I don’t think I know a person who didn’t dream of flying to space when they were a kid. Well, now you can join the ISS astronauts up there in the orbit… sort of. European Space Agency (ESA) has just published a short and sweet 360-degree video that lets you float through the Space Station with astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Have you had enough of the Perseverance stuff? Yeah, me neither. NASA has just published an interactive image that lets you see what the rover is seeing. This detailed 360-degree photo lets you look around Mars’ Jezero crater and it’s based on images taken by different rover’s cameras.
When Insta360 released the original Insta360 ONE X in 2018 (review here), it kind of shook things up for the pocket-sized 360 camera market. It shot 5.7K footage with pretty revolutionary, almost gimbal-like stabilisation with better dynamic range and more features through its smartphone app than just about any of its contemporaries at the time.
Well, today, Inta360 has announced an update with the launch of the new Insta360 ONE X2. I’ve been having a bit of play with one for the last couple of weeks, so let’s take a look at some of the changes, see how it differs from its predecessor and what I love about the new ONE X2.
360 cameras have been seen by a bit of a gimmick by many people. They’re ok for grabbing quick snaps of yourself and your friends in the environment when you’re on vacation, but that’s about it. At least, it is for them. But there are so many creative things you can do with 360 cameras that you couldn’t really shoot any other way.
One person who’s been having a lot of fun with his 360 camera lately is Alex Ezorsky, who created a series of short videos with an amusing take on the struggles of meeting up with other people these days – as well as a couple of other amusing shorts, like The Hamster Dilemma above.
A new consumer-grade 360° camera is coming to the market soon from Vecnos, a new startup spun out of Ricoh. While it looks like it will wipe your memories (Men in Black, anyone?), it actually saves them in the form of 360° images. According to Vecnos, this little pen-shaped camera will make it easier to capture your 3D memories and to share them on social media.
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.
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.
The Insta360 Titan is a ridiculous beast of a camera. It offers a level of quality that most of us will never need in our wildest dream projects. But if you’re shooting high-end immersive content, it could be the ideal tool for the job.
The Insta360 Titan houses eight Micro Four Thirds sensors to offer a combined 11K resolution at 30 frames per second, but it can also shoot 8K at up to 60 frames per second or 5.3K at 120 frames per second. Oh, and it can also shoot 3D 360 video at 10K resolution at 30fps. We had a chat with Insta360 at NAB 2019 to find out more about it.