Coming out of CP+ 2019, Ricoh has today announced their latest 360° camera, the Ricoh THETA Z1. The new model expands on the previous Theta V with a number of new features, the most noticeable of which is the somewhat giant leap from 12 to 23-megapixel still images – which can now be shot in Adobe DNG raw format as well as jpg. It also features a new processing algorithm offering HDR, interval composite shooting for things like star trails, as well as bracketing for up to 19 shots.
This has felt like a very long wait for Insta360 ONE X camera owners who’ve thus far had to deal with the mobile apps if they want to get the most out of their camera’s footage. But now, Insta360 Studio for ONE X is finally here, with all of the FreeCapture keyframe goodness that older Insta360 Studio version users have long enjoyed.
So, with Fuji, Sony and now GoPro picking up the “we’ll just add new features in future firmware” trend, it looks like this is just the way of things now. GoPro’s announcement today adds a few features to the GoPro Fusion, increasing functionality for filmmakers and 360° content creators. There’s also a new Fusion Studio as well as Premiere Pro & After Effects plugins.
Just a few short years ago, nobody had ever heard the name Insta360. Established in 2014, they’re now one of the first names many people turn to when it comes to 360° cameras. And they’re constantly pushing themselves with bigger and better. Now, at CES 2019, Insta360 has announced the new Insta360 Titan, which shoots 11K 360 video footage.
The new Titan contains eight Micro Four Thirds sensors and is capable of shooting 11K footage at 30 frames per second, or you can take a slight drop in resolution for 3D, which is 10K at 30 frames per second. The Titan also offers 8K at 60fps or 5.3K at a very impressive 120 frames per second.
The popular Rylo 360 camera gets an upgrade! While a rather impressive camera already with extremely impressive software, the Rylo 360 camera had one slightly flaw for many users. It only shot 4K resolution. Plenty enough resolution for a flat camera, but not for converting 360° footage to a flat view.
Well, in response to that Rylo has now released a new firmware update for the camera. Yes, that’s right, you just download, install and boom, you’ve got 5.8K resolution. No hassle, no gimmicks, no new camera to spend money on, just upgrade the one you already have.
Today, Insta360 has announced the new Insta360 Pro 2, an update to its professional 8K 360° camera, the Insta360 Pro. While the original Insta360 Pro is a somewhat formidable camera, the Insta360 Pro 2 takes a few things up a notch or two. The new Insta360 Pro 2 comes with higher bitrates, better streaming and monitoring options, wider colour range and proxy file creation.
It looks like 360° cameras and content is starting to evolve. As companies have realised that 180° 3D content is far more useful to viewers than fully 360° surround content, the two worlds are starting to merge into one. As are the cameras with which we create them. We saw it recently with the announcement of the Kandao QooCam.
Now the new 5.7K Vuze XR by HumanEyes also combines both 360° and 180° 3D content creation into a single unit. It contains a pair of hinged sensors & lenses. When you want to shoot 360°, you close them up, and when it’s time for 180° 3D, you open them up to face both cameras forward.
If there’s one thing that’s definitely not going away, it’s 360 VR cameras. And they’ve come a very long way in the last few years. It was only 2016, two short years ago, when the Ricoh Theta S was being lauded as one of the best on the consumer market – with 1080p video. But as the technology has become a little more established, demands have evolved.
Detu is answering these demands with the new Detu MAX. A 3D 360° VR camera that can shoot stereo video at a whopping 8K resolution. It’s also capable of shooting HDR 3D images and offers stills resolutions up to 12K. They’re launching the MAX on Kickstarter, with prices up to 40% off the expected retail price.
We’ve all seen an assortment of 360-degree cameras in the past few years, but I have to say that QooCam‘s design is the most intriguing. Just imagine being able to switch from 4K 360 to 3D 180 by simply twisting it? Furthermore, it also features a depth-sensing technology that allows you to refocus after taking a photo. It appears to be quite a capable for a camera that’s slightly longer than an iPhone.
Insta360 has updated its line of affordable phone-friendly 360 cameras with the new Insta360 Nano S. It sees some rather significant upgrades over the original Nano that all look pretty exciting for iPhone owners. The Nano S is the same form factor as the original but beefs up that 3K video & 4.6MP stills to 4K 360° video and a massive 20 megapixel photos.
Announced at CES 2018, the new Nano S offers some very cool new features including 360 facetime style video chat, as well as picture-in-picture & multiview modes to shoot flat 2D video clips comprised of multiple angles. There’s also a new matte black colour option, and they even throw in a free tripod for when you want to be a little less selfie and a little more serious.