Seeing in every direction: Sphere Pro lens lets you easily capture 360-degree photos and video


posted Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:38 PM EDT


Sphere Optics has a very interesting new lens, the (sphere) Pro. This lens allows users to capture 360 degrees of horizontal and 180 degrees of vertical field of view without the need to use multiple cameras or stitch footage. This lens appears to be one-of-a-kind.

It uses a toroidal design and is compatible with most camera systems, although it is currently only available in a Nikon F mount. It can be adapted to fit many cameras systems, including Panasonic Lumix cameras as you can see in the sample video below. The lens has a fixed f/8 aperture and fixed focus. It is a large lens with a length of almost eight inches and a diameter of nearly six inches. The lens is heavy too, weighing about four pounds.

If the results above impress you, you can rent a (sphere) Pro for yourself. It is not currently available for sale, but you can rent it for a minimum of three days by filling out the form here.

(Seen via DIY Photography)