Filmmakers have been rigging up multiple GoPros to shoot virtual reality films for years now, but GoPro has been making a more concerted effort to build a more elegant solution. The result is the forthcoming Fusion, which boasts a pair of cameras capable of filming 5.2K resolution spherical videos at 30p with no stitching required.
The Fusion can also capture 18-megapixel spherical stills. The camera is packed with a number of sensors, including a gyroscope, accelerometer and compass to help stabilize footage. It features GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote control–it can also be controlled via voice command.
It’s waterproof to a depth of 16 feet without a housing. It’s compatible with most GoPro mounts and will ship with a monopod.
The Fusion will ship in November for $700.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Fusion is a capability coming in 2018 through an update to the GoPro app. Dubbed “OverCapture” it will allow Fusion users to record a spherical video and then use their phone to easily crop-out a flat, 16:9 HD video from the footage. In a demo of the feature during the Fusion’s launch, GoPro showed a user cropping footage just by moving a smartphone through a spherical video (following a skateboarder).
GoPro is also updating its flagship action camera. The new Hero 6 records 4K video at up to 60p, 2.7K at 120p and 1080 video at 240p. GoPro improved the electronic image stabilization in the camera, stabilizing across six axes vs. four on the Hero 5.
The Hero 6 is GoPro’s first camera that uses the company’s own custom built image processor. Thanks to its new GP1 chip, GoPro says the Hero 6 delivers improved dynamic range, better color reproduction, better low light performance and more manual control. There’s also a new touch zoom (digital zoom) feature.
The Hero 6 can automatically send videos to your phone where the GoPro app will automatically edit them, add effects and spit out your own highlight reel. The Hero 6’s Wi-Fi connection will be faster than the Hero 5, GoPro said.
Like the Hero 5, the 6 features a touch display and is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet without a housing.
The Hero 6 will cost $500 and is available now.