GoPro Announces New 5.2K Spherical Camera, Fusion

GoPro just unveiled a new camera that could make some serious waves in the way POV and VR footage is captured. The Fusion is GoPro’s first attempt at entering the spherical camera market.  The details on this new camera are limited, but we do know Fusion records 360-degree video at 5.2K30 and features a new setting called OverCapture. This new setting allows users to grab a standard video file from the spherical footage. This is GoPro’s way of letting you film everything, then snag the best frame of what you’ve captured.

The Fusion has a release date of Fall 2017, and before that, GoPro is seeking the help of professional content creators to test things out. GoPro is actively looking for people who are interested in filming with Fusion and utilizing all of its capabilities. Read on for the full press release about Fusion and how you can be apart of the pilot program.  Also, check out a sneak peek at the type of footage Fusion can capture above.

SAN MATEO, Calif., (April 20, 2017) – GoPro announced a pilot program for GoPro Fusion, its 5.2K spherical 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."

Fusion is 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.

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.

Those interested in participating in the pilot program can apply now here.

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