GoPro has announced the GoPro Max, price tag £479.99/$499.99, its latest 360 camera which adds a touchscreen, in-camera stitching and key tech from its sibling, the GoPro Hero8 Black.

You can buy the GoPro Max and its accessories at retailers such as Adorama, B&H Photo Video, Park Cameras and Wex Photo Video.

A replacement to the GoPro Fusion, the company’s first 360 camera launched a couple years ago, it’s quite significant that GoPro has abandoned the Fusion moniker altogether.

We tested the Fusion extensively, and while it produced some really nice images and video like you’d expect from a GoPro camera, it was a bit of a nightmare to use. It required two separate microSD cards, for one. This meant that you had to stitch your photos and videos in GoPro’s then first-generation software.

Rendering 360 videos from the Fusion at full resolution took hours upon hours, even using a pro-spec MacBook.

In-camera stitching

Thankfully, it appears GoPro has recognised those limitations with the Fusion and rectified them with the Max. The GoPro Max uses just one memory card and stitches all content within the camera.

This should make it infinitely simpler to share your images and videos with the world.

Video frame rates

The GoPro Max can shoot 360 video in 5.6K resolution at up to 30fps. However, it’s worth noting that when shooting with just one of the camera’s dual lenses, resolution is limited to 1440p at 60fps or 1080p at 60fps.

GoPro Max Audio

The Max features six microphones built into its body to capture spherical audio. What’s more, you can prioritise audio from one side of the camera.

Body design

The GoPro Max is smaller than the Fusion and adds the new folding fingers we saw added to the Hero8 Black. The folding fingers mean you can now attach different mounts and accessories directly to the camera.

There’s also a new dedicated touchscreen for playing back your footage, which is certainly a unique addition to a 360 camera. Most 360 cameras rely on your smartphone for this capability, so the touchscreen puts the GoPro Max in its own league.

GoPro Hero8 technology

GoPro has also taken the opportunity to include some of the signature technology of its Hero action cameras. First and foremost is its new HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation technology.

Max HyperSmooth effectively removes the need for a gimbal by providing stabilisation across three axes. It also now provides an automatic horizon leveller and is available in all resolutions and frame rates.

Max TimeWarp provides fluid movements through time, with scene detection.

Other key features of the GoPro Max include a PowerPano mode for 270-degree panoramic images, 13 voice commands, built-in GPS and the ability to re-frame your 360 videos from any vantage point as traditional videos.

GoPro Max Price & Availability

The GoPro Max price tag is £479.99 / $499.99 with a release date set for October 15, when it will begin shipping worldwide.

From the Official GoPro Max press release:

GoPro Max Price & Key Features

  • Price: £479.99

  • Built-In, Folding Mounting Fingers

  • HERO + 360° Capture Modes – Switch between traditional HERO-style video and photo or immersive 360° footage.

  • Max HyperSmooth – Max gives you unbreakable stabilisation by using 180° capture as the ultimate buffer.

  • In-Camera Horizon Levelling – In HERO mode, game-changing horizon levelling gives you that silky-smooth cinematic look.

  • Max TimeWarp – Warps time in both 360° and HERO modes. In HERO mode, TimeWarp automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting + change from slow capture to real time in one tap.

  • Digital Lenses – Four digital lenses make selecting a field of view easy and include the ultra-immersive Max SuperView option.

  • Max SuperView – Our widest, most immersive view yet can be applied using digital lenses.

  • PowerPano – Pano without the pan. Take incredible 270° distortion-free panoramic photos without having to scan the horizon. Perfect for capturing action shots and epic selfies.

  • Premium Image Quality – 5.6K30 360° video, 1440p60 and 1080p60 HERO video, 5.5-MP HERO photos and 6.2-MP PowerPano photos.

  • Premium 360° + Stereo Audio – Six mics capture true-to-life 360° audio and deliver the best stereo sound ever from a GoPro.

  • Directional Audio – Directional audio in HERO mode lets you prioritise sound from either side of the camera, no matter which lens you’re using – perfect for vlogging.

  • In-Camera Stitching – Offload and edit your 360° footage in the GoPro app.

  • Reframe + the GoPro App – Use the new keyframe-based workflow in the app to easily Reframe 360° footage into traditional videos and photos you can play back, edit or share.

  • 1080p Live Streaming – Capture in HERO mode and share while you’re there in HyperSmooth stabilisation.

  • Rugged and Waterproof – Waterproof without a housing to 5 m.

  • Voice Control – 13 commands in 15 languages and dialects.

  • GPS-Enabled – GPS captures your location, altitude and speed. Add GPS performance stickers to your videos in the GoPro app.

  • Scene Detection – In HERO mode, Max knows if you’re in the snow, at the beach, underwater and more.

  • Auto Backup to the Cloud with GoPro PLUS – Offload videos and photos from Max to the cloud – automatically.

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