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Samsung Gear 360 camera looks familiar

Samsung Gear 360 camera to be released soon. Check out how the camera looks and sample videos. Stiching is not perfect as for video quality it seems that its on the same level as the Kodak SP 360 4K camera. See for yourself:

The camera can create a live preview of what the Gear 360’s dual, 195-degree fisheye lenses are seeing and capture 30 megapixel still images up to 3840 x 1920 resolution, which would be a higher-than-average resolution than other cams out there. Two microphones also mean the Gear 360 can record audio in stereo.

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Each lens has a light f/2.0 and see’s 195 degree’s fov. The camera can record video and with help of the new Samsung S7 it can stich and create timelapse in full 360 degree’s. The user can look around the scene all around.

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Behind the lenses the camera offers a 15 megapixel sensor. Pictures have 30 MP and videos have a resolution fine resoution to work with. The camera can also record with just one lens but with a lower fov od 180 degrees and half the quality.

We don’t have any information about stabilization or is the camera water proof. Samsung Gear 360 comes with a mini tripod and looks super cool like a toy from the future and will have to wait a little longer until the camera gets into the hands of consumers. Samsung is betting on home video will be big on VR and it could introduce it to more people who would have never tried it otherwise. It’s in Samsung’s interest to let people easily create spherical videos and  more VR content to be created and consumed on Samsung Gear VR.

The product is supposed to retail at $399 and is aimed to consumers. This makes it a lot more accessible for many people then the announced a while ago Project Beyond and thats good news.

360 cameras you can buy now – Bublcam vs Theta S vs 360Fly vs PixPro SP360 4K

Gizmodo published a very cool video showing off the most popular 360 cameras that are available on the market right now. Quality and price varies but all I can say that the winner here is the PixPro SP360 4K. It delivers the most sharp video and has the option of using a dual kit to eliminate the blind spot. Watch the video below and see for yourself:

 

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Theta S Dual Lens, 190 degree, 1920 x 180 pixel res. no blind spot
$350

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Bublcam Quad lens, 160 defree per lens, 1440 x 1440 pixel res. no blind spot
$800

360fly

360Fly Single Lens, 240 degree, 1504 x 1504 pixel res. blind spot visible
$400

 

 

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PixPro SP360 4k Single Lens, 235 degree, 2880 x 2880 blind spot visible
$500
$900 optional Dual Kit no blind spot.

VRLA Expo First Impressions 2016

Time & Place: 23.01.2016 – Los Angeles Convention Centre. Special thanks to Maciej managing partner of  Cardboardy.pl for sending us the tips  about whats going on in USA regarding 360 video.  His company  works on sphrerical video production and  making custom Google Cardboard projects.

So what was this event all about? Check out the video from 2015 it shows off what kind of event this is. The review below is about what was going on in the 2016 edition.

  • companies offering 360 rigs & grips ect.
  • companies offering 360 video production and post production services
  • companies offering 360 camera set-ups. From shooting, stiching to Live video automatic stiching / publishing.
  • Lots of things going on in the educational space of 360 video
  • HMD Manufacturers from Google Cardboard to Oculus
  • Interesting VR controllers
  • Other cool stuff

Michael Kinter 360Heros Inc. CEO/ Founder in a brief interview told us that since 2011 more the

  • 6.000 camera rigs have been shipped and thats good for high quality content creators.
  • 5.356 active content Creators

Crazy 16 camera rig from CODEX

16 codex cameras head VR rig

Binarual 360 frin 360Heros Microphone setup. 8 ears! I wonder how this works in post-production and spatial audio positioning.

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Heros360 set ups were the most popular on the show.

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Realtime 360 streaming with stiching with a PC connected. Unfortunatly you could see thes stich lines when crossing them. Needs to be calibrated and set before shooting.

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Freedom360 showed off some high quality rigs. They claim to be the high-end of 360 video production. The rigs they offer are high quality. The company also offers 360 video tutorials using Kolor’s software package.

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Check out Putterfish a different approach to show off 360 video in a interactive dome effect. Cool concept has been around for a while – if  we need to show our video to more people at one time and get the wow effect 🙂

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“SPHERICA” so called a Russian fellow showed off a motorized 360 camera monopod rig. Looks like a really cool project! Maybe he cab add a Binarual Head to this and see how people react when they see it going around on a toy car!

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Nikon kicks of CES 2016 with a 4K 360-degree action camera

Nikon is annoucing a brand new camera line to keep up with competitors. KeyMision360 is a capture action camera that can shoot in every direction. The product is aimed at the professional market, and competitors like goPro should take note. It safe to say that the bigscompanies are taking a swing at 360 VR cameras.  Now lets wait t see sample videos and technical specs. We have to wait and see.  🙂

Some sample videos have been published on Nikon’s YouTube Channel

 

 

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Why Combine a 360 Camera with Binaural Microphone Head

Shooting 360 video is only half of the story. I know that 360 is a pain right now and getting it to work may be a hassle with all the camera’s, stiching and just about everything can go wrong during the shoot. Because of that most people who are capturing in 360 forget just how important the audio is and don’t focus on it. Read on with you are shooting of thinking about 360 video, we gathered some research and will be soon publishing actual recordings once this rig is complete!

Continue reading Why Combine a 360 Camera with Binaural Microphone Head

Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K available in late November

Kodak is entering the 4K realm with its new action camera PIXPRO SP360 Camera. PIXPRO SP360 is known for its versatility as a super wide lens camera. The price is ¥ 64,260 (around $530) that puts this camera in direct competition with the goPro 360 rigs. Now you just need to use two PIXPRO and you will be able to capture full 360 super high resolution with just two stiching seams. Compared to six GoPro’s this cuts production costs way down while keeping quality at a good level.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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HDMI Live preview

The SP360-4K can capture both videos and high-resolution photos while being able to pan 360 degrees horizontally and also do some surprisingly wide angle vertical shots to a range of 235 degrees. Furthermore, this camera comes with a fairly decent F2.8 aperture and also includes a ½.3-inch 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor.

The SP360-4K can shoot video in 4K UHD at 2880 x 2880 pixels and can also do time-lapse shooting or burst photo shooting as well. There are also 10 different viewing modes in the SP360-4K. These include Dome (235 degrees), Front, Global (360 degrees), Ring, Segment (180 degree segments in two opposite directions) or Panorama.

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Source: 4k.com,  http://getnavi.jp/9626

Probably the most comprehensive list of 3D / 360 Video Camera Rigs

Thefulldomeblog published a fantastic list of 360 cameras worth checking out. Very detailed and in depth analysis of each rig with coverage data, amount of cameras, resolution all devided into sections.  Starting with Comparison of 360° Video Rigs to Unsuccessful 360° camera Kickstarter Projects ending with the history of 360° this is a post worth your time if your are researching what kind of rig should you get.

Facebook features 360 video content in news feed.

360 video is getting mainstream. Facebook with ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) the legendary Lucas film company has released a short clip that lets you sit in a cockpit of a space racer.

Posted by 360 Videos on Facebook on 22 września 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 ExperienceSpeed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

Posted by Star Wars on 23 września 2015

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360 video format used by Facebook

Facebook has taken a different approach to the 360 format. They basically split the image into small rectangles and the FB player arranges them in order into a seamless 360 experience. Currently works on Android with iOS version coming in the next months.

See the 360 native clip

Still waiting for them to introduce 3D-360 video and watching how fast the technology evolve makes me think it will really be soon.