New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’ll have a chance to watch some fireworks. But have you ever seen fireworks from the inside? Max Richter of Insta360 filmed an impressive 360 VR video that takes you right in the center of a fireworks display.
It’s that time of year again! Black Friday and Christmas are on the way, which means it’s time for our annual gift guides. Maybe you’re buying something for a friend or loved one. Perhaps you’re just treating yourself. But let’s take a look at some of the cool, new toys from the last year.
First up, cameras. This year really has been the year for mirrorless, hasn’t it? Panasonic, Sony, Nikon, Canon have all released some rather impressive cameras this year. A couple have stirred a little controversy, too. But they’re not all that’s been announced this year!
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.
You guys remember that super blue moon eclipse a couple of months ago, right? Well, while many of us were sitting at home watching it on our computer screens, photographer William Briscoe was out in the Alaskan snow shooting 360° timelapse. And this 8K 360° video captures the beautiful the Aurora Borealis in the middle of it.
Shot on January 31st just near Fairbanks Alaska, William’s film has a fantastic view of the light show as the moon crosses the sky and temporarily disappears into blackness. If you have a VR goggles, or a headset to hold your phone, then just hit play, sit back and relax. It’s only just over a minute long, but it’s a gorgeous sight to see.
CyberLink seem to be going pretty hardcore on the 360° VR lately. After setting the VR binge-watching world record earlier in the year, they’re back with more VR news. This time, a VR stabilisation plugin for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.
The imaginatively titled CyberLink VR Stabilizer works to clean up that shaky 360° video footage. Such shakiness is often inevitable when using 360° cameras handheld. But if you don’t want your shots to be boring, then handheld is the way to go. It also lets you adjust the pitch, roll and yaw of your camera, too. And you can even keyframe it.
With Black Friday and Christmas on the way, there’s plenty of things out there begging for our money. Whether we’re buying a gift for somebody else or for ourselves, we want to get the best bang for our buck.
So, in this first part of our 2017 Gift Guide series, we’re going to cover cameras. There’s quite a variety here, from instant to medium format, but here are ten of our current favourites.
We knew it was only a matter of time before YI Technology stepped into the world of 360° cameras. Hot on the heels of the GoPro Fusion, YI Technology have now announced their own, new YI 360 VR camera. Housing a pair of 12MP Sony CMOS IMX377 1/2.3″ sensors, each side has a 220° f/2.0 lens.
The YI 360 VR is capable of producing 5.7K (5760×2880) 360° footage at 30fps. Slightly higher resolution than the GoPro Fusion. If you want to speed it up to 60fps, you’ll have to drop down to 2.5K (2560×1280). Stills capture is also at 5760×2880. THiNK Media TV got a chance to check them out in person at NAB and posted a first look video.
Although GoPro had their difficulties, they don’t give up from staying in the market. They have announced Fusion, a new spherical camera that captures photos, regular video and VR video at 5.2K resolution. GoPro plans to put the camera in sales this fall, but you can already apply for their pilot program which they will introduce this summer. If you’re impatient to see what it provides, they have released the video to show off Fusion’s capabilities.