Friday, August 5, 2016

Casio Exilim Outdoor Recorder EX-FR200 is a hemispherical 360 action camera with detachable lens


​Casio is producing a hemispherical 360-degree camera called the Exilim Outdoor Recorder with an innovative detachable design. The camera's unique lens can be flipped either to face the user (selfie mode), or to face forward (camera mode).  The lens can also be detached and controlled remotely (separate mode):

camera mode
selfie mode

separate mode

Here are the basic specifications:
- 1/2.3 inch backside illuminated CMOS sensor with 21.4 megapixels.
- 46MB built-in memory + MicroSD slot
- 11.95 megapixel effective resolution
- f/2.8 aperture
- water-resistant IPX6 (resists powerful water jets)
- freeze-proof to IPX8 (up to -10 degrees Celsius)
- shockproof to 1.3 meters
- dustproof with IP6X rating
- intervalometer
- image stabilization
The Outdoor Recorder can capture four types of photos and videos
- a circular fisheye (180 degree field of view) with resolution of 3888 x 3888 photo or 1440 x 1440 30fps video.
- a 360-degree panorama: with the lens facing the sky, the camera can take a 360-degree panorama, similar to how the Kodak SP360 4k and 360fly can be used.  The Outdoor Recorder converts the image to a panorama with resolution of 7456 x 1864 photo or 2880 x 720 30 fps video.
- a rectilinear fisheye (180 degree diagonal field of view) with resolution of 3232 x 2424 photo or 3840 x 2160 30fps video (4k).
- a fully spherical 360 photo.  This mode requires a second lens/sensor, positioned back-to-back, similar to the Kodak SP360 4k.  The lens/sensor will be available separately without the control unit (FR100CA or FR200CA).  A single control unit can control both lenses/sensors simultaneously. 




The Outdoor Recorder can also shoot high speed video:
1920 x 1080 at up to 60 fps
1280 x 720 at 120 fps
640 x 480 at 240fps
It can also take photos in burst mode, at a lower resolution.


The camera is expected to be available mid-September in Japan.  The price is not yet determined.  The official page is here.