Coming Soon: Coolest-Ever 360-Degree Video Camera
A lot of people with action cams like GoPros use them mostly to take videos of themselves. Action selfies, as it were. This is because if you have to choose between a shot of what you’re seeing vs. a shot of yourself, narcissism has a good chance of winning out.
But with a new and dazzling portable video camera, the 360Cam from Giroptic, you’ll never have to choose again. This amazing little device, just launching on Kickstarter, has three cameras on it to capture a full 360 degrees of imagery (and up to 150 degrees vertically). The secret sauce is the gadget’s capability to stitch the three video streams together into a single panoramic video that you can later view on your computer or mobile device.
The 360Cam takes imagery from its three cameras and stitches it together to give you seamless video (or still) panoramas.
I’m not sure it’s as rugged as a GoPro, but it’s certainly designed for the same type of application. Just like a GoPro, there will be multiple mounting options. And it’s all self-contained, like a GoPro.
Some cool technical details: The device has image stabilization that’s sensitive to the camera’s orientation, so no matter how it twists (within limits), the video output should stay stable. It also has GPS and, of course, WiFi.
The WiFi means you can watch its output live on your smartphone, or record over the network. The 360Cam also has a microSD slot if you want a self-contained solution.
It can even be used as a security camera. It has one of the most creative accessories I’ve seen for any camera: a lightbulb socket mount. With it, you can screw the 360Cam into an overhead or lamp fixture and see what the lightbulb would have seen. The camera will also get power from the fixture, so it’s an easy way to get an eye in the sky, if you don’t mind losing the illumination you’d have gotten from that bulb.