January 5, 2016

Nikon Introduces 360 Degree Action Cam That Shoots 4K Video

Nikon KeyMission 360 Front
Nikon is certainly making a splash at CES 2016.

While we'll get to the new flagship D5 and D500 4K DSLRs in a different post, they showed off what is quite an interesting product from a normally conservative company: a 4K 360 degree action camera called the KeyMission 360. By combining two wide-angle GoPro-style cameras on the front and back of the device, they are able to get 4K video that is combined in the camera and gives you a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

Here's an introduction:

Specs:

  • 360 Degree Video in 4K
  • Electronic Vibration Reduction In-Camera
  • Shockproof close to 7 feet
  • Waterproof 100 feet
  • Bluetooth/WiFi Connectivity
  • HDMI Port
  • Likely uses MicroSD (Not sure yet)
  • Around the Size of a GoPro
  • Availability: Spring 2016
  • Price: TBA

Check out some 4K 360 samples (move around with your keyboard):

Nikon KeyMission 360 Top

More from Nikon:

The camera itself is waterproof to depths of 30 meters without a separate housing, and is also very tough, standing up well to dust, shocks and low temperatures. In addition, reliable electronic vibration reduction, enabled via applications during playback, reduces the effects of camera shake, producing sharp and crisp movie quality. It has been designed for a variety of challenging conditions typical of the action camera market, while ensuring maximum ease of use and freedom of movement to facilitate a wide spectrum of outdoor sporting and leisure activities.

Nikon KeyMission 360 Front Angle with Battery Door

We don't really know too much else, other than that this is aimed at an audience that would likely also be looking at the GoPro, and potentially is looking for a 360 degree solution in their price range. It's not clear if you can choose to only record from one of the cameras on the device if you didn't need the 360 degree effect, as this would likely lead to higher quality images. Also no word on price, but expect this to be competitive with other products out there in this range, probably under $1,000 — but we'll have to wait and see. Either way, it will be available in Spring 2016. 

Nikon KeyMission 360 Side WiFi

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How's does one edit and post 360 video? And what is the export format that keeps the interactivity of it?

January 5, 2016 at 4:18PM

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Brian Foote
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Kolor's AutoPano Video is what I used. There's also VideoStitch. The ghetto and cheapest way is to export all of your tracks as jpeg frames and batch process them with PTGUI. This takes FOREVER to do, but the result is the same.

AutoPano and VideoStitch are much faster. Anyways, after it's stitched you can fix the horizon and stabilize it a bit. When you export it becomes a single mp4 that looks really funky. Google/Youtube provides a free script that will inject the 360 metadata for youtube to make it interactive.

January 5, 2016 at 5:55PM

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The demo was a bit nauseating. Sure show that we can spin the footage anyway we like but to keep it going round and round seems a bit much. I would have thought they would have marketed toward "never missing the angle you need". Show how you may have missed the coolest part of the action with a single angle and how this camera gives you all those angles without making the viewer sick.

January 5, 2016 at 4:43PM, Edited January 5, 4:43PM

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Most of the sickness would be from a lack of stabilization and keeping the horizon line at the center. It's kinda strange that they didn't. Stabilization of 360 video is actually very easy with no quality loss when you do it in a program that understands 360 space like Autopano - though I'm not sure how I would do it outside of that program (and maybe that's why they didn't stabilize).

January 5, 2016 at 4:56PM

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Yes, this is very cool. Shooting 360 degrees for action, sports, daily life, holiday, documentaries etc, is a really good idea. Nice work Nikon.

January 5, 2016 at 5:03PM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
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Looks like some 360 examples are up on YouTube. Looks pretty similar to the quality of the Richoh Theta S.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBS5Xb5ZAPAuQ7rRuEnltqw

January 5, 2016 at 5:15PM

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Dave Wallace
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360 video sort of reminds me of 3D video. It's cool for a little bit, but after awhile we just go back to what we know. However, I would be pretty excited about a Nikon dslr getting 4k for under $3000! #wishfulthinking

January 5, 2016 at 5:33PM

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John D. Smith
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Not 1 hour after I post this and Nikon releases a 4K camera for under $3000. The irony... Maybe I could same the same for Canon?

January 6, 2016 at 12:57AM

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John D. Smith
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Very interesting. They might want to develop some good post tools to clean up the video a bit. There is a harsh exposure line where the two videos meet and some stabilization tools tailored to the camera would be great. Like someone else mentioned, I think an exciting aspect of this camera is being able to use it in a live documentary setting where you know you won't miss something since you have every angle covered.

January 6, 2016 at 5:09PM, Edited January 6, 5:09PM

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I feel any 360 video requires the viewer the become and editor. Probably fun for the first few minutes but then it just becomes too much work. After a while people will want to leave the video facing camera's front as this is where the action is happening.

January 6, 2016 at 9:08PM, Edited January 6, 9:08PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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I don't know whether the you tube process has screwed up the quality???

However, the idea is great but the QUALITY is AWFUL

January 6, 2016 at 9:44PM, Edited January 6, 9:44PM

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Zakk Rokkanno
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Will it shoot 360 photos with exposure bracketing? it would be perfect solution for making 32 bit hdri panoramas

January 7, 2016 at 5:16PM

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I don't see why I would ever use it.

January 7, 2016 at 6:42PM

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