The latest frontier in action cam technology is the 360 degree camera. Cameras that can capture 360 degrees of video aren’t new—Geonaute launched one last year—but a new offering from VSN Mobil is definitely the most technically proficient one we’ve seen.
Their V.360 has a 16 MP sensor and captures 360 degree 1080p video or stills. You’ll be looking at a 6480 x 1080 resolution video or image, which is about three 2160 x 1080 images stitched together, meaning you’ll get some very nice 360 degree panorama shots using the V.360. As for watching video, your first port of call will be VSN Mobil’s own video player, which allows you to rotate the viewing angle as the video plays. You’re guaranteed pretty good results, because the camera itself handles all of the image processing. There’s a pretty powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC powering the V.360, which houses a 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPU and a Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU. The raw data is all processed on the camera, so playback is smoother on the app.
The V.360 is vibration, shock, and dust resistant, as well as water resistant up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. It’s also compatible with mounts and accessories made for other cameras like GoPro, so if you have some of those laying around, you won’t need to shell out any extra money for proprietary mounts.
The V.360 is making its debut at San Diego Comic Con this week at the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For booth, where they’ll be showing off 360 degree shots from seven of the cars used in the movie. If you’re heading to Con this year, you can find the booth in the Petco Park parking lot all day from today to July 27.
The camera has a Micro SD card slot for storage, and the companion app has been developed for iOS and Android. VSN Mobil is targeting an October release date, but there’s no word yet on how much the V.360 will cost. You can sign up for email updates here.