Object of Desire: 360Fly

October 19, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Thanks to the proliferation of virtual reality headgear, there’s been a surge of interest in immersive photography and video recording. The latest entrant into this hot field is 360fly, a company born from the robotics lab of Carnegie Mellon University. The company’s first product is the eponymous 360fly, a small action camera that can capture a 240-degree (vertical) and 360-degree (horizontal) field of view via its fixed f/2.5 lens. The camera captures video at 1504x1504p30 in the H.264 format with a bit rate up to 20Mbps. Files are stored on the camera’s 32GB of internal memory. The 360fly is dust- and water-resistant and can survive falls from up to 5 feet. It’s operated through a single button with a three-color LED status light and vibration motor for feedback in the field. If you need a more robust interface, you can pair the camera to your mobile device via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote viewfinding. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices, also lets you view 240-degree videos, edit your footage and share it to social networks. The camera ships with a tilt mount with both a curved and a flat baseplate for mounting purposes. It weighs 0.3 pounds, so it’s slightly heavier than a GoPro Hero4 without its waterproof housing. At 2.4 inches in diameter, it’s just a tad smaller than your standard tennis ball. You’ll enjoy a little morethan two hours of battery life.

Price: $399


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