GoPro wanted to make a 360-degree camera that regular people might want, and in that regard, it’s succeeded. The lower price point, the added flexibility of Hero mode, and improved stabilization definitely mean Max is a capable camera whatever action you’re shooting. But there are still some inherent turn offs when dealing with 360 video, and the hardware’s more unwieldy than a regular action camera. The result is a speciality device that will appeal more to creatives than the average outdoor type.
- Superior stability
- Fun tools like 360 TimeWarp and PowerPano
- Improved app and UI
- Touchscreen for much easier setup
- Fewer video modes
- Some low-light video “twitches”
- Stitching is good but not always perfect
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- 86AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTechCrunch90The GoPro MAX is the ultimate pocketable travel vlogging cameraGoPro's Fusion was a compelling camera for a specific set of users, but the MAX feels like it might be flipping the script on the whole GoPro lineup. In short, the MAX seems like a great default option for anyone new to action cameras or looking for a comprehensive all-arounder that's easy to learn, but becomes more powerful in time.Gizmodo80The GoPro Max Makes Shooting 360-Degree Video Dead SimpleUltimately, it's up to your preferences, but I will say that despite its flaws the Max is a welcome entrant in the world of action cameras. Think of it as the artistic kid in the family that kinds stands out, but in a good way.T380GoPro Max reviewWhile not quite perfect, GoPro have done a sterling job of bringing the same levels of ruggedness and intuitive use found on their flagship camera, the Hero 8 Black, to the 360 format. The Max also puts the excellent Hypersmooth image stabilisation and the TimeWarp function which originated in the Hero range to good use.TechRadar80The GoPro Max makes 360 action cam footage easy to turn aroundA new suite of on-camera processing removes the major pain-points from 360-video production, and integrates editing and reframing tools into the GoPro smartphone apps. It also bumps up the spherical resolution to 5.6K, offers flat 16:9 digital shooting lenses and will even live-stream in FullHD. Unfortunately, the limited 2D shooting modes are still a long way off competing with single lens action cameras.Digital Camera World100GoPro Max reviewHit record and forget about framing (within reason), then edit your footage in the app. The GoPro Max builds on the Insta 360 One X’s success with better quality capture and microphones, doubling up as a vlogging cam and an action cam too. We would have loved 4K single-camera capture and the app experience could use some work, but given everything the Max can do, it’s still a sensational step towards what could be the future of film making.The Verge80The most accessible 360 cameraIs this enough to be more than a novelty camera that will ultimately end up in a forgotten tech bin in my basement? I'm not entirely sure. But it's the most fun and user-friendly 360 camera I have used to date and I'm excited to see where GoPro takes this line in the future.Stuff100It'll make your world go roundThe difference between GoPro's poster boy and the 360 action camera is quite vast. That said, the GoPro Max is on par with other 360 cameras in the market and, honestly, it's one of the few that can take a kick and a dip.Digital Trends70A smarter, easier-to-use 360 cameraI was hoping for more. To fix the 360-degree format, cameras will need to shoot at 8K resolution or beyond. Efficiently storing and processing that kind of footage may be beyond the capabilities of today's phones. That puts companies like GoPro, who want to provide a seamless mobile experience with the best quality possible, in a tough position.Expert Reviews100At last, a 360 camera that actually works...I'd go so far as to say that the GoPro Max is genre-defining. The ease with which you can produce usable, shareable video from its raw 360 video footage is simply amazing and the fact you can also use it as a regular action camera or a tool for vlogging are added bonuses.DC Rainmaker80GoPro Max Action Cam In-Depth ReviewThe problem I have with Max though is all the day to day awesomeness I lose from the Hero 8 Black. I lose things I use daily like Live Burst (Live Photos), as well as the higher resolutions like 2.7K and 4K. I lose the detail in the photos that I see from the Hero 8 Black, including the incredibly well executed dynamic range of that camera. Those are the things that are most important to me in my actual daily usage of a GoPro.
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