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Bublcam 360º Spherical Video Camera + VR515

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Squirrel!

Today (30 July 2015), I've been totally distracted by the arrival of Bublcam 360º spherical video camera that we bought on Kickstarter a year ago.

Here's a quick test video.

I can imagine having a great subject with consistent lighting in the round + recording the audio with Pro gear and creating some fun video, great video.

It's not for static spaces. Still, a fun distraction today.

I write about 360º spherical video/photo cameras here. I am still waiting for the 360fly and Panono to arrive.

Anyone else playing with 360º spherical video?
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Good stuff,

There was also a very interesting announcement by Jaunt and Nokia for the professional 360deg video market...

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/28/9064499/nokia-vr-camera-ozo

so exciting times!
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Tosolini private msg quote post Address this user
I just bought a Ricoh Theta that does (low quality) 360 video. Haven't played with it long enough to formulate an educated opinion though.
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Dan
Why did you go with this camera I have seen a few others out there, is there a reason you would like to share. I am looking at a few of these and I am not sure which one I am going to buy, looking for input.

Thank you

Ron
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About time that was released. Was that 720p?
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@ron0987

Before Matterport 3D Showcase was released in July 2014, I bought three 360º spherical cameras via Kickstarter and Indigogo: Bublcam, 360fly and Panono. I also bought one (first generation) Ricoh Theta and Ricoh gave me another first generation. I imagined that they would be used to offer a new Pro photography service.

Once we bought our first Matterport Pro 3D Camera in July 2014, we no longer needed these three cameras (all of which are way past their original, promised ship date).

So, these 360º spherical cameras are a (fun) distraction to play with. At the time of my purchase, these were my options. Since then, other 360º spherical cameras have been announced at various price points.

Once you decide which ones, please let us know.

Best,

Dan
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@Jamie

If it is 720pm, it doesn't look 720p. Run out of time. I hope to post more tomorrow.

I only did a few video tests. I really need to give it even lighting with moving people further from the camera.

Dan
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@Tosolini

The first generation Ricoh Thetas did not capture 360º spherical video. And, I did not bother to upgrade the firmware.

That said, you might enjoy these "aerials" I captured of the roof of "our" building using a Ricoh + Ducktape the Ricoh.

Best,

Dan
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My Bublcam is now for sale on eBay.

I also previously bought on Kickstarter and Indigogo, 360cam and Panono respectively.

I will probably play with them for a week each (when they eventually arrive) and put them on eBay too.

I want to stay focused on Matterport

Best,

Dan
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al9901 private msg quote post Address this user
Good idea Dan. There is one big advantage that Matterport has over 360 video (and even virtual tours have over 360 video);

Where do I look?

What I have pointed out to customers is that Matterport showcases are completely open, transparent and give the customer freedom to see what they want. Video used to be the #1 content, but now it's Matterport showcases, because a video is directed and has camera shots, meaning the user is only given one perspective. With 360 video, things are happening left, right, up and down, but the user will ask "where do I look?". Works well on things like rollercoasters and especially good with a VR headset, but for PCs, tablets and phones, Matterport all the way.
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Bublcam Review : 360-degrees of spherical camera potential http://flip.it/yt5jM
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Dan
Have you looked at the Iris360 or Istar camera, if so do you have any feedback and or thoughts about them.

Ron
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Based on the review, I'm not sure if the price is justified when the new Ricoh Theta S offers slightly inferior performance for half the price. I haven't received mine yet, but from what I've seen, it looks promising.
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