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VR Livestreaming via Orah 4i

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VR Livestreaming via Orah 4i

VideoStitch, developer of the 360-degree video software of the same name, presents a 360-degree camera solution-- the Orah 4i, a small device promising to make shooting and broadcasting VR-ready video easier.

A number of VR video recording solutions already exist on the market, but these tend to be either multi-camera rigs or lower-end devices unable to offer livestreaming. The Orah 4i, on the other hand, is a simpler webcam-style solution with broadcasting capabilities. It consists of 2 parts, a small camera unit featuring 4 stabilised fisheye lenses, 4 microphones (for "ambisoic" 3D audio) and sensors, and a "stitching box" handling all live footage stitching and processing duties.

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Ricoh Presents WG-M2 Action Cam

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Ricoh Presents WG-M2 Action Cam

Ricoh announces the WG-M2 action camera at MWC 2016-- an update on the rugged WG-M1 featuring a smaller and lighter design, 4K video capability and an ultra-wide 204-degree field of view.

The WG-M2 shoots 4K resolution video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps, all with 100Mbps bitrate and a video orientation feature ensuring video is recorded upright even if the camera is mounted sideways or upside down. It also shoots 8MP photos, making it comparable to mid-range action camera offerings from the likes of GoPro and Sony.

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Panasonic Intros Selfie-Focused Lumix GF8

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Panasonic Intros Selfie-Focused Lumix GF8

Panasonic launches the Lumix GF8-- a digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) sequel to the 2015 GF7 with a focus on users' more narcissistic side with the addition of more features to the selfie mode.

The GF8 has mostly identical specs to the GF7-- namely a 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor, 5.8fps shooting speed, 1080/60p video recording and built-in wifi smartphone connectivity. Likewise it features a 3-inch touchscreens users can tilt upward by 180-degrees to make the snapping of self portraits a, well, snap.

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How to Stablise Video From (Most) Cameras

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How to Stablise Video From (Most) Cameras

A company named SteadXP claims to have a namesake device allowing users to eliminate jitters from video shot using almost any camera, be it a GoPro, DSLR or even pro-grade cinema equipment.

The SteadXP is essentially a small box containing a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as 32-bit ARM processor, microSD card slot and USB connectivity. It records the motion data of the shot in question in order to build a smooth, steadicam-style version.

The device is available in 2 versions-- one compatible with GoPro (Hero 2 or higher) expansion ports and the slightly heavier SteadXP+ users can plug into the coldshoe flash mount of DSLR, mirrorless and professional equipment.

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Ricoh Updates Theta 360-Degree Cameras

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Ricoh Updates Theta 360-Degree Cameras

Ricoh adds to the lightweight Theta 360-degree camera lineup at IFA 2015-- the Theta S, a device promising "extra-high resolution, fully spherical photos and videos in one simple shot."

The Theta S captures either spherical 14MP photos or up to 25 minutes of 1920x1080 spherical video through a 24MP sensor, "fast" f2.0 lenses and a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded-optical system. It carries 8GB of built-in storage and an improved wifi module for faster data transfers between PCs or mobile devices.

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Nokia VR Product is… A Camera

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Nokia VR Product is… A Camera

Nokia unveils the virtual reality product we reported on earlier last week-- the Ozo, a spherical camera for the filming of virtual reality video designed for professional, not consumer, applications.

A creation of the Nokia Technologies division, the Ozo looks a bit like a Star Wars prop. It captures 360-degree video through 8 synchronised shutter sensors, and carries 8 integrated audio for the recording of surround audio. Meanwhile built-in software allows real-time viewing of shot footage through regular VR headsets, bypassing the need to pre-assemble panoramic images.

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GoPro Hero4 Session Goes Smaller, Lighter

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GoPro Hero4 Session Goes Smaller, Lighter

GoPro launches the Hero4 Session-- the smallest and lightest action camera from the company, one featuring many features from its bigger siblings, including connectivity (via wifi or Bluetooth) with mobile devices.

The Hero4 Session comes in the shape of a small black box, and can shoot video at 1080p60, 720p100 or 1440p30, as well as take 8MP photos in single, burst or time-lapse modes. It also features Auto Low Light recording, SuperView wide angles and a stripped-down Protune video editor.

The casing remains ruggedised and waterproof to up to 10m, while dual-microphones promise to reduce wind noise during recording.

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GoPro Buys Into Virtual Reality

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GoPro Buys Into Virtual Reality

Action camera maker GoPro sets to tackle the emerging virtual reality market as it acquires Kolor, a French developer of software for the creation of immersive "spherical content," for an undisclosed sum.

Kolor software stitches multiple photographs or videos into high-resolution 360-degree panoramas. It is something of a pioneer in the field, having created the first interactive VR YouTube video with Intel. GoPro describes such content as an "essential building block" of VR, since it is best consumed through VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift.

One can also check out videos using smartphones and Kolor Eyes, the company's 360-degree video player.

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Intel Shrinks RealSense Camera

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Intel Shrinks RealSense Camera

Intel presents a smaller version of its RealSense 3D camera technology at Intel Developer Forum, Shenzhen-- one fitting a 6-inch prototype smartphone to provide such devices with gesture control akin to the Microsoft Kinect.

As well as reduced dimensions, Intel says the latest version of RealSense offers longer detection range and lower thermal output. However the actual module was not shown in action at the event, suggesting Chipzilla is still not ready to go into manufacturing just yet.

Mind, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich still demoed the technology, if in its larger tablet form- specifically with a Windows 10 device (based on the Skylake development kit) one can unlock via face scan, and another designed to improve warehouse management, the result of a partnership with Chinese online retailer JD.

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