Conclusion

What we like What we'd like to see improved
  • OverCapture (mobile app)
  • Impressive image stabilization
  • Good image stitching
  • Removable battery
  • Waterproof
  • Useful selfie stick
  • Bug fixes on mobile app
  • Improvements to OverCapture editing on desktop app
  • 60p recording currently limited to 3K mode
  • No lens protection
  • Requires two SD cards to operate
  • No external charger

While most 360 cameras focus on the 360 aspect first, GoPro seems to have taken a different approach. On the Fusion, 360 is really a delivery vehicle for OverCapture, and it's a tremendously fun and creative way to produce flat frame videos. In the process, GoPro has also tackled two difficult aspects of spherical capture – stitching and stabilization – quite effectively.

The Fusion straddles the line between great concept and not-quite-there-yet, but there’s no question that GoPro is onto something here.

If adventure and action sports are your forté, or you’re dedicated to the GoPro ecosystem, the Fusion is definitely worth a look. OverCapture works really well, and opens the door to some very creative possibilities that just aren't there with a standard action camera. Just remember that resolution will be noticeably lower than a 4K action cam, but it's probably fine if your audience is primarily on mobile.

If you're curious about 360 video, the Fusion is a great way to give it a try. Or, if you’re a dedicated 360 video producer and your main focus is to create content for headsets and the VR medium, then the Fusion is a good tool to have in your kit as well. But if quality VR is your top priority, you may not want to rely on the Fusion as your main camera. The connectivity issues I encountered could be problematic on some shoots, and as a two-lens camera it's a bit on the expensive side relative to other consumer VR cameras.

The Fusion charges via USB-C, no charger ships in the box.

The Fusion straddles the line between great concept and not-quite-there-yet, but there’s no question that GoPro is onto something here. I really want to love this camera as it has so much potential, but at $699 it occupies a challenging price zone. You can get similar OverCapture-style results out of a Rylo for a couple hundred dollars less, or other two-lens consumer 360 cameras at even lower price points. Conversely, for serious VR work you could get a Vuze VR stereoscopic (3D) camera with 8 lenses and really solid stitching for about $100 more. That said, the Fusion is a really fun device that can get you footage most other action camera's won't, and if that's what you're looking for it's definitely worth consideration.

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