By Raymond Leung.
Soon (if not now) the days of strapping a bunch of GoPros to a stand will be something we reminisce about around the technology camp fire. In laughable conversations, we will look back on these times the way we look back on the glorious Nokia 2210 as the height of our human endeavors.
But why no more GoPros, Pro Bros?
As is evident from the showing at CES 2017, consumer 360 Cameras are now steadily becoming mainstream with camera manufacturers now producing all-in-one camera systems to reduce the technicalities in both stitching and syncing. Here, we look at four of the most promising from a landscape that is evolving faster than you can say ‘Moore’s Law’ ten times into a mirror whilst sitting in a pentagram surrounded by candles.
The Live Planet immersive video system is set to dominate the Live Stereoscopic 360 Video market. With its impressive 16 image sensors and onboard stitching and syncing this camera is ready for almost anything. Priced at $10,000 this camera is for serious professionals.
The Hubblo 360 Camera is a 6 sensor design each with a 200 degree fish eye lens, not unlike the Live Planet, the Hubblo shoots 4k Stereo with onboard stitching and syncing and can shoot up to an hour on one charge, priced at $1,000 this is truly a consumer camera.
The Z-Cam S1 is a monoscopic 360 camera capable of shooting 4k at 60 fps. With 4 image sensors utilizing 190 degree fisheye lens it’s able to reduce the amount of parallax per sensor by packing the cameras as close to each other as possible. In addition to this they have almost begun development on other devices such as the Z-Cam Radius (a Micro Four Thirds sensors variant) and also other devices to capture stereoscopic content.
Having looked at some of the test footage posted with the news of this camera, things look pretty…promising, to say the least.
360 degrees in 8k? Wha…
Here’s what PC Mag had to say after seeing this baby at CES 2017
“For those that are interested in in-camera stitching or live streaming, the Pro can do that at up to 4K quality using H.264 or H.265 video compression. It also supports 3D capture at up to 6K resolution with post-processing, or at 4K in-camera.
Supported live-streaming platforms include Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. To leverage this functionality you’ll need to connect it to your Android or iOS device and use an app to control the stream. The Pro does have a USB 3.0 port, which can accommodate an Ethernet adapter, in addition to Wi-Fi, so you can ensure you’ve got enough bandwidth to stream immersive 4K footage out to the world.
You will have to pay a professional price for the Insta360 Pro. It’s priced at $3,000 and is expected to go on sale later his year. That’s a lot to ask from enthusiasts and consumers, but studios producing content will no doubt see it as a bargain.”
What do you think? Will any of these change the way that your company approaches VR and 360 video? Let us know what you think in the comments below!