Congratulations to GoPro. We have determined the GoPro Max is the Best semi-professional 360 video camera currently out on the market. You can see the rest of our current selections in our guide to the best 360 video cameras.
The GoPro Max has proven to us that it’s one of the most accessible 360 cameras out there. If you are familiar with the GoPro layout and design, you will feel right at home with the Max. Additionally, it features great audio and it has a very responsive interface. While the Max might not have industry-leading specs, it is a great camera for semi-pros to use. It delivers quality 360 video while not costing you a fortune.
That is why the Max is our current pick for Best semi-professional 360 video camera title.
GoPro Max overview
GoPro announced the GoPro MAX back at the beginning of October 2019. It is the successor to the GoPro Fusion and captures 360 videos. This action camera features dual 180-degree lenses. The lens shoots 16.6-megapixel 360-degree photos, 5.5-megapixel 4:3 shots all from one camera. Additionally, the camera can shoot 270-degree 6.2-megapixel panoramic photos.
As for video, it shoots 1440p 60 fps footage with a single lens and 5.6k 30 fps spherical clips. It also has its own version of HyperSmooth stabilization called Max HyperSmooth. Furthermore, the Max does sport a front-facing display, making it a great for content creators who want to vlog or to start vlogging. You can also shoot the camera’s time-lapse videos in 360.
Design and durability
As we stated before, if you’re familiar with the standard GoPro design, you will feel right at home using the Max. For instance, its touchscreen’s menu system is identical to the HERO8, though it’s slightly smaller. The camera is waterproof up to 16 feet, but GoPro has said it isn’t meant for underwater use. Also, the Max’s audio capture is impressive. It’s able to reduce sounds of wind and still allow your voice to be heard, even at winds higher than 20 mph. As for battery charging, the Max charges over USB-C. For full-day, heavy use, we recommend bringing two batteries.
Pricing and availability
The GoPro Max is out now for $499.
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