VRDL360 Camera – The king of photo quality

The VRDL360 Camera might be the new king for image quality when comparing consumer 360 cameras. This small handheld camera can produce a 7k photo which is unheard of for under $300.

Image of the VRDL360 camera

VRDL360 Camera

VRDL360 is the first 360-degree virtual reality camera that combines 7K photo, 3K video, live streaming, and instant sharing. Many 360 cameras go through indiegogo or kickstarter to get enough money and produce a quality consumer camera, many are successful and continue producing products. Such an example are the Giroptic, Insta360 and Sphericam companies. All three started as a crowd funded camera company and have released multiple successful cameras.

 

Features

The VRDL360 has some very impressive features for a 360 camera that only costs $99 for the early bird price on indiegogo. It has close to everything a new 360 camera user would want to have, great quality 7k photos, 3k video, live streaming and easy to use sharing with a mobile app.

Image of the VRDL360 camera lens

Photo Quality

The VRDL360 camera is capable of shooting up to 1,000 true 7k photos. With dual 16mp CMOS Sony Sensors with f/2.0 lenses you can capture up to 32mp photos. The sensors can also reach an ISO of 1600 for shooting in low light settings. Lens configuration is 9 elements in 8 groups.

Video Quality

Most consumer 360 cameras are in between the 2k – 4k range of quality for video resolutions. The VRDL360 camera specs for video quality are 3k and 2k.

  • L: 3072 x 1536/30 fps/16 Mbps
  • M: 2048 x 1024/30 fps/6 Mbps

Now for most newer 360 cameras I do expect the minimum to be 4k at least like the Orbit and the Garmin, but those are both are the more expensive side of things. But, the video quality of the VRDL360 is very acceptable for the price range of $99.

Live Stream Quality

Live streaming has slowly become more of a standard feature on consumer 360 cameras as well as professional 360 cameras. The VRDL360 also delivers live streaming at a great quality. The expected live streaming resolution / frame rates are listed below.

  • L: 3072 x 1536/30 fps
  • M: 2048 x 1024/30 fps

This is very impressive because it matches or potentially beats the insta360 Nano live streaming resolution and beats the Giroptic iO live streaming resolution.

 

Shipment to Backers

Kickstarter and indiegogo campaigns always have a bad reputation for estimating shipment dates for backers who invest into the product. The VRDL360 camera team have estimated it will take only two months after the indiegogo campaign to get the fully working tested product to the consumer. This is very surprising, because most campaigns take multiple months and sometime end up between 6 – 12 months after the original estimated delivery date.

But, for VRDL360 it probably means that they have the experience and prototypes almost ready so they have the ability to build out the production of the final product. I think it will be a huge success, and hopefully they will use their experience to create more powerful 360 cameras in the future. I am looking forward to September 2017 to get my VRDL360 camera!

Overview

Overall, I think theVRDL360 camera is going to be a fantastic 360 camera. The photo quality is insane for such a small profile camera. To compare the image quality specs, the Theta S has a resolution of 5376 x 2688 and the VRDL360 has resolution of 7000 x 3500, M: 3072 x 1536.  Also, the Ricoh Theta S video quality is 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720, compared to VRDL360 3072 x 1536/30 fps/16 Mbps or 2048 x 1024/30 fps/6 Mbps. So just on paper the VRDL360 is blowing away the Ricoh Theta S on both video and image resolution quality.

The early bird indiegogo contribution for the VRDL360 camera is only $99. So you could potentially have a Ricoh Theta S killer for around 1/3 the price of the Ricoh Theta S.

The VRDL360 also has live streaming, which is a very popular wanted feature with most 360 cameras now. The camera specs for the live streaming resolution quality is at 3072 x 1536/30 fps or 2048 x 1024/30 fps.

 

 

Technical Specifications

  • Object distance: Approx. 3.94 inches – ∞ (from front of lens)
  • Shooting mode Still image: Auto, Shutter Priority, ISO Priority,Time Lapse, Burst Shooting  Manual (App); Live streaming: Auto; Video: Auto
  • Exposure control mode: Auto
  • Exposure compensation Still image: Auto & Manual
  • ISO sensitivity Still image: ISO 100 to 1600; Video: ISO 100 to 1600; Live streaming: ISO100 – 1600
  • White balance mode Still image: Auto & Manual; Video: Auto & Manual; Live streaming:
  • Shutter Speed: Auto & Manual
  • Recording: medium External Micro SD
  • Power source: Lithium battery
  • Battery: 2000 mAh (Approx. 1,000 photos or 2h video recording when used standalone)
  • Image file format Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3); Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
  • External interface Micro USB terminal: USB 2.0
  • Exterior/external dimensions: 1.85 inch (W) x 5.11 inches (H) x 0.7 inch (D)
  • Weight: Approx. 0.23lb
  • Lens Configuration: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Lens Apperture (F value): F2.0
  • Image sensorsize: 1/2.3 CMOS (x2)
  • Output Pixels: Equivalent to approx. 24 megapixels (x2)
  • Still image resolution: L: 7000 x 3500, M: 3072 x 1536
  • Video resolution/frame rate/bit rate: L: 3072 x 1536/30 fps/16 Mbps
  • M: 2048 x 1024/30 fps/6 Mbps
  • Live streaming resolution/frame rate L: 3072 x 1536/30 fps
  • M: 2048 x 1024/30 fps
  • Wi-Fi Communications Protocol: HTTP & rtsp
  • Built-in Gyroscope for electronic image stabilization
  • HDR 3 brackets