Giroptic has unveiled an egg-shaped digital camera that is capable of capturing videos at full HD resolution with a 360-degree field-of-view and which will be referred to as 360cam.
Kickstarter is the home of many interesting projects. Incorrectly dubbed as the world’s first full HD 360-degree camera, the 360cam is still an amazingly cute device that does exactly what its name is suggesting.
Giroptic reveals its take on 360-degree full HD video recording cameras in the body of the 360cam
We have seen our fair share of 360-degree full HD video recording cameras, including the Bublcam, a shooter funded through Kickstarter in late 2013. This is just one example and it seems like people are quite fond of such devices.
Some say it looks like an egg, while some claim that it looks more like a pear. Either way, the 360cam is packed in a cute design, but one that should come with a warning: do not let the camera around children because they may attempt to take a bite out of it.
The specs list comes with a trio of fisheye lenses, each offering a field of view of 185 degrees and a constant aperture of f/2.8. A built-in software stitches the images in order to create videos at a resolution of 2046 x 1024 pixels and a maximum frame rate of 30fps.
The lenses are perfectly synced, meaning that all footage is captured at the same time. Beside video, the 360cam does photography, too, at a maximum resolution of 8 megapixels.
360cam comes packed with built-in WiFi and GPS
The 360cam is waterproof down to 10 meters. However, Giroptic is claiming that the image quality is reduced when water “interferes” with the lens. The solution consists of underwater lens cups, which are available through Kickstarter as well.
Images are stabilized with the help of a gyroscope, while the sound quality is ensured by three microphones that capture surround sound.
Storage is supplied by a microSD card slot of up to 64GB, while the Lithium battery can be recharged via a microUSB port.
The videos and photos can be automatically geo-tagged thanks to a built-in GPS antenna, so you will always know the exact location of your precious memories.
One of the most important features of the 360cam is WiFi. The camera can stream videos live on the internet and it can be used as a security cam. A light-bulb-mount is also available, so it gets constant power while you are away and you want to monitor your home.
Goal has already been reached on Kickstarter
The good thing about the 360cam is that the project has already been funded. The $150,000 goal has been reached weeks before the project’s end. So far, more than $670,000 have been pledged to the cause and there are many units left in stock allowing buyers to save $200 when compared to the retail price.
It is worth noting that the device can be mounted on regular tripods and setup to capture time-lapse videos, too, at user-selected intervals.
More details can be found on the project’s Kickstarter page, where you can also pledge to the cause and secure a 360cam unit.