Panasonic Unveiles Prototype 360 Camera Rig – Quad Camera 4K Live Streaming VR
It seems everyone is getting into the 360 game these days and Panasonic has unveiled an impressive new quad 4K 360 prototype camera at Inter BEE 2016 aimed at streaming sports and live events. Find out more below:
There are two large gaps in 360 degree technology right now in my opinion: 1) resolution below 4K is just too blurry and 2) live streaming content is hard to find and delay issues still abound when it works at all. Panasonic is working hard to solve both of those gaps with their 360 camera prototype.
Four wired cameras mounted on a tripod are attached to a separate “brain” unit in this rig to stitch together a 4K image viewable in 360 with a VR headset. The fact that the system allows for onboard live stitching and then streaming means a VR live Super Bowl broadcast is getting closer and closer to being a reality.
The stitching process occurs with an image delay of only 0.3 seconds — which still doesn’t feel quite delay-free when comparing the image on the iPad with what your eyes see, but it is pretty darn fast. In my opinion, it is a smart move for Panasonic to target the live events and sports markets with this 360 camera should it one day reach market. I see VR tech pushing forward more rapidly at the 50-yard line than in the traditional hollywood studio system.