They call it “The Beast”. Why? From the press release:
Sphericam Inc. will be launching its newest 360º camera system at the NAB Show in New York City on November 9th after several months of intense stealth development.
The new Sphericam Beast camera system is a large-format, high-end, cinema grade, modular and easily scalable 360º video capture system that can also stream live to the web or to headsets. The first iteration of the system uses four 1” inch sensors and four M.2 SSD drives to capture uncompressed 360 degree video at an output resolution of more than 6K at 60fps and 10-bit RAW format.
What do we know about the Sphericam? We know that the company hit the 360 camera marketing with a successful kickstarter back in 2015.
From first glance we can see the quality is in par with a 4 or even 6 GoPro rig we’re all used to. But in this case all the stiching happens on camera and seems a lot less of a hassle to produce 360 video using this camera. See for yourself we got some clips that show the camera in action:
Practical features of the Sphericam Beast camera system are a direct answer to production community needs
- Closely positioned large sensors in a portrait configuration offer exceptionally small parallax for easy stitching
- Live preview 5-inch FullHD displays for each camera ease on-site production workflow
- Practical two-piece design allows the small camera head to be unobtrusively positioned up to 5m from the rest of the system
- Live stitching supports immediate streaming to headsets or through a streaming service at 4k 30FPS
- Captures 512GB of RAW sensor data (Cinema DNG) per sensor in under 10 minutes to avoid any compression losses
Sphericam Inc. was established in 2014 and has since grown into a formidable startup dedicated to changing the VR landscape. Backed by world class investors and rooted deeply in the early pioneer community of 360º photo and video capture, the Sphericam team is converting over a decade of extensive experience into meticulously designed products to address real world production challenges.