GoPro cameras are great for recording your adventures, but what if you’re not sure what direction you would like to film in? The Actioncam360 accessory solves this problem by allowing you to film in 360 degrees at once with a single camera! It’s already available for the Hero2, but as I recently discovered, they have a Kickstarter for a Hero3/Hero3+ model.
Cleverly, this accessory doesn’t require any mods to your camera, and won’t void your warranty, as it attaches to the housing. Interestingly, as shown in the second video after the “read more,” their “Doughnut Player” allows for you to easily pan around after the video is taken.
Here’s the video for the Kickstarter:
Here’s the software used to manipulate things after the fact.
Besides taking interesting videos, it seems like would be a great accessory for taking panning time-lapse videos.
To be fair, I haven’t tested one out. It looks really cool, but I could also see a few drawbacks to this kind of system:
- Sensor is taking video or pictures in 360 degrees. Since you can effectively only use part of the picture at once, the resolution that it’s capable of in each direction would have to be lowered.
- Price – probably reasonably priced at 110 UK pounds or more (around 180 US dollars) on the KickStarter, but certainly not free.
- Another level of complexity – With any accessory, you’re adding one more thing to break or possibly degrade your image.
None of these are really flaws in the design, but things to think about if you consider purchasing one of these.
For a few different ways to accomplish some of what the ActionCam360 does, here’s the modified egg timer rig I’ve used for panning time-lapses as well as some examples of what I’ve done. For something even crazier (and much more expensive), why not use this mount and several GoPros to create a spherical panorama video. Whoa.