Wednesday, April 20, 2016

EleCam 360: compact fully spherical camera with high-quality Sony sensor

There are many new 360 cameras from China, but the majority of them use a hemispherical design.  One upcoming camera that is fully spherical is Elephone's EleCam 360, and it has a high-quality Sony sensor.

​The EleCam 360 is a compact 360-degree camera with two back-to-back lenses which together provide full spherical coverage.  The lenses have an aperture of f/2. 


One of the attractive features of the EleCam 360 is its sensors.  Each of its lenses is paired with a Sony IMX117 sensor.  The IMX117 sensor is a 12mp 1/2.3" backside-illuminated CMOS sensor.  The IMX117 is the same kind of sensor used in the GoPro Hero 3 camera, which garnered the highest DXO Mobile score in video when it was released.  It is also used in Elephone's own ELE Explorer action camera


Both the GoPro Hero 3 and ELE Explorer are capable of 4k video at 24fps.  However, it is not known whether the EleCam 360's video resolution will also be capable of 4k, nor did Elephone disclose the final resolution of still images from the Elecam 360.


Elephone has not disclosed the pricing or release date for the EleCam 360.

UPDATE: Now available for preorder