Friday, November 11, 2016

New Dual Camera Base Mount makes it more convenient to use the SP360 4k Dual Pro

There's a new Dual Camera Base Mount for the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro (impressions here), which makes the SP360 4k more convenient to use.

Google Daydream first impressions compared to my Samsung Gear VR, Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Daydream, Google's premium mobile VR system, launched yesterday and I finally got to try it out.  Here are my first impressions, in comparison to my Samsung Gear VR, Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Review: Playstation VR charging and display stand by Collective Minds

If you have a Playstation VR, this is the best display stand and charging station for it.

Wireless adapter for HTC Vive now available! Might also be compatible with Oculus Rift

TPCast is a wireless adapter for the HTC Vive, and it is now available for preorder from HTC Vive China!

Update 2: it might also be compatible with Oculus Rift.

Update 1: now sold out!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Moka: a compact fully spherical 360 camera with livestreaming

Moka is a compact and inexpensive fully spherical 360 camera with livestreaming capability.

MD-1 a new fully spherical 360 camera

MD-1 is an upcoming fully spherical 360 camera with four lenses.

Vuze Camera release delayed to 2017; free shipping offered

Vuze Camera, the first fully spherical 3D 360 camera for consumers, is being delayed to March 2017 but shipping costs will be waived for previous orders.

New sample video for Z Cam S1 shows incredible dynamic range

Z Cam just posted a new sample video from the Z Cam S1, showing incredible dynamic range.

Update: new version of the video is 4k @ 60 fps!

Insta360 Air for Android launching on Indiegogo; specifications and availability announced

The Insta360 Air, a 360-degree camera that attaches to Android phones, will be launching on Indiegogo soon.  Meanwhile, there's now more information about its specifications and availability.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Dual Camera Drone Mount for Kodak SP360 now available

​The Dual Drone Mount for the Kodak SP360 4k is now available direct from Kodak Pixpro for $169.99, which includes the bracket and a remote control to trigger both cameras simultaneously.

​The Dual Drone Mount is a unique bracket for the Kodak SP360 4k (first impressions here) that allows you to mount SP360 4k cameras above and below a 3DR Solo quadcopter, allowing the drone to be completely invisible in the shot, without any need for additional postprocessing.  Check out a sample video here.

If you don't have the SP360 4k, you can instead get the Aerial Pack which includes a Dual Pro Pack (with two SP360 4k cameras, plus accessories) and the Dual Drone Mount, for $999.99.

Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro first impressions: is the quality worth the complexity?

One of the most common comments about 360 cameras is that users want higher quality video.  I decided to take a look at the Kodak SP360 4k Dual Pro, which heretofore offered the highest quality 360 video for consumer cameras, but at a higher cost ($499 individually, $899 for a pair) and with more effort required to use it.  I wanted to see how it compares against the new Nikon Keymission 360 and Samsung Gear 360.  I haven't tested it yet but here are my first impressions.

UPDATE: Check out the 4k 360 video shootout between the SP360 4k Dual Pro with the Keymission 360, Gear 360, and Insta360 Nano.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ricoh announces the winners of its IoT Developers Contest

Ricoh announced the winners of its IoT Developers Contest yesterday, which yielded several interesting uses for the Ricoh Theta.

HTC Vive will be able to play Oculus Touch games via Revive

Revive is a compatibility layer program that allows the HTC Vive to run Oculus Rift games.  Its developer CrossVR confirmed that Revive will also enable the HTC Vive to run Rift games designed for the Oculus Touch.

Oculus Rift review: why I got the Oculus Rift after already having the HTC Vive, Playstation VR and Samsung Gear VR

I finally decided to get an Oculus Rift.  The Rift was the first VR system I had tried but it's only now that I decided to get it, after I had already gotten the Samsung Gear VR, the HTC Vive, the Playstation VR.  Here are my thoughts on why I got it, and how it compares to the other VR systems.

I will discuss:
- my rationale for getting it
- what's in the box
- setup
- using the Rift (comfort and convenience, headset optics, tracking, controller)
- games
- compatibility; running on Steam
- viewing photos and videos
- how the Rift compares with other VR systems.

Update: see also my review of the Oculus Touch!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Nikon shooter's first impressions of the Nikon Keymission 360

Here is a guest post by Marcello Geerts, a freelance photographer from the Netherlands who shoots for several local sports and lifestyle magazines. Marcello also has online workshops for adults and for kids, both in Dutch and English, including personal coaching via an eCommunity, where he takes viewers in the field to show how photography works. His current website is where you can see some of his work.

Photo by Marcello Geerts
Here's Marcello's take on the new Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here):

Nikon Keymission 360 image stabilization: does it work?

One of the features of the Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here) is its electronic image stabilization,  In this post, I'll show videos with and without stabilization so you can see how well it works.

Insta360 Nano adds true HDR, timelapse, and other features

A firmware and app update for Insta360 Nano added a true HDR mode, a time lapse mode, and other features.