A 360 camera with 14k video resolution is available for $8000. But what’s the catch? Check out the samples.
360 cameras are incredibly versatile but they have lower resolution, because the viewer sees only a cropped view at any given time. This is especially noticeable for 360 videos. An 8k 360 video looks like 1080p. To get video that looks like 4k, you need a 360 video with about 16k resolution. The cost of such a camera is prohibitive. Insta360 Titan is 11k and costs USD 15,000. Kandao is 12k and costs north of USD 25,000.
But incredibly, you can get a 14k camera for $8000. It’s called the ShramkoVR by Andrew Shramko. We will take a closer look at the new ShramkoVR camera rig made by Andrii Shramko, its capabilities, as well as its potential impact on the drone filming industry.
Andrii had previously built other camera rigs in the past, such as a 3D 360 macro camera, a 3D 360 waterproof and shockproof camera, and a very light 360 camera with 7 GoPro10 sensors that can shoot 16K 60fps video.
The Shramko VR camera rig is less than 200 grams, making it perfect for use on light, small drones in places where it’s difficult to obtain permits for flying heavy drones. Additionally, all camera modules automatically start recording video when an external power source is connected, which is a convenient feature.
One of the good things about this camera rig is that it has a 40-50% video overlap, which improves the stitching quality. However, there are also some downsides to this camera rig. For example, there’s no genlock or sound sync, and the maximum frequency at the maximum resolution is only 30fps (not 60-240 as in Andrii’s previous rig). Additionally, there’s no gyroscope stabilization, so you’ll need to use RE:Lens, MistikaVR, or MochaPro to stabilize the result.
I have personally seen that these types of types of rigs are never easy to make, and that there’s a lot of post-production work involved by default. However, looking at some of Andriis’ previous work I believe he might be able to pull this off.
How is the image quality? Andrii has compared this camera rig to other 8K 360 cameras, which can be seen in the youtube video below.
I think this new rig by Andrii creates new possibilities for capturing 14K 360 videos, especially for independent filmmakers and drone operators. The camera rig is lightweight, appears to have decent stitching compared to other 360 cameras in this class, and can automatically start recording video when an external power source is connected. However, there are also some downsides, such as the lack of genlock or sound sync, and the need for post-production stabilization. Andrii stated that he is open to offers of collaboration and is willing to relocate to almost any country in the world. He can also design and build special cameras to suit specific needs.
If you want to contact Andrii you can add him on Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrii-shramko
Let me know what you think about the camera rig in the comments below.