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A Review Of The GoPro Fusion 360 Camera – 30 Days In

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So GoPro’s new 360-degree camera the GoPro fusion has been out to the general public for about a month now and I have been able to play with it quite a bit a feel I am ready to present my opinions on it. Anyone who knows me and my YouTube channel knows that I am a fan of GoPro as a brand and company. I love all the products that have been released and have very little in the way of negative comments on most of their products. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the GoPro Fusion. Watch our full YouTube review.

In my opinion, there are currently better options for those who want to purchase their first 360 camera.

Rylo 360 Camera: http://amzn.to/2yMsBhF
Insta360 One: http://amzn.to/2BzIvRW
GoPro Fusion: http://amzn.to/2GE51rK

 


So as stated in my video review, the GoPro Fusion, in my opinion, was not ready for a general public release I feel this is still a beta product. There is much work needed to be done on the software/firmware for both the camera, mobile app and desktop app. GoPro did state that the mobile app would not be available until early 2018. This does raise the question of why release the camera when the software that is needed to make it fully usable not ready to go. I think that there are many that have been very disappointed in the workflow needed to get any kind of usable results from footage shot on the GoPro Fusion.

The software for the PC (Fusion Studio) is limited to what can be done and saying it is full of bugs and glitches is an understatement. I was disappointed myself in the fact that there is no timeline in Fusion Studio where one can create keyframes to add movement when punching out a tradition flat 1080 video with over-capture and that is if you are even able to get the software to recognize the camera at all. I don’t know if that feature will even be added! Right now the only way to create interesting visual effects is by using the VR plugins for Adobe Premier, unfortunately, this is not an option for many…including myself.

Now I do have high hopes for the GoPro Fusion and I think next year when we get the full feature-rich mobile app and possibly an updated desktop app this will unlock to full amazing potential of the GoPro fusion. As it stands I do believe there is better consumer grade 360 cameras on the market that are simply amazing with a great a user experience and software that is powerful and easy to use.

Rylo 360 Camera (USA) http://amzn.to/2yMsBhF
Rylo 360 Camera (CAN) http://amzn.to/2yMerNt

Insta360 One (USA) http://amzn.to/2BzIvRW
Insta360 One (CAN) http://amzn.to/2ByoBGT


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GoPro Fusion / 360 Cameras

Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick | Review & Sample Footage

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Why on earth would you ever need a 118 inch (almost 10 feet) extension pole, watch our video review to find out! In this review, we are taking a closer look at the new 118 extended edition selfie stick from Insta360. This super long selfie stick is intended to be used with small 360 cameras such as the Insta360 One or Rylo 360 camera. I even mounted my GoPro Hero 6 Black on it and was able to get some interesting photos.

When you mount your 360 Camera on a long extension pole such as this, it really gives you an interesting perspective. It can really make it look as if there is a camera floating quite a ways out in front of you or above you, almost similar to the view a drone would give. When used in conjunction with a tripod base you can also get some really stunning 360 photos.

One downfall due to the length of the selfie stick, there can be some flex in the pole which can sometimes be visible in the shot, any wobble or shake, however, is removed by the 360 cameras stabilization software. Heavy cameras such as the GoPro Fusion cannot be used with this extension pole, they are too heavy and cause too much of a curve in the stick.

If you will be mounting the Rylo 360 camera you will need to get a GoPro tripod adapter, I recommend the one by Smatree due to the fact it doesn’t have the extreme curve that most similar GoPro tripod adapters have. When filming with 360 cameras keeping you camera exactly center over the extension pole is extremely important in order to have the pole invisible in the video.

Alternatively, you may want to take a look at the super long extension pole from Telesin. It is very similar to the Insta360 Extended selfie stick but comes in at only 106 inches. A tiny bit shorter but quite a bit cheaper. Long extension poles like this are one of those accessories you will not use every day but can really enhance your videos and photos from time to time and I think makes a perfect compliment to you 360 camera bag.

Insta360 Extension Pole: https://bit.ly/2ASFAEP
Telesin Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2OoR0Ch
Smatree GoPro Mount: https://amzn.to/2KBBS29
Tripod Base: https://amzn.to/2nlQqtm
Rylo 360 Camera: https://amzn.to/2OPSWEG
Insta360 One Camera: https://amzn.to/2nlTDck

 

 

Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick

 

Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick has a 1/4 inch tripod thread for mounting cameras.

 

The bottom of the Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick contains a 1/4 inch tripod thread.

 

You can add a tripod base to the bottom of the Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick to help get interesting 360 photos.

 

The Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick compared to the Telesin extra long extension pole.

 

I recommend using the Smatree Tripod adapter with 360 extension poles as the mount lines up with the center of the pole unlike may similar mounts. This is very important to make the pole invisible.

 

If using the Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick with a Rylo 360 camera or GoPro you will need to use a tripod GoPro adapter.

 

Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick with a GoPro Hero 6 Black mounted.

 


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Make Animations From Your 360 Photos | Free App & Tutorial

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Here is a little video tutorial showing you how you can create fun and dynamic animations from your existing 360-degree photos with a free app called Theta+. This app can be download for free from the app store and allows you to edit still 360 photos or turn them into animations with preset templates and effects. For those who want more control, the app also has a manual mode which allows you to get very creative with its easy to use interface. This app will work with 360 photos take on most of today’s most popular 360 cameras such as the Rylo 360, GoPro Fusion and the Insta360 One among many others. Watch our video for a quick demonstration and samples.

The following 360 cameras are compatible with this app.

Insta360 One: https://amzn.to/2lQmB3D
Rylo 360: https://amzn.to/2MCmhAz
GoPro Fusion: https://amzn.to/2Mz6ti7

Theta+ App: Direct Link

 


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