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The perfect 360º camera for Oculus Rift / Google Cardboard. First ever to offer GLOBAL SHUTTER at 60FPS and 4K, 100% spherical capture.
The perfect 360º camera for Oculus Rift / Google Cardboard. First ever to offer GLOBAL SHUTTER at 60FPS and 4K, 100% spherical capture.
The perfect 360º camera for Oculus Rift / Google Cardboard. First ever to offer GLOBAL SHUTTER at 60FPS and 4K, 100% spherical capture.
482 backers pledged $457,881 to help bring this project to life.

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Sphericam 2, the 4K 360º Video Camera for VR

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Sphericam 2 is a spherical, 360º camera that allows you to capture absolutely everything around you in high resolution without any blind spots. You can watch the resulting videos on a VR Headset (like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard) or on your iPad, tablet, PC or mobile phone.

Sample Video

Click the arrows (or use your mouse) to move the image around. You can look all around, up and down!

Note: YouTube has sub-optimal quality in 360. Click here to watch or download the videos in their ORIGINAL QUALITY.

This sample was shot at Zandvoort beach, Holland.

A second sample was shot near Schiphol airport, Holland. Can you spot the plane passing overhead?

Here is the same video in "Little Planet" projection, which is a unique and interesting way to show spherical video:

More samples at the bottom of the page.

The Critical Missing Link in VR

With the likes of Oculus Rift and Samsung outbidding each other to create the the best VR viewing platforms, there is a critical part of the puzzle still missing - how do you create stunning VR content in the first place?

Use Sphericam's removable legs (invisible to the camera!) when you want to protect your camera against impact.
Use Sphericam's removable legs (invisible to the camera!) when you want to protect your camera against impact.

Most cinematic VR creation attempts so far have been, well, less real and more virtual. Think blind spots, uneven stitching and mismatched white balance from unsynchronised sensors. There just aren't many people who want to go through the months of training required to operate 6 sports cameras stuck together, and the tremendous amount of tricky post processing that is needed to make such footage watchable.

Thankfully all that is a thing of the past. With Sphericam 2, we are VR ready.

Sphericam 2 has been designed to deliver the specific resolution and frame rate of today's VR Headsets such as Oculus Rift and Gear VR: 4096x2048 pixels at 60 frames per second.
Sphericam 2 has been designed to deliver the specific resolution and frame rate of today's VR Headsets such as Oculus Rift and Gear VR: 4096x2048 pixels at 60 frames per second.

A mini miracle that is no bigger than a tennis ball, Sphericam 2 is by far the best 360 degree video camera out there. Six cameras work seamlessly together to capture the world around you in stunning 4K resolution. In other words, you can capture great looking VR video content straight out of the box.

Sphericam 2 turns heads even before it’s turned on. Its breathtaking crystalline shape has been sculpted from anodised aluminium, letting you give it tough love during your adventures. And with a host of mounting options, there are many ways to hold (and behold) this camera. So whether it’s happening behind your back, under your feet or over your head, it’s all happening on your Sphericam.

With WiFi and streaming baked right in, viewing and sharing content on your smartphone and desktop is a breeze. Our mobile app allows you to start/stop recording, monitor the view, while recording, transfer, view, edit and spread instant VR-love.

Here’s what makes Sphericam 2 a real game changer.

It’s incredible how much we’ve squeezed inside a form so small to generate pro-grade, easy-to-use 360 videos. Here’s a quick look at the guts of this gutsy camera.

  • 6 image sensors
  • 6 lenses
  • WiFi button
  • On/Off button
  • Micro USB port
  • 8 Tripod Mounts
  • 4 Microphones
  • 6 Micro SD Card Slots

File formats and Quality

For professional usage, Sphericam can capture huge files in a very high bitrate, in lossless (or nearly lossless) quality. For more casual use, Sphericam can output files that are smaller but still in very, very high quality.

Pro quality 

Six individual videos, up to 60FPS in Cinema DNG, up to 2.4 gigabits per second bitrate total (300 megabytes per second) using the fastest type of memory card (Sandisk Extreme Pro). At 30FPS, it is entirely lossless. At 60FPS, it is slightly lossy, but in practical terms, you will still have as much freedom as possible in post production for color grading.

High quality compression  

Six individual videos, compressed in H.264 (in an mp4 file) up to 600 megabits per second (100 Mbit/sec per camera).

Realtime stitching resolution/quality

One single stitched panoramic video written to the internal memory of the camera in real time. We are aiming to deliver at least 30FPS at 4096x2048 resolution, in 10 bit color, with at least 600 megabits per second bit rate. 

Live Streaming resolution/quality

Using a micro USB to Ethernet adapter, it will be possible to stream either 6 unstitched videos, or a single stitched panoramic video, at a bitrate of up to 100Mbps. 

Mounting options

Tabletop tripod

Monopod

Just don't call it a selfie stick ;) This awesome carbon fiber monopod extends to 1.5 meters and is light as a feather.
Just don't call it a selfie stick ;) This awesome carbon fiber monopod extends to 1.5 meters and is light as a feather.

Magic Arm/Clamp

The mini magic arm with clamp allows you to mount and orient your Sphericam in nearly any position you need.
The mini magic arm with clamp allows you to mount and orient your Sphericam in nearly any position you need.

Backpack with Pole Mount

Use this handy backpack in combination with your monopod for walking tours, music festivals, while riding a bicycle or motorcycle or any kind of fully mobile experience.
Use this handy backpack in combination with your monopod for walking tours, music festivals, while riding a bicycle or motorcycle or any kind of fully mobile experience.

Using spherical videos can be business, fun and everything in between. Here are just a few ways how Sphericam 2 can inspire personal and professional change.

Sphericam 2 is so effortless a camera, it may seem like the simplest thing ever. However, it took the brains, passion and patience of three men - Jeffrey Martin, Servaes Joordens, and Poppo Wit - to bring it from paper-napkin fiction to prototype reality.

In this short video, they share their plans for and excitement about Sphericam 2.

Sample Videos

We are still early on in some aspects of the processing pipeline. Here are some early samples from the camera.

Please keep in mind that we are still a few months away from finalizing our processing pipeline, and the quality will improve considerably during this time.

If you would like to download our sample videos to view locally, you can download it from http://littlstar.com/sphericam 

The below YouTube clip is INTERACTIVE. You can click and drag your mouse to move the image around / up / down. You can also view this video in Google Cardboard, if you have it.

When playing this YouTube video, please click the "gear" icon and select the highest resolution.

The following sample was shot at Halfweg train station, Holland. It shows why global shutter is better than rolling shutter: There is no distortion of fast moving objects. This happens often with rolling shutter sensors and in this the Sphericam is quite unique: Most - if not all - other 360 cameras use rolling shutters.

Risks and challenges

Having successfully launched and delivered Sphericam 1, we know what it takes to turn a product into production.

Every aspect of the manufacturing and assembly of Sphericam is being done in Europe, not in China. We will be able to closely monitor and supervise the production of these cameras on a daily basis.

Our suppliers have been briefed, the coffee is brewing and we’re ready to give the world the 360 degree camera it deserves.

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