Forget your GoPro—VSN.Mobil’s V.360 camera will shoot immersive 360-degree video of the action!
posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM EDT
Last July, you may remember, we told you about a new entry in the 360-degree video market, Florida-based VSN.Mobil. The company's first imaging product is the V.360, an unusual camera that uses contoured mirrors to capture a 360-degree view of the world around it. Now, that product has officially hit the market with an even lower pricetag than was first predicted, and immediately availability from IR affiliate Amazon.com.
Since no stitching is required, every still image or frame of video shot by the VSN V.360 is captured in one go, with no stitching artifacts or possibility of the subject changing during capture. The design does require defishing of images and video frames, though, and that takes quite a bit of processing power -- hence a powerful 2.3GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 processor is at the heart of the V.360, not unlike that you might find in a smartphone, and the device itself runs on Google's Android 4.4 operating system.
Images and movies are captured at a high resolution of 16 megapixels before defishing. Stills can be output at a maximum resolution of eight megapixels, while 360-degree panoramic videos have a Full HD frame height, but 3.4x the frame width for dimensions of 6,480 x 1,080 pixels. Free apps for Android and iOS devices allow you to control the camera remotely, and review your 360-degree stills and video, which is stored on MicroSD cards in the device itself. You can also control the V.360 with a bundled remote control, and to make it location-aware, this interesting gadget also includes a GPS receiver and barometric altimeter.
And you won't need to baby the VSN V.360, either. It's shock, dust and water-resistant, and can even be used underwater at a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. Couple the fact that it supports the readily-available mounting accessories used by GoPro cameras, and the V.360 effectively becomes an action camera with a difference -- you can change your framing post-capture, or even allow your viewers to choose in which direction they want to look.