Saturday, April 1, 2017

Not a joke: Insta360 demonstrates realtime image stabilization with 360 live streaming

Insta360 demonstrated a 360 video live stream with realtime image stabilization.  Check out the 360 video!  (This is NOT an April Fool's joke.)

NCTech iris360 Pro high-resolution 360 camera with up to 27EV dynamic range

NCTech has announced a new 360 camera: the iris360 Pro, which can capture 90-megapixel photos.

4K Ricoh Theta is here! Check out the specs and exclusive photos!

The long-awaited 4k version of the Ricoh Theta is finally here!  Check out the specs!

- Photo resolution: 15mp (similar to the Ricoh Theta S)
- Video resolution: 4k @ 24fps
- Wireless live streaming
- Can record for over 2 hours at 2560 x 1280
- Price is the same or less as the Ricoh Theta S.

Hit the jump to see exclusive photos!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Why the 2017 Gear 360 could become the most popular 360 camera

At the Samsung Unpacked event on March 29, Samsung launched the 2017 version of the Gear 360.  Some were disappointed with its specifications, but I believe the 2017 Gear 360 is in a position to become the most popular 360 camera.  Here's why.

EXCLUSIVE: Xiaomi is releasing a fully spherical 4k 360 camera!

Xiaomi, co-partner of popular Xiaomi Yi action cameras, is about to release a fully spherical 4k 360 camera!
Correction: this article has been corrected.  It previously said that the camera was by Yi Technology. Instead, it is by Xiaomi.

DEALS: Cyberlink ActionDirector 2 with 360 video editing for FREE (?)

Cyberlink ActionDirector 2 is a video editor designed for action cameras, with 360 video editing capability.  Normally it is $49.99 but for a limited time, it is available for FREE. :-O  But please see the cautionary note below.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sample 360 videos and 360 live stream from the 2017 Gear 360

Here are sample videos from the Samsung Gear 360 (2017 edition).   Keep checking back.  I will keep adding videos as I find them.
UPDATE: Based on these sample videos, I believe the 2017 Gear 360 could become the most popular 360 camera. Here's why.

Create 3D models you can move around in VR using only your 360 camera and the Walkabout Worlds app

Walkabout Worlds is an app that can enable you to create 3D models and walkthroughs using only a 360 camera.

$400 VR-capable Oculus-ready PC with an NVidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB card

You can now get a VR-capable PC (almost VR-ready) for just $400 -- the same price as a Sony PS4 Pro!  Here's why you would want one, and how to put the system together.

Z Cam S1 preliminary review by Panoramiceye

Check out a review of the Z Cam S1, a 6k 360 camera, by Jim Newberry of Panoramiceye.  The review includes a description of how to use the Z Cam S1 and Z Cam's stitching software.  Here's the review.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

11 differences between the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 and the original Gear 360, plus a hands-on video

photo by Etienne Leroy
UPDATED!  See below re stitching

The 2017 Samsung Gear 360 is quite different from the original Gear 360.  Here are 10 11 differences between them, plus a hands-on video of the new Gear 360:

Facebook Live 360 launched! Insta360 Nano and Air tutorial for Facebook livestreaming

Facebook has just launched Live 360, making 360 livestreaming available on Facebook.  Here's a tutorial for Insta360 Air ($129reviewed here) and Insta360 Nano for iPhone ($199reviewed here).  There's also a tutorial for Z Cam S1.

Samsung Unpacked 2017: new Gear 360 launched, features livestreaming as predicted

At Samsung Unpacked 2017, Samsung launched the Next Gear 360, the successor to the popular Samsung Gear 360.

Note: this is a developing story.  Please check back for updates.  More detailed info here, including differences from the current Gear 360.

Hubblo VR announces sensor upgrade and contest winner

Hubblo VR, the most affordable 4k 3D 360 camera with realtime stitching capability, announced that they decided to upgrade the sensor for higher image quality.

V360 360 video editing app released, new features added

360 video editing app V360, which was previously in beta, has now released a full version of its app, with several improvements.

Playstation VR adds support for 360 videos in 4k resolution - but only for PS4 Pro

You can now watch 360 videos in 4k resolution with the Playstation VR ($399; reviewed here) but only if you have a PS4 Pro ($399), the newer, more powerful version of the PS4.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Let Ricoh know what you want in the next Ricoh Theta and win an Amazon gift card

Everyone is waiting for the next version of the Ricoh Theta, the most popular 360 camera in the market.  Now you can let Ricoh know what features you want to see in the next Theta, and you can also win an Amazon gift card.

Unboxing and first impressions of MGCool Cam 360 / Elecam 360, an affordable fully spherical 360 camera

The MGCool Cam 360 (formerly called Elecam 360) is one of the most affordable fully spherical 360 cameras.  It is also one of the few 360 cameras with a dedicated underwater housing that enables full operation underwater.  Here is an unboxing video and here are my first impressions.

SJCam SJ360 hemispherical 360 camera with a high quality Sony sensor

SJCam SJ360 is a hemispherical 360 camera with a high-quality 12mp Sony sensor.  Check out the sample video.

Aerial 360 videos with Insta360 Nano mounted on DJI Mavic Pro

Insta360 posted a video of the Insta360 Nano mounted on a DJI Mavic Pro.  Here's how they attached the Nano to the Mavic.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sonicam: a 360 camera designed for 2D or 3D live streaming in 4k, with 3D audio

Photo by Sonicam

Here's a sphere-shaped camera for 360 live streaming in 4k resolution, in 2D or 3D.  Sounds familiar? 

360 live streaming service Hug VR shifts focus to weddings with

HugVR, a 360 live streaming service, announced that they would be focusing on weddings, and are re-launching as

Digipower TP-QPXT / Quikpod Sport: monopods with quick release clips for 360 cameras

Here is a monopod with a quick release attachment so that you can quickly attach or detach your 360 camera.

Profanity-laced but informative review of the Nikon Keymission 360

The Nikon Keymission 360 inspires profanity from many users but most of them probably aren't as colorful as Scott the Truck Driver.  Start out your week with Scott's funny but detailed and informative review!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nine new 3D 360 video samples from Vuze Camera in various lighting conditions

Here are nine new 3D 360 video samples from Vuze Camera, the first affordable 3D 360 camera for consumers just uploaded captured by Simcoemedia in a variety of shooting conditions.

Waterproof housing for the Insta360 Nano

You can use the Insta360 Nano in wet environments (and probably underwater) with this water-resistant housing.

Aerial kit for mounting the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro to a DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Inspire 1

photo by Gimbal-Guard
Here are brackets for attaching the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro to a DJI Mavic Pro or a DJI Inspire-1 for capturing aerial 360 videos without the drone in the shot.