Essential Phone 360 Camera Review

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The Essential phone 360 camera is a new device for an upcoming new phone company built by Andy Rubin. Who is an ex Googler who had helped build the Android operating system for Google. Essential is a new Android smart phone company which first products include the Essential smart phone and Ambient which is an internet of things (IoT) device similar to the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

 

Essential Phone 360 Camera

Introducing the world’s smallest 360° personal camera

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Other 360° cameras are big, bulky, and complicated to use. We thought it was about time someone made a 360° camera for the rest of us. Simply click the 360° camera to your phone to point, shoot, and share. It’s that easy. The Essential 360 Camera is extremely well crafted and is beautiful to look at.

Accessories that simply Click

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Don’t you hate it when you have to buy new dongles, chargers, and accessories every time your phone is upgraded? We do too. So we decided to make this a thing of the past. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date. No need for extra parts or connecting problems, the Essential 360 Camera solves it all with an easy snap on interface using magnets.

Why 360 changes everything

If you look at a 360 camera, it’s completely different from a conventional one, in that it captures the entire world around the user. It is an immersive experience that puts the viewer in the center of the action and fundamentally changes how we take a picture. You no longer aim your camera, because you get everything in every shot.

This is a fundamental format change, the largest since George Eastman founded Kodak in 1888.

However, there are a few major issues with where the industry is now, and we wanted to work hard on those aspects to make a miniaturized 360 camera that’s affordable and easy to use for most users.

 

Essential Phone 360 Camera Specifications

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Dimensions:
Height: < 67mm
Width: < 32mm
Thickness: < 12 mm (body)
Weight: < 35grams

Audio:
Microphone: 4x microphones in 3D, ambisonic tetrahedral arrangement

Dual Cameras:
Sensor Resolution: Dual 12MP fisheye imagers
Lens aperture: f1.8
FOV: 210° (each)
Video Resolutions: 360° UHD (3840 x 1920) at 30fps

Ports:
60GHz Wireless, SuperSpeed USB
2x accessory power pins

System Architecture / OS
Android Qualcomm® 8053

 

Sample Videos can be watched on the Essential website Video Gallery.

 

Overview

From what I can tell, both the new phone and 360 camera attachment are going to be great devices. The Essential 360 Camera is extremely small and easy to attach without any extra wires, SD Cards or anything else. Keep it simple and built it with quality hardware and software. It looks great and if you purchase it with the phone it only costs $99 which is a steal for such a well crafted 360 camera for a new phone. If you are looking for a new Android phone and a 360 camera to go along with it, look no further. You can purchase both at the Essential Store.