360° video has become increasingly popular with various vloggers on YouTube. YouTube now supports 360° panning in videos and its been interesting to see people using this technology. The problem is that it takes a much higher resolution than 1080p to get decent results as the video needs to include enough information to display in a high enough resolution.
There have, so far been very few options for a single camera – the Ricoh Theta S being the most popular. Another way of shooting high enough quality is to get a mount for 6 GoPro cameras and stitch the video together in post production. While that’s been the best option in terms of resolution, its a very expensive option.
Nikon has just announced the Keymission 360 which is a small, waterproof action cam that supports 4k video recording. As you can see in the results below, it looks quite nice. Make sure you select the 4k option for viewing in the YouTube player.
The camera features a rugged exterior that is dust and waterproof (to a depth of 100 feet or about 30 meters). It is also shock and low temperature resistant. It features electronic vibration reduction (VR) for reducing camera shake with Nikon applications.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but Nikon has said it will be available in Spring of 2016.