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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What Is The Best Portable Travel Camera In 2019
The last part of 2018 saw the release of many new small and portable cameras that are perfect for travel and adventuring, most notably the GoPro Hero 7 Black, the DJI Osmo Pocket and the Insta360 One X. These cameras are all quite different and take a different approach to capturing footage. I have used all 3 cameras extensively in my personal life and in reviews and testing for my YouTube channel. I think all 3 cameras are very impressive and can capture beautiful content, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. But if I had to make a recommendation to someone who was in the market to purchase just one of these cameras for capturing their travels the choice for me is pretty easy.
I recently was able to test all 3 cameras out in a travel situation as I took my family on holidays to the Dominican Republic to get some fun in the sun and a break from the harsh Canadian winter. I took all the 3 cameras with me in my Minimalist Camera Travel Kit and used them all to capture memories of our trip. To cut to the chase I would definitely recommend if you want to purchase one small camera to capture your holidays when traveling the GoPro Hero 7 Black is still your best choice and there are several reasons why.
The first reason is its waterproof capabilities right out of the box. The GoPro Hero 7 Black is waterproof up to 33 feet as is without any additional housing. For most of us, this is more than enough. If you are a diver you can purchase a waterproof casing that lets you go even deeper. Both the Insta360 One X and the DJI Osmo Pocket are not waterproof and require additional housing. This can add cost to your setup not to mention more time to set up as well as more gear to carry. With The Hero 7 Black it is quick and easy to use in the water, just power on and go. Paired with the GoPro floating hand grip you have a camera with a comfortable handle that can be used in or out of the water. The handle also has a built-in wrist strap which is also important if your doing activities and you don’t want to chance accidentally dropping your camera.
The second reason is durability, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is built like a tank. This can be very important when traveling. If you are adventurous you may be in situations where your camera may be in a questionable situation and taking a few knocks, with the Hero 7 Black you don’t have to worry about it, it is designed to take some abuse. The insta360 One X has protruding lenses that can be damaged very easily and you always have to take care. I will say the DJI Osmo Pocket is built well and durable to a point. It has a mechanical gimbal that can capture some really nice buttery smooth video, but due to being a mechanical gimbal it does make it a little more delicate. In many ways, the footage for the Osmo Pocket can be smoother than that of the Hero 7 Black that uses electronic image stabilization, even though it’s quite good, in low light situations you can still get some unstable footage. At the end of the day when out adventuring I prefer the durability than extra worry about breaking my camera.
When it comes to durability this can be important especially if you let your kids use your camera when on holidays. Sometimes when trying to capture family moments of your kids it can feel staged, so what I like to do is hand my GoPro to them and let them have fun, the videos captured are more natural and due to the rugged build of the GoPro you don’t have to worry about them breaking it. I would be nervous about handing over my Osmo Pocket to my 1o-year-old.
Now when comparing the DJI Osmo Pocket to the GoPro Hero 7 Black, another important thing to consider is batteries. The Osmo Pocket has a built-in battery and they can not be replaced, were as the Hero 7 Black has batteries that can be swapped out when they are getting low. This is super important when traveling. You need a camera that can capture what you need throughout the day without having to stop every few hours to recharge it.
Now the GoPro Hero 7 Black does have some disadvantages over the Osmo Pocket, first off your footage will have that GoPro look, meaning the photos and videos will have a slight fisheye look. This is due to the extremely wide angle lens of the GoPro. The wide angle is nice when capturing footage but if this can be an issue for some. The Osmo Pocket also has many intelligent shooting modes such as tracking a face detection. It also can shoot stunning panoramas which the Hero 7 Black is not capable of.
At the end of the day no matter which camera you choose you will be happy. All three cameras are excellent and well worth the money. I just find the Hero 7 Black is a good and affordable all in one camera that can help you capture your memories with little effort or worry.
Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2H2M9qw
GoPro Floating Grip: https://amzn.to/2EzxTSx
Insta360 One X: https://amzn.to/2EMx0rl
DJI Osmo Pocket (DJI Website) http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
DJI Osmo Pocket (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2XDRI3R
Insta360 One X Review and Thoughts
It has been a couple of months since I made my “First Impressions” and unboxing video of insta360’s latest consumer 360 camera the Insta360 One X. This 360 camera is the succsesser to the original Insta360 One which, for the most part, was a pretty good camera for its price point. The folks at Insta360 have bumped up the spec’s and improved every aspect of this camera to make it one of my favorite 360 cameras now on the market. All these new improvements did come at a cost, the original 360 one retailed for $299 and the new One X now retails for $399. I guess price increases are inevitable in life.
I don’t want to make this article all about specs and numbers, but more about my user experience with this camera. I figure if your reading this you have already done your research about what the camera is capable of and are just looking for a review of its performance. I have been filming almost daily with this camera since I have purchased it and I must say I could not be happier. The quality of the new 5.7K video is pretty good, as are the 18MP photos. I must say however that I do find some of the videos a little soft sometimes but definitely a huge improvement over the original Insta360 one. The new wireless capability is very handy. It makes controlling you 360 camera remotely quite easy, and being able to transfer your media to your smartphone wirelessly is way more convenient than having to plug the camera into a smartphone every time. The new higher frame rate is a nice touch as well, you are able to get a slow-motion video with decent quality. Now slow motion is not something I do very often with my 360 camera, I usually save that for my GoPro, but it is nice to have it when needed.
One of the things I like best about the Insta360 One X is the software, the intuitive mobile app is what really brings out the power of 360 videos. Personally, I am not one to film in 360 to share as 360 spherical videos. I like to reframe and export tradition 16:9 aspect videos. The insta360 app for smartphone makes this as easy as can be and they offer several ways in which to do it depending on how you like to edit. The flowstate stabilization really is some kind of magic, its crazy to watch back the video and see just how smooth it is, even when you know just how much the camera was actually moving. This can make the Insta360 One X even better than a GoPro in some situations. GoPros are more durable but when you factor in you no longer need a gimbal to get a silky smooth shot definitely gives the Insta360 One X the edge. The new timeshift feature in the software is definitely a welcome addition. This new feature allows you to easily create beautiful hyperlapses and they even take it a step further by allowing you to add some speed ramping effects which takes your hyperlapse to a whole new level.
The Insta360 One X has a brand new look, it’s sleek and modern with a new LCD screen which you to change setting right on the camera without having to plug it into your phone. The ability to now swap out batteries is definitely a nice touch too, no more having to stop filming because the battery dies. All in all, this is definitely my favorite 360 camera going into 2019, I look forward to seeing what new software features will be introduced as we move forward, insta360 is always good at innovating and making an existing product even better with software updates.
If you are in the market for a 360 camera definitely take a look at the Insta360 One X!
Watch my unboxing and first impressions video below.
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