Thursday, April 20, 2017

Guess which 360 camera was used for these underwater videos?

How do you like these frame grabs from a 360 video?  Can you guess which 360 camera was used?

These are frame grabs from a Nikon Keymission 360 ($499; reviewed here) -- yes, probably one of the most controversial and heavily criticized 360 cameras.

One of the reasons it was criticized (besides its problematic app) is that its underwater lens (included with the Keymission) creates a black band on the stitch line.  But as you can see from this video by Young360, the underwater lens does provide excellent focus compared to the standard lens (which can also be used underwater up to 20 meters).  Here is the 360 video by Young360:

Yes the underwater lens does create a black band, but without the underwater lens, you could not see the sides anyway because of the water's refraction, which lengthens the effective focal length of the standard lens, narrowing its field of view.

Thank you to Young360 for doing this comparison.  You can check out her YouTube channel here.  You can buy the Nikon Keymission on Amazon or B&H Photo.  Often, you can also get significant savings on used ones on eBay (at your risk).


  1. A gotchya question (I hesitate to use the term click bait), since you didn't allow us to see the full 360 photos before presenting the answer.
    I would imagine that a number of readers could have correctly guessed, given a chance to view the full 360 photos. I, however, doubt I would be one.

    1. Thanks Rich. I guess my point is that a lot of people heard about the black band and immediately discounted the idea. But if you set aside that black band for a moment and just look at the image quality, it's actually quite good, something many people would never have known if they just dont even consider the underwater lens. Now that they see what it's like, they can decide for themselves whether to use the underwater lens (eg edited as 180 or converted to a non-360 video). But yes I understand it would not change the mind of many or perhaps even most people.

      Best regards,

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    3. In a few weeks i plan on Taking mine to the Freshwater Springs here @ Weeki Wachee here in Florida this video made me decide quickly.
      Thanks for the great find on this video. Most likely this is going to happen from a moving boat will follow up with the 360 videos Mermaid shows will even better :-)


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