Traditionally, getting high quality 360-degree footage required multi-thousand dollar camera rigs which were large, heavy, and all around not worth it. While we have seen some significant developments in the space over the last couple of months with more inexpensive solutions such as Samsung’s Gear 360 and the ALLie camera, we’ve yet to dip into the ultra affordable range that could put 360 degree video into the hands of the average Joe. That might be about to change however, with the release of the Nico360 high resolution camera, which recently launched on Indiegogo.
Priced at $99 for the early birds and $149 retail, the camera packs a ton of value for the price. Packing 32 megapixels into such a small chassis, the module takes high resolution video, and can even stream directly to social media sites like Twitter or Facebook. Since the camera is water resistant and even washable, the company is obviously targeting the device at those looking to get outside and show the world how awesome nature is. Think of it like a GoPro, but with 360 degree video.
The device can record at a maximum resolution of 1440p, and even has 32GB of internal storage so you won’t have to buy an SD card, although it does include a port in case you want to expand further. 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless is built in to the camera, and there is an option to connect it directly to your smartphone so you can share your video wherever you are. With Adobe RAW/DNG photography output supported natively, this should be a great option for those looking to do some video editing with their footage.
There are a number of options available through the Indiegogo campaign, including the camera itself, a battery enhanced selfie stick, a VR headset for video consumption, and a full accessory pack. The company has already blasted past funding expectations and is now looking at meeting some of its stretch goals.
The estimated ship date for the product is October of this year, making it one of the faster produced products we’ve seen on here. If you’re hoping to get your Sony Playstation VR and a 360 camera in the same month, this may be the camera for you.
Does the camera interest you? The features are pretty amazing, especially for the price. With 1440p resolution and image stabilization support, the company may just give GoPro a run for its money.