People have filmed all sorts of adventures with their action cameras, but some are just better than others… And scarier, too. Using GoPro’s new 360° camera, GoPro MAX, these three guys captured what you and I will probably never see: the top of the Egyptian pyramids!
Sunsets will forever be my favorite part of the day. Some argue that they’re all the same, but I say it’s exactly the opposite. Creative photographer Dario Giannobile observed the sky in the sunset, recording its changes day after day. And he came up with an idea. Combining time sequencing and 360-degree photography, he has created unique “stellar flowers” that will leave you speechless.
It’s been over a decade since I fell in love with the camera rotation technique. And ever since then, I’ve constantly been experimenting and honing my craft. Today, I’m presenting you with abstract orbs I took just before sunrise, using a 360-degree camera paired with camera rotation. I’ll share with you how I took them, hoping to inspire you to try this technique yourself.
One of the big problems you encounter when moving a camera from dry land to under the water is the difference in the index of refraction (IOR). That’s the thing that often makes rivers and lakes appear much shallower than they actually are when you’re looking at them from the water’s edge. For 360° cameras, this difference in IOR can be a big problem when it comes to shifting from the air to underwater.
A team of researchers at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), the Seoul National University and The University of Texas at Austin, though, have developed a system based on one of nature’s designs. They’ve taken inspiration from the fiddler crab to develop a 360° camera system that works both in and out of the water.
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.
During the coronavirus lockdowns, I sure would love to have a time machine so I can travel back to all those concerts I attended and places I visited in 2019. Wouldn’t you? Well, Lucas Rizzotto did it. Kind of.
This San Francisco-based inventor wore Snapchat spectacles for an entire year, filming everything that was happening to him. He ended up using this footage to create a VR “time machine” that lets him relive any experience from 2019 that he wants. He shared his journey in a video, and it’s the best video you’ll see today. Or dare I say even this year.
There are a lot of choices out there these when it comes to 360° cameras, and while many of them are very good, the really good ones capable of shooting super high resolution are extremely expensive. But all is not lost. You can still get very high resolution 360° my simply stitching multiple shots from a regular camera together. Even something like a GoPro action camera.
In this video from My Tech Fun, we see how we can use a 3D printed panoramic mount (also designed by My Tech Fun – and free to download) in order to shoot 12K 360° images with an action camera. While GoPro does have their own 360° camera, this will offer a lot more resolution and detail when zooming through the image on the desktop.
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.
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.