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|
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.