GoPro to release new 360-degree camera later this year

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GoPro is to launch its own 360-degree camera called the Fusion. The new device will allow users to capture Virtual Reality video, non-VR videos along with photos.

The GoPro Fusion is capable of capturing videos of up to 5.2K resolution, better than the Samsung Gear 360 and Nikon’s KeyMission 360 which both have 4K capabilities.

Information at this stage is a little limited with the camera maker reluctant to reveal the specs. However, it does have a feature known as OverCapture.

GoPro senior product manager of spherical solutions, Jess Foley said of the feature: “Well, thanks to Fusion, our users will be able to record their moments in all directions and then go back and choose the composition they want. You have the flexibility in post-production to pick and share all sides of your story in conventional HD.”

To put this in layman’s terms, that means that nonspherical images can be taken from the video post-production. This is handy if the user is not fully in shot on a stunt that they have performed.

“Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously … as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one,” GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman said. “Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.”

GoPro will also be launching a pilot program. The program is available to professional content creators and those interested in applying can go to the GoPro Fusion Webpage.

The program starts in the summer and if selected participants will be invited to start creating spherical video content. The company is working with pilot partners, including brands and agencies before the device goes on commercial release.

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