GoPro first hyped up the Fusion camera back at CES in 2016. Now, after a pilot program that took place over the summer, the camera is finally coming to market later this month.

The Fusion will use two lenses to shoot up to 5.2 video at 30fps. It can take 18-megapixel spherical photos and capture 360-degree sound. It’s waterproof up to 16 feek and is compatible with most GoPro mounts. It has all the sensors you’d expect – GPS Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, gyroscope, etc. It has voice control, too.

Here’s the cool part: the OverCapture feature. This feature lets you take your 360-degree footage and remove a 1080p still image or video. As GoPro CEO Nick Woodman pointed out, you “shouldn’t have to point” the Fusion, because it will be shooting in all directions and you can just cut and paste the footage out later.

The OverCapture feature will be available for desktop editing at launch, but a mobile version will be coming sometime in 2018.

Just because the Fusion is such a big announcement, let’s not let it overshadow the GoPro Hero 6 Black, which is on sale today. It shoots 4K video at 60fps and retains the same exterior design of the Hero 5. It boasts increased frame rates and better image quality and speed thanks to a new customer processor, but that new processor also commands a higher price. The Hero 6 Black will retail for $499, a full hundred dollars more than its predecessor.

GoPro Releasing the Hero 6 Black and Fusion Cameras

Slow motion video is where the Hero 6 Black is going to shine, as it can shoot in 2.7k at up to 120fps, which means that the footage can be slowed down to ten times less than the normal speed and it won’t have any stuttering issues.


You can shoot 12-megapixel photos in JPG or RAW and it will take better low light pictures than the Hero 5. It’s waterproof up to 33 feet, has GPS, a 2-inch LCD touchscreen, and voice controls. It also uses 5GHz Wi-Fi to transfer footage to your smartphone up to three times faster. GoPro isn’t playing around.

 

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