360 Video Part III Camera Lineup

Submitted by Mark Ferro on Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:50
360 Video Part III Camera Lineup

In part 1 and part 2 of our 360 Video posts, we discussed shooting and stitching. For our final post, we’ll provide a review of the current 360 cameras we carry. We’ll start with a quick comparison of the models.

  Nokia Ozo GoPro Omni Orah 4i Kodak PixPro 4K
Number of Lenses 8 6 4 2
Aperture f/2.4 f/2.8 f/2.0 f/2.8
Field of View (degrees) 195 170 170 235
Image Sensor Progressive Scan 12MP CMOS Sony EXMOR BSI CMOS
Max Output Resolution 4096x2048 @ 30fps 3840x2160 @ 30fps 4096x2048 @ 30fps 3840x2160 @ 30fps
Monoscopic YES YES YES YES
Stereoscopic YES NO NO NO
Frames Per Second 30 30 30 30
Shutter Type Global Rolling Rolling Rolling
Microphone 8 spatial sound 6 Mono 4 Ambisonic 2 Stereo
Battery Life 45 minutes x 2 3 hours Power over Ethernet 55 minutes
Storage 500GB Module x 2 6 x 32GB mico SD 128GB SD or Live 2 x 32GB micro SD
Live Preview YES NO YES NO
Weight (Camera Only) 9.3lbs 2.32lbs 1.1lb / 6lb processor 1lb

 

Nokia Ozo
Nokia OzoWhile at the upper end of the price range, the Nokia Ozo is geared towards professional users that want to produce extremely high-quality 360 video. One the major points of the Ozo is its ability to shoot in both Monoscopic and stereoscopic. Monoscopic videos are created with both eyes seeing the same image while stereoscopic video uses two separate videos for each eye to produce depth also known as 3D. Also when the Ozo is connected to a laptop outfitted with an Oculus Rift, you can pre-view the shot in progress.  We’ve found this to be extremely helpful when setting up shots.

Pros:

  • Live stitch preview & positioning
  • Sensors significantly overlap making stitching easier
  • Monoscopic or Stereoscopic option
  • Easy data extraction (one file to download from camera per shot)
  • Good editing software specifically developed for this camera
  • Excellent remote controls from laptop that allows camera calibration/tuning for specific shots
  • Good battery life; easy charging & changing battery
  • Global shutter is more accurate than rolling shutter

Cons:

  • Can heat up quickly. Will shut down automatically if overheated.
  • Comparatively heavy to other cameras.
  • Requires higher-end laptop to run preview/remote software.
  • Stitching takes a bit of time and requires a higher-end PC.

 
Orah 4i
Orah 4iThe Orah 4i is the only 360 camera we currently have in our 360 camera rental lineup that offers auto-stitching and live streaming. Technically the Nokia Ozo also offers live stitching but requires a very high-end server running Linux to do so which doesn’t make it practical. The Orah comes with the stitching box (CPU). While setup of the Orah is easy it must be done in a specific order otherwise you’ll be frustrated. To operate the Orah, you’ll direct connect a smartphone or laptop via Wi-Fi. From there you can live preview your shot. While the auto-stitching is a big benefit, it’s not always perfect and doesn’t have any options for you to make adjustments to the stitching.

Pros:

  • Lightweight & portable. Easy to move & reposition to optimize shot.
  • Live streaming allows for good live preview.
  • Automatically stitches on the fly. No stitching software required.
  • No need to clap or audio cues for sync.

Cons:

  • Must be set up in specific order: Wi-Fi/Stitching server >> Preview software >> Camera Power.

If order is not followed exactly, rig will not work properly. Very frustrating.

  • Only 4 lenses instead of 6 (Omni) or 8 (Ozo). Monoscopic only.
  • Unit requires a cable for power. No battery option.
  • No option for manual stitch to fix automated stitching errors (when/if they happen).

Go-Pro Omni
The GoPro Omni uses six GoPro Hero4 cameras housed in an aluminum rig. One camera is setup as the central control unit with array camera firmware that enables all six cameras to be synched which eliminates the need for motion or audio sync. The main issue with the GoPro Omni is six cameras equals 6 memory cards, 6 batteries and 6 video files. This is much more cumbersome to deal with.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight & portable. Easy to move & reposition to optimize shot.
  • No need for clap or audio cues to sync.
  • Long battery life with external battery pack.
  • More durable than most cameras; exoskeletal cage protects lenses & keeps cameras secure.
  • Hand-held remote makes for easy use of basic options on cameras.

Cons:

  • Rig is made of 6 cameras which means:
    • 6 memory cards need to be downloaded
    • Memory cards are difficult to remove/replace with provided tweezers
    • 6 camera batteries must be charged with complicated USB rig
  • External battery pack is large & gets very hot
  • Manual stitching is required of 6 different files for each shot
  • No live preview option. This makes stitching more difficult
  • Monoscopic only

Kodak PixPro Sp360 4K
Kodak PixProThe Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K Duo Pack is what we’d consider a prosumer 360 camera. The duo pack offers 2 lenses that can record a maximum 4GB file which translates into about a 9 minute 4K video. The stitching software that comes with the PixPro is OK but doesn’t come close to Kolor’s AutoPano software.

 

Pros:

  • Very lightweight and portable
  • Decent battery life for most footage you’d probably capture with this type of camera
  • Only 2 memory cards and batteries to deal with compared to the GoPro Omni’s six
  • Surprisingly decent video quality even is less than optimal lighting

Cons:

  • No live preview option
  • You’ll need to clap to get a proper sync
  • Included software is basic
  • Monoscopic only

Do you have an upcoming 360 video production you’d like to shoot and want to talk further about our 360 camera rental options? Give us a call today at 888-520-5667 or fill out a quick quote request.