JedEye is an affordable and user-friendly 3D camera that can capture video at 4K at 30fps (2k per eye) or 3K at 60fps (1.5k per eye) at a higher image quality than typical 360 cameras. Here are its specifications, features, and samples.
One common complaint about 360 videos is that the image quality is not as high as users initially expect. This is because 360 cameras cover a wider field of view onto two sensors that are often just the same 1/2.3 inch size in point-and-shoot cameras. Users are only looking at a cropped view at any given time, hence the lower image quality compared to a non-360 camera.
What if your priority is to shoot at a higher image quality, and you were willing to sacrifice the ability to look around the 360 video, instead relying on 3D for immersion? That’s what we get with the Jedeye, an affordable 3D camera. Here’s a video of the concept:
Here are the JedEye’s specifications:
|Lenses||Two 136-degree fisheye lenses|
|Field of view||136 degrees x 100 degrees|
|Video resolution||4096 x 1520 @ 30fps|
3040 x 1520 @ 60fps
|Storage||Micro SD up to 128GB|
up to 2 hours battery life
|Dimensions||110 x 60 x 25mm|
|Operating temperature||0 to 45 C (32 to 113 F)|
One cool feature is the high dynamic range mode (which it calls WDR).
If you look at the video specifications, the resolution of 2048 x 1520 (per eye) or 1520 x 1520 @ 60fps (per eye) doesn’t sound so impressive compared to prosumer 360 cameras. But consider that the field of view is only 136 degrees or 100 degrees in 60fps mode (versus the 190 degrees or more on a 360 camera). Moreover, you’re always shown that extra wide field of view, not a zoomed in view. That’s why 3D videos on JedEye look like they have better image quality than typical 360 cameras. You don’t have to take my word for it — you can see for yourself:
Of course, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison but the fact remains that JedEye does look better, although in return, you give up the ability to look around the video.
JEDEYE launched a couple of days ago on Kickstarter and is available for just $199 for early birds. By comparison a *used* Fuji W3 3D camera which has lower image quality than Jedeye is averaging around $260 on eBay. So it seems like a good deal for a 3D camera. You can also have a chance to win one of four Jedeye cameras from Veer’s #2018 promo. All you have to do is share 360 photos or videos on Veer.tv with the hashtag #2018, and you’ll get an entry for the contest.
Meanwhile, I have a review copy of JedEye and will update this post with hands-on impressions and samples. Let me know what you think of the JedEye, and if you have any questions about the camera!