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Unboxing The GoPro Fusion | Video and Photos

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Here we are unboxing the new GoPro Fusion. The GoPro Fusion was first introduced in the spring earlier this year and all summer long GoPro teased us with promo videos on their social media channels. GoPro official introduced the Fusion alongside the Hero 6 Black at the 2017 launch event. Pre-orders of the GoPro Fusion open immediately after the event with a shipping estimate of November 30. That date slipped for a few weeks to December 7 before jumping up to a shipping date of November 24. GoPro even beat that date and started shipping the pre-orders around the 15th of November. Mine arrived at my door on November 20th. Currently the only place to purchase a Fusion is on the GoPro website. I have read other retailers will not be selling the Fusion until sometime in 2018. Watch our unboxing video on YouTube.

GoPro Fusion: http://amzn.to/2Exe00q

 


Recommended Memory for the GoPro Fusion

Make sure you use the correct memory for your GoPro Fusion. GoPro has a list of recommended memory that works with Fusion.

SanDisk Extreme 64 GB (USA) http://amzn.to/2BoZ93R

SanDisk Extreme 64 GB (CANADA) http://amzn.to/2hVkrxw

SanDisk Extreme 128 GB (USA) http://amzn.to/2A6E3sG

SanDisk Extreme 128 GB (CANADA) http://amzn.to/2zDBfnR

The packaging for the GoPro Fusion is quite different that how they have traditionally package their cameras in the past. The fusion ships in a simple black cardboard box with cardboard banding containing printed information of the Fusion.

 

The GoPro fusion ships in a very simple black box.

 

When you open the box you are greeted with a nice extension handle / tripod called the Fusion Grip, a small camera case containing the Fusion and a separate compartment holding some other goodies.

A view of the GoPro Fusion box opened showing how the hardware is packaged.

 

Here is a view of all the hardware included inside the fusion box. The box includes:

  • Fusion Camera
  • Fusion Camera Case
  • Thumb Screw
  • 2 Large Adhesive Mounts
  • Fusion Grip
  • USB-C Cable
  • Fusion Battery
  • Documentation

A view of all the hardware included inside the GoPro Fusion Box.

 

This is the first time that GoPro has included a small camera case with one of their camera’s. This is due to the fact the fusion has 2 lenses, one on either side that protrude out from the body of the camera.  The case allows for the camera to be stored safely inside a camera bag or backpack without scratching the lenses.

A closer look at the included GoPro Fusion camera case.

 

The protective Fusion camera case has a slit in the bottom even when zipped up. This allows you to leave mounts attached to the Fusion such as the fusion grip or extension poles when in the case.

Here is the fusion camera attached to the Fusion grip while in the protective case.

 

It’s really nice that GoPro included the Fusion Grip with the kit. The Fusion Grip allows you to get nice views while the camera is held away from you. This will also allow the software to remove the extension pole from the final video or photo. This grip is also nice for using with other models of GoPro cameras such as the Session or the Hero 5 / 6 Black. The Fusion grip can be purchased separately as well on the GoPro website for those who would like it but don’t want to purchase the whole camera kit. The Fusion grip extends from 9in to 22in.

A view of the GoPro Fusion Grip while in the closed position.

 

Here is a view of the GoPro Fusion Grip fully extended to 22 inches.

 

The handle of the GoPro Fusion Grip also folds out into a tripod. This allows you to place the camera on the ground or a table while taking 360 photos or videos. Your can use the extension feature as well when in tripod mode.

A view of the GoPro Fusion Grip when in the tripod mode.

 

The GoPro fusion camera kit also include two large adhesive mounts. The mounts are quite large compared to the mounts that normally come with GoPro cameras. This is due to the size of the fusion. Another difference is these mounts already have prong mounts attached unlike GoPro’s normal adhesive mounts that use the buckle system.

A closer look at the adhesive mounts that are included with the GoPro Fusion.

 

The fusion is quite different in the fact that it is the first GoPro camera to have the traditional finger or prong mounts built-in. Normally the mounts are part of a housing or frame. With the fusion it has a removable prong mount built right into the body of the camera. One theory as to why it is removable is that GoPro may plan on releasing other mounting options for the fusion, possibly a special mount for the Karma Drone…one can hope.  Removable prongs allow for easy replacement if the prongs happen to get damaged. This also opens the door for third-party manufactures to develop their own array of specialty mounts. I don’t think it won’t be long before we see an accessory that has 1/4 tripod thread mount instead of prongs.

Here is a view of the removable prong mount on the GoPro Fusion.

 

The USB-C charging / data  port of the Fusion is hidden inside a water tight door near the top of the camera. Like other GoPro cameras you can power the Fusion via a power bank or by plugging the unit directly into a wall. This allows for extended shooting. Like previous cameras this side door is removable as not to get in the way when using an external power source.

A view of the GoPro Fusion USB-C charging / data port with removable water tight door.

 

The GoPro fusion has a new larger battery than the Hero line of cameras, after all the battery now has to power two lenses. The battery compartment also contains two slots for memory cards. Yes the Fusion requires two memory cards for use, one for the front lens and one for the back lens.

A view of the battery compartment and two memory card slots of the GoPro Fusion.

 

It wont be long before there are many third part accessories made for the GoPro Fusion. One accessory already being made is a silicon sleeve for the Fusion to help protect the body from scratches. This silicon sleeve does not protect the lenses so you must still be very cautious.

Fusion Silicon Sleeve (USA) http://amzn.to/2zFFyiw

Fusion Silicon Sleeve (CAN) http://amzn.to/2BqGKDZ

 

A protective silicone sleeve for the GoPro Fusion.

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Latest Rylo 360 Camera Firmware Update: Remote, Timer and 180 Degree Mode

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In this video we go over some of the new features that Rylo introduced with their latest firmware update for the Rylo 360 camera. Some long overdue features were added and to me the most important one was a photo timer. Up until now there was no way to set a timer which is so important when taking 360 photos. A timer allows you to compose your shot. It gives you time to extend your extension pole if needed and even get out of the shot altogether if mounted on a tripod and you are taking landscape photos. The new firmware update also adds a feature that turns you phone into a remote so you can stop/start recording from a distance or take snap shots. Another interesting feature they included is a new 180 degree mode. This essentially turns off one of the lenses and is ideal for those who mount the Rylo in a chest harness style mount. One lens is covered anyways so why record from it. Some great new updates from Rylo.

Buy Rylo 360 Camera: https://amzn.to/2KNPBDB

 

 

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New FlowState Update For The Insta360 One

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So Insta360 has done something incredible that has just turned the Insta360 One camera into a whole new device. Last week Insta360 released a new update for Insta360 One version 3.0 for the iPhone app and a new firmware update for the camera itself version 2.0. This update introduced a new stabilization technology that they call FlowState and it is just amazing. I have done many test with the new update and I would almost go as far as to call it magic. Even with the camera moving quite dramatically the software was able to stabilize it and make it look nice and smooth.

The new Insta360 update also introduced new editing features such as PivotPoints and SmartTracking. With these new editing features you are able to create smooth videos and re-position the view-point to any angle you so wish.. The points that are created on the timeline can be edited if you wish to make changes which is a very welcome feature. Once you have your points of interested selected you can export the video as a traditional 16×9 video. The smart tracking feature will keep a subject or object in the main viewing area even if the camera is moving. They have also added some new split screen views so you can get a feel of what is happening from both lenses.

This new technology is allowing photographers and cinematographers to capture footage and shots that were not even possible a year or two ago. The Insta360 one is a great alternative to the traditional action camera such as a GoPro. You don’t have to worry about lining up your shots and the footage is just as smooth or if not smother that if you have an action camera mounted in a mechanical gimbal. The real benefit is you can stabilize your shots doing activities that you just cant use a gimbal. Try doing cartwheels with a gimbal…it just doesn’t work, now try it with the Insta360 One and be amazed. One area that really needs to be improved however is the resolution! Most 360 cameras don’t have the sharpest image, but am sure that will improve with time.

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Accessories for the Insta360 One.

Extra Long Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2J78MIv
Manfrotto Selfie Stick: https://amzn.to/2GXVgpT
Water Proof Housing: https://amzn.to/2J92Bnc

Here is our video review of the new Insta360 One FlowState software update with video samples.

 

A screen shot of the Insta360 One iPhone app feature FlowState stabilization and new PivotPoints.

 

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