Interesting side note: unless the photographer is the sculptor, or has the permission of the sculptor, this is almost certainly a copyright violation. It's a cool photo, but it's still just a reproduction of a work of art. Are there any dpreview rules on this?
Does GoPro actually manufacture all of their hardware in-house? If not, WTF are they actually doing with 1500 employees?!?
SimenO1: This is 7000$ in just phones. The rig not included. It's a physically large set up and complicated to operate (synchronize and edit) and doesn't even give a true 360-360 video, just horizontally 360 and about 74 degrees in the vertical direction. Yes, it high resolution but who have 48 Mp displays? Or hardware to process the 48 Mp video stream?
The market leading 360 camera series for the past two years, Ricoh Theta, is smoking this expensive setup in both portability, usability, freedom of vertical angular views and pricing. The 12xZ5 marketing gig is a freakshow.
Sony should in stead show us the first true 360 camera phone. A fusion of a Sony phone with a Ricoh Theta like camera. Ricoh uses Sony sensors in many products so I'm sure they could negotiate a deal to use Ricohs compact lens system. Maybe even with the Theta name and software, just like Sony use the Zeiss name in other products.
"but who have 48 Mp displays?"
Have you been to Disney, or any of a dozen interpretive centers which have projectors which project onto screens which encircle a (roughly) circular room? They could use this.
As for the processing power to deliver such an image...it seems pretty much like consumer grade. I have a dual-core, 2.5GHz i5 tablet (Surface Pro) which sits at about 20% CPU utilization while playing two simultaneous 4k streams on dual 4k monitors at 60Hz refresh. A true 4 core desktop machine with enough outputs should be capable - it looks like a pair of 6 output ATI FirePro cards would do it: https://www.amd.com/Documents/AMD_FirePro_Digital_Signage_Solutions.pdf
The Squire: Did someone in Sony marketing do that math?
"So 12 cameras, each shooting 4k... that must mean it's a 48K video! WOW! Press release... done!"
Doesn't account for the need to significantly overlap the output from each individual camera.
If there was *no* over lap, then shooting those cameras in portrait and stitching together gives a theoretical output width of 12x2160px = 25.920px... aka 26K?
When pedants and marketing collide...
My eye started twitching when I saw 48k, too. This is, in the most generous case its between 8k and 16k in total pixels (12x8MP=96MP, 8k=32MP, 16k=144MP). In reality it's still "just" 2160p in a (very) widescreen format.
Horshack: Lenovo announced a Surface Pro competitor at CES as well. The Surface was far too successful and profitable for competitors not to rush in.
Yup - there are way faster/cheaper laptops out there than the surface. Unless you need <2lbs and a digitizer pen, SP4 is overpriced.
Actually, the whole idea of the Surface was to give the industry a kick in the pants and show that a tablet workflow was feasible/desirable on Windows. It's their leg up on Apple (which doesn't have any touchscreen elements in their full OS). The goal was to have competitors. Ideally cheaper competitors, in the marketplace, and they expect to skim the premium customers off the top with the Surface line. Unfortunately, they haven't quite figured out that premium customers are noisy when things down't work perfectly. And there's a LOT of not-perfectly in the Surface line.
*I've owned a SP4 i5 since launch, and it's great, but I'd REALLY like them to fix several glaring omissions in the promised feature set.
BozemanMark: It better be cheap, since it is underpowered compared to a Surface Pro 4. You can get a Surface Pro 4 with a Core I7 processor, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD for $1599 - pricey, to be sure, but with plenty of power.
you're probably thinking of the i5 vs i7. The i5 is about 40% faster on CPU benchmarks than the m3. It's only about 30% faster than the m3 in graphics (HD515 vs HD520), but that's not counting thermal limiting. I suspect that the thermal envelope on the m3 will ultimately put a damper on bigger CPU or GPU projects (like rendering video).
Sadly (for m3 users) the battery life doesn't really get much better with the slower chip because the i5 throttles back quickly with speedstep, giving the m3 only a couple percent lead in battery life for low-CPU intensive usage profiles.
JakeB: It's better than the iPad.
Yes, it is.
No, it isn't.
There. I've just saved you the time you would have spent reading the rest of the responses to this article.
@WT21 - I'm terribly sorry, this is abuse. If you want an argument, that's down the hall and to the left.
You're thinking of the Surface Book. Different product, and the GPU in the SB doesn't have a model number as it's not a commercially available part. Turns out it's still just a souped up 940-class GPU (which they could have said up front, but didn't - very apple-esque)
The OPs point is that this is a "competitor" only to the value-priced entry model of Surface Pro. if you're going to do any heavy processing, this isn't really an option (core m and 4GB). It's great for low power, good battery life performance on a small battery, though.
Beckler8: ZS100 bridging the gap between the no-zoom rx100 type and the way-too-much zoom tiny sensor type. Finally!! With 4K no less - an exciting camera. Will Sony have a response or will they let Lumix trample all over rx? :D
You know you could simply bond a blind hot shoe on top and use it to mount an external mic. With the 1/4-20 on the bottom you could rig a holder for your recorder and (most likely) get far superior sound to anything an internal ADC on a travel compact would include.
rpm40: This looks like a fantastic travel camera that really checks a lot of boxes- compact, evf, 4k, nice zoom range... and beyond the obvious, it has at least some grip, bounce-able flash, decent controls...if my wife is interested in a camera anytime soon this is the one I will suggest.
I don't get the complaints about the price. This thing is about $200 cheaper than any other 1" sensor cam with a decent zoom.
Yup - this is probably my next camera to replace an old small-sensor Sony as long as the IQ looks decent. As much as I like the bright lenses on the Sony RX and Pan LX series, for travel I'd really like a bit more reach. And with the insane ISO and OIS, lens speed matters less than it used it.
I'm actually happy about no GPS. I find it a battery killer, and I'd rather manually mark where my images were taken then turn on the camera to find it dead (which has happened to me before).
Hmmmm, I just ordered a TG-860 yesterday. I'm not really feeling like I missed out on anything.
photoad: Watching the video playback: you are passive because you cannot control the direction but active because you are constantly twiddling the view around. Not so much immersive as irritating. Whilst I can see applications for this device watching someone else canoeing or driving about whilst I mindlessly rotate the view is a waste of life. Photography can be concerned with 'the decisive moment' this is 'spray and pray' in the extreme. On the other hand I am very excited about the D5.
A much more impressive version would be a raw file and converter which fixes the view at a 0 degree mark in two orthogonal polar axes (such as an az-el system) and then lets you define, over the course of the video, what constitutes the center of the frame.
That would allow the camera to be mounted in any orientation and automatically remove gross motion from the video (and the need to stabilize or point the camera), and get a proper (or selective) viewpoint of your adventures after the fact. It should be possible with a 9DOF sensor with a decent read rate and meta data encoded into the frame.
Biowizard: Just put 3mm more thickness on the damn phone and fill it with (replaceable) battery. It's not rocket science.
The iphone is 7mm thick. The battery is 3mm thick. With a 10mm thick phone you could actually add an iPhone 6+ battery inside the case, resulting in a total battery capacity that's 2.6x the currect 6 cell - twice as much additional life as this pack.
I see why they don't do it as it would make the phone thicker and heavier than competitors, and most people only spend 16 hours off of a charger.
But 3mm thicker (just 1/8") would SUBSTANTIALLY increase the battery life.
Peter Nyman: Battery packs are nothing new however, is anyone able to explain why one never sees in articles or reviews and reference to the deterioration in mobile signal quality when covering your handset, and thus antenna, with a battery? This is an obvious downside of this type of product but it is hardly every discussed. Let others not make the schoolboy mistake I made by buying a battery cover and then taking it off as the signal strength was too reduced with it in place! Good luck everyone.
Do you have confirmation of that? There don't appear to be any impedance matched connectors (those with a SWR anywhere close to 1) on the Lightning dock, and simple plate-to-plate frictional contact with the existing antenna lines in the physical case would generally not result in a positive connection.
RichRMA: Cell phone addicts rejoice.
You must be the slowest battery switcher in the world. I can swap into 100% on my camera in under 15 seconds, and in about 40 seconds on my phone, if you include shut down and boot time.
Came here to verify the hipster style strap was at least $100. Was not disappointed. TY DP.
Yeah, but most cameras today still have removable batteries. It's always faster to swap in a spare battery than charge an internal one. It matters mostly to tablet and phone users because most of them don't have swappable batteries.
Just a Photographer: Strange to see people here defending 'GoPro' for infringing a design patent, while at the same time many of these people attack Samsung for infringing the looks of an iPhone.
Must probably have to do with American Patriotism i'll guess...
You spelled fanboi-ism wrong.
How this qualifies as innovative and non-obvious to a person having ordinary skill in electronics/camera design is beyond me.
cgarrard: Here how this is going to go in the courts, simplified:
Hey your's looks like mine.No it doesn't.Yes it does.No it doesn't.
I'm gonna tell.Go ahead and tell.
Mommy, he's copying me.
Stop taddling on your brother and you two get along, now.
Well, that's pretty much the extent of the rounded rectangle arguments that came out of the Apple-Samsung case.