One of the major themes of CES 2016 is unquestionably the exploding field of virtual reality and while recent introductions from the likes of Lytro have focused on high-end, cinematic VR, 360Fly is bringing 360-degree imaging to the action cam masses.
At CES, 360Fly updated its 360-degree camera to offer higher, 4K resolutions. The waterproof VR action cam has four times the resolution of the original model and delivers 2880×2880, 360-degree video at 30fps.
The camera will offer a front-facing mode for shooting 16:9 aspect ratio video at
2560×1440 resolution with a field of view of 178×100 degrees (204 diagonal). There’s also a time-lapse mode with user-selectable intervals of 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60-seconds. The camera has a motion and audio detection trigger to begin filming automatically when it senses motion or sound. An on-board accelerometer can also activate recording when the user shakes the camera.
Additional features include:
* built-in GPS for geo-tagging
* new color-coded lighting around the OnePush button and bottom of the mounting dock to more easily distinguish camera settings.
Unlike bulky VR rigs, the 360fly uses a single f/2.5 fixed aperture lens and captures a surrounding scene with no stitching required on the part of the user. It pairs with a mobile device (iOS and Android) where 360-degree stills and video can be viewed and shared.
The camera can connect to an optional Micro-HDMI accessory base to
output a real-time full 360-degree HD video stream for live view/live streaming purposes.The camera has a two-hour battery life and footage is saved to 32GB worth of internal memory. It connects to a range of GoPro-compatible mounts, is drop proof up to 1.5 meters and can be submerged in up to 90 feet of water.
It will retail for $499.
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