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NCTech iSTAR captures HDR 360 photos with up to 27EV dynamic range


NCTech’s iSTAR is a 50-megapixel 360 camera designed for rapid 360 HDRs.

Remember Google’s announcement of 20 StreetView-compatible cameras?  This is one of them.

NCTech’s iSTAR is designed for rapid capture of 360-degree HDR photos.  Here are the key specifications:
– four 10-megapixel lenses
– effective resolution: 50 megapixels
– field of view: 360 x 300 degrees
– integrated compass, tilt sensor, and GPS
– up to 27EV dynamic range
– raw format (.nctri)
– IP64 weather resistance
– wireless live view and capture over Wi-Fi

Here is a sample comparison between a normal exposure and the iSTAR’s HDR exposure:

top: HDR; bottom: normal exposure

You can see more sample shots here.

Shooting takes 5 seconds for one exposure, 10 seconds for a 5-shot HDR exposure, or 20 seconds for a 9-shot HDR exposure.

The iSTAR costs £4,000 for the Fusion Lite which can take a 5-shot HDR exposure, and £5,500 for the Fusion which can take a 9-shot HDR exposure.  Here is the official page for the iSTAR.

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  • As a site dedicated to 360° degree cameras I think you should correct (or annotate) the specs when marketing is using terms such as “360 x 360 degrees”.
    A full sphere has 360 x 180 degrees.

    Therefore this camera most likely covers 360×150° not 360×300°.