@Stallion@stoopkid This happens every time I see a product that looks cool on meh. Look at it, seems cool, good price, click through to Amazon… huh… 3 stars. Okay, maybe they fixed something, it’s good now, let’s find some reviews… huh… yeah, it’s just not a good product. I’d maybe pay $10 for it.
@the_inevitable IIRC it was one of the first consumer 360 cameras available, I remember looking at it when it was much more expensive, before I’d even watched my first 360 video.
Unfortunately for the Flycam the technology has improved a lot. Cameras capture 4K and higher resolution video at higher framerates than this one now. But with the exception of the Essential cam (which requires their phone to operate) none are available near this price point.
The biggest weak point of this one looks like its dynamic range, at least from the raw video @Moose filmed of part of the drive to work. The framerate wasn’t too bad there (unlike the video review posted in this thread), but the sky was washed out pretty badly. I’m curious what indoor/low light footage looks like.
In a way this is a perfect Meh product. Last year’s product at tomorrow’s prices, indeed. It is actually more than good enough for posting 360 videos to social media, but you’re not gonna film an X Games 360 experience on it.
Congratulations, Meh, on bringing something different to the table today. I kind of want it, but it’s a little bit above the impulse buy price point so I’ll have to think about it.
@djslack@Moose@the_inevitable I got the LG 360 cam for about this price several months ago, but the app/pairing interface is absolutely horrible. On the other hand, the quality of this looks worse, so I’m not sure if I want to get it or not. This kind of footage is neat if you have a VR headset.
@djslack@Moose@telepheedian I feel like right now, you just can’t cheap out on 360 cameras and get a good overall experience. I’d consider this one just for the novelty of it, but not at that price.
On a side note, I find it incredibly weird that the Logitech C920 is still one of the best webcams out there, even after years and years. Nothing has topped it for the value. Maybe a 360 cam will come out that will just become a gold standard for years to come.
That is the most Mediocre video and there are 9+ minutes of it. At the risk of spoiling the plot, nothing happens. Waste no more than 30 seconds of your life on it. Even though it appears to have been duct-taped to the roof of a car oriented to maximize wind noise, an proves that even 90 seconds is too long to spend on editing, it still makes owning a 360 degree camera look good.
Did you guys watch the video @Moose made? I pulled it up and was trying to figure out why it was all black and then moved my phone and the picture moved! It was soooo cool! How do they do that on Youtube?
I mean I get not buying it, I’m not, but how can you not be amazed by that thing? Come on, everyone, go get your phones and check it out. (@Barney here’s a good reason to power that thing up.)
@sammydog01 Well thanks for your comment, because I thought it was the worst video to sell a product that I had ever seen. Didn’t realize that I could make it move! All I saw was a static shot and thought, what a dumb way to try to sell a 360-degree camera!
I want some low latency cameras with the 360 x 240 field of view and that are compatible with the Raspberry Pi “high speed” camera interface.
Two of those would be great for real time robot navigation. It would provide synchronous stereo vision in front of, above, and behind the robot. That is, both images in the stereo pair can be taken within milliseconds of each other. The software can also make stereo pairs to the side like a pigeon does, using the current image, and the image from 5cm back.
Unfortunately, these cameras don’t talk that protocol, so they must compress the motion video and then send them over a comparatively lower speed network connection. The Pi then has to decompress the video before It can start image processing. All of the Raspberry Pi network interfaces are slower than the camera interface. The Pi’s native video interface goes through the GPU which can do some image processing before handing the data to the CPU.
Today’s camera gives the robot a 360 x 240 degree view of where the robot was hundreds of milliseconds ago. This is a recipe for running into walls and obstacles.
@mrjoehimself as someone with experience with the camera, what is the difference between videos that seem smooth, around 30fps and those that seem like they are 15fps or even choppier? Is one from the 4k and one from the HD camera? Or is it something YouTube and/or my phone is doing?
@djslack The one with the Air Races, I cut/pasted a lot of segments because each lap is several minutes long, that’s probably why it looks choppy. Also, the sunlight was poor, very cloudy day. This camera performs really well in well-lit areas.
I got my camera all charged up. I hoped to use it to film my daughter water skiing but the weather turned. So I put it next to my bird feeder. I wanted to see birds flying overhead. I got a squirrel. It’s a pretty cool camera- I’ll get some birds on film one of these days.