by Adam Plowden | 20th September 2016
The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 takes on virtual reality with a 20MP sensor and full spherical images. In this hands-on video, we take a closer look at the 360° action camera. Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 is Another 360° Action Camera This is not the first 360° action camera we’re seeing this year. At Photokina 2016 that kicked off today, Nikon introduced another new action camera alongside their Nikon KeyMission 360 and there are more manufacturers taking on the VR 360 action camera market. The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 has two different wide field of view cameras in one body; 235 degrees and 155 degrees, both with a 20MP CMOS sensors that record 4K video and still photos. Combining the images of both cameras with stitching, the 360 degree, full spherical images can be used for virtual reality. In virtual reality mode, video can be captured in 3840 x 1920 at 24p, and still images at 27MP, both in 2:1 ratio. Using either the front camera or a combination of both cameras gives a variety of formats for video and stills, including round images and video in 1:1 aspect ratio. The front 155 degree camera can capture 1080p video at up to 60fps, with the option to change the field of view to a wider or narrower angle. 120fps slow motion is only available in 1440 x 1080 resolution in 2:1 aspect ratio. The video format is MP4, recorded in H.264 codec, there is no mention of a ‘flat’ or neutral profile for colour correction. Aimed at the sports and action market, the camera is splash-proof and shockproof up to 2m, it can be controlled via a smartphone app or the remote that’s included in the package with wi-fi, NFC and Bluetooth. Stitching can be done in camera but at a lower quality, or with the app or software in post production. Here are some more specs of the Kodak PixPro 4KVR360: F2.4 aperture 20MP sensors Camera modes – VR Mode, Round Mode, Front Mode. 3-axis level gauge stabilization. ISO sensitivity from 100 to 3200. White balance settings – Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Flourescent, Incandescent, Underwater. Records onto MicroSD. Shoots up to 160 still images and 55 minutes of video (at 4K/30p) based on battery performance. Micro HDMI port. Stereo microphone input (2.5mm connector). Removable rechargable Li-ion battery. The Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 is still in development, but is expected to hit the shelves at the end of 2016 or early 2017, with pricing around $500.00, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 6th January 2016
Nikon has been running a low profile in the video market for the past few years, but it looks like 2016 is the time of their comeback. Today they introduced several new 4K cameras, including the innovative Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera. An action camera that lets you choose and change the angle of view in a 360-degree space. Alongside introducing the new Nikon D5 and Nikon D500, the company that once brought us the very first video capable DSLR t0day also enters the action camera market for the first time. The good news is that the Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera is not just another GoPro clone, offering some intriguing features with its 360-degree field of view. From the press release: The Nikon KeyMission 360 features an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device, with images from each combining to create a single immersive, ultra-high-definition 360-degree video and still image. A terrific companion for a wide range of travel, sports or when an adventure takes a turn off the beaten path, the camera is designed to be easy to use and to withstand the elements. The Nikon KeyMission 360 has a waterproof (up to 30m) and shock-absorbent housing. It also comes with built-in WIFI and Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity. Camera angles can be changed with the smartphone app. The official video, below, shows you how the Nikon KeyMission 360 works. The only question for filmmakers might be if it is possible to get rid of the “fisheye look” that this 360-degree camera brings. GoPro has been able to provide an action camera with a decent “film look” and Nikon yet has to prove that their camera will be able to live up to these standards. Nikon’s 360 Action Camera in Action Please note that Apple Safari cannot display these 360 degree videos properly (with the ability to move around), please use Google Chrome if possible.Read more
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