2017 could very much be the year of the 360-degree camera and I’ve decided to get involved and give it a go. Especially now Facebook and YouTube support for sharing this content became available last year. Until recently creating VR video or photography required expensive rigs, multiple cameras, and stitching software. My camera of choice is going to be the Nikon KeyMission 360.
Until recently creating VR video or photography required expensive rigs, multiple cameras, and stitching software. My camera of choice is going to be the Nikon KeyMission 360.
Why the Nikon KeyMission 360
Until recently creating VR video or 360 photography required expensive rigs, multiple cameras or expensive wide angle lenses and stitching software. The GoPro Omni is one example, which purchased as a complete ready to shoot rig weighs in at £4,199.99 (at the time of writing). This price tag in my view pushes it well away from the world of hobby/personal use.
There’s a number of other cameras on the market like Samsung’s Gear 360, however, you’ll need one of their top line Galaxy phones. Of course, Samsung are also really keen that you buy their Gear VR as well to view them. I don’t have a Samsung phone, and I don’t plan on getting one anytime soon.
When the Nikon KeyMission 360 was announced last year I got really interested in the idea. One device with two wide angle cameras that cover the 360-degree field of view and stitch the images and video inside the device. So following the announcement I waited, waited and waited until it finally got released, and became available in the UK.
My D-SLR is a Nikon and whilst the KeyMission 360 doesn’t integrate into the stills photography ecosystem I felt comfortable giving their offering a try.
My first 360 photo
So I’ve picked one up, and I’m going to learn how to use it, and how to get the most out of it.
I’m going to write up my initial thoughts and frustrations in my next post but for now here’s my first proper 360-degree photo straight from the device.