Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UCVR Eye is a camera that takes panoramic 3D photos or 360 panoramic photos



UCVR Eye is a unique camera that can take 180-degree* 3D panoramic photos and can also be folded in half to take "360-degree" panoramas.


The manufacturer claims that the field of view is 120 x 180 per lens, but it seems that it wouldn't be able to take a hemispherical 3D photo - more like 120 degrees.  Thanks to Thomas Popovich for this correction.




Claimed specs:

  • Field of view of each lens: 120 degrees
  • Field of view when folded: "360 degrees"  (*panoramic; not fully spherical)
  • Photo resolution: 16mp
  • Video resolution: 4k @ 15fps or 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • uses Micro SD cards up to 32GB



A seller explained to me that it can be folded in half, not just at a 90 degree angle.  This seems to be supported by the drawing below.
However, because the field of view of each lens is only 120 degrees, I'm confused about how the image would look if it were indeed folded this way.  It would seem to be as though there would be a super wide stitch line in a fully spherical 360 photo.  I'm not sure how they can claim it to be 360-degrees.  The little planet photo above does not seem possible for this camera (I believe there would be a giant blind spot in the middle, and the sky would have more limited outer perimeter).

Here is a sample 3D panoramic video in top-bottom format:


The UCVR Eye is available for purchase on eBay for around $250.  Here is the official site.

Thanks to @el dark for posting about this on 360camerasforums.com!