WTF❓ GoPro MAX is NO better than Fusion for 360, plus 10 reasons why you still want it!


GoPro just announces GoPro MAX – a $499 dual-lens
camera that the GoPro swears is a far better device than its previous consumer version,
the GoPro Fusion. I love GoPro Fusion and I use it to create
breathtaking 360 footage like this… BUT, as you saw the title of this video, judging
from the newly released spec, the MAX is no better than the Fusion. It is still 5.6K, in 30fps. That is less than Insta360 ONE X or the Vuze
XR. The really disappointing thing is, MAX decides
to only use 1 micro SD card instead of 2 like Fusion. The bit rate of MAX, according to GoPro official
website, is 78 Mb/s. Compared to Fusion, which each card is around
65 Mb/s with total bitrate of 130 Mb/s – that is 40% RAW data loss. For 360 video, the image quality is going
to suffer by more aggressive compression. Again, I don’t have the GoPro MAX yet. I don’t really know the image quality comparison. I do pre-order the camera tho. So when I have it on hand, I will give you
a detail in-depth review. But if you can not wait till Oct 25, here
is my opinion by reading and researching all their marketing material. BTW, their website is down right after the
release. So if you want to cut tho the marketing BS,
read the meaning behind the spec from a 360 video expert, here you go. Hey, what’s up everybody, it’s your boy Hugh
here from CreatorUp – the #1 YouTube channel dedicated to 360 filmmaking for everyone. Lots of my friends hitting me up now and express
their disappointment of the GoPro MAX spec. So, should you buy the GoPro Hero Max if you
already own the GoPro Fusion. Or should you get a GoPro Fusion instead as
it is only $299 right now or even cheaper on eBay. Well, there are still lots of great reasons
why you want to upgrade to GoPro MAX. I speak from a 360 content creator perspective. I don’t really care about the gimmicky overcapture
2D video and all the new HERO mode that probably better on the Hero 8 Black. So let me give you a list of reasons for spending
another $500 on GoPro, of course, if you have the extra cash for new toys. New compression codec. Both MAX and Hero8 Black support H.265 HEVC
compression. This is an advanced standard used on Insta360
Titan, Teche Phiimax 3D, and the newly release Panasonic S1H 6K full-frame DSLR. The advantage is higher quality with less
file size. So if we capture 78 Mb/s in H.265, in theory,
it should be equal to 150 Mb/s in H.264 – higher than the current GoPro Fusion, which is 130
Mb/s with 2 SD card. If you watch my Insta360 Titan sample footage,
H.265 compression can also do 10-bit color depth video – and has impressive image quality
when stretching it back out into ProRes. So I hope MAX PC desktop software can really
do that like the amazing Fusion desktop software, to leverage H.265 in its max potential. GP1 chip V.S. ambarella chip. The MAX uses the brand new GoPro GP1 Image
Singal Processor (ISP) instead of what Fusion or Insta360 ONE X uses – the ambarella chip. Well, what’s that mean? You can read all about why GP1 is better here,
and I will provide the link below. But basically, it gives you the same image
quality boost from GoPro hero 4 to GoPro Hero 7. If you own those GoPro, you will know what
I mean. Having a third party chip is also one of the
main issues why Fusion is so hard to upgrade and unlock new features. Now with GoPro very own GP1, they can do whatever
they want to low level coding. So it means faster update and more features
in future releases. So it is quite a big deal that everyone seems
to miss. Spatial Audio. This reason alone will make me buy the new
MAX. The MAX has 6 high-quality mic with Advanced
Wind Noise Reduction. 6 channels are close to 2nd order Ambisonic. In theory, it should be better than my Zoom
H3VR. So potentially, you can replace the H3VR with
a MAX – to capture spatial audio and to give the director a live view in a professional
production instead of doing stuffs like this. Weight and dimension. The MAX is a lot lighter than the Fusion. It only weight 154g. The Fusion weight 220g. It also a little bit smaller than the Fusion. This is really important if you going to attach
your 360 camera on drone like I do. It let you fly longer and safer. Replaceable lens cover and waterproof. One thing I love about my old Nikon Keymission
is replaceable lens cover. Now MAX has that as well. It is also waterproof up to 16ft (5m). So for all those surfers, this is great news. Video stabilization and Horizon leveling. Fusion has the best 360 video stabilization
in the industry and MAX promise even better stabilization with new horizon leveling. I am very excited about this and can’t wait
to throw this on my OneWheel to give it a test 1600mAh removable battery. GoPro Fusion is one of the long last 360 cameras
in the market – just a little bit shorter than Kandao Qoocam – but a lot better than
Insta360 ONE X and Vuze XR. Max is even better. Now it comes with a removable 1600mAh rechargeable
battery. Practically it lasts all-day. Touchscreen with shortcuts. Even tho this is a very consumer focus feature,
having touchscreen is really nice with your camera is mounted on somewhere, and you need
to address setting quickly. Max timewrap (Hyperlapse) and mobile editing. Again, another consumer and gimmicky feature
in my opinion. Nothing new here as Insta360 ONE X can already
do that. Okay, let’s quickly take a look at some of
the disappointment. There is basically no 60fps. 1440P is basically unusable in VR. I said it but I will say it again, 1 micro
SD card instead of 2 with limited bitrate will greatly impact image quality. 16.6MP 360 Photo is low compared to other
competitors. And there is no RAW DNG or bracketed HDR feature. If you are a 360 virtual tour creator, stay
away from GoPro. Night Lapse Photo and video, aka long exposure
mode, are also not available in the MAX. But it is available in the GoPro Hero8 Black. Resolution is the biggest disappointment of
all. We all hope MAX can do 8K video – but it cannot. It does not even do 5.7K – which is the max
resolution of Oculus Quest. So it will be tough to mix with a professional
360 camera unless you upscale your footage. As I mentioned, I pre-ordered the GoPro MAX,
and it should come in the mail soon. So I can do in-depth review and comparison
with the old GoPro Fusion, Insta360 ONE X, Vuze XR and even the Insta360 Titan in H.265
10-bit color. You need to compare it to a professional camera
to really see the image quality different, and that is why this channel is so different
than the others. I bought most of my camera, including this
new GoPro MAX, so I can be unbiased and speak my mind. So subscribe for the actual GoPro MAX review
and I will see you next time.

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