Will Nico360 – The World’s smallest 360° VR Camera beat them all?
3rd August 2016Category : TechnologiesPublished by :Karthik Manohar Pillai Reading Time : 5 Minute News Sourced : Mumbai
A couple of days ago I was browsing through some tech videos on YouTube and I came across 360-degree videos. These videos were so crazy and amazing. We could hardly imagine anything like these! Virtual Reality is another wonder of this century. 360° Video is a marvel that’s taking the videography to the next level! But what’s demanding for us in the future! There are these technological wonders that have the capability to capture crazy videos that make you go awe!
Recently, a Hong Kong-based startup is funding for the production of Nico360 which can be claimed as the smallest 360° camera. Measuring almost about less than 2 inches that can easily fit in your palm or your shirt pocket, the Nico360 is one of the gears that has built in two 16 MP cameras built by Sony which can take still images of 25 MP with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and 30 fps video. Just like the other 360 degree cameras in the market, the Nico360 will also be able to produce a video that can be used in a VR handset.
With different types of recording mode available: Flat mode, Planet mode, Spherical mode and video stitching which takes pace internally this camera stands out in the competition. To store such large data files, it has an inbuilt memory of 32 GB with 5G Wi-Fi with a range of roughly 30 feet and Bluetooth 4.0 for faster file transfer. To withstand a long time you might need a power bank as the Nico360’s battery backup is 1440mAh. Compatible with Android, Windows Phone and iOS, Nico360 is in competition with Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta that fails to deliver waterproofing, rotation stabilization, live streaming to Facebook Live, YouTube, Nico360 Live as well.
The most important factor is the cost of the Nico360 which comes for less than a dime’s worth. Just around $199 against the Samsung Gear 360and the Ricoh Theta which costs between $400 - $500. To add to it, Indiegogo which is the crowd funding company is delivering the Nico360 for $129 as early bird purchasers. Unfortunately, that offer has been discontinued but don’t be gray! They are giving it away for $139 with a selfie stick kit. The offers are amazing. If you are looking for the next level in videography, then this is the product that you need to look for. You got to hold your nerves until October 2016 and you will have your first Nico360.
Personally, I feel this is a very good product, considering its unique features and the considering the cost of the product. It will sail in the market. The only skeptical thing that bothers is the content that’s produced in VR which sounds like is a disguise. The content if produced in mono audio will be hardly of any use as today most of the content needs to be shot in stereo mode. Secondly, 360° camera ideally requires 3 cameras and here we have only two cameras with 180° view which might slightly make the edges blur off a bit, not delivering a clean finish. And the crucial thing any photographer faces, video quality in low light. The other issue at hand is the waterproofing ability of the camera which is not more than IPX5 which is an Internationally Protection Marking code that can withstand the normal jet of tap water for almost 3 minutes. This is where you will think of investing your $200 for a camera.
After all this, it all comes down to whether people will enjoy the 360° viewing ability as we are more prone towards one-dimensional video viewing. We hardly see anything in 360° view at the same time. All these things do matter when you slip in $200 for a camera. Is that worth it? Share your views about the new Nico360 and do check their video right below!