GoPro Fu­sion

£650 / $700 www.gopro.com

Digital Camera World - - KIT ZONE -

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

Ver­dict

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