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.
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.
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.
I’m not normally a big fan of teaser videos, but something struck me about this one because there really isn’t much indication at all as to what’s coming except that it’s possibly aimed at consumers, rather than commercial users, and it’s designed for use with a phone.
The Insta360 ONE X was only launched a few months, so they’re not replacing that. The Insta360 Nano S only came out a year ago. Surely they couldn’t be making that obsolete so soon? So what could this new Insta360 product be?
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.