Well, the specs appear to be as disappointing as the leak suggested but the Ricoh Theta SC2 has now been officially announced. It’s a 4K entry-level 360° camera with 14GB of internal memory and no microSD card slot. But, the price actually seems to reflect the specs, coming in at only $299. The shipping date is a little sooner than previously rumoured, with units expected to go out on December 2nd instead of Friday the 13th.
I guess the Japanese don’t see 13 as an unlucky number, seeing how the latest rumour on the Ricoh Theta SC2 is that that Friday, 13th December is when it will begin to ship. An official announcement is expected tomorrow, the 19th, with pre-orders opening up at that time. What we do have though, are leaked photos and some specs for Ricoh’s upcoming new 360° camera. Overall, though, it leaves me feeling a little bit underwhelmed.
There are a number of pocketable 360° cameras out there now, like the Insta360 ONE X, Insta360 EVO, YI 360 VR, and countless others, but the resolution limit for pocketable 360° cameras seems to have been 5.7K. There are also a number of 8K cameras out there, too, but most are pretty big. Now, that’s changed with the new QooCam 8K.
You might remember the Qoocam for that funny looking twisting 4K 360° camera which also shoots 3D 180° footage. While the QooCam 8K doesn’t offer the same dual purpose, it’s a pretty small camera considering it shoots 8K. It does it with only two lenses, too, instead of the usual 4 or more. It’s also capable of shooting 30-megapixel 12-Bit RAW stills, too.
There have been rumours for a while, but now GoPro has officially announced the new GoPro Hero8 Black. Don’t get too excited, though, not much has changed in the camera itself since its predecessor. It does see a bump in max bitrate, though, going from the Hero7’s 78Mbps to 100Mbps for 4K footage. There’s also a new GoPro MAX 360° camera, follow up to the not-terribly-popular GoPro Fusion.
We all know the risks when we back a crowdfunding campaign. Although the risk is typically that the project will fail, the company goes bust, never delivers on the products and all the backers are out of pocket. What backers don’t expect is that a successful campaign backed based on set terms suddenly decides to start charging extra for part of that service way down the line.
Panono launched on Indiegogo (
and possibly Kickstarter) way back in 2013. It’s a “Panoramic Ball Camera” offering 360° views with a whopping 108-megapixels. Even today, that’s mighty impressive. You need to utilise their cloud service for processing the images, which was included in the purchase price of the camera. Now, they’ve decided to start charging for it.
There are quite a few action cameras available right now. With the recently launched DJI Osmo Action, the market has become even more interesting. We’ve seen how it performs against its biggest competitor, GoPro Hero7 Black. But what if we compare it to other action cameras? In this video from Philip Bloom, you’ll see a side-by-side comparison of some of the most attractive action cameras currently available, including the latest one from DJI.
We first mentioned the Pilot Era last month after we spotted it at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas. It’s a 360° camera with some serious muscle. It shoots 8K footage through four f/2.2 aspherical fisheye lenses onto four 12-megapixel Sony CMOS sensors. It’s Android-powered, has in-camera stitching all the way up to 8K and half a terabyte of built-in storage.
Now, their Indiegogo campaign has gone live, with prices starting at $1,999 (the $1,799 super early birds are already all gone). Unlike many IGG campaigns, though, the first production run has already happened and they will be shipping next month.
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.
Announced last month, the Insta360 EVO is the latest camera from Insta360. Like many of their previous cameras the EVO is a 360-degree camera for shooting immersive content. Unlike the previous models, though, this one can also be used to shoot 3D 180 degree content, too. The 360 form unfolds to put the two 180 degree lenses side-by-side for left and right eye viewing. DIYP spoke with Insta360 at NAB 2019 to find out more about the EVO.
The Rylo 360 camera was published a year and a half ago, and the company is apparently listening to its customers’ suggestions. With the latest firmware update, the camera brings you two great new features: zoom and timelapse effects within your 360-degree videos. What’s also great is that you don’t have to buy a new camera to get these features. All you need to do is upgrade the one you already own, as it was the case when the company introduced the 5.8K resolution.