Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Gear 360 Hands-on First Impressions: Everything I know so far

A few days ago, I posted my first impressions of the 2017 Gear 360.  Now here is a video of my first impressions of the 2017 Gear 360, and some new discoveries.

AXA 360 is a new 360 camera rig that can accommodate several kinds of professional cameras

Radiant Images announced the AXA 360, a professional 360 camera rig with the unique ability to accommodate several kinds of professional cameras, including RED, ARRI, Sony, Black Magic, Panasonic and more.

By giving creators the freedom to choose their preferred camera, creators can choose a camera that is optimized for low light, or for high resolution for example.

Radiant Images will reveal the AXA 360 at VRLA this Friday.  I will be going to VRLA and will check it out at their booth!

RUMOR: Yi Technology will have two "game-changing" announcements on Monday 4/24

Renowned action camera maker Yi Technologies (makers of Xiaomi Yi cameras) will have several announcements at NAB, at least two of which would be "game-changing" according to an anonymous insider at Yi.  I have some thoughts on what these announcements might be.

Feiyu G360 gimbal for 360 cameras now in stock at Amazon!

FeiyuTech G360, a stabilized 3-axis gimbal for 360 cameras (previewed here), is now available at Amazon for $349 with free shipping.

Cameo360: a 4K camera that is a rebadged Nico360?

This is the Cameo360, a 360 camera, claimed to be the world's smallest dual lens 4K 360 camera.  The specs look nice enough but the astonishing thing is how similar it is to a previous crowdfunded camera called the Nico360.  What's going on?!?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6 cameras and rigs for shooting 360 video underwater

from Boxfish
Pretty soon, summer will be here.  Here are 6 ways to shoot underwater, from consumer-level to pro-level rigs. Note: for all these sample videos you need to manually select the highest resolution on YouTube, which might or might not be available if you're on mobile.

TECHNIQUE: Why a stabilized gimbal is essential for 360 videos

A 360 gimbal is extremely useful for 360 video, and for 3D 360 video it is a necessity.

FeiyuTech launches G360, a stabilized 3-axis gimbal for 360 cameras

FeiyuTech announced the G360, a stabilized 3-axis gimbal for 360 cameras.

Monday, April 10, 2017

First sample photos from 2017 Samsung Gear 360; hands-on first impressions

I finally got the 2017 Gear 360!!! Here are the first sample photos (AFAIK, they're the first ones that have been posted from the 2017 Gear 360).

Introduction to editing 3D 360 videos; new 3D 360 video samples from Vuze

Editing 3D 360 videos is not as difficult as it may seem.  Here are the basics, along with some new 3D 360 samples from the Vuze camera, the first affordable 4k 3D 360 camera.

FirstLook360 is a tough 360 camera that can save lives

The FirstLook360 is a rugged 360 camera designed for rescue.

Use your own watermark in this modded version of the Insta360 Air app

photo by Pepe Vazquez
Here's a modded version of the Insta360 Air app that allows you to customize the watermark with your logo.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Aspire 360 is a lower priced generic version of Insta360 Air

Aspire 360 (~$85) is a 360 camera accessory for Android phones and is clone of the Insta360 Air ($130; reviewed here), a camera which I called the best personal 360 camera for compatible Android smartphones.  But whereas clones almost always come with lower specs, the Aspire claims to have identical specs as the Insta360 Air.

Update: Insta360 said Aspire has no license to use the Insta360 Air.  So the veracity of their claim is suspect.