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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 than how they have traditionally packaged 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. You 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 includes 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 manufacturers 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 watertight 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 a removable watertight 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 won’t be long before there are many third party accessories made for the GoPro Fusion. One accessory already being made is a silicone sleeve for the Fusion to help protect the body from scratches. This silicone 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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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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Editing Apps: Tips & Tutorials

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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