GoPro Fusion Review

I’ve made a post on the forum and it’s not pretty, I like the hardware, it’s excellent. Unfortunately the software is a disaster. The camera has been available for over 2 years now, and gopro has done nothing to improve the situation, and they’re preparing a new 360 camera for launch. Unless they launch a new app for editing 360 videos that’s as good as the Insta360 One X app, then I can see this being a disaster for Gopro, and rumour is that they’re struggling to stay afloat.

https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=53

 

This video shows how easy is is to use the Insta350 Studio to edit and reframe a 360 video. Sadly the Fusion requires three different types of software to acheive the same thing.

1. Gopro Fusion Studio to stitch the 2 cameras together (even on my beast AMD Ryzen 2700x, 16GB RAM and all SSD drives it takes hours and hours and hours just to stitch them.

2. Corel Paintsop Pro 2019 for Tiny Planet photos. £55

3. Adobe Premier for the video, keyframing and reframing the views. £20 per month for as long as you’ll use it.

The insta360 Studio does all this in the app that comes with the camera and for free.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard – A NEW TOY!

I recently and finally bought a Phantom 3 standard, now that the price had dropped, originally these cost over £1000 and were well outside my budget.

I got mine from Curry’s UK at a bargain price of £420 (I price matched Jessops for a £30+ discount). Being the standard, it’s basic, but complete and ready to fly, and it can record up to 2.7K at 25FPS. Not only that, as you can see the picture quality IS truly remarkable. The only thing letting it down… the noobie operator.

I did a couple of test flights at home and in Keighley and I kept away from people and buildings. No major incidents and when it’s on basic flight mode, it’s actually easy to fly. It’s limited to just a few feet distance, 30 feet I think, and no more than 120 feet high, turn basic off and you’re left with a mental machine that CAN fly up to 8KM away (with a modded antenna), or with a normal antenna up to ½ a mile, still not too shabby at all. But that’s in perfect conditions, line-of-sight, no interference from radio or cell towers, no wifi and no bluetooth to screw things up. Throw these into the mix and distance is reduced, though I spoke to a guy today who said he’s had his P3 pro at 6,000 feet high!

There are LEGAL limitations though, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will not let you fly within 50 feet of people, no higher than 400ft and no closer than 150ft to buildings. You can learn to pilot a drone at a CAA school and get a pilots commercial licence, and fly within these limits, but only with permission and a flight plan, then you need liability insurance too. The cost of these is prohibitive, the CAA licence is up to £1500 and the insurance is £500+ too. So drop £2000 if you want to earn a living from flying a drone, and that’s before you actually buy the thing, accessories and safety equipment.

That said, I’m only in this for the sheer enjoyment, so enjoy the video… excuse the noobiness and remember I’ve only had it a few days.