GoPro has a brand new action camera on the way that'll let users film their skydives, wave rides and wipeouts in 360 degress.
It's called the Fusion camera and, thanks to the spherical lens, captures all angles simultaneously. The shooting is handled at a whopping 5.2K resolution at 30 frames-per-second.
Fusion is a step into the 360 camera market that other brands, like Samsung , are already exploring. Part of the attraction of these kind of cameras is that they produce movies that can be viewed in virtual reality headsets.
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman (Photo: Getty)
“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.”
The new camera is going to be made available to "professional content creators" through a pilot scheme first, before being released to the public.
A typical GoPro promotional image
If you're not the type to strap on a wingsuit and go blazing through canyons, you'll possibly be able to get hold of it by the end of the year. Realistically, we might not see it on sale in the UK until 2018.
By shooting at such a high resolution, the Fusion will allow users to "punch out" single images or 2D video streams at regular 1080p high definition from the spherical content.
YouTube already supports 3D videos and GoPro uploaded a brief promotional video to the site showing the Fusion's prowess. You can watch the video below and drag the perspective around using a mouse or your finger.
"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," said Jess Foley, GoPro's senior product manager of spherical solutions.
"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."
The last new product from GoPro was the Karma drone, which had to be recalled after a design fault led to it dropping from the sky. It's now back on sale.
The drone comes with a small controller that has a touchscreen and a couple of joysticks. It has GPS, and uses Wi-Fi and radio signals to stay in touch with the pilot from up to 1km away.
A 3-axis gimbal at the front helps stabilise the four rotors for smooth video footage. Like other drones on the market, it will takeoff, land and return to the controller with a single button press.
It also has a cable-cam mode, which lets you set two points on a map and the drone will automatically fly between them.
The Karma has received good reviews from critics, but costs an eye-watering £719. That goes up to £999 if you buy it together with a HERO5 or HERO4 camera.