Virtual Reality, if the pundits are to be believed, is poised to be the next big thing. Because we’re still learning how to compose, frame, and view 360-degree photos and videos this leaves a lot of room for experimentation in what is essentially a new medium. That said, few among us are willing to drop early-adopter money on something without a clear and immediate use.
Those who would like to fool around in VR will be happy to have the team at Nico360 along. A Chinese-based company, Nico360 has just announced a $150 (£111) action cam. The splashproof camera captures 32 megapixels of data from a pair of fisheye lenses and can be mounted via a standard 1/4in camera mount to any number of aftermarket accessories.
The palm-sized (60x60mm) camera has electronic image stabilisation and can take 360° still photos up to 25 megapixels. Wi-Fi connectivity allows for live streaming of 3D HD and smartphone image preview, completing what appears to be a pretty complete package.
We’ve had a bit of a play with other cameras in the market and realise that the resulting videos aren’t all that fun to watch. Yet. But given how quickly things change it’s not hard to imagine that the viral mountain bike videos of 2019 will be captured in 3D and viewed on VR headsets. Nico360 expect to open preorders in July and begin shipping cameras in August.