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GoPro Fusion details LEAKED: specifications, features, price, release date revealed

GoPro Fusion leak
GoPro Fusion leak

Nokishita Camera, a Japanese camera news and rumor site, posted a leak of the GoPro Fusion manual, which included the Fusion’s specifications and features.  In addition, it appears GoPro has accidentally leaked the price and release date for the Fusion.

A couple of days ago, Nokishita posted a leak of the GoPro Fusion manual.


The manual appeared to contain only boring details and the link was taken down, and that seemed the end of it, without much controversy.  However, I read the manual closely, and I found that buried in it were almost all of the specifications and features for the GoPro Fusion!

Here is a video:

SPECIFICATIONS:
– Video resolution: 5.7K @ 24 fps or 5.2K @ 30fps. The video uses a 16:9 aspect ratio. Can also shoot 60fps @ 3K (3008 x 1504).
– Photo resolution: 18 MP (approximately 6000 x 3000). Can take photos in burst mode (up to 30fps). Can take photos in Raw format (The GoPro gpr format, based on the DNG format). Does not necessarily mean stitched in Raw.
– ISO (photos): 100 to 800
– ISO (videos): 100 to 6400
– Shutter speed: up to 30 seconds. Long enough for light painting and night sky photos.
– USB Type C

GoPro Fusion
GoPro Fusion

FEATURES
OverCapture – Lets you use the 360 video to create a traditional 16:9 video in 1080p resolution, with full control of the perspective.

Protune mode: you can set the ISO limit and set exposure compensation (+/- 2.0EV). I don’t know yet if the Fusion has Protune flat color mode (for maximum dynamic range), although I suspect it does.

Waterproof up to 16 feet without a housing like a Hero5 Black (.  However, just because a camera is waterproof doesn’t mean it can take good underwater photos or videos.

Voice control.  This feature is similar to GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session.  Voice control is a useful feature for an action camera such as the Fusion because it allows hands-free operation of the Fusion when you might otherwise be occupied

GPS location tagging.  This feature is useful mapping, among other things.  However, the user manual did not mention Google Street View.  Nonetheless I suspect the photos will be compatible with StreetView.

Quikcapture: When Fusion is in standby, you can quickly capture a spontaneous moment by pressing the shutter button.  This will automatically wake up the camera and begin recording.  Alternatively, you can hold down the shutter button from standby to use Quikcapture with a time lapse photo.

Video highlights: You can bookmark highlights in your videos that will later make it easier to edit the video.  Highlights can be marked either by pressing a button on the Fusion, or with a voice command, either “GoPro Highlight” or “That was sick” (:D).

In addition to a time lapse video mode, Fusion has an intervalometer (time lapse photo mode). The intervals can be as short as 0.5 second to as long as 60 seconds.  There is also a separate night lapse photo mode that can take sequential photos with long exposures.  This can help create photos of star trails.

Remo waterproof voice activated remote: Fusion is compatible with the Remo waterproof voice activated remote for the Hero5 Black.

Can record while charging.  The side door can be removed to make it easier to connect a USB cable while recording.

Loop recording.

It has TWO micro SD cards.  It seems that this means it uses one Micro SD card for each lens,  which has important implications.  First, it implies that there’s probably no in-camera stitching.  It also means there is probably no live streaming capability.  Fortunately, you can view in 360 using the app: “You can move the device itself or navigate with the touch screen to explore the full 360˚ image.”  I suspect that is a low-resolution version that is stitched on the fly.  I don’t know however, if you can get a fully stitched live preview.  It might be possible to preview one lens at a time.

For the workflow, they recommend connecting the camera via USB to your PC. However, for Raw photos, you need to transfer them via Micro SD card one at a time.

QUESTIONS
– Aperture: we don’t know yet the exact aperture.
– Image stabilization: the sample videos shown by GoPro have stabilization.  What’s not yet clear is whether the stabilization is from the Fusion’s internal gyroscope, or if it’s software-based stabilization.  The latter is often effective but very time-consuming, often complicated, and always processor-intensive.
– The manual states that the Fusion has 3 microphones on top.  However, we don’t know yet whether that means it has 360 audio.

GoPro Fusion has 3 microphones
GoPro Fusion has 3 microphones

PRICE: The price seems to be approximately $1,000 (Thanks to Al Caudullo for spotting this!)  In a promo launched by GoPro (see below), GoPro specified that the estimated retail value of one GoPro Fusion is $1,000.  It’s possible that this is only a placeholder, or that the prize in the contest includes other prizes, which would mean the Fusion is only a portion of the $1,000 estimated value.  However, it seems to be in GoPro’s interest to disclose all the prizes involved to maximize the level of interest.

If it really is $1,000, the Fusion would be the most expensive 360 camera for prosumers.  Even with 5.7K video, it would be $200 more than the Garmin Virb 360, and $600 more than the Yi 360 VR, both of which are also capable of 5.7K video.

One possible justification for the price may be the stitching software. Kolor Autopano Video Pro costs $749.  If Fusion requires AVP for stitching, that could explain why the bundle costs $1,000.

RELEASE DATE: On or around March 31, 2018.  The same GoPro Fusion promo specifies that they will be shipping the Fusion cameras to the winners around March 31, 2018.  This seems to imply that the release date is around that time.

HOW YOU CAN WIN ONE. GoPro has a promo where they are giving away one free GoPro Fusion each day for 28 days!  See here!  Thank you very much to Al Caudullo for sharing this promo!

Thank you very much to Imre Soltesz for bringing this to my attention!

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  • Assuming even some of your assumptions are true, GoPro will have a big dud on its hands. In March 2018 the next best thing will already be out and the Fusion will be a 360 electronic footnote. I’m been a GoPro user for several years but they are really falling behind.

  • No…not Mr Negative today..;) wondering what Fusion can do that not Garmin Virb can do? Seams equal to me with only a few differencies (for example $200…)? Wonder what extra features the Garmin Virb 2 will have that the Fusion 1 do not have in march 18… Both the Fusion and the Garmin seems to be very good cams with high quality videos and more. Only overpriced IMO. I still put my vote for the Yi 360 cam…will be exciting when we know what features it really has…and not only rumors.

  • Wow, I’m really wishing there was an updated Nikon keymission version II on the horizon, or even better, a Sony 360 camera with their own wonderful 1″ sensors for $1K. It looks like renting an Insta360 Pro is a good option for anyone that needs an all in one photo/video/live solution with prosumer quality but can’t justify $3500 to own one (non-profits/schools and colleges). Otherwise, the low-cost Insta360 One is very tempting for web and social media use.

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