Yesterday on its Facebook page, Z Cam announced that Z Cam S1 and S1 Pro customers will now gain free access to the company’s own optical flow-based stitching software, WonderStitch.
According to Z Cam, this decision comes as a show of appreciation for the support of Z Cam customers, and to enhance the competitiveness of both products.
Although the Z Cam lineup of 360-degree cameras continue to be industry favorites for their ease of use and image quality–in fact, last fall, Immersive Shooter Editor-at-Large Robert Hernandez picked the Z Cam S1 as his top recommendation for 360 pros–new competition in the form of the Kandao Obsidian and Insta360 Pro, among others, has drastically changed the market. Earlier this year, Robert updated his recommendation for top 360 camera to the Insta360 Pro for its stereo capture, ease of use and affordability (however, he says, he’ll always love and use his Z Cam S1).
WonderStitch uses sophisticated algorithms that leverage “exact calibration details of the respective cameras” to stitch footage from the S1 and S1 Pro. It also supports stereo stitching on the S1 Pro as a bonus feature.
Customers who have already purchased licenses for WonderStitch will receive a “special discount equivalent to their original purchase value, applicable on future direct purchase of the following Z CAM products: Z CAM S1 Pro, Z CAM V1, Z CAM V1 Pro.”
Z CAM WonderLive which performs live stitching on PC has always been available for free.