At CES2018, KODAK PIXPRO announced two new 360 cameras: a hockey puck sized three-lens 8K camera and a foldable 4k 360 camera that converts to a 3d 180 / VR180 camera. They also had on display the new underwater case for Orbit360.
Kodak had a very large presence at CES 2018. In fact, there were two booths — one for Kodak and the other for Kodak PIXPRO. I visited the PIXPRO booth and saw my friend and tech vlogger Kevin Kunze who works closely with Kodak PIXPRO.
In addition to showing the the Orbit360 and the SP360 4K Dual Pro (yes they’re still selling it), PIXPRO showcased two new cameras: a hockey puck-sized 360 camera for professionals, and a foldable 360 camera that converts to a 3D camera. Kevin let us get a closer look at the two new cameras.
Here is a video by Kevin:
The professional camera has no real name yet but is temporarily called the “360 Pro VR Camera.” It has three lenses and according to Kevin, it will have 8K video. Staff also said it will reportedly have stabilization. What I don’t know yet is how the 3 sensors can result in 8K resolution. 8K is four times higher than 4K. Even if each lens is 4K, combining the videos would not result in 8K video (unless interpolated). If it is truly 8k, then each of the three sensors would need to be higher than 4K, which is possible but unusual. In any case, the 8K camera will supposedly cost around $1500, and will be available Q3 or Q4 of 2018.
The other camera is a foldable 360 camera that converts to a 3D 180 camera when unfolded. The camera is temporarily called the “3D 360 VR camera” and will have 4K video resolution. According to staff, it will also have stabilization (I don’t know if there is stabilization in 3D mode). I’m hoping that in 3D mode it will be compatible with Google VR180. There is no specific timeframe for production yet but it is estimated to cost around $500.
I also saw the new underwater case for the Orbit360. The new case has spherical lenses to minimize the effect of refraction underwater. Note also that it has a compartment for wireless remote of the Orbit360. The shaft is tilted because the Orbit360 has an asymmetric lens design, so the tilt angles the shaft toward the stitch line. The underwater case is available on kodakpixpro.com for $119.
Thanks to Kevin Kunze for showing the two cameras to me!