I hope our readers in the US had a nice long weekend and got some good 360 photos and videos! I spent the weekend on vacation while also doing some tests but I will talk about those next time…
This week on Pass the Mic, I’d like to discuss a dual 360 camera mount for the DJI Mavic Pro, a couple of new 360 cameras, new video samples from the Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360, and post my thoughts on a recent trend: stabilization.
Dual 360 camera mount for Mavic
360 video shooters who want to use a drone but want the drone to be invisible in the shot now have several options. Last year, Kodak PIXPRO showed the Aerial Kit for the SP360 4K which placed an SP360 4K on top and another below the 3DR Solo drone, allowing shooters to capture 360 aerial videos without the drone in the shot.
Now Jean-Marie Cannie, a videographer, has created mounts to enable almost any small 360 camera to be attached above and below the popular DJI Mavic Pro. The bottom mount was carefully designed so as not to obstruct the Mavic’s downward-facing sensors. Through careful Blocking a portion of the image., it is possible to combine the footage from both cameras into a fully spherical 360 video, without the drone in the shot.
Jean-Marie has thus far provided a fully spherical aerial 360 video sample from dual Samsung Gear 360 cameras on his Mavic. You can see the sample 360 video and purchase the top and bottom mounts at his Shapeways shop here. I ordered the mounts myself and will be testing them on my Mavic (and comparing them to the Kodak SP360 aerial kit).
360dVR and Hi720: Two new 360 cameras
360dVR is a crowdfunded professional 360 camera with seven lenses and a 5K The number of pixels in an image, typically presented as a ratio of the total pixels on x axis to the total pixels on th... More. Its spherical body is quite compact at around 140 mm. 360dVR’s creators claim that its “dimensional” lens configuration yields a higher image quality than a planar design with just two lenses. 360dVR will have an MSRP of $1,399 but is currently available for preorder on Indiegogo for $799 (not including any stitching software).
Videographers who might otherwise use a 360 rig might be interested in the 360dVR for its compact size, the smaller distance between its lenses, its price, and even its image quality compared to similarly-priced rigs.
Hi720 is a low-cost 360 camera accessory but unlike other 360 cameras that simply copy the Insta360 Nano, the Hi720 adds features not found in the Nano. First, it has a removable connector that can be used with USB Type C or Micro USB. Second, it can connect to both Android and iOS. Third, it can be used wirelessly.
Hi720 uses the ubiquitous 4mp OV4689 sensor. Its video The number of pixels in an image, typically presented as a ratio of the total pixels on x axis to the total pixels on th... More is 1920 x 960, similar to cameras such as the Ricoh Theta S and the Giroptic iO. The Hi720 is being offered by several retailers on eBay, with prices currently as low as $97.
With its low cost and nearly-universal smartphone compatibility, the Hi720 may appeal to beginning casual shooters.
Kodak Orbit360 user samples
The Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 (also known as 4KVR360) is one of the most highly anticipated 360 cameras for 2017. Its release has been delayed a couple of times, but on May 25, the Orbit360 was released in Japan.
Some users have begun uploading sample 360 videos. You can check out this playlist (you can use the menu on the upper left to select a video).
Meanwhile, Kodak hasn’t confirmed when the Orbit360 will be released in the US or in other countries…we’ll keep you posted.
Is stabilization the new must-have feature?
As recently as January of this year, A process to reduce shakiness caused by an unstable camera. was an uncommon feature reserved only for 360 video professionals. However, in a span of just a few months, it is emerging as possibly the most sought-after feature even for consumers.
First, there was the announcement of the Guru 360 gimbal and, later, FeiyuTech’s G360 gimbal. Then, in April, Insta360 added gyro stabilization to the Insta360 Nano. There’s also the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere and Garmin Virb 360, both with stabilization features.
In case there was any doubt about the significance of stabilization for the industry, those doubts were erased this week.
I showed how gyro stabilization in the Insta360 Air could be used to make the Insta360 Air invisible or to remove shaking in tiny planet videos. DCRainmaker showed a 360 video that demonstrated the incredible stabilization of the Garmin Virb 360, which not only stabilized the video, but automatically turned the camera in the direction of the shooter’s movement.
Meanwhile, drone vlogger AndyRC mounted his Xiaomi Mi Sphere to a race drone to create jaw-dropping aerial 360 videos from a unique third-person perspective.
These and other demos underscored the fact that stabilization is not merely an exotic feature only for high-end professional equipment but an essential and highly practical feature — so much so that I expect most 360 cameras in the coming months will add a true A process to reduce shakiness caused by an unstable camera. feature.