Shooting and viewing 3D photos and videos is easy with the new Qoocam Ego 3D camera. Here are its key features.
The Qoocam Ego is a 3D camera, not a VR180 camera, with a field of view of around 79 degrees, which I believe is approximately equivalent to 28mm equivalent focal length.
Smooth 60fps video. Ego shoots videos at up to 1920 x 1080p at 60fps per eye for smoother videos with a greater sense of realism.
Detachable 3D viewer. Ego comes with both a camera and a 3D viewer that can be attached magnetically to the camera. You can view your photos and videos in 3D right away. No need to bring a bulky headset, or a headset that requires you to insert your phone. The 3D viewer appears to be a passive design, which means it doesn’t need its own batteries.
High resolution 3D viewing. The 3D viewer has 37 pixels per degree (PPD), comparable to the 35 PPD of the Varjo Aero, a high-end VR headset that costs $2,000.
Touchscreen. The rear screen is a touchscreen, making it easier to go through its menus and change settings.
Instant sharing. You can share your videos wirelessly with other Ego cameras.
Quick Editing. You can edit your photos and videos on your phone. No need to wait until you get home to edit, nor do you need expensive software to edit.
Here is an analysis by my friend Yuqing Guo:
Price and availability
Qoocam Ego will retail for $385, but you can get it for 30% off at just $269 with a reservation for just $1 (click on the bar on top). What do you think of Ego? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
For standard 3D looks the IPD (stereo base) to wide for use the clips in home cinema or 3D TV. Its a closed system for the viewer and maybe Facebook 3D via depthmap only.
Wow, this is the first I’ve heard of this camera. Looks interesting!
I guess the resolution should be higher. At least 5.7K as it is in the insta360 EVO. Or the same resolution as the Oculus Quest 2 does have. Is it in that way not lower than the original Qoocam(4K)?
The resolution is actually pretty good because this is a 3D camera and not a VR180 camera. This means that the entire image appears in front of you and is not stretched and magnified greatly as it is with VR180 content.
It would be much better if it could shoot at least 180 degree video / photos.
Agreed. I was a little too quick to post my initial reaction and it didn’t sink in that it wasn’t a VR180 camera until after I’d posted.
Would purchase it right away even at a higher price if it were VR180.
Any information on how much field of view it captures in the photos?
I don’t agree. Both have their place. As one who has been shooting 3D for several decades, I find that seldom is there a circumstance where subject matter is interesting over 180 degrees. I prefer to frame the interesting part of the scene and put all the available pixels there.
I do like VR180, but so many times it includes too many elements of the scene that are uninteresting and pixels are wasted on those parts of the scene that you don’t care for.
Reincarnation of Weeview SID with lowered resolution an screen?
It’s hard to find Weeview 3D video on YT. Does the new camera expect the same result?
It may look similar to the Weeview SID but it’s a very different camera. One of the unique features is the display at the back and the other of course is that it doubles as a digital 3D viewer.
In the clip by Yuqing Guo, he makes a funny mistake in suggesting that the slot on the side of the cameras is for an SD card. It’s clear from the pictures that it is the slot where the clasp for the viewer section fits !
There definitely appears to be a battery compartment. So let’s hope there is also an SD card port within that compartment.
As a 3d photography fan using a Fuji W1 from 12 years ago, I’m very interested in it. But whilst people are talking about its movie capabilities, there seems no information on its still photo taking ability, which as a 3d photographer who wants a more up-to-date 3d camera, is of more interest to me.
Unfortunately, Kandao has not released any information on stills resolution yet.
Also keep in mind that, whereas your W1 has zoom lenses, the EGO has fixed focus wide angle ones. So I am not sure the EGO can replace your W1. It does however offer some interesting characteristics not present in the W1 and, similarly to it, it happens to be a very small and lightweight camera you can have with you all the time. So you might want to take the EGO along without necessarily ditching your W1.
I am also a proud owner of the Fuji W1 which brought me here, following the QooCam EGO. The QooCam is missing the feature I love the most, which is the amazing 3D lenticular screen on the W1. Having to use a viewer seems a bit annoying in comparison. I also need to know if it has the manual 3D mode of the W1, where you take one shot then move the camera and take a 2nd, enabled insane 3D effects for macro photography and even landscapes.
In short, how on Earth has nobody made a new version of it? It’s a fantastic little thing.
What’s the photo resolution in MP?
Good question Pan. I don’t know yet. They haven’t posted detailed specs yet.
Can these images/videos be played back/viewed on an Oculus or other VR headset. I realize it isn’t 180, but still the question stands.
Absolutely valid question. I’ve asked Kandao (I even suggested the option to export as VR180) and they haven’t given me a clear answer.
The EGO appears to record content in 16:9 aspect ratio. Therefore, any media that can playback 16:9 3D content can play it back with a compatible app. The beauty of the EGO however is that it includes a stereo viewer so that you don’t need a headset to playback your content. However, if you are sharing content with a friend that has a VR headset, it will work. Keep in mind that it will also display fine on glasses-free 3D phones and tablets as well as 3D TVs.
Looking at the promo-picture, I assume that the interpupillary distance will be 57mm.
Ha Ha ! We are all trying to figure this one out. It may be anywhere from 55mm to 65mm. I guess we will find out soon enough since the Kickstarter campaign will go live in a few days.
Having been a 3D fan for decades, I have taken hundreds of stereos with vintage 1950’s cameras, the Fujifilm W-3, twin Canons synced with StereoDataMarker, and the Panasonic Lumix 3D-1 (my current favorite). I like 3D video as well, so this new Qoocam intrigues me because of its high-res display, instant viewing without an Oculus-type headset…I’m going to get one at the kick-starter price as soon as they are available!
I’ve been a big fan of 3d too ever since the viewmaster. But my worry is that we have yet to see ANY sample videos. Not even one… I need to see at least a few.