The Vuze XR from HumanEyes is one of the stranger-looking 360 cameras I’ve seen, and that’s for a category that all looks a little weird. Inside is some hardware capable of some solid specs for a 2018 360 camera, including 18 megapixel photos, 5.7K 360 videos, and, in a rarity for 360 cameras, 3D VR. HumanEyes is calling it “two cameras in one” and that seems pretty accurate.
The Vuze XR in 3D modeHUMANEYES
Here’s a closer look.
The twist with the Vuze XR is literally a twist: the cameras twist by 90 degrees. In 360 camera mode it looks a bit like the GoPro Session, if you remember that camera: square and not much larger than the lenses themselves. For 3D mode, the cameras flip out so they’re roughly eye-distance apart. In this mode the camera looks more like some kind of sci-fi movie scanner or some robot’s lost face segment. If you’ve ever gotten weird looks using a 360 camera, it seems this will garner even more looks.
There is something oddly disconcerting about lenses that distance apart.HUMANEYES
Inside those pivoting eyeballs are Sony IMX-378 image sensors and 210-degree f2.4 lenses.
Like all current 360 cameras, you can post 4K video via your mobile device, but for the full 5.7K you need a computer. This is phone limitation more than a camera issue. And as all that implies, there’s a mobile app for iOS and Android, and desktop apps for Mac and PC.
Vuze XR in 360 mode.HUMANEYES
Another requirement for a 360 or VR camera now and in the future is stabilization, and the XR has a 6-axis gyro to help the camera smooth out the video before you post it.
Vuze XR mobile appHUMANEYES
I’ve come to realize that unlike most cameras, a 360 camera’s software is at least 50% of its overall performance. Apps that are hard to use, or worse, incompatible with your phone or computer, make the camera somewhat useless. Or less useful, take your pick. So I’m glad to see that Vuze’s apps are available on all platforms.
Lots of important rendering options. Definitely a good sign.HUMANEYES
Obviously there’s only so much that one can tell from screenshots, but a lot of the important features look to be there, like the ability to track subjects, adjust Tiny Planet photos and videos, and so on. The UI looks pretty slick too, which is good.
Another desktop software screenshot editing footage from… I want to say Argentina?HUMANEYES
With an MSRP of $439, the XR falls right in the same range of the Insta360 One X, Ricoh Theta V, two solid 360 cameras.
I’ll be getting an XR to test in a few weeks, keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram for updates.
Closeup of one of the lenses.HUMANEYES
The Vuze XR is available now. You can find out more info on their website.
Article by Geoffrey Morrison from Forbes