Gadget Review: Giroptic HD 360° Camera

Embodying the curves of a pear to nest in your palm, the Giroptic 360cam is a photography gadget of both zest and beauty. Its initial specifications boast of a compact video camera with a 360 x 300 degree field of view that shoots 2048 x 1024 video at 30 frames-per-second (fps), and offers additional features as such underwear shooting, real-time video streaming, and various adaptable interfaces. To phrase it simply, it is a ball of high definition fun.

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Photo Credits: Giroptic

This is the two-year product from a group of young French designers and engineers hailing from Lille, and their ultimate aim is to create the first ultra high definition 360 degrees camera that breaks through the limitation of the frame and record the entire experience of the moment in 360 degrees. They achieved their goal with three 185 degrees fish-eye lenses, which overlap to capture the warped motion, a myriad of GPS capabilities for geotagging, gyroscope image stabilization, and three microphones for surround sound recording. Throw in its light weight (180 grams), eco-friendly rechargeable lithium battery with storage via micro SD card up to a maximum of 64GB, and internal Wifi abilities stream live materials (all the way to your Oculus Rift!) and/or control the camera through an accompanying Android or iOS app remote, this camera is here to make sure that you will never lose another important moment in your life.

Photo Credits: Giroptic

Photo Credits: Giroptic

“For two years our team was dedicated to inventing a ground-breaking design, most notably a clever 3-lens optical system with on-chip stitching inside the camera,” says Richard Ollier, founder of Giroptic, in an Gizmag interview, “The result is a camera that takes in everything with one click; up, down and all around. It doesn’t miss a thing.”

The camera also has a series of accessories to bring the whole experience up a notch. A personalised underwater lens caps, mounting aids for hands free and action use, and a Power over Ethernet (PoE) adapter (or light bulb socket adapter) for live events and video surveillance are options to complement the camera.

Photo Credits: Giroptic

Photo Credits: Giroptic

The possibilities for this camera are numerous, and it is globally recognized. Zipping past their initial Kickstarter goal in a day, they are now past their second round of funding (USD$750,000) and will be releasing more options such as colors, portability and angled features.

Check them out on their Kickstarter page here or their main site here, and grab one at a friendly USD$329 before it retails for US$499 in November!