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Centr captures 360-degree video at 4K resolution

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We've seen a few interesting panoramic camera projects over the past few months but none of them capture panoramic video. Centr, which was launched by former Apple engineers and currently in the Kickstarter stage, is aiming to fill this gap. The camera is a doughnut-shaped device that records 360-degree video at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.  

This is achieved by stitching together footage from four separate full-HD camera modules in real time. The resulting video can be interactively seen on a special viewer on the centrcam.com website or through a dedicated app on your mobile device. The app can also control camera settings or show a live-preview of the recorded footage via Wi-Fi link. You can also shoot with just one of the four cameras or create gigantic 20MP 360-degree time lapses.

The Centr's doughnut design means you can hold it by the hole in the middle and no part of your hand will accidentally appear in the recorded footage, but the device is also compatible with standard tripod and GoPro mounts. The battery provides power for two hours of recording and comes with a quick-release for easy swapping. It's also splash-proof, allowing you to use the Centr near water. 

The web viewer is currently, at least on my machine, still a little unresponsive but browsing the 360-degree video is a pretty unique experience. 

It'll probably take some time for users to work out how to best use the Centr but if it looks like something you'd like to own as soon as possible, you can reserve it now by pledging $300 on the project's Kickstarter page.  Centr is still looking for about half of its $900,000 funding with only 10 days left in the campaign. Head over to Kickstarter or watch the video below for more information.

Source: Kickstarter


  

Comments

Total comments: 37
Michael Ma

It may take a hundred thousands of years, but imaging will eventually get to a point where we no longer need to capture the photo ourselves. We'll just have to compose it from the sources available. All the DOF shots can be software rendered with no discernible difference to using a lens.

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rpm40

This could have some interesting sports applications. Toughen it up and put this thing in a hockey puck!

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3dreal

are these 110° HOFV meant diagonally? otherwise no 360°. btw: giroptic is also not sleeping.... similar if not better concept.

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CameraLabTester

In the future, we will watch movies in cylindrical screens.

The audience will be in the middle of a coliseum with walls as the screen.

We will "feel" the action from behind to front in REAL TIME.

This gadget will be the first of many capture devices.

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plasnu

Apple will by this patent?

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renault5

slick. This plus quadcopter = win

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mikeoregon

A different way of seeing, somewhat disorienting and yet really intriguing. The story about a child watching a clip 16 times is totally believable!

The microphone(s) could definitely use a wind screen to make this an outdoor camera like the GoPro Hero.

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1drey

Much more attractive alternative imo: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/giroptic/the-worlds-first-full-hd-360-camera

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lylejk

Competition; a good thing. Thanks for sharing that link. :)

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lylejk

Nothing short of awesome technology. Kudos to this guy. :)

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Digitall

Hey, make this camera with a magnet on the base also!

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Digitall

A Kickstarter project that I put some credibility, I hope it is accessible because I would like to have one. Well done.

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Ben O Connor

R.I.P action cams (in particular: you know the brand , don´t you ;)

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utomo99

Make a plugins so we can upload and view the video on our own website

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racenviper

This will be just like the Ricoh theta and Lytro camera. Special software and images that are hard to post without their special software and some sort of expensive subscription.

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Joe Ogiba

This is not 4K since max is 1080p not 2160p.

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racenviper

You need to brush up on your math. 4 times 1080 is 4k. Got it?

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Karroly

@Racenviper
Your math are wrong as 4K originally means about 4000-pixel horizontal resolution...
Current 4k (or UHD) resolution ( 3840 pixels × 2160 lines ) is twice the horizontal and vertical resolutions of HD (1920 pixels x 1080 lines)...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution

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Joe Ogiba

@Racenviper
Did you take a stupid pill or what ? This camera shoots 720p or 1080p. Look at the specs before you post. It only shoots 720p60 or 1080p30 max then makes a panorama.
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5576/14214983886_3982fc60a9_o.png

My GH4 shoots 4K UHD 3840x2160 or cinema 4K 4096x2160.
https://vimeo.com/94756784

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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racenviper

No I did not take a stupid pill, I know that you did. There are FOUR cameras shooting 1K images, that is 4K DUH! I know what 4K truly means and this company is making this stuff up. Get real you crazy loons

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gsum

How to lose your credibility and your audience: use the word 'awesome'.

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misolo

Awsome comment.

8 upvotes
Lars Rehm

This means there is not a single credible American company...;)

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JordanAT

Brilliant! (oh, oops)

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rpm40

I had no idea I was accidentally reading The New Yorker.

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Yannick KREMPP

At first, I thought hey nice, it's like in real life, I can turn my head right or left to focus on what I find interesting!

And then, when I just saw something like that fish swimming in the aquarium, I'm dragged elsewhere by the person holding the device...

I feel like a freaking baby who can't walk and can't complain ! Highly frustrating...

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labinganga

will it be available in HONGKONG ?

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vladimir vanek

And....what's that good for? I think Kickstarter "starts" to get rubished with tons of "ideas" no matter how usefull they are.

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Lars Rehm

the beauty is that consumers can decide if they want to back it. They get new and cool stuff (if they want it) and the makers get a very good indication if their idea is actually a good and marketable one...

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Karroly

IMHO every new design should be fund by Kickstater. Then the market would not be overcrowded by loads of already-obsolete new gadgets that consumers do not buy...

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LensBeginner

Another proprietary file format...
no need for that, thanks

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0MitchAG

They are in it for business, please don't kid yourself that they are here to the public a favour.

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Iskender

"They are in it for business, please don't kid yourself that they are here to the public a favour." The big camera manufacturers are certainly in it for the money, too. Yet they use the JPEG standard format. If you think a proprietary format is needed to make lots of money, you are mistaken.

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LensBeginner

Fact is, there's no need to use a proprietary standard for the whole image.
Just add a sidecar files for projection information, use a standard image format and be done with it.

This way one doesn't lose everything when *they* go bust...

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ptodd

They could embed some metadata in a standard image file; no need for unwieldy sidecar files.

They're mostly interested in video rather than stills it seems. The same thing should still more-or-less apply, though.

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jam9

Read the FAQ on their product page. Videos are MOV files and stills are JPEGs.

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LensBeginner

The next step is to start defining open standards for projection information.
Xml-based, maybe ;-)

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