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Kodak gets into the 360-degree video arena, with the PixPro SP360

Kodak gets into the 360-degree...
The Kodak PixPro SP360, with some of its optional extras
The Kodak PixPro SP360, with some of its optional extras
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The Kodak PixPro SP360, with some of its optional extras
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The Kodak PixPro SP360, with some of its optional extras
It can shoot in one of five viewing modes: front (212º), dome, 360º panorama, ring/sphere, and a top/bottom split-screen that simultaneously shows 180º front and rear views
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It can shoot in one of five viewing modes: front (212º), dome, 360º panorama, ring/sphere, and a top/bottom split-screen that simultaneously shows 180º front and rear views

We've recently been hearing a lot about systems that record 360-degree video, although they mostly appear to be either professional setups or offerings from relatively small startup companies. That changed yesterday, however, when JK Imaging announced the new Kodak PixPro SP360 actioncam.

As can be seen, the camera has a compact cube-shaped body, topped by a fixed dome lens. It can be remotely controlled via Wi-Fi using an iOS/Android mobile device or a Mac/PC computer, although it also has its own menu button and LCD status screen.

It can shoot in one of five viewing modes: front (212º), dome, 360º panorama, ring/sphere, and a top/bottom split-screen that simultaneously shows 180º front and rear views. Examples of these modes can be seen in the video at the bottom of the page.

Once the raw footage has been downloaded to a computer, users can pan left, right or up within shots, then save the shot – as seen from that vantage point – as a separate video file. This means that the final edited video can consist of shots seen from a variety of angles, and in a variety of viewing modes.

It can shoot in one of five viewing modes: front (212º), dome, 360º panorama, ring/sphere, and a top/bottom split-screen that simultaneously shows 180º front and rear views
It can shoot in one of five viewing modes: front (212º), dome, 360º panorama, ring/sphere, and a top/bottom split-screen that simultaneously shows 180º front and rear views

The 103-gram (3.6-oz) camera itself shoots video at 1080p/30fps, has a 16-megapixel MOS sensor, and records MP4 files on a user-supplied Micro SD or SDHC card. Power is provided by a lithium-ion battery, that allows users to shoot approximately 160 minutes of video per charge. The SP360 is also dustproof, water-resistant, shockproof to a drop height of 2 meters (6.6 ft) and freeze-proof down to -10º C (14º F).

Other features include a 10fps burst photo mode, time lapse, and a motion detector setting that only starts recording once the subject starts moving.

The PixPro 360 is available now, and is priced at US$349 for the basic package.

Source: Kodak

2 comments
martinkopplow
Did I miss something important or is this one not really a 360° camera, but rather a super-fisheye that has a bit more than 180°? Looks like it can shoot a dome like angle, but no 'all-around' true 360°x360° like the Ricoh can. I see no point for the Kodak device, unless one would want to use two of them mounted in opposed directions.
Sam Rohn
here is an example 360°x180° full sphere equirectangular video stitched from 2 SP360 video clips from one camera rotated 180° for each shot, moving objects disappear along the seam but shooting with 2 cameras back to back would resolve this, parallax would probably be ok at about 3-6 feet - www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FXhLERZW4I