GoPro Launches Pilot Program For New 5.2K Spherical Camera
Fusion: The Newest Member of the GoPro Camera Family
Intro by Jess Foley, GoPro Senior Product Manager of Spherical Solutions
I am so proud to introduce Fusion, the new GoPro that packs a huge punch. Fusion is the ultimate capture device for fully immersive virtual reality content, non-VR video, and even photos. It captures stunning 5.2K30 video and breathtaking photos in full spherical—but that’s not all.
Imagine never having to worry about framing your subject…ever. Yes, cameras do the heavy lifting already, but it still takes the eye to compose a shot, right? 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. This is referred to as OverCapture or reframing. It’s like having a camera team with you when you shoot capturing your primary and b-roll footage. From there, you have the flexibility in post-production to pick and share all sides of your story in conventional HD.
As the Senior Product Manager for Fusion, I have been looking forward to this day for some time. We have a pilot program starting soon, and I cannot wait to see how innovative content creators will use Fusion to help them tell their stories. The goal of Fusion is to distill the best of GoPro—quality, mountability and durability—into a pocketable product that will wow our professional customers.
True to its name, Fusion has been a multi-team effort, and it has been amazing to work alongside incredibly talented teams to dream up a product that we feel will both address pain points as well as unlock the creativity of GoPro’s vast network of professional content creators, partners and enthusiasts.
Today, we officially let the cat out of the bag with a press release to the public. Have a read below. I hope you are as excited as I am about Fusion. It’s been a labor of love, and we hope you all have as much fun using it and experiencing its content as we did designing it.
GoPro Launches Pilot Program For Its New 5.2K Spherical Camera, Fusion
Applications now available for content professionals to be among the first to use
GoPro’s new camera for Virtual Reality and OverCapture
SAN MATEO, Calif., (April 20, 2017) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today 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.
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.
Those interested in participating in the pilot program can apply now at www.GoPro.com/Fusion.