A Hong Kong company Pisofttech has announced an interesting piece of gear in the 360-degree camera market. Pilot Era is an “all-in-one” professional 360° VR camera. It shoots 8K video and allows in-camera stitching, which can save you plenty of time and effort in post. Additionally, it features a touchscreen and a smart OS. The Pilot Era is soon to be launched, and we bring you specs and more details about the camera.
According to the manufacturer, Pilot Era’s design is focused on improving efficiency. Probably the most interesting feature is that you don’t need to do any post-processing after shooting a video. Pilot Era shoots 8K panoramic videos and photos and automatically stitches them inside the camera. The camera allows real-time in-camera stitching, where 8K footage is available at 7fps. However, for delayed in-camera stitching, you can shoot 8K at 24fps.
Pilot Era features a high-performance AI processor for graphics processing, four fast aspherical fisheye lenses, and a professional Sony sensor. It has a high-definition 3.1-inch touch screen, combined with Android-based OS. This allows you to do monitoring, stitching, preview and setting adjustment in real-time in the camera itself.
Pisofttech notes that the Pilot Era is optimized for Street View photographers. It has built-in ultra-precise GPS and allows one-click upload to Google Maps server. It’s equipped with both ethernet and 4G cellular/dual-band Wi-Fi connection. This enables the camera to stream 4K panoramic content through its built-in server, without computer. Plus, you can also shoot and live stream a video on social media.
The camera packs 512GB UFS high-speed storage and it can store over 6.5 hours of 8K videos or 26,000 panoramic photos. With a removable 7,200mAh battery, it can shoot up to 3.5 hours of 8K video.
Pilot Era will be launched on Indiegogo in early May. The price hasn’t been announced yet, but you can sign up for updates here and get an $800 discount for an “early bird” order. When we know more about the price, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, check out full specs below and you can read more about the camera on Pisofttech’s website.
|Sensor||4*12MP Sony CMOS image sensor|
|Lens||4*F2.2 aspherical fisheye lens|
|Touch Screen||3.1 inches 800*480 TFT-LCD multi-touch display|
|Operating System||Android-based Pilot OS|
|Memory & Storage||4GB LPDDR4 RAM + 512GB UFS ROM|
|Video Resolution||//Real-time stitching
|Photo Resolution||Real-time stitching / In-camera stitching
|File Format||Video format: MP4
Photo format: JPG
|Audio||Stereo audio recording|
|Live Streaming||Built-in server / Custom server
Live streaming protocol
|Settings||HDR / ISO / EV / WB / stitch focus|
|Gyroscope||9-axis high precision gyroscope|
|GPS||Built-in high precision GPS|
|Battery||7200mAh removable battery
Around 3.5 hours working time
5V/3A power adapter
|Interfaces||100M / 1000M RJ45
Full function USB-C for file transfer or power charging
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band WiFi
4G cellular network (support SIM card)
Bluetooth version 4.1
|App||Pilot Go mobile App (IOS and Andriod)|
|Dimensions||Height / Width / Depth
6.26*2.42*2.42 inches (159* 61.4*61.4 mm)
|Weight||24.34 ounces (690grams)|