360cam: Waterproof 360-degree HD camera packs a punch despite the small size
Panoramic cameras with 360-degree field of view have become a new rage in the camera market. Following a mixed bag of success of some of the earlier examples of panoramic cameras, a France-based Company dubbed Giroptic has developed a small egg-shaped 360-degree HD camera they call the 360cam. The tiny camera touted as world’s first full HD 360-degree camera is designed for average users who want to capture 360-degree HD videos and photos. Packed inside a black and blue outer shell, the 360cam features a LED display to display current capture mode at the time of clicking. You can use the 360cam to capture finest Time Lapse photos, shots in Burst mode and photos and videos in normal settings.
To sell with a free iOS and Android app, the 360cam will allow users to control its GPS, gyroscope, photo and video setting remotely from the smartphone. The users will also be able to use the smartphone as a viewfinder with the 360cam. In times when you’re off clicking duties, the 360cam can also be used as a surveillance device. It can easy connect to a regular light bulb socket and conclude its surveillance duties.
Most interestingly, the 360cam is waterproof camera, so you can use it underwater too. The camera comes with a special pair of goggles for its lenses, and allows you to click panoramic pictures and videos underwater. If you are someone who loves augmented reality, the 360cam can be used with the Oculus Rift headset.
Additionally, the compact camera features a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, a MicroUSB charging port, a slot for up to 64GB SD card and Wi-Fi for connectivity. Giroptic launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter May 20, and 360cam has already gone past is goal of $150,000. If all goes well, the early birds will receive a 360cam in August, while the camera will go on sale in November for $499.