While more and more consumer-quality 360 cameras join the marketplace, it’s nice to see new premium professional VR cameras emerge.
Today, Kandao Technologies has announced the price of its Obsidian R and S VR cameras, each $6,999, as well as a brand new camera called Obsidian Go ($2,499). The Shenzhen-based VR camera manufacturer and solutions provider also announced new depth-map generation and 6 degrees-of-freedom features for its stitching software, Kandao Studio.
Obsidian Go specs and price
The Obsidian Go captures 4K stereoscopic 360 video at 30fps and 8K photos, and costs $2,499 including the camera’s stitching software, Kandao Studio. Here’s a 4K demo from the Obsidian Go:
It features six 220-degree fisheye lenses with an aperture of f2.0, each paired with its own 16 million pixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, with pixel-level sychronization. Each lens captures media to its own storage card.
Although the Obsidian Go looks similar to Kandao’s prototype camera provided through its pioneer program, it’s a finalized and upgraded version that Kandao dubs “your first VR camera” aimed at VR beginners and photographers.
The camera body has lights indicating the status of each lens, as well as three buttons: power, photo capture and record video. It also comes with a 2.4g wireless remote control.
It captures videos in .mov format (MP4 after stitching) and shoots DNG format photos. The camera also has a time lapse mode with adjustable time interval. The Obsidian’s battery life lasts for up to 4 hours.
About Obsidian R and Obsidian S models
Although many of the cameras’ specs are the same, the Obsidian R is optimized for higher resolutions, while the Obsidian S is optimized for higher frame rates.
The Obsidian R captures 8K stereoscopic 360 video at 30fps, 4K stereoscopic 360 at 60fps, and 8K stereoscopic photos. It’s equipped with f2.0 aperture fisheye lenses. Here’s a sample from the camera:
The Obsidian S captures 4K stereoscopic 360 video at 120fps and 6K stereoscopic 360 at 50 fps (60fps in Kandao Studio). It’s equipped with f2.2 aperture fisheye lenses and can also capture 6K stereoscopic 360 photos. Here’s a 4K demo of the Obsidian S:
Both cameras can also live stream 4K stereoscopic 360 video via Ethernet port and offer manual control of aperture, ISO, exposure and white balance by computer (via Ethernet port) or by tablet or phone using the companion app. Users can also preview shots by phone, computer or tablet, and can transfer files quickly via Ethernet cable.
The cameras also offer flexible bit rates between 60 and 100 mbps, built-in IMU sensors for integration with stabilization software, and ambisonic audio recording.
The Obsidian R and S both weigh 1.2 kg and can be held in one hand. They can be powered by battery external 12V charger, or Ethernet cable.
Kandao has posted samples from the cameras on its website. Although you can sign up for pre-orders now, no official launch date has been announced. The cameras will also be available at Kandao dealers Radiant Images and AbelCine.
Kandao Studio to support depth-map generation and 6 DOF
Kandao Technologies has also announced new features currently under development for its Kandao Studio stitching software, including depth-map generation and 6 DOF *6 DOF enables headset users to lean in within the video). Although further details have not been announced, the demo video above can give an idea of the new features’ capabilities.
For more information, visit Kandao’s website.