Camera manufacturer Nikon has joined the burgeoning action camera market with the release this week at the CES show in Las Vegas of its new KeyMission 360 wearable action camera, which can shoot 360-degree video at 4K resolution.
To achieve 360-degree filming, the KeyMission 360 camera features an lens and image sensor on both sides of the compact unit. The images from both are combined to create a “single realistic, high-definition, 360-degree image.”
To be suited to action use the camera needs to be rugged and waterproof. Nikon claims the camera is waterproof to depths of 30m with no need for a separate housing, and that it’s resistant to shocks, dust and low temperatures. The camera also has electronic vibration reduction to smooth out bumpy footage.
Here's a bit more information from tech website The Verge.
The compact shape looks about the same size as a GoPro Hero Session 4, which will be one of the main rivals. Nikon hasn’t revealed any technical details or pricing information yet so it’ll be interesting to see just where Nikon pitches it in the market. The Hero 4 Black, which also shoots 4K video, costs £410, so we expect a similar sort of pricing.
Nikon says this is just the first in a line of new action cameras, it’ll be releasing more details, including a range of accessories, in the spring.
More at www.europe-nikon.com
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