VRDL360 has begun sending out review samples of its impressive 360 camera! You can also check out a new low light sample photo.
VRDL360 is a crowdfunded 360 camera with 7K photos and 3K video that has high image quality yet is affordable. It was successfully funded on Indiegogo with almost 5 times its campaign goal. Thus far, its sample photos have been quite impressive.
They posted an update announcing that the first batch of review samples have been assembled and are being sent out for testing and feedback. According to their representative, I should receive a test unit within the next couple of weeks or so. I will definitely post samples when I receive it!
Meanwhile, here is a new sample photo, at 7000 x 3500 resolution:
It’s a low light photo and it looks very detailed, with very good dynamic range and low noise, and flawless stitching. It’s an impressive sample for low light (you can compare it to the low light sample posted by Ricoh for the Theta V). I believe the photo was taken with a slow shutter at a low ISO, because one of the trees looks like it may have been swaying in the breeze (I don’t think it’s a stitching error). — (Update: the photographer Rao Jinhe confirmed that the shutter speed was 5 seconds, so this is not unusual. It also confirms that the VRDL360 is capable of slow shutter speeds.)
Could the VRDL360 be a surprise sleeper hit camera like the Xiaomi…? :O At this point, it’s looking very possible! We’ll see!
The other exciting update is that VRDL360 said the delivery date will be in October. That is one month later than the original projected date of September, but compared to other crowdfunding projects, that’s absolutely remarkable! If they do deliver by then, they would be one of the more successful crowdfunding campaigns for 360 cameras. VRDL360 is currently available for preorder from their website, at a discount. Thank you very much to Kuba for bringing this story to my attention!