GoPro goes all-in on VR with new 5.2K action camera

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Will this bring VR over the hump?

GoPro just announced its most powerful action camera yet, and it doesn’t shoot 4K.

The Fusion has the power of “six GoPro cameras fused into one,” and films virtual reality in 5.2K resolution at 30 frames per second. It also has what GoPro calls OverCapture technology, which lets videographers grab conventional non-VR video in HD quality from spherical 5.2K scenes. The company says it is capable of “punching out” VR video into 2D, making the camera suitable for televisions, phones, and VR headsets.

GoPro posted 360-degree video on YouTube, though you’ll only be able to view it at a measly 4K. Make sure you have a solid internet connection before cranking the settings up to their highest quality:

The camera will first be released in a pilot program, and is expected to ship sometime this summer. GoPro says it will let select brands, agencies, and content professionals beta test the camera so it can further refine the user experience.

As always, the Fusion will be compatible with GoPro mounts and handheld accessories. Its commercial release is expected by the end of 2017.

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