If you want to capture immersive photos and videos for Oculus Quest, check out the Qoocam EGO, a new 3D camera with removable 3D viewer. Here is a Qoocam EGO review and sample video, shot in 3D with the Qoocam EGO.
When Kandao first announced the Qoocam EGO, many were surprised that it was a 3D camera and not a 3D 360 or VR180 (3D 180) camera. This is the first time that any 360 camera manufacturer had created a non-360 3D camera. I wondered why they would not create a VR180 camera instead, to attract their existing customers. Doubts about Kandao’s strategy subsided when they posted sample photos and videos from the EGO, showing that it was clearly more detailed than any consumer 360 camera, and even some professional 360 cameras that cost thousands of dollars more.
|Focal length||5mm actual; Approximately 27mm equivalent|
|Photo resolution||8000 x 3000|
|Video resolution:||3840 x 1080, 60fps|
|Photo format||JPG; DNG available in the future|
|Video format||H.264 MP4|
|LCD||2.54 inch, 1440 x 1600 resolution|
Sport (to specify minimum shutter speed of 1/125 or 1/250)
|Image stabilization||none at launch|
|Storage||removable Micro SD up to 256GB|
|Weight||Camera: 160 grams
Viewer: 114.65 grams
The review video above was shot entirely on Qoocam EGO. Unfortunately, YouTube uses very aggressive compression. To see the actual resolution, I’ve uploaded a sample video here and a sample photo here. I also posted some sample 3D photos on Orbix360 below. To see the sample photos in 3D, please use a VR headset to view them on a WebVR-capable browser.
One of the limitations of the Qoocam EGO is that it uses manual focus. Fortunately, when you are adjusting the manual focus, the LCD will show the depth of field’s near limit and far limit. For videos, you can set the focus to infinity, which can focus on subjects as close as 93cm or 3 feet away.
For photos of scenery, set the focus to infinity, which will work for objects farther than 206cm or about 7 feet away. For photos of people, I suggest the second farthest focus, from 127 cm to 465 cm, which should work for people within a talking distance.
For close up shots, I suggest focusing with the 3D viewer then adjusting the focus with the up and down buttons.
How to add YouTube 3D metadata
To upload videos to YouTube, you need to add 3D metadata. Here’s how:
- Download and install handbrake.
- Change the resolution to 1920 x 1080 instead of 3840 x 1080, and change the aspect ratio to 16:9 instead of 32:9.
3. Under the video tab, change the framerate to “Same as source.” Under Advanced Options, type: frame-packing=3 . Choose the new file name and save location at the bottom and you can then click on the Start Encode button on top.
After you upload the video to YouTube, the video might not immediately appear in 3D. Just wait a few minutes. You should then see a cog with “3D” in the settings on the bottom right of the video.
How to share Qoocam EGO photos and videos
As of May 2022, I know of only two social media services that support non-360 3D photos and videos: YouTube, which supports flat 3D videos, and Orbix360, which supports flat 3D photos. Sometimes, however, we want to share photos and videos only with our family and friends.
One option is to send copies of photos and videos via WeTransfer or similar file transfer services. The recipient can then either copy the files to their Oculus Quest or to their hard drive. If the files are copied to a hard drive, they can be streamed locally via DLNA.
- In Control Panel, go to the search box and type Media Streaming.
- Turn on Media Streaming.
- Specify your PC name
- Ensure that your Oculus Quest is on the same Wi-Fi network as your PC.
- On your Oculus Quest, install and launch a DLNA-capable player such as DeoVR or Pigasus.
CONCLUSION; where to buy
If you want to shoot 3D photos and videos for Oculus Quest, Qoocam EGO offers 3D photos and videos that are higher quality than previous point and shoot 3D cameras. It has more detail than even high end consumer 360 cameras, and composition is more straightforward. The most significant limitation to the EGO is that there are few options for sharing photos and videos for social media. But if you’re shooting primarily for your own family, it’s a good option for shooting photos and videos for viewing on a VR headset.