Nikon announces a 4K, 360-degree action camera.
Nikon just announced the KeyMission 360, which is the company's first ever action camera — and it shoots 360-degree video.... in 4K.
The KeyMission 360 is a small square, a bit bigger than the GoPro Hero Session 4, but not as much of a cube. It also, obviously, has lenses on the front and back. It's also shockproof to 2 meters (about 7 feet), and waterproof to 30 meters (100 feet). The camera has electronic vibration reduction, too. Beyond that, Nikon hasn't shared any more details like pricing, availability, battery life, or the field of view of each lens.
I know of several 360 cameras on the market, but none have captured my attention because up until now they've all offered 360 video in HD, which is not enough resolution to produce a decent image when zoomed in (necessary for 360 viewing/VR). 4K promises sharper 360 video which puts this on my radar.
I'm not sure if 4K adequately resolves the blurry quality video issue, but it goes a long way to eliminating this obstacle. Another issue that needs to be ironed out is frame rate, 24 is far from enough, I think 60 is a necessary minimum but hardware is not there yet. But this is certainly an appealing product and it may be a good solid start for anybody dabbling in 360 video which I think we'll see more and more in the video production industry.
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