Saturday, February 18, 2017

Send in the clones: $100 Nikon Keymission 360 clones

One of the latest 360 cameras to flood the market in China are these sub-$100 clones of the Nikon Keymission 360.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Spherie VR drone is a flying 360 camera rig

Spherie is a drone with a built-in 360 camera rig, enabling it to capture high resolution 360 video without the drone in the shot.

Magicsee P3 is a low cost fully spherical 360 camera with 3k video and an underwater housing

Magicsee P3 is a fully spherical 360 camera with 3k video and an underwater housing.

Share 360 photos and videos losslessly with Teamplace cloud based storage for groups and teams

Have you wanted to share your 360 photos and videos but you don't want the image quality to be compromised by heavy compression on sites such as Facebook and YouTube?  Teamplace offers cloud storage for teams and groups, and they now support 360 photos and videos in original format, with no compression.

TECHNIQUE: offers free cloud-based tools for patching and stitching 360 photos is a website that offers several free tools for patching and stitching 360 photos.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TECHNIQUE: How to level the horizon in 360 photos and videos with Insta360 Air app

Here's a quick demonstration and tutorial of one of the cool features in the Insta360 Air app: horizon correction.

Smartphone tripod adapters for 360 cameras

There are an increasing number of 360 cameras that attach to smartphones such as the Insta360 Nano, the Insta360 Air, and the Giroptic iO, to name a few.  To get better composition from these cameras, it is usually best to shoot with a selfie stick or monopod.  To do so, you'll need a smartphone tripod adapter.  Here are the ones I've tried, and here's my recommendation.

Thanics Halo is a semi-autonomous drone for Ricoh Theta and other 360 cameras

Thanics Halo is a semi-autonomous quadcopter designed specifically for the Ricoh Theta S.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

TECHNIQUE: Learn how to create amazing tiny planet photo and video animations with this free software

Insta360 Studio is a free software from Insta360 that is a surprisingly powerful tool for creating amazing tiny planet animations from your 360 videos.  Check out this new tutorial by Ben Claremont (Life in 360).

BeonCam 360 camera wristwatch specs and MSRP revealed

There's now a little more information on the BeonCam (previewed here), a waterproof wristwatch with a built-in 360 camera.  The crowdfunding launch date has also been pushed back a week.

Update: the crowdfunding campaign has begun and they're already fully funded.

Zmer One is a fully spherical 360 camera with image stabilization and realtime stitching

Zmer One is a fully spherical 360 camera with image stabilization and realtime stitching.

Hubblo shows how its 4k 3D 360 video realtime stitching works

Hubblo posted a video showing how its PX6 camera is able to stitch 4K 3D 360 videos in realtime.

Did you miss out on buying the Insta360 Air? Here's how to get it

Insta360 Air's (hands-on here) crowdfunding campaign was a smashing success, raising twelve times its crowdfunding goal from 1,200 backers and most importantly, shipping out early!  If you missed out on the pre-order, don't worry -- you can still get it!

TECHNIQUE: Video tutorial on how to level the horizon of your 360 photo using the free program Hugin

Hugin is a free software for editing panoramic photos with powerful features.  Among other things, it can be used to erase the tripod in your 360 photo or add a watermark, or level the horizon.  However, it's not the most user-friendly interface.  But you can check out this video tutorial on leveling the horizon.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hubblo VR heard you, 360 Rumors readers! Plus: launch date revealed!

Hubblo VR has heard you!  You posted your responses requesting sample footage from the Hubblo VR, and here's Hubblo's Dan Cunningham responding to you.   And mark your calendars for the Hubblo launch date!

360 video tour of Sta. Monica Pier with Insta360 Nano and Guru 360 gimbal

Happy Valentine's Day!  Here is a 360 video tour of the world famous Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Park, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Southern California, featured in over 500 movies and TV shows.  I captured the video with an Insta360 Nano mounted on a Guru 360 (prerelease version) and you can see how well they performed.

A look back at the Dodeca, the first camera capable of nearly spherical 360 video

Here is the Dodeca 2360, the first camera that was capable of capturing fully nearly spherical 360 video.

Insta360 Nano app update adds easier YouTube live streaming plus other features

The Insta360 Nano app has been updated to version 1.7, which includes easier live streaming to YouTube, plus other features.

Monday, February 13, 2017

"First Lok" at Insta360 Pro, an 8k 360 camera with 6k 3D and 4k livestreaming

Lok Cheung (formerly with DigitalRev) checks out the Insta360 Pro, an 8k 360 camera that can also capture 3D 360 in 6k and can livestream in 4k.

RUMOR: This could be a sample photo from the Kodak Orbit360 (4KVR360)

I found a 360 photo on Facebook that could be a photo from the new Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 (aka 4KVR360).

Update: the photo below is NOT from the Orbit360, but these photos are.

Zmer Live is a 360 camera accessory for Android phones

Zmer Live is a fully spherical 360 camera for Android phones.  

Insta360 Air tip: how to use the Insta360 Air without removing your smartphone case

Yes, you can use the Insta360 Air (hands-on impressions here) on a smartphone enclosed in a smartphone case without having to remove the case.  Here's how.

Beon: a waterproof wristwatch with a 360 camera

Beon is a waterproof wristwatch with a built-in hemispherical 360 camera.