£650 / $700 www.gopro.com
The Fusion is slimmer than the Garmin Virb 360 and Nikon’s KeyMission 360; like its two action cam rivals, it’s waterproof, though only down to a depth of 5m.
With a maximum video resolution of 5.2K, the Fusion uses ‘overcapture’ to allow the extraction of regular ‘flat’ Full HD movies from its spherical footage. The extra resolution can be exploited either by the companion smartphone app or by the free-to-download GoPro Fusion Studio software.
The QuickCapture button starts recording with a single press, even if the camera is switched off, and there’s a Photo button that does the same. You can also use voice commands to start and stop recordings and add Highlight Tags to find key moments later.
Like other 360 cameras, the Fusion is effectively two cameras back to back. Oddly, though, it requires two matched microSD cards to go with them, which makes image transfer to a computer more fiddly later on. Stills and video quality are good, but both show more colour fringing than we found in the Virb 360.
PROS Slimline design; simple controls; reliable app and Wi-Fi connectivity
CONS Twin-card media storage; lacks toughness of Virb and KeyMission; price