Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Eken H8: a GoPro Clone with a VR360 Mode


This is the Eken H8 / H8R, a GoPro clone that has a "VR360" mode.  Here are the key specs:
  • 12mp resolution
  • field of view: 170 degrees
  • 2-inch LCD at the back and a status screen in front.
  • Wi-Fi app for Andoid and iOS
  • Has waterproof enclosure
The H8R is the same as the H8 except it comes with a dedicated wireless remote.

The H8's sensor is supposedly the Sony IMX078, which, if true, would be a 1/2.3-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor with 12mp resolution and 1080p at 60fps.  However, Eken claims that the H8 has 4k and 2.7k video modes.

Here is a sample video at 1080p/60fps:



Here is a sample video at 4k 30fps.  It appears that there is no actual increase in detail compared to 1080p:




Nonetheless, the H8 seems to provide decent video quality.  Here is a side-by-side comparison with the famous Xiaomi Yi GoPro clone (H8 on the left, Xiaomi on the right):



VR360 Mode
What about that so-called VR360 mode?  In this mode, the Eken switches to a circular fisheye view.

It appears you can use YouTube metadata tool to classify the video as a 360 video for YouTube.  The circular fisheye view will then be recognized and you can view the video in YouTube as a 170-degree "VR" video that you can interact with.  However, because the video is not in equirectangular format, there is some distortion at the edges.



Here is the official H8 website.  The Eken H8 and H8R are available from various resellers on eBay.

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