Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New 360 photo from the Kodak Orbit360 looks impressive!

Here's a new 360 photo from the highly anticipated Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 from Kevin Cruz, and it looks pretty impressive!

Sample 360 videos from Sonicam 4K 3D 360 camera with 360 audio; Kickstarter launching tomorrow

Here are sample 360 videos from Sonicam, a professional 3D 360 camera that has 360 spatial surround audio.

True or false: 2017 Samsung Gear 360 user dove with his Gear 360 without a case and.... took great photos?

A photographer claims that he dove with his 2017 Samsung Gear 360 12 meters underwater without any kind of underwater case and was able to take photos....

DEALS: VR headsets and 4K action cameras flash sale

Gearbest has a flash sale with discounts on a couple of VR headsets and some action cameras that can be used for 360 camera rigs.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 improves app, adds image stabilization and it's amazing! See the video!

Xiaomi updated their app to fix a few things, including enabling users to export gyro-stabilized 360 videos from the Mi Sphere 360 camera!  Check out the video!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 Samsung Gear VR Review: differences from 2016 Gear VR and Google Daydream; Samsung S8 vs. S8+ for Gear VR

Here's a review of the 2017 Samsung Gear VR, and how it differs from the 2016 Gear VR (yes, there are a few differences) and Google Daydream.  Also: which is better for the Gear VR: a Samsung S8 or S8+?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Google I/O 2017: Watch YouTube 360 videos with your friends on your TV

At Google I/O 2017, Google announced that YouTube apps for TVs will now allow you to watch 360 videos and look around using your remote control, making it possible to view 360 videos with your friends.

Panono files for bankruptcy; now what?

Panono announced yesterday that they've filed for bankruptcy.  What will happen now?

PSA: 360 Rumors is teaming up with Immersive Shooter!

Hi everyone, just wanted to share the exciting news that Immersive Shooter and I are teaming up!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Garmin is launching the Virb 360, a waterproof 360 camera with 5K 360 video

GPS and adventure equimpent manufacturer Garmin is launching the Virb 360, a rugged, waterproof fully spherical 360 camera with 5K 360 video on May 24, 2017.  Here's what we know so far.

"First Lok" at the Yi 360 VR and Yi Halo

PhotoGearNews' Lok Cheung takes a look at the Yi 360 VR and the Yi Halo.

Kandao Obisidian 6K 3D 360 video samples

Kandao Obsidian is a professional 360 camera that can capture 6K 3D 360 video.  A Kandao representative posted a sample from the Obsidian.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Insta360 Air update unlocks 3K mode for more Android phones

The latest update to Insta360 Air added 3K mode not just for high-end smartphones as originally promised, but apparently for more, if not most, compatible Android phones.  Compare the samples!

Insta360 Nano update adds tiny planet live stream, stickers, Snapchat support

Insta360 updated the Nano app to add several features, including a tiny planet live stream, stickers, and Snapchat support.

Best 360 Cameras for Beginners and Casual Shooters - Part 1: the simplest and easiest 360 cameras

If you're looking for a 360 camera for a beginner, here are the ones I would recommend for ease of use.  I've also linked to among the most comprehensive hands-on reviews you will find anywhere, not just a mindless regurgitation of a spec sheet.

Xiaomi Mi Sphere endurance test: I couldn't believe the results!

I was curious about how long the Xiaomi Mi Sphere can record at its full resolution, so I tested it.  The results were astonishing!

Vuze update: TV network exposure; tutorials; new samples

Here is an update on Vuze, the first affordable 4K 3D 360 camera:
- Vuze was featured on a major TV network news show,
- there's a video tutorial showing how to shoot with the Vuze;
- there's e new video showing the workflow; and
- there are some new Vuze samples.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cat360 can live stream wirelessly in 4k for four hours, without a phone

CatEyes Cat360 is a 360 camera that can live stream in 4K for four hours!

Guru Air 360 price increase coming; get it at the lowest price!

The Guru Air 360 will have a price increase.  But for now it is still available at the original price.

Z Cam S1 vs. Z Cam S1 Pro: low light comparison

Z Cam's Kinson Loo showed comparison videos between the Z Cam S1 and the Z Cam S1 Pro!

Kodak posts new video highlighting Orbit360 features; hints at info on stitching software

Kodak PIXPRO posted a new video highlighting the features of its highly-anticipated Orbit360 camera (also called the 4KVR360).

Here is the video!

Monday, May 15, 2017

360 BASICS: How to do tiny planet photos and videos with any 360 camera

360 Basics is a new series for 360 camera beginners and novices. We all have to start somewhere, and there's no better time to start than now.  I promise that the journey will be worthwhile.

You've seen those tiny planet photos and videos and perhaps have wondered how they're done.  In this video tutorial, you'll learn how, from my good friend Ben Claremont (Life in 360), one of the most recognized 360 photographers, and who is well known for his tiny planet photos and videos.

NAB Show 2017: Yi Halo 2nd Gen Google Jump 8K 3D 360 rig

At NAB Show, Yi Technology launched the Halo, a 360 camera capable of shooting at 3D 360 video at 8K.  Check out the sample 360 video!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

20 new Google StreetView compatible cameras coming in 2017

Google announced that there will be 20 new cameras in 2017 that will be certified for compatibility with Google Street View.

Tutorial, guide, and workarounds for using the Xiaomi Mi Sphere Camera

Here is a video tutorial on using the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera.  I also have late-breaking news on possible workarounds using third party software.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 camera - low light sample video; long exposure shot; list of bugs; discount

More updates about the Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 camera!
- a low light video sample
- a long exposure shot (well, you're already looking at it...)
- a list of bugs so far
- a discount.

UPDATE: Xiaomi has vastly improved the app!  See this amazing video!

Life in 360 posts full review and tutorial for 2017 Samsung Gear 360

My friend Ben Claremont (Life in 360) just posted a review and tutorial for the 2017 Samsung Gear 360.  His video demonstrates the Gear 360's resistance to overheating (in cool weather), but points out the Gear 360's flawed video stitching.

These might be test videos from the Yi 360 VR!

Here are some videos that could be early samples from the Yi 360 VR, a 360 camera with 5.7K video from action camera company Yi Technology.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Comparison review: Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 camera vs. 2017 Samsung Gear 360

All the attention right now is on the 2017 Samsung Gear 360, but there's a less known 360 camera that may actually be better, for about the same price -- the Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 camera.  In this post, I compare photos and videos from the two cameras, as well as describe the workflow for the Xiaomi to help you decide if the Xiaomi is better for your needs.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Insta360 Pro live streaming demo and tutorial

Insta360 Pro is almost here.  In addition to 8K 360 video and 6K 3D 360 video, Insta360 Pro can also live stream in 4K.  Insta360 posted a tutorial and demo of Insta360 Pro's live streaming feature.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 first impressions II: unboxing, sample video, stabilization

In this post, I continue my first impressions of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera.  This time, I'll present an unboxing a sample 360 video, and a demo of the Mi Sphere's realtime stabilization!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hands-On First Impressions of Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 Camera: a Theta hunter?

I just received my order of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 Camera from GearBest!  Here are my first impressions.

Part 2 of my first impressions (with unboxing, sample 360 video, and image stabilization preview) is here.
Here is a comparison / review of the Xiaomi versus the 2017 Gear 360.  It also has a guide for the viewing and exporting from the Xiaomi.

Panohero: Capture 72mp 360 photos in just one minute with this easy and affordable panorama kit!

I've posted a few times about the Panono, my favorite 360 camera for photography because of its hyper-detailed 108mp photos.  But the Panono costs $2,000.  Fortunately, you can capture high-resolution 360 photos with Panohero, a panoramic head for GoPro and Yi action cameras.  Not only will the photo have resolutions of 72 megapixels or higher, but there will also be no parallax stitching error.

UPDATE: Panohero provided sample files shot on GoPro that you can use to try stitching yourself here.

Spiderbeam enables aerial 360 photos and videos without a drone

photo by Mark Marano
You don't always need to use a drone to capture aerial 360 photos and videos.  Mark Marano uses the Spiderbeam, a pole that extends to 12 meters (40 feet) for aerial shots without a drone.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guru Air 360 and Wearable Kit now available for preorder!

The Guru Air 360, the first affordable gimbal for professional 360 cameras, and the Moza Wearable Kit, which is the first wearable kit for a 360 gimbal, are now available for preorder from GimbalGuru.com!

Nico360 posts update; here are my thoughts

Crowdfunded 360 camera Nico360 just posted an update.  Here are my thoughts.

Kodak Orbit360 sample videos! Pricing and availability in Japan

Here are among the first sample videos from the highly anticipated Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 (aka 4KVR360)!!!  Update: new video added!

EXCLUSIVE: How to stitch Panono images offline yourself and how to fix Panono stitching errors

Panono is the highest resolution all-in-one 360 camera with 36 lenses and 108 megapixel resolution. Its only drawback is that the stitching is often not perfect and is tedious to correct.  In this post, I will discuss how you can stitch Panono photos yourself, or fix Panono stitching errors.