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High resolution 66 megapixel sample 360 photo from Ultracker Aleta S2 prototype

Aleta S2 66-megapixel 360 camera
Aleta S2 66-megapixel 360 camera

Here are full-resolution sample photos and a frame grab from a prototype of the Ultracker Aleta S2, a 360 camera that takes 66-megapixel photos and shoots video in 4K.

There are many 360 cameras on the market, and they’re leapfrogging each other with video resolution.  Meanwhile, the highest photo resolution for a commercially available all-in-one 360 camera is still 108 mp (or 134 mp stitched, 16,384 x 8,192) with the Panono, which was launched way back in 2013 (sample photos here).  The next highest resolution for an all-in-one 360 camera is 90mp with the Iris360 Pro, then all the way down to about 30 mp in 2D or 59mp in 3D, with either the Insta360 Pro, Kandao Obsidian (Go,  S, or R), or the 2016 Samsung Gear 360.

Seeking to fill the need for high resolution photo, Ultracker’s Aleta S2 is a new 360 camera that will take 66-megapixel photos.  There will be two versions of the Aleta S2: S2C (Light) and S2 Pro (Professional), which differ in video quality.  Here are their specifications, with differences where noted:

ALETA S2
– five lenses, fully spherical field of view
– five 14MP CMOS sensors
– photo resolution: 11520 x 5760 (66 mp)
– video resolution: 3840 x 1920 @ 30fps for S2; 3072 x 1536 @ 24fps for S2C. S2C can also shoot at 384 x 1920 but only at 10fps.
– time lapse: 7680 x 3840 @ up to 2fps
– Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
– live streaming: HDMI, Wi-Fi, RTMP, RTSP
– audio: line input / mic input
– storage: Micro SD
– connectors / ports: Micro USB and Micro HDMI
– gyroscope, accelerometer, e-compass, light sensor
– compatible with Android and iOS
– uses two 18650 batteries
– operating temperature: 14F to 104F (-10C to 40C)
– operating humidity: 0 to 90%
– dimensions: 9 x 9 x 15.5 cm

Here are a couple of full resolution photo samples and a frame grab.  Please note these are from prototypes.  The stitching looks a little bit rough, especially with the zenith camera.  The final image quality will definitely be better.

PRICE and AVAILABILITY

The S2 is currently estimated to be released end of November or early December 2017.  MSRP for the S2C (Light) will be approximately US$1250.  I don’t know yet the MSRP for the S2C Professional.  Thank you very much to Michael Fullerton for contacting Ultracker and bringing this to my attention!

What do you think of the Aleta S2 so far?  Any features that you want to be added?  Post your suggestions in the comments!

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