GoPro just announced a pilot program for their newest camera – the GoPro Fusion. The Fusion is basically a 5.2K spherical 360 degree camera designed to be the ultimate capture device for both fully immersive virtual reality content as well as conventional non-VR video and photo formats. Starting today, professional content creators can apply to participate in the pilot program which is expected to roll-out during the summer of 2017.
“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.”
GoPro is billing the Fusion as “the ultimate spherical capture solution for innovative, envelope-pushing content creators”. In addition to high performance spherical capture for fully immersive VR experiences, Fusion’s 5.2K resolution enables a new OverCapture creative solution that gives content creators the flexibility to produce conventional non-VR video and photos in HD-quality “punched out” from the spherically captured angles.
Not just a VR capture solution, Fusion ensures that traditional content creators will get the shot, while also capturing the unexpected.
To get a glimpse of the possibilities of Fusion, visit the Inside Line to watch “Relive Reality,” an exclusive 360° video featuring JT Holmes, Jeb Corliss, and an African safari. Fusion is compatible with a broad range of GoPro’s mounts and handheld accessories.
This summer, GoPro will be working closely with a selection of pilot partners – including brands, agencies and content professionals – to further refine the user experience and produce inspiring content that demonstrates the creative potential of Fusion.
GoPro plans a limited commercial release of Fusion by the end of 2017. Details on pricing and other specifics will be provided at launch, although I suspect this will be a bit more pricey than the GoPro Hero5 Black.