Nikon KeyMission 360

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Nikon KeyMission 360
Information
Type Camera
Subtype 360° Camera
Developer Nikon
Resolution 4K
Field of View 360°
Release Date Spring 2016
Price $??
Website Nikon USA
Nikon KeyMission 360 camera was first exhibited by Nikon at the Nikon booth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Nikon, it’s the first member of their new family of action cameras. It will be officially released in Spring 2016, together with an assortment of dedicated accessories for easier attachment to bikes, helmets, and other sports gear.[1]

Hardware

Action cameras have been for a long time. They have been dominated by GoPro and their rugged 1080P and 4K cameras. With the KeyMission 360, Nikon wants to bring something new to the market. Its ability to record 360-degree video in 4K resolution will allow users to easily share lifelike videos with their friends and family. The device itself is slightly smaller than the GoPro Hero Session 4, but not so much that it would make it impractical.[2]

Its water, dust, and shock-proof design helps it to withstand hard use and unfavorable weather conditions. It can be submerged in water up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep and will keep functioning even in very low temperatures. As such, it can be taken even to places where many other outdoor cameras would have trouble surviving.

The main feature is a dual image sensor with lenses on opposite sides of the device. Images from each lens are combined together to create a single immersive, 4K video and still image. The camera uses electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) system to reduce shaking and produce clear, stable image.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 features an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device, with images from each combining to create a single immersive, ultra-high-definition 360-degree video and still image.

Promotional Videos

Nikon has released 3 promotional videos recorded with the KeyMission 360 camera. In the first video, the camera is mounted on a mounted bike, as it’s being ridden though a desert environment. The camera remains remarkably stable, but the quality of the picture leaves something to be desired. This is, perhaps, caused by the high level of compression that YouTube applies to 4K footage. In the second video, the camera is fixed on a rock and captures a pair of climbers. The third video gives the best idea of what the camera is capable of. We see a kayaker going through a challenging section of a river. The KeyMission 360 deals well with fast changes in contrast and the overall lighting conditions and always provides a clear picture.

References

  1. http://www.nikonusa.com/en/about-nikon/press-room/press-release/iihiz21t/Nikon-Charges-Into-the-Action-Camera-Market-with-the-360-Degree-KeyMission-360.html
  2. http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/5/10718304/nikon-keymission-360-degree-action-camera-ces-2016

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