Two Affordable 360 Video Cameras Are About To Enter The Consumer Market

Two Affordable 360 Video Cameras Are About To Enter The Consumer Market

360-degree videos have been both a novelty and major innovation of the last year. The recording technology has changed the way video files are recorded, from rather novel virtual reality applications to advertisement campaigns on Facebook.

            But recording 360-degree videos isn’t a privilege we can all afford. Creating 3D 360 videos can’t be done using even the best camcorder or video cameras, you need a dedicated 360 camera. And, unfortunately, such cameras are more than a little expensive, making them more geared towards professional videographers and photographers.

            Two new 360 video camera are set to disrupt that trend. Unlike a standard 360 video camera which can cost thousands of dollars, these two new models, both unveiled at CES 2017, are far more affordable with a price tag of around $1,000.

            The first of these less-expensive 360 video cameras is the Vuze camera by Humaneyes Technologies. Priced at $799, the Vuze 3D 360 will allow users to make their own 3D 360 video files in a snap. Simply press a button and the device will record a 360 video file using 8 HD cameras with 4K per-eye resolution.

            Humaneyes Technologies believes their new device will open the door for average consumers to easily make their own virtual reality content, since complex editing software isn’t required to make 360 videos with the Vuze. The company believes the Vuze will then push more people to buy VR headsets.

            Hubblo’s six-camera Hubblo VR camera is also poised to allow consumers to affordable film their own 360 videos. A surprisingly compact device (it’s about the size of a smartphone), the Hubblo VR uses a lens-setup akin to the human eye to create detailed 360 videos.

             Two cameras are set up on each side of the triangular device, creating a left and right eye set up. Through this configuration, the Hubblo VR is able to record data from two different points of view which are then combined together in real-time, thus creating a high level of depth and detail. Hubblo representatives have praised the device’s internal imaging software, commenting that a program capable of stitching together image-data from six separate lenses at the same time didn’t exist before.

             The device is able to record videos of 4k at 30 fps and video files can be uploaded online at any moment thanks to the Hubblo VR’s WiFi capabilities. Even live-streams can be recorded. This is another feature that sets the Hubblo apart, since most other 360 video cameras need to by physically connected to the internet through a cable and lack WiFi connectivity.

            The Hubblo VR’s added features do make it a bit more expensive than the Vuze, set at about $1,000. Still, both cameras are far less expensive than some of the other 360 video cameras on the market, some of which can go as high as $40,000.

             Neither the Vuze nor Hubblo 360 camera are available for consumers just quite yet, as both are still trying to crowdfund for their last stages of development. Both products generated quite a bit of buzz when unveiled at the CES 2017, though, so it’s almost a guarantee we’ll see both on store shelves quite soon. And when that happens, we can all start shooting 3D 360 videos in our own home, or anywhere else.

Featured image courtesy of Vuze Camera via Facebook

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