Thursday, January 19, 2017

Details on the incredible Boxfish 360, a professional 5k underwater 360 camera

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Boxfish 360, a 360 camera designed specifically for underwater use.  Here's more info about it.  The features and specs are amazing!

Here are the key specs:
- uses three 4k Panasonic Micro Four Thirds sensors that can take 16mp RAW photos
- fully synchronized genlocked cameras with a single magnetic start/stop button (accessible without opening the housing)
- three 185-degree circular fisheye lenses with f/1.8 aperture (aperture can be decreased to f/16).
- video resolution: 5k (5040 x 2520 at 24, 25 or 30 fps)
- photo resolution: 12.1 mp
- up to 300m depth
- has self-timer and time lapse
- includes filter gel holders
- sensors for depth, compass heading, temperature, acceleration, orientation, all of which can be shown via optional video overlay
- uses three Micro SD cards up to 64GB
- battery life: up to 90 minutes
- 303mm wide, 6kg with a slight positive buoyancy

The sensor is the Panasonic MN34230, and each sensor has a bitrate of 60 mbps, with a dynamic range of 10 stops.   (It's the same sensor used in the Panasonic GX7 which according to DXO has a dynamic range of  12.2 EV.)

According to Boxfish Research:
The big advantage of the Boxfish 360 is that it is custom calibrated for underwater use and has the easiest and fastest workflow from preparation via shooting to post-production.  No need to ever take out cameras for charging or downloading clips.  As a result, Boxfish 360 shooters get a lot more sharp, high-quality 360 video for their time and money than with other underwater rigs.
Note: Boxfish 360's videos are unstitched.  You can then use a third party program such as Autopano Video to stitch the videos.

Here is an impressive sample video from a preproduction model:

The Boxfish 360 will go on sale next week from Boxfish Research for $15,000, to be shipped mid-February.

Thank you very much to Pepe Vazquez for bringing this to my attention!

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