Known as the maker of some of the best action cameras around, Die GoPro kicked off a new revolution back in 2017 by introducing GoPro Fusion. It was the brand’s first 360-degree camera for consumers. GoPro Max is basically the second iteration of this camera, which is why it is also referred to as Fusion 2.

While Fusion was a great cam, it was a bit inconvenient to use. You can say that it was essentially two Hero 5 Black cameras with separate microSD cards, assembled inside a big housing! Max, on the other hand, seeks to upend all the limitations of Fusion with a sleek, easy-to-use design and waterproof capability.

Key Specs of GoPro Max


Hier sind die wichtige Spezifikationen of GoPro Max:

  • Abmessungen: 64 x 69 x 24 mm approx
  • Gewicht: 154 Grams
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Storage: One MicroSD Card
  • Batterie: 1600 mAh, entfernbar
  • Built-in 16:9 touchscreen
  • Wasserdicht to 16ft/5m
  • eingebaut mounting
  • Included lens covers for Unterwasser use
  • In the Box: GoPro MAX Camera, Rechargeable Battery, Curved Adhesive Mount, 2 Protective Lenses, 2 Lens Caps, Microfiber Bag, Mounting Buckle, USB-C Cable, Thumb Screw
  • Preis: Aktuellen Preis checken
  • Release Date: October 1, 2019

 

Notable Features of GoPro Max


Max, the 360-degree action camera by GoPro, lets you take amazing panoramic photos and videos without actually panning your camera. With dual 180-degree lenses at the opposite sides, you can capture everything that happens in a 360 view. And even if you want to capture traditional GoPro Hero-style wide-angle action footage, this camera lets you use only one lens.

There are many more interesting features of GoPro Max that I’ll elaborate below.

Max Hypersmooth

With Max Hypersmooth turned on, you get smooth and stabilized video even in extremely shaky and rapidly moving scenarios. The horizon leveling ensures that you get that cinematic look in the footage.

Max Timewarp

With an improved hyperlapse feature known as Max Timewarp, you can create smooth time lapse videos for both 360 and non-360 videos using your Max cam. For non-360 videos, you can even switch back and forth between hyperlapse and normal video in real time while recording.

4 Digital Lens Sizes

With four digital lenses in Max, you can switch between Narrow (27mm equivalent – similar to most smartphones), distortion-free Linear (19mm equivalent), Wide (16mm equivalent) and Max SuperView (13mm equivalent – widest view yet in a GoPro).

360 Audio

Max has six built-in microphones to record immersive 360 audio from all directions. With support for directional audio for vlogging and wind-noise reduction, it provides a great 360 surround-sound video playback experience.

Durable & Waterproof

GoPro Max is a truly rugged camera with included protective lenses for light underwater use. It is waterproof down to 16ft/5m, which protects it during light water shoots and from splashes and rain.

1080p Live Streaming

With Max, you can also live stream (non-360 mode) in 1080p resolution to YouTube, Facebook, or other streaming services that support RTMP.

Other notable Features

In addition to all these great features, there are some other notable features of GoPro Max, which include:

  • 2x Slo-Mo to capture at 60fps/playback at 30fps.
  • Self-timer that was surprisingly absent in Fusion.
  • Short clips for ready to upload short 15-30 sec video clips.
  • Voice Command Support like Fusion & Hero.
  • Folding GoPro Mount similar to Hero 8.
  • HEVC Video Format to save your SD card space.

 

GoPro Max (Fusion 2) Review 2021


Rugged and waterproof, Max is definitely a step in the right direction for GoPro. The brand has learnt all the right lessons after making Fusion and built a smaller, lighter and easier-to-use 360 camera. GoPro Max is a hybrid camera that can be used in 360 mode or “Hero” mode.

Here’s an example of a 360-degree photo captured by GoPro Max.

Was wir mögen: Es ist klar, dass viel über das Design von Max nachgedacht wurde, sowohl in Bezug auf Software als auch in Bezug auf Hardware. Da es leichtenist , eignet es sich viel besser für Extremsportarten als Fusion. Die einfache Touchscreen-Oberfläche und zwei physische Tasten machen diese Kamera äußerst nutzerfreundlich. Es bietet auch im 360-Grad-Modus eine wunderbare Bildstabilisierung (Max Hypersmooth) even in 360-degree mode, with its great horizon leveling feature. Die Audioqualität des von Max aufgenommenen Filmmaterials ist ebenfalls erstklassig!

GoPro Max verfügt über eine einzige MicroSD-Karte für die beiden gegenüberliegenden Objektive. Daher können die Zusammenfügen innerhalb der Kamera erledigt werden, anstatt in der Postproduktion. Nach dem Zusammenfügen bietet die 360-Videodatei eine 5.6K Auflösung! Und mit der GoPro-App für Android und iPhone ist es sehr mühelos, die Aufnahmen und Videos auf Dein Telefon zu übertragen und das Filmmaterial zu bearbeiten, die Ansicht oder den Blickwinkel zu ändern, Übergänge hinzuzufügen usw.

Was wir nicht mögen: Wenn Du Max mit Hero 8 Black vergleichst, ist sie deutlich größer und schwerer. Daher ist es eine weniger erwünschte Wahl für viele schnelle Abenteuersportarten. Wir sind uns zwar einig, dass das Zusammenfügen eine großartige Funktion ist, aber es wird seit Jahren in viel günstigeren 360-Cams wie Rylo und Insta360 angeboten! Wir hatten auch das Gefühl, dass das Zusammenfügen in der Kamera bei Max nicht sehr genau und einige Mängel aufweist. Wenn Du das auf einem Desktop tust, erhältst Du viel bessere Ergebnisse.

The fact that Max doesn’t have Trackingfeature feature is also a major disappointment. Lastly, I’d say that while Max Timewarp is amazing, it is also a Akkukiller! I saw my battery drain significantly while shooting a timewarp for just 10 minutes.

 

Our Verdict


A major refinement over Fusion, GoPro Max is one of the most versatile cameras the company has launched to date. Its dual-camera setup and ease-of-usage & editing makes it a great choice for those looking for a 360-degree action camera.

However, if you want a standard action camera with regular 16:9 aspect ratio capture, we would NOT recommend Max over Hero 8. This is because, while Max can shoot a 360-degree video at up to 5.6K resolution in 30 FPS, it’s capped at 1440p resolution in 60 FPS. So, if you want to shoot in 4K or at higher frame rates, then Hero 8 Black will still be a better option!

To sum up, GoPro has addressed the shortcomings of Fusion by building a great dual-camera that’s flexible and a whole lot of fun for creating some amazing wide angle footage.