Friday, May 5, 2017

Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 first impressions II: unboxing, sample video, stabilization

In this post, I continue my first impressions of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera.  This time, I'll present an unboxing a sample 360 video, and a demo of the Mi Sphere's realtime stabilization!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hands-On First Impressions of Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 Camera: a Theta hunter?

I just received my order of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 Camera from GearBest!  Here are my first impressions.

Part 2 of my first impressions (with unboxing, sample 360 video, and image stabilization preview) is here.
Here is a comparison / review of the Xiaomi versus the 2017 Gear 360.  It also has a guide for the viewing and exporting from the Xiaomi.

Panohero: Capture 72mp 360 photos in just one minute with this easy and affordable panorama kit!

I've posted a few times about the Panono, my favorite 360 camera for photography because of its hyper-detailed 108mp photos.  But the Panono costs $2,000.  Fortunately, you can capture high-resolution 360 photos with Panohero, a panoramic head for GoPro and Yi action cameras.  Not only will the photo have resolutions of 72 megapixels or higher, but there will also be no parallax stitching error.

UPDATE: Panohero provided sample files shot on GoPro that you can use to try stitching yourself here.

Spiderbeam enables aerial 360 photos and videos without a drone

photo by Mark Marano
You don't always need to use a drone to capture aerial 360 photos and videos.  Mark Marano uses the Spiderbeam, a pole that extends to 12 meters (40 feet) for aerial shots without a drone.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guru Air 360 and Wearable Kit now available for preorder!

The Guru Air 360, the first affordable gimbal for professional 360 cameras, and the Moza Wearable Kit, which is the first wearable kit for a 360 gimbal, are now available for preorder from!

Nico360 posts update; here are my thoughts

Crowdfunded 360 camera Nico360 just posted an update.  Here are my thoughts.

Kodak Orbit360 sample videos! Pricing and availability in Japan

Here are among the first sample videos from the highly anticipated Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 (aka 4KVR360)!!!  Update: new video added!

EXCLUSIVE: How to stitch Panono images offline yourself and how to fix Panono stitching errors

Panono is the highest resolution all-in-one 360 camera with 36 lenses and 108 megapixel resolution. Its only drawback is that the stitching is often not perfect and is tedious to correct.  In this post, I will discuss how you can stitch Panono photos yourself, or fix Panono stitching errors.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Life in 360 compares 2017 Samsung Gear 360 vs. the original Gear 360

My friend Ben Claremont (Life in 360) compared the 2017 Samsung Gear 360 with the original Gear 360.  Check out his comparison!

Insta360 Pro live stream demo in 4K 360 video

Insta360 demonstrated a 4K live stream from the Insta360 Pro, one of the hottest new cameras for 360 video professionals.  Check out the live stream video!

NAB Show 2017: Move around inside a movie with HypeVR's volumetric video capture!

With HypeVR's volumetric video capture, you can move inside a movie!  My friend Svend Even Hærra and I got to try it out at NAB Show 2017.  See the video!

NAB Show 2017: Sonicam, a 4K 360 camera with 2D and 3D video and 3D spatial audio

Sonicam is a 360 camera that can capture 4K video in 2D or 3D with realtime stitching, and it can also capture 3D spatial audio using 64 microphones (!).  I posted about it previously and I got to see it at NAB Show 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017

FeiyuTech G360 panoramic gimbal for 360 cameras - unboxing and first impressions

Last week, I received a review copy of the FeiyuTech G360 panoramic gimbal for 360 cameras.  Here is the unboxing, my first impressions, and sample videos!

Otterbox Commuter review: great for Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream

The Otterbox Commuter is a very good smartphone case for those who Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream users because it's very easy to remove and re-install, while also offering great protection.  See the video!

Sunday, April 30, 2017