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Detu F4 Plus is an 8K 360 camera with Sony sensors

Detu F4 Plus, formerly called Detu F4 Pro at CES 2017
Detu F4 Plus, formerly called Detu F4 Pro at CES 2017

At IFA Berlin 2017, Detu announced a new professional camera, the Detu F4 Plus, an 8K 360 camera.  Here are its specifications and features.

Detu F4 Plus, formerly called Detu F4 Pro at CES 2017
Detu F4 Plus, formerly called Detu F4 Pro at CES 2017

Detu is a Shenzhen-based company that has a line of 360 cameras ranging from the hemispherical Detu Sphere 800 ad Sphere S, the fully spherical Twin, and the prosumer Detu F4 with 6K video.  Detu is now expanding its line with the F4 Plus, which appears to be a renamed version of the F4 Pro (it’s also possible that the F4 Pro is a still-higher model).

I first saw the Detu F4 Plus at CES 2017 (that’s where these photos are from).  Back then, it was called the Detu F4 Pro, and Detu representatives would not reveal anything about it at all.  The only thing we knew was that it had four lenses, and presumably had higher image quality than the Detu F4.

Detu F4 Plus announced at IFA Berlin 2017
Detu F4 Plus announced at IFA Berlin 2017

Detu finally revealed the specifications at IFA Berlin:

– four 200 degree lenses
– field of view: fully spherical
– four 12mp Sony IMX117 CMOS sensors
– video resolution: up to 8K @ 30 FPS
– live streaming via ethernet
– 2.4 G and 5G dual band WIFI design for faster transmission speed, stronger anti-interference ability
– remote app

The Sony IMX117 sensor is the one used in the GoPro Hero4 Black and some other action cameras. While it might not be a cutting edge sensor, I’m expecting decent performance, although probably not as good as that of the GoPro Omni (which is also 8K but has six GoPro Hero4 cameras).

Another feature is that it is designed for long recording times.

Regarding price, the Detu F4 is around $1600, so I am expecting that the F4 Plus would cost more than that.  I also don’t know yet if it includes stitching software.

Thank you very much to RotoStudios for bringing this to my attention!

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