Video technology is proceeding at a truly staggering pace. There are cameras that cram ridiculous resolution and high quality into tiny, tiny spaces. And, of course, panoramic video is becoming more and more commonplace. But the 360Fly is attempting to take it to a new level.
The World In A Dome
The 360Fly’s biggest selling point is really its field of view. Yes, it’s 360 degrees horizontally, but it’s also got a 240 degree field of view vertically, making it one of the widest lenses on an action camera currently available. That’s a pretty big selling point in the number wars and so far, not another product is claiming to be close.
Beyond that, though, numbers are a little sparse. We do know it’ll be a 12 megapixel device, which is a good resolution albeit one we’ll need to see in action to determine its overall use. As an action cam, it’s waterproof up to 5 atmospheres, although hopefully you won’t be taking it on such a dunk. And while it comes standard with a tripod mount, there’s a whole host of accessories coming that will make common rigs such as helmet mounts standard. But there are a few questions we have that we’d like to know the answers to.
Questions On The Horizon
The first is overall format. True, interactive video is still something of the Wild West, and there’s no standard, but it’d be nice to know what it can interact with and how. Marketing materials show people scrolling through the video on an iPad, but we’d still like to know whether it’s a proprietary format or something we can use beyond an app. Still, it’s an impressive piece of imaging equipment, and it looks like one that will be put to a lot of use. It should be arriving sometime this year.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.