Digital Trends on Nico360 360 Degree
VR Camera “World’s smallest 360-degree camera is loaded with big
features” by Daven Mathies
- World’s smallest 360-degree camera is
loaded with big features
By Daven Mathies — July 16, 2016 7:13 AM
- Currently seeking crowdfunding on Indiego,
the Nico360 claims to be the world’s smallest 360-degree camera,
standing just 46 millimeters tall and weighing 96 grams. The
tiny, block-shaped device from Hong Kong isn’t just small,
however, it’s also surprisingly powerful, with features that
make other 360-degree cameras seem lacking.
The guts of the Nico360 are made up of two, 16-megapixel Sony
sensors covered by dual, all-glass lenses. The camera outputs
360-degree video at 2,560 x 1,440p resolution. Video can be
saved to the device’s 32GB of internal storage, or even
live-streamed to an Android or iOS device over Wi-Fi. It
supports both 360-degree web playback as well as VR headsets.
Related: 360fly ups the ante on its 360-degree camera with 4K
Designed for outdoor use, the Nico360 is waterproof and fits
into a case with a standard GoPro-style accessory mount. An
anti-slip grip pattern helps you keep ahold of the camera in any
conditions. It also offers rotation and G-force data logging for
tracking whatever epic, extreme-sport maneuver you try to pull
Other features include
Bluetooth, a 1,400mAh battery, and even support for Adobe DNG
RAW files (presumably just for still photos). The camera also
uses electronic image stabilization, which should help reduce
camera shake. We’d prefer optical stabilization, but in a camera
this small, that probably wasn’t an option.
Video footage will be automatically merged into its final,
360-degree form through the companion mobile app. In addition to
iOS and Android support, the NicoVR app for Windows PCs offers
what appears to be fairly advanced editing controls.
The Nico360 has a month left in its
Indiegogo campaign, and currently stands at just under
$3,000 raised of its $50,000 flexible goal. Interested backers
still have time to get in on the early-bird special for just
$99. That’s half off the expected retail price when the camera
begins shipping in October. Other perks include accessories like
a VR headset, monopod, and various mounts.
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