During GoPro’s October 1 event, the company announced that GoPro Max will be available for $499. The camera is now available for pre-order, with shipping starting October 24.
The camera is being marketed more as a tool for editing flexibility of traditional, fixed-frame content and vlogging (that front-facing screen!) versus a 360-degree camera. However, that’s the beauty of it: it can do it all. That’s how GoPro’s promoting the camera: as “three cameras in one.”
In fact, the choice to NOT refer to the camera as Fusion 2.0 was purposeful. GoPro’s head of product management and user experience Pablo Lema told The Verge that Max aims to give people “the benefits of Fusion…in a different camera.”
Here’s what they’ve changed to make GoPro’s second all-in-one easier to use:
- It’s almost the same size as GoPro’s Hero 8 (same mounting options, similar form factor)
- All footage is saved to one SD card.
- Everything is stitched in camera.
- The front facing screen will assist with vlogging–not just selecting settings and previewing footage.
The Max can shoot at resolutions up to 5.6K at 30 fps. With no software for the Max, let’s hope the app to control it receives a major facelift on its usability, as well.