We’ve already seen 360 degrees cameras with some rather expensive setups with multiple GoPros, as well as more affordable solutions (around $500) such as Gyroptic 360 Camera and ALLIe cameras. Taiwan based Ultracker Technology is now promising a 360 degree camera for around 300 dollars with their US360 model featuring four lenses for up to 1080p30 or 6144×1760 @ 6 fps video recording or live streaming.
- FPGA implementation
- Image Sensors – 4x 2.4 MP Sony Exmor CMOS Sensor
- Lens – 4x 2.3mm wide angle lenses
- View angle – 360° x 200°
- Image Settings
- Image Adjustment – Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, DWDR, AEC, AGC, AWB, Noise Reduction (2D/3D)
- Image Orientation – Flip, Mirror, 360˚ Rotation
- Photo format – JPEG
- Codec – H.264 or MJPEG
- Resolution & frame rate – 6144 x 1792 @ 6 fps , 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps , 1280 x 720 @ 30fps
- Video Output – 1x micro HDMI port
- Storage – micro SD slot for 4 to 64GB cards
- Network Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11n
- USB – 2x micro USB ports
- Misc – 0.96″ status OLED display; microphone; function, power, and photo shooting buttons
- Battery – 1800mAh / 3.7V LiPo good for 1.5 hours of video recording
- Power / Charging – 5V/1A via micro USB port
- Dimensions – 57 x 57 x 50 mm
- Weight – 146 grams (117 grams without battery)
- Temperature Range – -10°C ~ 40°C
- Relative Humidity – 0% – 90% (non-condensing)
The system is basically headless, but the company apparently decided to run Android inside the device instead of Linux. There’s no mention of GPS support, however camera is also said to support Geotagging compatible with Google PhotoSphere and YouTube 360°. US360 Viewer software is available for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, but I could not find any download links. The camera can be used for recording and live view for CCTV applications, as a dashboard camera, or with a your drone, and pretty much any use case for action cameras.
Charbax interviewed the company at a recent event where they showcased its capabilities, and controlled it via a tablet over WiFi.
More details, including the mobile app user’s manual, and some video demos on a bicycle and drone, can be found on Ultracker US360 product page. A 4K version is planned for the end of the year.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.