Meet the Sphericam 2: A 360 degree 4K ultra HD camera for the VR age
Stephan Jukic – July 3, 2015
If you want to get your hands on one of the most unique cameras to emerge in the last few months, head over to Kickstarter and check out the Sphericam 2’s funding page. The bizarre looking new camera has been designed to offer a 360 degree recording session which is captured in 4K ultra HD and can be used to create virtual reality video that can be watched on a device like the Oculus Rift or something similar.
Like we said, the Sphericam also does its shooting in 4K, so you can get your VR viewing or 2D footage (if you prefer) in the maximum degree of resolution currently possible with cameras of this size, at 4 times the resolution of ordinary HD.
One of the major problems with many 360 degree VR devices is that generating viewable 3D video requires someone to have both a content viewing and content creation device. Thus, the Sphericam 2 offers the creation end of this equation in a very affordable, practical and highly portable way, while the Oculus Rift or other similar hardware give users the consumption side.
Recently launched on Kickstarter, the camera measures at a size little bigger than a tennis ball and comes with 6 built-in 4K lenses that can capture a 360 degree panorama at a very robust rate of 60 frames per second. This is even better than the 30fps offered by many small 4k cams like the GoPro Hero 4. The camera also comes with WiFi for streaming captured video live to desktop and mobile devices in HD.
The Sphericam 2 is, as its name suggests, the second iteration of the Sphericam, with the original having been launched on Kickstarter as well and shipped to buyers back in 2013.
Jeffrey Martin, the inventor of both cameras is something of an expert in 360 degree photography (to say the least) and even has a Guiness World Record for having snapped the world’s largest panoramic photo, of the London cityscape at a resolution of 360 gigapixels.
In a related piece of data, YouTube has also recently added support to its platform for sharing videos in 360 degrees, be they of the SD, HD or UHD variety.
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