Z Cam is launching a 3D180 camera, to be called K1 Pro. It was originally announced in July 2017. Contrary to what I expected, the Z Cam K1 Pro is a professional camera, not a consumer camera. It will feature two four-thirds Sony sensors, and two f/2.8 fisheye lenses with adjustable aperture. 12/12/17 update: see below to a link to a sample video!
Here are the specifications:
|Lenses||two premium 220º fisheye lenses|
|Aperture:||f/2.8 to f/11|
|Sensor||Dual 4/3" Sony image sensor|
|Video resolution:||2880 x 2880 per eye, 30fps, 6K Left Right format (post stitching)|
|Synchronization||Built in Z CAM Sync;
coordinated AE & AWB
|Connectivity||Built in WiFi|
|GPS||GPS (equipped with external antenna port)|
|Storage:||two removable Micro SD cards, up to 128GB|
|Release date:||December 2017|
The Z Cam K1 Pro features live view and control via Z Cam Controller for PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone. It can live stream using Z Cam’s WonderLive software for PC (live streaming requires a GTX 1070). Stitching is via Z Cam’s Wonderstitch software (PC).
12/12/17 update — here is a link to the new sample video. Thank you very much to tech vlogger and camera accessory inventor Danydanfree for sharing the sample! Here is a framegrab from the sample (is that Maxim Drygin?):
The video shows very good levels of detail and dynamic range, thanks to its large Micro Four Thirds sensors.
Incidentally, Z Cam is one of the manufacturers to support Google’s new VR180 standard but this particular sample is a conventional 3D video in side by side format. I hope that in the future, the videos from the K1 can be viewed with VR view (i.e., where rotating the head will also rotate the view), not just a side-by-side 3D video.
Meanwhile, here is a previous sample shot showing its low light capability:
The MSRP of Z CAM K1 Pro is $2,995, with shipment to begin in December 2017. To pre-order, please contact Z Cam’s CEO Kinson Loo at firstname.lastname@example.org.