Simply forward of the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters (NAB) Present on Saturday, GoPro has introduced its first immersive video digital camera, known as the Fusion. Whereas the corporate has provided a 360-degree answer for a while within the type of the Omni cage — which locks six GoPro Hero cameras collectively — the Fusion is a compact, single-camera gadget designed to be mounted in all the identical methods as a traditional GoPro.
Preliminary particulars on the brand new digital camera stay scarce, however one fascinating tidbit is that it shoots 5.2K decision, barely above the now commonplace 4K. That is excellent news for immersive video fans, as larger resolutions are inclined to make a dramatic distinction in 360 video, the place all of these pixels are unfold out over a spherical space. GoPro says this may also enable for HD-quality, non-360 video to be extracted from any angle, primarily giving Fusion customers the power to create each immersive and conventional fixed-frame content material from the identical digital camera, on the similar time.
“Whether or not filming for VR or conventional fixed-perspective content material, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical seize,” mentioned GoPro founder and CEO, Nick Woodman, in a press release. He didn’t elaborate on different methods wherein the Fusion can be state-of-the-art.
What we do know is that work stays to be finished to get the Fusion prepared for the general public. GoPro introduced it is going to run an unique pilot program this summer time, and is asking skilled content material creators to use for it beginning at this time. The purpose is to subject check the Fusion and produce content material that GoPro can use to exhibit its energy earlier than taking the digital camera to market. Assuming all goes effectively with the pilot program, GoPro expects to supply a “restricted business launch” by the tip of 2017. No different particulars on pricing or availability have been given.
Whereas the Fusion definitely appears fascinating, our present sentiment can finest be described as cautiously excited. We’re glad to see that GoPro is taking a single-camera strategy to immersive content material, however with so many 360 cameras popping up on a regular basis from manufacturers each massive and small, the Fusion might want to ship a trifecta of energy, usability, and affordability to really stand out from the gang. For now, we’ll wait patiently for extra particulars to emerge.