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Detu launches F4 Plus professional grade 360-degree 8K VR cam

19 Oct

Chinese manufacturer Detu has launched the F4 Plus: a professional grade 8K panoramic VR camera that can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast livestream footage at a whopping 8K resolution. In other words, at 7680 x 3840 pixels.

Image data is captured using four 200° fisheye lenses coupled to 12MP Sony IMX117 1/2.3″ CMOS sensors. For livestreaming, the camera be connected to a computer via Ethernet cable, and wireless livestreaming to YouTube, Facebook and other 360° enabled platforms is possible via 2.4G and 5G dual frequency Wi-Fi.

The images recorded by the individual cameras are stitched together in-camera and Detu says its optical flow algorithm is suitable for dynamic stitching in case you’re capturing scenes with a lot of motion.

The camera comes with a copper and aluminum frame and an air duct cooling system for efficient heat dissipation during livestreaming. The 4800mAh lithium-ion removable battery allows for up to 120 minutes of continuous shooting and a microSD slot supports cards up to a capacity of 128GB. Audio is recorded via two built-in microphones. Finally, the camera can be controlled, and footage edited and shared, via dedicated iOS and Android apps.

The F4 Plus camera’s professional target clientele is reflected in its hefty $ 2,600 price, but the camera promises to deliver a lot of bang for that buck. For more information or if you’d like to see sample images captured with the F4 Plus, head over to the Detu website.

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GoPro’s 5.2K 360-degree Fusion camera officially launched, costs $700

01 Oct

The GoPro Hero6 was the big news to come out of GoPro’s launch event yesterday, but it’s not the only thing the company revealed. CEO Nick Woodman also officially launched the previously-announced and still somewhat-mysterious GoPro Fusion—the company’s 360° 5.2K action camera.

The GoPro Fusion was first teased at CES in 2016 and revealed in April of this year, but other than its ability to shoot 5.2K spherical video at 30fps, we really didn’t know much about it. Official release date was set for “Fall” and people mostly forgot about it… until yesterday, that is. We found out a lot more about Fusion the launch event.

In addition to that video spec, the Fusion uses its two lenses to shoot 18MP spherical photos, captures 360° sound, is waterproof to 16feet (5 meters) without any external case, and features ‘gimbal-like stabilization’ that is achieved using the built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Additional features include time lapse video and photo modes, night lapse and burst modes, voice control in 10 languages, and built-in GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Here are a few video breakdowns of the different features built into the camera, like that gimbal-like stabilization and something called ‘OverCapture’:

The GoPro Fusion is already up for pre-order on the GoPro website. It will cost you $ 700 and GoPro plans to ship the Fusion later this month. Click here to find out more or pre-order yours now.

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The 360fly 4K PRO camera can livestream 360-degree UHD video

29 Aug

360fly just launched pre-orders for its new 360fly 4K PRO, a camera capable of live streaming Ultra HD footage in 360-degrees.

The camera, which is priced at $ 800 USD and will be available commercially starting this Fall, can livestream equirectangular footage over HDMI 1.4 on YouTube and Facebook, as well as live 360-degree 4K footage using WiFi. An internal battery supports up to 15 hours of standby time and 1.5 hours of recording time; there’s also a USB 2.0 port for continuously powering the camera.

The camera is available to preorder now from 360fly. Specs below:

  • 4K, 2880 x 2880, @ 30 fps
  • Up to 1.5 M shock resistant
  • Integrated USB 2.0 Input Cable
  • Integrated HDMI 1.4 Output Cable
  • One Operation Key (Power ON/OFF, Recording Start/Stop)
  • Accelerometer, E-Compass, GPS, Gyroscope
  • IP67 Rated For Protection Against Splash and Blowing Rain (submersible up to 1M)
  • Internal 64GB Memory Storage

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Panono no more: 360-degree camera maker sold after ‘amazing but also exhausting journey’

05 Jul
Jonas Pfeil demonstrates the size and design differences between the working prototype Panono camera (right) and the design model of the final production unit (left). In a letter to backers he has confirmed that the company is to be sold, after only delivering around 400 cameras.

It’s official: Panono, maker of an innovative 360-degree camera, is to be sold after only managing to deliver around 400 cameras to its backers. The company filed for bankrupcy in May, but in a letter to backers, co-founder Jonas Pfeil has confirmed that the sale of Panono’s assets is expected to be finalized very soon.

As he explains, ‘assets’ in this context means ‘inventory, software, the rights to the hardware, almost all employee contracts, IP rights etc., […] but not the obligations towards external parties’. External parties like the Indiegogo backers that funded the Panono camera. In other words: if you backed Panono and you didn’t get your camera yet, you’re officially out of luck.

Thanking backers for their support and understanding, Pfeil called the experience ‘an amazing but also exhausting journey’. He stressed that, as shareholders, ‘the [outgoing] founders will […] not profit from this sale, as the money will be used by the insolvency administrator to pay outstanding invoices and other debt first.’

Meanwhile, there’s some good news for the 400 or so backers that did get their cameras – after some initial uncertainty, it seems that the cloud service supporting the device will continue to be maintained.

We really liked the Panono when we tested it last year, and we’re sorry to see it go. Were you one of the backers? Did you receive a camera? We’d like to hear from you.

Read our review of the Panono 360-degree camera (July 2016)

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Meeting Owl robotic video offers 360-degree views of conferences

22 Jun

Owl Labs, a startup backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has launched a new camera called the Meeting Owl. This 360-degree camera is designed specifically for companies and groups, enabling them to hold video conferences without the burden of manually operating the cameras. The Owl does the hard work itself, automatically focusing the video feed on the person who is talking. Oh, and guess what it looks like? Yep, an adorable, productivity-increasing owl.

The device features a 360-degree camera on the top of its cylindrical body, as well as a total of 8 omnidirectional beam-forming microphones for capturing audio from all directions. The combination of the two enables Owl to capture everyone around a table at the same time, presenting viewers with a full view of the conference room. The camera shifts focus onto whomever is speaking, and presents split-views if multiple people are engaging in a conversation. The microphones isolate important noise from unwanted ambient sounds.

Owl Labs has designed its conferencing camera to work with major video conferencing platforms, including Slack, Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and GoToMeeting; the camera is plug-and-play via a USB cable. According to the company’s website, ‘limited quantities’ of the Meeting Owl are available at this time, with shipping starting within the next four weeks. The camera is priced at $ 799.

Via: The Verge

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Makers of the Panono 108MP 360-degree camera filing for bankruptcy

24 May

German media reports that the founders of the company behind the Panono 360-degree ball camera have filed for insolvency proceedings at a court in Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately this means it’s very unlikely that the backers of the original crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo will ever receive their camera. 

The small number of buyers who purchased a Panono through retail channels after the Indiegogo campaign could be affected as well. At this point it is unknown if the the Panono servers, which power the automatic stitching of the Panono’s 360-degree images, will remain functional for the foreseeable future.  

Initially things had gone well for the German start-up. The Indiegogo campaign generated 1.25 million dollars in 2013. However, it soon became obvious that the team had miscalculated the development time for the camera which back then only existed in prototype form.

The final product was due to ship in 2014 but instead there was only a second prototype in February 2015. A few months later first shipments were announced, but not to the project backers. Instead the cameras went to retail customers who paid a considerably higher prices. It appears at this point the company had already run out of money and was hoping to generate additional funds for mass production and eventual shipping to project backers. 

Now it seems this plan has not worked out either and remaining funds have dried up. We had the chance to test both a prototype and final product of the Panono camera and were quite impressed by the technology. 360-degree cameras are now much more widely available than in 2013 but none of the affordable models offer the Panono’s 108MP resolution and image detail. 

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Google releases list of Street View-ready certified 360-degree cameras

12 May

Google has released a list of 20 360-degree cameras that are available or will be launched over the coming months that have been certified according to Google’s new ‘Street View ready’ standard. This means they can be used in conjunction with the Street View app to create content for the Google Street View platform. 

The cameras meet one of four new “Street View ready” standards, allowing users to choose the way of uploading 360-degree content that is most suitable for them.

  • Street View mobile ready: 360 cameras that can publish Street View directly from a mobile app, without requiring a desktop workflow

  • Street View auto ready: 360 cameras tailored for vehicle-based collection with the highest accuracy

  • Street View vr ready: 360 cameras or systems that collect geometry in addition to generating sets of connected 360 photos

  • Street View workflow ready: Publishing tools (sometimes bundled with cameras) that can upload to Street View accounts

You can see the list of certified cameras in the graphic at the top of this page. More information on the Street View ready standards is available on the Google developer website. Many of the cameras in the list will be on show at Google’s Street View Summit in Tokyo, Japan this week.

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Take a 360-degree look around the dunes of Mars’ Ogunquit Beach

05 May

NASA’s Mars Rover recently spent some time on the Red Planet’s Ogunquit Beach, studying the area’s dunes that stretch for miles. According to NASA the image above was stitched together from 115 individual images taken between March 24th and 25th. Color has been adjusted to represent how it would look in daytime Earth lighting. To fully enjoy a quick trip to Mars, be sure to play the video above in a browser that support 360-degree video.

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This 12K rig uses six Panasonic Lumix GX80s for 360-degree video

03 May

UK-based filmmaker Nick Driftwood has been busy, making a 360-degree video rig using six Panasonic Lumix GX80 (GX85 in the US) bodies, each fitted with a 3.25mm lens, covering a field of view of 243-degrees. With each camera shooting 4K video, 2880 X 2880px X 6 equals 12K footage. He showed it off to our friends at Photo Gear News last week at the NAB show in Las Vegas.

The super-wide lenses come from Hong Kong 360 company iZugar, and the camera takes advantage of the 1:1 video capability that Panasonic offers in its 4K Photo mode.

Even if you’re not interested in 360-degree video, it’s worth watching just for the guy in the background at 0:53.

A sample of the output from Nick’s 12K rig can be found below.

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Ricoh to show-off 4K-capable Theta 360-degree camera at NAB

21 Apr

Ricoh will be showcasing a prototype Theta 360 camera that can capture 4K clips and live-stream video at the annual NAB show next week. In addition to its video capture and streaming capabilities, the Theta concept will also have four microphones, allowing it to capture ‘spatial surround-sound audio.’

In an interview at Photokina last year Ricoh told our Richard Butler that putting such features into the current form factor would be difficult due to processing power and heat management, so it will be interesting to see how they pulled it off.

DPReview will be at NAB and will drop by the Ricoh booth to see if we can take a closer look.

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ, April 20, 2017 — Ricoh today announced it will be showcasing a prototype of its newest Theta 360-degree camera, capable of capturing high-resolution 4K video in a single shot, at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show, April 24-27, in Las Vegas. The camera will be featured at the Ricoh booth, C11139, located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition to capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second, the new camera will enable 4K 360-degree livestreaming, and a built-in 4-channel microphone will record spatial “surround-sound” audio.

The new camera is expected to be launched later in the year.

Ricoh offers the industry’s most extensive line of spherical imaging cameras, known for their high image quality, sleek design and ease of use. First introduced in 2013, Theta cameras allow consumers to record fully spherical images that show the entirety of a scene in photos or videos. The camera line’s combination of small size, high quality imagery and incredible functionality are a result of Ricoh’s many decades of experience in advanced imaging and optical technologies. The company has long been a leader in professional printers and copiers, and is known for its high-quality optics and optical components. A key achievement with the Theta series is an ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system capable of capturing two wide-angle images and then marrying them into a single spherical image.

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