Insta360 Pro VR Camera – 8K, Up to 100fps 4K, HDR and RAW by: Graham Sheldon

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Jan 082017
 

This week at CES 2017, Chinese camera manufacturer Insta360 announced their Insta360 Pro VR camera with a truly impressive spec list: 8K maximum resolution, 100fps in 4K, HDR, RAW and a great price tag.  All the details including pricing and availability below: 

I have had the opportunity to try several different types of 360 video cameras from a number of manufacturers, and anything below 4K tends to look blurry in my opinion. Some may scoff at the push for higher and higher resolution camera tech in the 2D world, but for VR I believe it’s absolutely necessary.

The Insta360 Pro VR camera has a few major features that could all add up to some gorgeous-looking VR video experiences in the future. Its 6 independent HD lenses can capture 360-degree video in up to 8K resolution in both RAW and HDR. When in 4K mode, the camera can also record up to 100fps. Specs like these put the camera more in line with premium 360 cameras like the $45,000 Nokia OZO or the $15,000 Google Jump, versus the cheaper Samsung Gear 360 ($278.00).

With a price tag of $3,000, the Insta360 Pro could appeal to both professional and hobbyist shooters alike when it hits the market later in the year. There is no word yet regarding the potential overheating issues that other 360 cameras in this category have also suffered from.

The “3D Video” mode lets you shoot 3D 360-degree video up to 6K, or up to 4K with real time stitching (H.265 or H.264). You can also live stream 360-degree video over Ethernet, WiFi and 4G (this will destroy your data plan) to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Sep 182015
 

8K, also called Super Hi-Vision, is shorthand for a resolution of 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels—16 times that of today’s high-definition televisions.

First there was 1080p. Then there was 4K.

Now, Japan electronics giant Sharp will begin limited sales of so-called 8K televisions next month. The TVs, also called “Super Hi-Vision,” have a resolution of 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels—an incredible 16 times that of today’s high-definition sets (4X the 4K models) and better than most movie theaters you’ve been to.

Don’t expect to buy one anytime soon, though—the first sets (model LV-85001) will be offered to TV broadcasters and video production companies beginning October 30. How much, you ask? About $125,000, according to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

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Apr 172015
 

NHK is also planning public demonstrations of 8K—16 times the resolution of HD–in Los Angeles and New York.

Japan’s government and NHK are bullish about giving Japan a broadcast system that supports ultra-sharp 8K — 16 times the resolution of HD — in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And now, Japan’s public broadcaster is not ruling out virtual reality as a possible future use of the format.

“Virtual Reality is possible [with 8K] in the future on smaller screen such as Oculus Rift displays,” Narichika Hamaguchi, a senior manager at NHK’s research lab, told The Hollywood Reporter.

For broadcasting, NHK finds that the bigger the screen, the better for visual perception. So at NAB, it was demoing its 8K images on TVs larger than 70-inches, as well as in a theater presentation. But it was also showing a smaller 13-inch OLED screen that was research work from SEL, signaling an effort to bring the format to smaller screens for additional uses, potentially VR.

Meanwhile, NHK is planning public demonstrations of 8K broadcasting in Los Angeles and New York. They will be held this summer when NHK tests its broadcasting system during the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is being held June 6-July 5 in Canada.

It’s also planning trials at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and aims to start offering limited 8K services in Japan during 2018, when the FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia and Olympics in South Korea.

From the content standpoint, NHK is currently focused on live broadcasting, particularly sports, and has already tested the system at big global events including the 2012 London Olympics as well as last year’s Sochi Olympics and FIFA World Cup. The ultra-sharp picture puts the viewer in the stadium with more detail that currently possible, allowing them to see more of the drama from the players and spectators, and not just in close ups.

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Apr 152015
 

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Red launched the first mainstream 4K camera when 1080p seemed like overkill, and now that this whole 4K thing might work out, it’s got an 8K RAW model. The Weapon ‘Vista Vision’ features a mind-boggling 8,192 x 4,320, 35-megapixel sensor that can do up to 75 fps, widescreen 8K. The chip is also 40.96 x 21.6mm or Vista Vision-sized, considerably larger than the full-frame sensor on a camera like the Nikon D810. Video can be recorded in RAW and scaled-down ProRes formats simultaneously, just as with the company’s 6K Weapon models.

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