Friday, January 20, 2017

Playstation VR adds support for YouTube 360 videos; here's how

Today, Sony announced that the Playstation VR (reviewed here) would now be able to view 360 videos on YouTube, opening its vast library of 360 videos to its users.

Using a stabilized gimbal with your 360 camera

Here is an accessory that will enable you to use a stabilized 3-axis gimbal with your Samsung Gear 360 or other lightweight 360 camera.

Good news! Insta360 Air will ship early!

A majority of crowdfunded projects suffer delays, sometimes for years.  Insta360 Air, which is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, will be shipping the first week of February, two weeks ahead of schedule!

Here's the 360 livestream of the US Presidential Inauguration

Today, Donald Trump is being inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.  Here's the 360 livestream:

The livestream is being presented by USA Today.  The 360 camera that they're using is the Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here), modified to enable livestreaming.

Occly is a 360 camera for personal safety

Occly is a wearable personal safety device with four cameras which provide a "nearly 360" field of view.

DEALS: Samsung Gear 360 + Samsung Gear VR for 99€ with Galaxy S7 purchase
If you are thinking about getting a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge phone, Samsung Germany has an attractive deal for you starting January 24th: You get the Samsung Gear 360 camera and the Samsung Gear VR (2016 edition) HMD for just 99€! Normally you'd pay around 270€ for the camera and 55€ for the Samsung Gear VR headset.

The deal is limited to 20,000 customers.

Check out our Gear 360 wiki and resource page. With the Mobile World Congress coming in February the camera might just get an upgrade soon.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DEALS: Samsung Gear 360 for just $225

Wow this is an amazing deal!  The Samsung Gear 360 for just $225 from Verizon Wireless is a 360 video sharing site that supports 3D 360 videos

As you have probably noticed, 3D 360 cameras are one of the major trends of 2017 with multiple 3D 360 cameras released for consumers (e.g., Vuze, TwoEyesVR, and Hubblo VR) and for professionals (e.g., Insta360 Pro).  One of the 360 video sharing platforms that supports 4k 3D 360 videos is

Details on the incredible Boxfish 360, a professional 5k underwater 360 camera

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Boxfish 360, a 360 camera designed specifically for underwater use.  Here's more info about it.  The features and specs are amazing!

Nikon Keymission 360 underwater test by Young360

Check out this test of the Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here) underwater.  I'm not talking about a swimming pool either ;)

ResearchVR podcast on 360 cameras

ResearchVR has a podcast episode on 360 cameras.   You can check it out below!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Google Daydream price drop

Google Daydream (hands-on here), Google's premium mobile VR headset, has dropped in price from $79 to $49

I don't know if this is a permanent price drop or a special sale.  However, Google Daydream launched only November 10, 2016, and it seems unusual that they would issue such a significant price change very early in the product's life.

In the meantime, Samsung Gear VR (reviewed here) officially remains at $99, but gray market versions are currently available for around $55.

TwoEyes VR reaches crowdfunding goal in just 2 days!

TwoEyes VR, a 3D 360 camera, launched on Kickstarter just a couple of days ago, and it has already reached its crowdfunding goal!

TECHNIQUE: How to capture a 3D 360 photo with a 2D 360 camera

Yes it is possible to use a 2D 360 camera to capture a 3D 360 photo, although it takes a little work.  Here's how.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

O4 by 720VV is a 6k 360 camera with realtime stitching and livestreaming

The O4 is a 360 camera with 6k resolution, with realtime stitching and livestreaming up to 4k.

Low light shots from Ricoh Theta S and Nikon Keymission 360

Here are a couple of low light photos from the Ricoh Theta S and Nikon Keymission 360.

Hubblo VR teaser videos

Many readers are interested in Hubblo VR (hands-on here), a 4k 3D 360 camera with livestreaming and realtime stitching.  Hubblo will be launching on Indiegogo soon but in the meantime they posted  a couple of teaser videos   a video from CES.  (Update: the new CES video has been posted.)

Dreams of "O" is a new underwater 360 video by Felix and Paul

Felix and Paul Studios are raising the ante with an underwater 360 video based on Cirque du Soleil's "O."

Crowdfunding campaign for MySight360 will be finishing soon

MySight360, a 4k lifelogging camera with impressive image stabilization, has been successfully funded, and its crowdfunding campaign is concluding in a couple of days.  Here are some updates since I originally posted about MySight360.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Polaroid R360 may be the most affordable spherical 360 camera

The Polaroid R360 is a fully spherical 360 camera that is being crowdfunded at 699 yuan (around US$100).

Samsung Gear 360 stitcher and 360 video editor for the Mac

Muvee just launched a 360 video stitcher for the Mac, which can stitch Samsung Gear 360 videos and trim videos losslessly, and will add video editing features in the future.

New demo of Nolo VR positional tracking for mobile VR headsets

Nolo VR (hands-on here) is a peripheral for mobile VR headsets that adds positional tracking.  They just posted a new video showing the system being used to run NVidia Funhouse, a Steam VR game for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

O3 by 720VV is a near-4k 360 camera with livestreaming

720VV's O3 is a 360 camera with near-4k resolution and livestreaming.

TwoEyes VR, the most affordable 4k 360 camera and most affordable 3D 360 camera, is now live on Kickstarter

TwoEyes VR is now live on Kickstarter.  The good news is that it's really $199 for the Super Early Bird ($219 to $239 for others).  The not-so-good news is that the shipping is $50.   Ouch.  Nonetheless, even with the $50 shipping, it is currently both the most affordable 3D 360 camera and for backers up to $219, the most affordable 4k 360 camera.  The next cheapest 4k 360 camera is the Samsung Gear 360 at $275 (reviewed here).

The release date is planned for August 2017.  The caveat is that it's a crowdfunding project which are usually delayed and moreover, it could fail completely and in the worst case scenario means that you might lose the money you paid.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Technique: end your 360 video with a 360 photo

Here's a simple technique: if you add a 360 photo at the end of your 360 video, your viewers will be able to look around and enjoy your 360 photo after watching your video.

Lens cap for Nikon Keymission 360

I took a photo with a Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here) and it would have looked good except that my face is "foggy."  It's not because of a problem with the Keymission, but because I scuffed my lens and I haven't bought a replacement lens for it yet.

Here's the 360 camera that USA Today is using for the US PresidentialInauguration

On Friday January 20, the United States will inaugurate its 45th President, Donald Trump.  USA Today Network will be recording and livestreaming the inauguration in 360.

The camera that USA Today will be using is a Nikon Keymission 360 (review and related posts here), a camera that is actionproof (waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof) and currently the only 4k consumer camera that stitches videos automatically in-camera, making it useful for journalists who need a quick turnaround time. The Keymission is also the 360 camera used by the Associated Press.

The Keymission doesn't have livestreaming capabilities so USA Today will be using a modified version of the Keymission.

Thank you very much to Jim Jensen (moderator of Google's Photo Sphere Community) for bringing this to my attention!