Friday, July 15, 2016

Nico360: a tiny, waterproof 360-degree camera with live streaming!

Would you be interested in an extremely compact, fully spherical, waterproof 360-degree camera with live streaming?  Did I mention it's only $199?  Check out the Nico 360!


The Nico360 is claimed to be the smallest fully spherical 360-degree camera.  It competes for that title with 360 cameras such as the Luna and Nikon Keymission, but it's definitely one of the smallest, if not the smallest I've seen.

It has very interesting key features:
  • two 16mp sensors
  • photo resolution: up to 25 megapixels
  • video resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 30fps
  • electronic image stabilization
  • live streaming without a PC
  • Adobe RAW/DNG format available
  • Bluetooth and 5G wi-fi
  • waterproof
  • compatible with iOS and Android
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MSRP: $199
This is frankly, quite incredible.  Other than the ho-hum 2k video resolution and internal non-expandable storage, this seems very close to ideal 360 camera for consumers.  The raw capability is quite impressive - it's one of the very few 360 cameras with such capability.  (Raw format allows you to adjust the color temperature in postprocessing without loss of image quality; Raw format also generally has better dynamic range, exposure latitude and sometimes sharpness.)

The waterproof claim is a little puzzling because they also show a waterproof housing.  But then again, they also show the camera under a faucet, without the housing.  I am supposing the waterproof housing is for greater depths.

Right now they are doing an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, with delivery promised by October 2016.  The first two hundred orders are $99 plus shipping.  Again, that sounds almost too good to be true!   This will definitely be on my radar...  Caveat: Please note that crowdfunding doesn't guarantee that you'll get your product or it can be delayed by several years.  Sometimes you won't get it at all.