreme microSD cards in the box. That is clearly a nice touch from GoPro. Another small hatch hides the USB-C slot for recharging.

However, perhaps the main connection of most is a universal tripod thread (1/4-inch) on the Fusion’s undercarriage

However, perhaps the main connection of most is a universal tripod thread (1/4-inch) on the Fusion’s undercarriage. It works extremely well to place the Fusion on any tripod, and any other GoPro mount, though in the box may be the Fusion Grip Mount, a 23cm-long baton that unfurls right into a 53cm long tripod with short feet. It’s somewhat tricky to add the Fusion to it, largely because its undercarriage inhibits the screw. Used, it nearly fulfils its brief by inserting the Fusion well above the bottom to make a 360° video with a good amount of balance, though it’s no good on the rough ground, and we didn’t feel confident using it in strong winds. Also included is a semi-hard box which can be wrapped around the Fusion even though it’s mounted on that Fusion Grip Mount.

With regards to operating the Fusion, it’s about simplicity; there are just two buttons, the energy button, and the shutter button. There’s also a little LCD screen, whose menus could be scrolled through using those two buttons.

Performance
Possible to create some excellent footage
Image stabilisation works really, effectively
The over-capture mode is simple to use
“GoPro, have a photo”. The Fusion loves to be spoken to, and even though voice control is somewhat limited, it worked well during our test. So did the camera itself, with two major bones of contention; the iphone app and the GoPro Fusion Studio software.

However, you can just utilize the in-camera controls while on trips, and it’s constantly possible to create some excellent footage with the Fusion. The resolution isn’t particularly exciting; 5.2K proves sufficient, and there’s definitely room for more pixels. What we did like was the image stabilisation, which works really, effectively. Ditto selfies, that it’s very simple to edit-out the selfie stick.

The over-capture mode is simple to use, at least initially. Fusion Studio lets you import a 360° video file (saved by the Fusion as an MP4 file) and dynamically change the perspective of the video. The program makes it simple to re-frame also to crop, but on the app, it’s all somewhat tricky, and basic. However, there is one drawback with over-capture mode, at least for the present time: resolution, or rather, insufficient. Filming in 5.2K resolution may seem to be as an advanced feature, but crop right down to a 16:9 image and whatever you are left with is a complete HD resolution video that looks pretty basic. Way too many pixels get lost along the way, which explains why over-capture probably isn’t likely to be considered a really big reason to get the Fusion until 8K, and even higher resolutions, arrive. For the present time, Fusion’s over-capture videos are clean and colourful, and show some very nice image stabilisation. JPEGS could be either snapped purposefully or grabbed from videos, and take good thing about 360° features such as for example ‘little planet’ mode and the drone-like ‘angel view’.

However, the specs did lead us down a few blind alleys; ISO6400 makes the Fusion seem to be ripe for trying an all-sky video during the night to track the movements of stars in the night time sky. We did try that, however the results weren’t good.

The Fusion is short and sweet, lasting only 70 minutes inside our test. However, that’s a lot more than most 360° cameras we’ve tested.

App & software
GoPro’s software is basic
App lets you visit a low-res live feed from Fusion
Processing takes so very long
GoPro’s iphone app is basic. In a few ways, that’s a positive thing, but over and over during our test drive it lost connection to the telephone. The original process wasn’t helped by inane requests to create decisions on personal data, set notifications, and permit auto cloud backup, which interrupted the pairing process. Following the fourth attempt, the Fusion and phone were finally attached after reinstalling the software and entering the password manually, which is especially what is not likely to happen. Oh well.

When it works, the iphone app lets you visit a low-resolution live feed from Fusion, but moreover, enables you to change settings, and later, share leads to YouTube and Facebook … should you have time to waste. Processing takes so very long. Now the software can export photographs and videos completely resolution, with stabilisation, that goes double.

You can perform a straightforward over-capture in the app, but it’s limited by zooming and basic pans. During our test drive it didn’t show thumbnail images of videos and photographs already taken, so choosing which files to edit took a whole lot of guesswork. Editing on such a tiny screen had not been at all easy, nonetheless it was the continuous lack of WiFi link with the Fusion that made the software almost unusable.

Fusion Studio 1.3 does everything the iphone app allows, and more. It’s an excellent software application, but it’s slow

Fusion Studio 1.3 does everything the iphone app allows, and more. It’s an excellent software application, but it’s slow. So slow. Plug the Fusion right into a computer and the program spends ten minutes ‘preparing media’. After that it takes another five for the videos on the microSD cards to load. Finally, when you have made all of the edits you want – and they are simultaneously considerable yet easy to make – it starts rendering. Countless hours later, your personal computer probably having frozen-up, you should have some fun videos. So only render everything you need to, and leave it going overnight. The Fusion is impressive and will be offering great quality video, but it’s all rather complicated and time-consuming.

Verdict
Fusion isn’t about 360. Using its over-capture allowing post-editing of sequences in widescreen video, Fusion is approximately one particular and critical facet of filmmaking; not missing something. Selfies could be framed without the selfie stick showing, and there are a few 360-style photography options, too. However, the Fusion is disappointed by both its iphone app and its own Fusion Studio software. The former is hampered by frequent connection issues and fiddly editing options, and even though its capability to render full resolution clips is laudable, normally it takes up to one hour to download a couple of minutes of video. Ditto Fusion Studio, which is quite heavy on processing power and just takes so, such a long time.

So as the device itself is tough and works very fast, actually creating usable footage from Fusion is a pain. Increase that its slight insufficient resolution when compared to Yi 360 VR and new Insta360 One X – and its own insufficient a 100fps mode for slo-mo – and the Fusion appears like an option limited to professional content creators as time passes (and processing power) on the hands. However, it can have a leg-up on its opponents for the reason that it’s waterproof, and more toughly made. For a few, {that’ll

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