Consumer tech companies have opted to develop these expensive products as a segue into capturing the user-generated VR vertical, but with VR itself in a rather tenuous position, the market for a fairly pricey spherical camera that captures more content than users can realistically handle seems suspect, to say the least.
Enter GoPro, a company in the midst of a corporate turn-around that is looking for a new breakthrough product to clarify its future.
The GoPro Fusion is, to be certain, one of the better 360-degree cameras out there, delivering quality 5.2K/30fps footage in a very friendly package that does much of what other GoPros do so well.
However, and the true test of its future success, the company’s Overcapture feature, which allows users to shape the 360 video into more traditional views, is still very much a work in progress.
5.2K at 30fps leads to some great-looking shots; you also can hit 60 frames if you downgrade to 3K, though you’ll likely want to stick with the 5.2K setting to give yourself more flexibility in post with the GoPro software.
In bright dynamic environments the footage wasn’t blown out like others I’ve tested, and low-light video outperformed my expectations.