It’s heeeere! It’s the most anticipated 360 camera of 2018, the revolutionary Kandao Qoocam – and it has arrived! In this post, I discuss why this camera is so important and why it’s revolutionary. I will also post an unboxing video and demo, and answer your questions tomorrow at 9am Pacific Time on 360 Rumors’ YouTube channel! Just post your questions in the comments below.
Update: here is the video!
Why is Kandao Qoocam revolutionary?
What’s so special about the Kandao Qoocam? It’s a 360 camera that converts to a VR180 / 3D 180 camera. Let me tell you why that is such an important feature.
You know that 360 cameras are awesome personal cameras — you can capture everything which means you don’t have to aim it. You can instead focus on enjoying the moment. Some 360 cameras also have amazing stabilization, allowing you to capture your adventures with videos that were never before possible for consumers. BTW the stabilization is lossless! And you can use it as an invisible flying camera, almost like a drone, except that it’s much easier to control, and you don’t need a special permit. Shooting in 360 is also immersive, and allows the viewer to experience ‘being there.’
But 360 cameras can be intimidating to beginners. Photos and videos often have to be combined, or “stitched” together, and for some cameras, stitching can take literally hours for a day’s worth of videos (I’m looking at you, Gear 360!). Shooting in 360 can also be confusing, because it needs a different shooting technique. Some techniques that people use for regular photos and videos don’t apply at all, such as the rule of thirds. And for professionals, shooting in 360 is especially challenging because it’s hard to direct the viewer’s attention in 360.
VR180 is a format that can address those issues, while retaining the immersiveness of 360. By shooting only a 180 view, you can frame the subject the same way as you would a smartphone. For professionals, shooting in 180 is also much easier. You can direct the audience as easily as a regular camera. VR180 is also in 3D, which presents a heightened immersiveness. Stitching is also much faster (some VR180 cameras don’t even need stitching).
I’ve shot with VR180 (LucidCam and Lenovo Mirage) and I can tell you that it’s extremely easy to use. Really, it’s as easy as shooting with a smartphone. But VR180 isn’t an answer to everything. Unlike 360, you do have to aim it and it doesn’t have the amazing stabilization potential of 360 cameras.
That is precisely the raison d’etre for Kandao Qoocam. Many times, I found myself wondering whether I should bring a 360 camera, or a VR180 camera. With the Qoocam, I don’t have to choose. I can have both! So you can understand why I’m so excited about it!
Tomorrow, I will post an unboxing and demo video for Qoocam, at 9am Pacific Time on 360 Rumors YouTube channel. I’m sure you have plenty of questions about Qoocam — post your questions in the comments below, and I’ll answer them in the video! In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it, please see my hands-on report here.