My fears came true — I killed my GoPro Fusion (reviewed here). It happened over the weekend, while I was working on my video review for the GoPro Fusion. Unfortunately, it got knocked over in one scene and you can see the lens got scratched up pretty badly.
My plan was to skate over the Fusion. I had rehearsed the scene a few times with a practice target and was able to do it fine in the test shots, but on the actual shot with the actual camera, sadly I knocked over the Fusion!
The Fusion is kind of pricey for a 360 camera, and unlike the Hero 5 Black or Hero 6, the lens is not user-replaceable, nor is there an external housing for it. That’s why I added GoPro’s protection plan when I preordered the Fusion.
But GoPro’s current protection plan costs $5 per month ($60 per year) and it has a deductible, which they call a service fee, of $129. It’s a lot cheaper than having to buy a new camera at full price, but it’s not that cheap either. To GoPro’s credit they said they are thinking about making an exception and offering a replacement free of charge. We’ll see.
At the time I bought the Fusion, Gopro.com was the only place to get the Fusion. But now you can also buy it from Amazon. And that’s important because Amazon offers an protection plan that costs less (around $57 for 4 years) and has no deductible. Hopefully you will never need to use it, but if you get a Fusion, I very strongly recommend a protection plan — either Amazon’s or GoPro Care — until GoPro releases a housing for the Fusion.