Insta360 One X and GoPro Max have proven that size is not a barrier for 360-degree cameras to be able to maximize its potential. The two cameras are equally easy to store in a bag, but the resulting video output remains satisfactory at a resolution of 5.6K 30 fps. If what is being pursued is a higher resolution, the options available are unfortunately no longer included in the pocketable category, but the size of a basketball or flask. Is that right? Not according to a Chinese manufacturer named Kandao.
This denial was proven by QooCam 8K, a compact 360-degree 360-degree camera capable of recording in 8K resolution (7680 x 3840 pixels ). Pocketable but very high resolution, QooCam is clearly a 360-degree camera species that is still rare so far. If needed, he is also ready to record video in 4K 120 fps resolution.
Video output of that size comes from a large sensor, 1 / 1.7 inches, with the ability to take pictures at a resolution of 30MP. It even inherits smartphone-style image stacking features, and what is stacked here is an image in RAW format, so the final image is believed to have better detail and dynamic range.
Following the highly effective internal stabilization trend popularized by Insta360 and GoPro, QooCam 8K also packs a 6- axis gyroscope to stabilize the video being recorded without having to rely on dreadlocks. This stabilization system also makes it ideal for vlogging, and it is equipped with a special mode for vlogging like GoPro Max.
In this mode, the lens and sensor only function on one side only. On the reverse side, the 2.4-inch touch screen is in charge of displaying the preview being recorded in real-time. Of course, this screen is also useful for reviewing recordings or shots without having to connect it first to a smartphone.
Affairs of editing, the companion application was no less intelligent. A feature called 8K Express Edit allows users to edit 8K videos directly on a smartphone. Is not that a very heavy task for mobile-class hardware? Yes, but this can be tricked by proxy editing methods.
So what was actually seen and edited was not the original video, but a copy that had been upgraded to 4K resolution so as not to burden the cellphone. After that, the application will automatically apply all adjustments to the original video, so that the final result will remain at 8K resolution.
For those who prefer to broadcast live recordings, QooCam 8K supports live streaming to various platforms, but the maximum resolution is only 4K. Kandao plans to release QooCam 8K to the market starting in December with a tag of 3998 yuan (about $571).
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